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.

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.

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).

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 Stephen Sondheim, 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: 5m, 7f) Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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

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, 2017
Performances: July 14, 15, 16, 21 & 22, 2017
Directed by Laura Horn
Sponsored by Bunge North America
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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