Tween Theatre’s SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL continues April 1 & 2

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SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird and a little boy with a big imagination — Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre presents SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL in the Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street, Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, and Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2 at 2:30 p.m. BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15 in any school system. It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling and Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many ‘thinks.’ Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie LaBird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

The cast includes Simon Arnold, Clyde, as The Cat in the Hat; Jackson Smith, Fremont, as Thing 1; Samuel Colvin, Bellevue, as Thing 2; Samuel Coffelt, Bellevue, as Jojo; Paul Coffelt, Bellevue, as Horton; Lily Arnold, Clyde, as Gertrude McFuzz; and Amber Bowering, Bellevue, as Mayzie LaBird.

Bird Girls: Lottie Arnold, Clyde; Alexis Burns, Bellevue; Alexa Hammer, Flat Rock; and Maren Coffelt, Bellevue.

Sydney Harrison, Gibsonburg, as Sour Kangaroo; Eva Hancock, Flat Rock, as Young Kangaroo; Joshua Higgins, Bellevue, as The Mayor; and Jenna Yost, Bellevue, as Mrs. Mayor.

Sharing the role of General Schmitz is Xavier Walker, Republic, and Aaron Brubaker, Bellevue.

The Whos: Olivia Strausbaugh, Clyde; Bella Paulsen, Fremont; Madalyn Espinosa, Bellevue; Carly Miller, Green Springs; and Kenzie Franks, Lakeside-Marblehead.

Who Cadets: Addison Foreman, Whites Landing; Zoë Holland, Lindsey; Parker Folds, Bellevue; Ada Vandergoot, Huron; and Matthew Higgins, Bellevue.

Brooke Childers, Bellevue, as Cindy Lou Who; Derek Horvath, Bellevue, as The Grinch; Delinda Gore, Bellevue, as Max the Dog; and Analiese O. King, Norwalk, as The Lorax.

The Wickershams: Grace Cooper, Castalia; Clayton Sooy, Old Fort; Owen Strausbaugh, Clyde; Katherine Jarrett, Bellevue; AJ Reineck, Clyde; Xavier Walker and Aaron Brubaker.

Clayton Sooy pulls double duty as Vlad Vladikoff.

Jungle Creatures: MacKenna Hoover, Bellevue; Michaela Broadbent, Bellevue; and Autumn Lindstrom, Clyde.

Joshua Ryan Fowler, Castalia, as Yertle the Turtle.

Circus McGurkus/Fish/Hunters/Hunches: Eden Sheidler, Fremont; Gabby Russell, Bellevue; Cass Biedrzycki, Bellevue; Anna Faye Cooper, Castalia; and MacKenzie Jarrett, Bellevue.

SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL is directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold, Clyde. Producer is Cathy Schaffer, Bellevue, who also serves as Stage Manager. Music Directors are Casey Cooper, Castalia; Faline Coffelt, Bellevue; and Michael Sooy, Old Fort.

SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL features a book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It is co-conceived by Eric Idle, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+ and children and students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations.

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“Spring To Life” Cabaret April 7

 

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Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Holiday Innkeepers 2016–17 cabaret season continues with Friday, April 7’s “Spring To Life” Cabaret at 7 p.m.

In the style of Irving Berlin’s 1942 film, “Holiday Inn,” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, where every holiday prompted a celebration, Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Holiday Innkeepers are putting the fling in your Spring with “Spring To Life,” April 7 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature an array of funny, romantic, and traditional Spring-themed melodies and Broadway standards, performed by some new and familiar BSA personalities.

Each event is accompanied by a meal or an appetizer and dessert bar. The April 7 menu will consist of chicken and noodles, vegetable, biscuits, and a variety of cakes for dessert.

Cabaret performances are by reservation only and are limited to 100 in attendance. Tickets are $20 each. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 419-484-2787.

“Spring To Life” is emceed by Jimy Foreman, Whites Landing. Clyde High School band director, Jacob Donofrio, provides piano accompaniment.

Performances may also feature surprise local celebrity guests!

Bellevue Society for the Arts is located at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

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Phone rings, door chimes, in comes COMPANY May 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13

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From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, Stephen Sondheim, COMPANY is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern musical genre, and the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends — “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” — explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually-single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly presents COMPANY, Fridays and Saturdays, May 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theater, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

The cast of COMPANY includes Adam Cox, Sandusky, as Robert; Heidi Sarvis-Sapp, Berlin Heights, as Sarah; Brad Rowe, Bellevue, as Harry; Katherine Gauthier, Huron, as Susan; Brett Minor, Sandusky, as Peter; Dani Hummel-Sass, Tiffin, as Jenny; Steve Koenig, Huron, as David; Dawn West, Norwalk, as Amy; Ted Thomas Fox, Sandusky, as Paul; Cyndi Hineline, Fremont, as Joanne; David Riegel, Bellevue, as Larry; Laura Horn, Bellevue, as Marta; Mara Connor, Perrysburg, as Kathy; and Marlee Carpenter, Port Clinton, as April.

COMPANY is directed by Monica Siesel, Sandusky. Katherine Gauthier also serves as Assistant Director. Music Direction is by Kristen Santos, Tiffin, who will lead a live orchestra on the stage for the production. Jimy Foreman, Whites Landing, is Producer.

COMPANY is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), and sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning April 21.

COMPANY contains mild adult language and subject matter. Discretion advised.

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2017–18: Our 23rd season!

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2017–18 season. BSA is celebrating 23 years of bringing live theatre and events to the community!

All titles pending availability, licensing, rights, royalties, etc. Dates, times, and titles are subject to change.

EvilDead-TSpecial Halloween Event! EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL
Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt
Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt
Directed by Lori & Steve Damschroder
Auditions: August 14 & 15, 2017
Production: October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2017
Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, ‘camp’ takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

PrintTHE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Season Premiere)
Book and Lyrics by Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Directed by Jimy Foreman
Sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family
Auditions: September 5 & 6, 2017
Production: November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19, 2017
Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley’s songbird daughter, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an ‘ingenious paradox’ may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of ‘The very model of a modern Major-General.’

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Join the Holiday Innkeepers as they open their fourth Cabaret Season December 29.

flick_profile_2THE FLICK* (Subject to change)
by Annie Baker
Directed by Brad Rowe
Auditions: November 27 & 28, 2017
Production: January 26, 27, February 3 & 4, 2018
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, THE FLICK is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“What About Love?” Valentine’s-themed Cabaret: February 9

Kiss Us, We’re Irish” St. Patrick’s Day-themed Cabaret: March 16

school-of-rock-logoTween Theatre presents SCHOOL OF ROCK
Book by Julian Fellowes
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold
Auditions: January 28 & 29, 2018
Production: March 23, 24, 25, 31 & April 1, 2018
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White, which starred Jack Black. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The stage musical on Broadway is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has composed 14 new songs to create a score, which also features all of the original songs from the movie. SCHOOL OF ROCK, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with you! 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 January 28, 2018, and no older than 15 years-of-age by April 1, 2018).

“You’re the Spring In Our Step” Cabaret: April 13

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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Isobel Lennart from an original story
Directed by Nathan Maslyk
Sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital
Auditions: February 26 & 27, 2018
Production: May 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12, 2018
In the Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films, and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. With humor, talent, and chutzpah, young Fanny, an awkward Jewish girl who ‘isn’t pretty,’ defies the odds and becomes one of the greatest stars of her generation. Her rise to super-stardom, and her turbulent romance with gambler Nick Arnstein, are explored through Bob Merrill and Jule Styne’s unforgettable score, which includes “I’m the Greatest Star,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “People,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” and “You Are Woman, I Am Man.”

“What’s Good? Parenthood!” Mother’s/Father’s Day Cabaret: June 1

“YP3.0” Young Performer (ages 13–19) Cabaret: June 15

“O Say, Can You Sing?” Independence Day-themed Cabaret: July 6 (Cabaret Season Finale)

50Teen Theatre presents GUYS & DOLLS
Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Jennifer Miller
Auditions: May 7 & 8, 2018
Production: July 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21, 2018
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, GUYS & DOLLS is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. GUYS & DOLLS takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

img_1119Children’s Theatre TBA (Season Finale)
Auditions: June 18 & 19, 2018
Production: August 10, 11 & 12, 2018
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 June 18, 2018, and no older than 12 years-of-age by August 12, 2018).

Reservations for theatre performances may be made by calling 419-484-2787 beginning two weeks prior to the event. Reservations for cabaret performances may be made beginning the day after the previous cabaret. Cabaret performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening theatre performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and matinee theatre performances begin at 2:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

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2016–17: Our 22nd season!

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2016–17 season. BSA is celebrating 22 years of bringing live theatre and events to the community!

All titles pending availability, licensing, rights, royalties, etc. Dates, times, and titles are subject to change.

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Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
Auditions: August 22 & 23, 2016
Performances: October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2016
Directed by Jimy Foreman
Sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital
Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence, signed 240 years ago! This seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. 1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book. (Cast: 11m, 2f, large male ensemble) Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

The Holiday Innkeepers open their 2016–17 cabaret season with December 9’s “Naughty or Nice? A Christmas Cabaret.” The 2016–17 season marks The Holiday Innkeepers’ third year!

“Cheers to a New Year” New Year’s Eve Cabaret will be held Saturday, December 31.

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By Neil Simon
Auditions: December 12 & 13, 2016
Performances: January 27, 28, February 3 & 4, 2017
Directed by David Riegel
Sponsored by Janet Scagnetti
At the large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get ‘the story’ straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. (Cast: 5m, 5f) Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Friday, February 10 with “Love Me Tender: A Cabaret Valentine.”

It will be “A Great Day to be Irish” Friday, March 17, 2017, at our St. Patrick’s Day Cabaret.

seussicalTween Theatre presents SEUSSICAL™: THE MUSICAL
Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Co-Conceived by Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Auditions: January 29 & 30, 2017
Performances: March 24, 25, 26, April 1 & 2, 2017
Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold
Sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling and Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs
“Oh, the thinks you can think,” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! 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 January 29, 2017, and no older than 15 years-of-age by April 2, 2017). Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

“Spring to Life” at The Holiday Innkeepers’ Spring-themed cabaret Friday, April 7.

“Young Performer 2.0” will be held Friday, April 28.

Celebrate Mom and Dad with “Moms & Pops Are Tops,” a combined Mother’s and Father’s Day Cabaret event May 26.

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Book by George Furth
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Auditions: March 5 & 6, 2017
Performances: May 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13, 2017
Directed by Monica Siesel
Sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family
From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, COMPANY is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern musical genre, and the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually-single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. (Cast: 6m, 8f) Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

The Holiday Innkeepers’ 2016–17 cabaret season comes to a close with July 7’s “A Star Spangled Cabaret.”

000332_squareTeen Theatre presents LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
Book by Heather Hach
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Auditions: April 24, 25, 26 & 27, 2017
Performances: July 14, 15, 16, 21 & 22, 2017
Directed by Jennifer Miller
Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! (Cast: 3m, 4f, ensemble) Teen Theatre is open to teens ages 13–19 in any school system (must be 13 years-of-age by April 24, 2017, and no older than 19 years-of-age by July 22, 2017). Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

img_0685Children’s Theatre presents SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE JR.
Music & Lyrics by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, George Newall, Kathy Mandry, Lynn Ahrens, Tom Yohe
Book by George Keating, Kyle Hall, Scott Ferguson
Based on the ABC-TV educational animated series, which aired during the 1970s and 1980s
Auditions: June 19 & 20, 2017
Performances: August 11, 12 & 13, 2017
Directed by Victoria L. Bickley
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs, Erie County Foundation
Based on the ever-popular, award-winning 1970s cartoons, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes. 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 June 19, 2017, and no older than 12 years-of-age by August 13, 2017). Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Reservations for theatre performances may be made by calling 419-484-2787 beginning two weeks prior to the event. Reservations for cabaret performances may be made beginning the day after the previous cabaret. Cabaret performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening theatre performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and matinee theatre performances begin at 2:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

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