2019–20: Our 25th Anniversary Season!

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2019–20 theatre season. BSA is celebrating 25 years of bringing live theatre and events to the community.

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BSA presents 25 Years In Concert!
Performances: Sept. 28 & 29, 2019
Celebrate our Silver Anniversary Season with a look back at 25 years of musical performances! From 1995’s CINDERELLA (our first-ever production) through selections from our current season (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THE FANTASTICKS, etc.), relive the magic of 25 years of BSA! More information to come!


Agatha Christie’s A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
by Leslie Darbon
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Open Auditions: Sept. 3 & 4, 2019
Performances: Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8 & 9, 2019
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.


BACK HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Sign-Ups: TBA
Performances: Dec. 13, 14 & 15, 2019

An original production, written and directed by professional stage veteran and BSA’s Artistic Director Jimy Foreman. BACK HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS is a gathering of friends and family celebrating the Christmas season with songs and stories. A sequel to 2006’s HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and 2012’s HOME AGAIN FOR THE HOLIDAYS. No auditions are necessary. Entire families of all ages are encouraged to sign up and be part of the fun! BACK HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS also serves as the unofficial start to the Holiday Innkeepers’ new Cabaret season!


Tween Theatre presents SINGIN IN THE RAIN JR.
Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Songs by Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Open Auditions: Jan. 13 & 14, 2020
Performances: March 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28, 2020
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline — the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15, in any school system. Must be 10 years-of-age by Jan. 13, 2020, and no older than 15 years-of-age by March 28, 2020.


Children’s Theatre presents THE WIZARD OF OZ (Young Performers’ Edition)
Directed by Juliet Russell
Open Auditions: March 2 & 3, 2020
Performances May 1, 2 & 3, 2020
This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, specially tailored for young performers. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre is open to all children, ages 7–12, in any school system. Must be 7 years-of-age by March 2, 2020, and no older than 12 years-of-age by May 3, 2020.


Teen Theatre presents GREASE
by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs
Directed by Leslie Childers
Open Auditions: May 4 & 5, 2020

Performances July 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18, 2020
Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place GREASE among the world’s most popular musicals. Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Teen Theatre is open to all teens, ages 13–19, in any school system. Must be 13 years-of-age by May 4, 2020, and no older than 19 years-of-age by July 18, 2020.


SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Season Finale)
Book by Lawrence Kasha & David Landay
Music by Gene dePaul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
New Songs by Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn
Based on the MGM film and The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Open Auditions: June 8 & 9, 2020
Performances Aug. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2020

Based on the classic film, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is an authentic piece of Americana, a time-tested romantic comedy with a special, contemporary relevance. Bringing the raucous Oregon frontier from the screen to the stage, it is a crowd-pleasing hit that has audiences cheering from the opening scene to the curtain call. Saddle up for a joyride in this tale of stubborn men and cunning women. The men in question are Adam and his six unruly brothers, who think they know what a woman’s place is and how to keep her there. It takes Milly, Adam’s spirited new wife, and six other savvy women to show them who’s the boss.


Reservations may be made by calling 419-484-2787 beginning two weeks prior to Opening Night.
Ticket prices are as follows:
$15 Adults 18+
$10 Adults 60+
$5 Under 18
Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances begin at 2 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

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The cast of Agatha Christie’s A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED

Director Cheryl Showalter is pleased to announce the cast of Agatha Christie’s A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.

Julia Simmons — Rebekah Klepper/Evie Nevills
Letitia Blacklock — Diane Schreiber
Dora Bunner — Cathy Schaffer
Patrick Simmons — Jacob Ehrhardt/Bryce Nevison
Mitzi — Katherine Gauthier
Miss Marple — Heidi Sarvis-Sapp
Phillipa Haymes — Emily Jin
Mrs. Swettenham — Janet Wittenmyer
Edmund Swettenham — Jared Bradley
Rudi Scherz — Jacob Ehrhardt/Bryce Nevison
Inspector Craddock — Keith Robinson
Sergeant Mellors — Ric Hills

Assistant Director — Sheri Ammanniti
Stage Manager — Ric Hills
Costume Design — Cheryl Showalter
Lighting Design — Joshua Higgins

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults 18+, $10 adults 60+, and $5 under 18. Call for reservations beginning Oct. 18.

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon, Agatha Christie’s A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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The 2019–20 Holiday Innkeeper Cabaret Season!

It’s the Holiday Innkeepers’ sixth season! Enjoy dinner and a show for the still amazingly-low price of $20! Showtimes are 7 p.m.

BSA’s original production of BACK HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS will serve as the unofficial start of the Holiday Innkeepers’ 2019–20 Cabaret Season Friday, Dec. 13. Join us for dinner (limited seating) at 7 p.m., then move into The Hirt Theater for the performance. Catch the show-only Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Admission for the show-only is $15 for adults 18+, $10 for adults 60+, and $5 for everyone under 18.

Friday, Jan. 10’s “Lullabies of Broadway” officially kicks off the Innkeepers’ Cabaret season. Enjoy some of the Innkeepers’ Broadway favorites.

Be our Valentine Friday, Feb. 14 as the Innkeepers present “Love is Love.”

It’s the Return of St. Patrick — without the snakes — Friday, March 13. Join the Innkeepers for Irish standards, a delicious meal, and maybe some green beverages if you’re lucky.

The Innkeepers get into the “Spring Swing” of things April 17.

The 2020 Young Performer Cabaret takes place May 15.

“Mom & Pop Doo-Wop III” sh-booms its way to you June 12.

Finish out the 2019–20 Holiday Innkeeper Cabaret season with “A Singin’ Salute” to America on July 3.

Cabaret performances are by reservation only and are limited to 100 in attendance. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 419-484-2787.

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Sponsor our 2019–20 season!

Want to sponsor a show for our upcoming 2019–20 season?

Your sponsorship helps pay for production costs — scripts, music, royalties, sets, costumes, and props. In return, you and/or your organization will receive recognition…
• in all advertising, including posters/flyers, news releases, and radio, if applicable
• on our website and all of our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
• in our Playbill with a full-page ad

Check our schedule, pick a show, and contact us as soon as possible. The sooner we receive your sponsorship, the sooner your organization can gain recognition as a patron of the arts by local audiences!

Call 419-484-2787, Direct Message Bellevue Society for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email bellevuearts@inbox.com.

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Make a tax-deductible donation to BSA

Bellevue Society for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization requiring philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization run 100% by volunteers who freely give their time and efforts to bring you quality entertainment. Consider making a tax-deductible donation. If you don’t support the arts in your community, who will?

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