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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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.

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

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA (Season Premiere)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Open Auditions: July 15 & 16, 2019
Performances: Sept. 27, 28, 29, Oct. 4, 5 & 6, 2019
The musical that started it all! BSA revives their first-ever production! The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its re-creation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

THE MIRACLE WORKER
by William Gibson
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Open Auditions: Sept. 16 & 17, 2019
Performances: Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8 & 9, 2019
Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. THE MIRACLE WORKER dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word!

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 LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL
Book by Anne Beatts
Music and Lyrics by Ellie Greenwich and Friends
Based on the original play by Melanie Mintz
Additional Material by Jack Heifner
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Open Auditions: Jan. 13 & 14, 2020
Performances: March 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28, 2020
This hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the 60s charts. The story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual hit parade of her music: “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” and, of course, the title song, “Leader of the Pack.” Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15, in any school system.

Children’s Theatre presents TO BE ANNOUNCED
Open Auditions: March 2 & 3, 2020
Performances May 1, 2 & 3, 2020
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre is open to all children, ages 7–12, in any school system.

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.

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 for theatre performances may be made by calling 419-484-2787 beginning two weeks prior to Opening Night. Ticket prices are $15 for adults 18+, $10 for adults 60+, and $5 for children/students through grade 12. Friday and Saturday evening theatre performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee theatre performances begin at 2 p.m.

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The cast of THE FANTASTICKS

Director Steve Koenig is proud to announce the cast of THE FANTASTICKS.

El Gallo — Warren Brown
Luisa — Rebekah Klepper
Matt — Matthew Burdue
Hucklebee — Brad Rowe
Bellomy — Heidi Sarvis-Sapp
Henry — Ric Hills
Mortimer — Bob Derby
The Mute — Alyssa Banker

“Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. THE FANTASTICKS is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

THE FANTASTICKS is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their parents who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

THE FANTASTICKS features book and lyrics by Tom Jones, and music by Harvey Schmidt. It is based on LES ROMANESQUES by Edmond Rostand. It will be directed by Steven R. Koenig, Huron. Music Director is Wendy Brown, Clyde. Producer is Marty Siegel, Bellevue. It is being produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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2018–19: Our 24th Season!

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Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2018–19 theatre and Holiday Innkeeper Cabaret season. BSA is celebrating 24 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.

FORUM

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Season Premiere)
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the plays of Plautus
Directed by Laura Horn
Sponsored by Mel & Jeanie Miller & Family
Open Auditions: July 9 & 10, 2018
Performances: September 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16, 2018
Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical has “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” (Cast: 8m, 2f, ensemble) Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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Special Halloween Event! EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL returns for 2018!
Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt
Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt
Directed by Lori & Steve Damschroder
Sponsored by Spookhouse Ventures, LLC
Performances: October 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2018
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.” Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.

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MAKING GOD LAUGH
by Sean Grennan
Open Auditions: October 1 & 2, 2018
Performances: November 30, December 1, 2, 7 & 8, 2018
MAKING GOD LAUGH is a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each 10 years apart, set at various holidays. Starting in 1980, the newly-launched kids — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player — all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty nest parents contend with their own changes too, as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. Over the course of 30 years’ worth of celebrations — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter — we see how, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations. As Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” (Cast: 3m, 2f) Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

The Holiday Innkeeeper Cabaret Troupe open their 2018–19 season with “No Place Like BSA For the Holidays!” December 21 at 7 p.m.

We’ll be celebrating the New Year January 11 at 7 p.m. with some of the Innkeepers’ favorite Broadway standards.

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LITTLE WOMEN
by Peter Clapham, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital
Open Auditions: November 13 & 15, 2018
Performances: January 18, 19, 20, 25 & 26, 2019
This production follows the timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters and the beginning of their journey into womanhood. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up. (Cast: 5m, 7f) Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day February 15 with The Holiday Innkeepers and a “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” at 7 p.m.

Tween Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling
Open Auditions: January 2 & 3, 2019
Performances: March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10, 2019
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15, in any school system. Must be 10 years-of-age by January 2, 2019, and no older than 15 years-of-age by March 10, 2019. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Get “In the Mood” with the Innkeepers as they perform numbers from the Big Band/Swing era, March 15 at 7 p.m.

The Holiday Innkeepers sing a bit of everything for a “Potpourri Cabaret” April 12 at 7 p.m. Expect songs from films, and TV jingles and theme songs, as well as some surprises.

THE FANTASTICKS
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Steve Koenig
Performances: May 3, 4, 5, 10 & 11, 2019
THE FANTASTICKS is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two parents who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

The 2019 Young Performer Cabaret takes place May 17 at 7 p.m.

“Mom & Pop Doo-Wop Too” returns June 14 at 7 p.m.

The Holiday Innkeepers celebrate America’s Independence “From Sea to Shining Sea,” July 5 at 7 p.m., their season finale.

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Teen Theatre presents THE WEDDING SINGER
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy
Directed by Leslie Childers
Open Auditions: May 6 & 7, 2019
Performances: July 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20, 2019
It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Teen Theatre is open all teens, ages 13–19, in any school system. Must be 13 years-of-age by May 6, 2019, and no older than 19 years-of-age by July 20, 2019. (Cast: 4m, 4f, ensemble) Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Children’s Theatre presents THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY JR. (Season Finale)
Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald and Jonathan K. Waller
Music by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller, David Weinstein, and Stephen Gabriel
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book, Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Directed by Juliet Russell
Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Bellevue
Open Auditions: June 10 & 11, 2019
Performances: August 16, 17 & 18, 2019
Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday 10-year-old until the bulletin board on the wall above his bed comes loose and falls right on top of him. The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat. In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley — the ultimate exchange student — scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He’s stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond, all in an effort to become a three-dimensional boy once more. 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 10, 2019, and no older than 12 years-of-age by August 18, 2019. Produced 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 opening night. New ticket prices for the 2018–19 season will be $15 for adults 18+ and $10 for adults 60+/children/students through grade 12. Reservations are required for cabaret performances and may be made beginning the day after the previous cabaret. Seating is limited. Cabarets are $25, paid at the door, and include dinner and the performance. Cabarets begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening theatre performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee theatre performances will begin at 2 p.m. for the 2018–19 season.

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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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