Neil Simon’s RUMORS Jan. 27, 28, Feb. 3 & 4

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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.

Bellevue Society for the Arts presents Neil Simon’s RUMORS, Fridays and Saturdays, January 27, 28, February 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

The cast includes Aaron Stewart as Ken Gorman, Dawn West as Chris Gorman, Ted Thomas Fox as Lenny Ganz, Shawnte Hill as Claire Ganz, Robert Ammanniti as Ernie Cusack, Heidi Sarvis as Cookie Cusack, Winston Schaffer as Glenn Cooper, Katherine Gauthier as Cassie Cooper, Scott Bower as Officer Welch, and Joanne Smola as Officer Pudney.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+ and students through grade 12. Call 419-656-2227 for reservations beginning January 13. The play contains mature language and subject matter. Discretion is advised.

RUMORS is directed by David Riegel, Bellevue, and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. It is sponsored by Janet Scagnetti.

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Tween Theatre auditions Jan. 29 & 30

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 La Bird 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.

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 La Bird. 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.

Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre presents open auditions for SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL, Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m., and Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. BSA’s 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). No experience required! It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling and Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs.

Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold, Clyde, performances are March 24–26, and April 1 & 2, 2017. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre.

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.

Available roles include:

• The Cat in the Hat — Our story’s omniscient narrator, he (or she!) is fun-loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive. Vocal range top: F4; vocal range bottom: F2

• Jojo — A Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton. Vocal range top: C5; vocal range bottom: Ab3

• Horton the Elephant — Our story’s main character, a compassionate and gentle elephant. Commonly misunderstood because of his larger size. Protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle. Vocal range top: F4; vocal range bottom: A2

• Gertrude McFuzz — Horton’s one-feathered-tail bird neighbor. Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is also self-conscious of her shortfalls. Vocal range top: F5; vocal range bottom: F3

• Mayzie La Bird — The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life. Vocal range top: Eb5; vocal range bottom: G3

• The Sour Kangaroo — The ‘leader’ of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful. Vocal range top: F5; vocal range bottom: F#3

• Ensemble — Jungle Creatures (The Wickersham Brothers, Yurtle the Turtle, Bird Girls); The Whos (Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, General Gengus Khan Schmitz)

Audition requirements include reading and singing from the show (preferred), or a song of your choice that highlights your special talent (encouraged). Do you dance? Juggle? Make yourself stand out! Audition sides will be available at check-in.

Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6–8:30 p.m. with additional rehearsals being added if necessary as performances near. Not every cast member will be called to every rehearsal. Some Saturdays will be added, including mandatory Tech Day. Bring a schedule/calendar for February and March to auditions with any and all conflicts.

After the cast is announced, scripts and materials will be available at the first rehearsal, to-be-determined.

As with all BSA productions, there is no participation fee. A donation of $35 is suggested to cover the cost of purchasing scripts and CDs for each cast member, as well as a show t-shirt and food/refreshments for the Tech Day Rehearsal and Cast Party.

Parents of cast members are asked to participate in a Production Committee during the run of the show. Let the director/producer know your parents’ talents!

Video auditions may be submitted to jfleming56@aol.com no later than 12 p.m. Saturday, January 28, only if you are unable to attend the regular January 29 & 30 auditions.

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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!

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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 on Friday, February 10 with “Love Me Tender: A Cabaret Valentine.”

It will be “A Great Day to be Irish” on 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).

“Spring to Life” at The Holiday Innkeepers’ Spring-themed cabaret on 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 on June 2.

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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
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs
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).

Children’s Theatre TBA
Auditions: June 19 & 20, 2017
Performances: August 11, 12 & 13, 2017
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre is open to all children ages 7–12 in any school system (must be 8 years-of-age by June 19, 2017, and no older than 12 years-of-age by August 13, 2017).

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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