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Tween Theatre auditions Jan. 13 & 14

Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the world’s most celebrated movie musical.

The ‘Greatest Movie Musical of All Time’ is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. a guaranteed good time for performers and audience members alike.

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.

Three extraordinary roles for young dancers and a tour-de-force comedic turn make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. a perfect choice for any group with an abundance of talent ready to shine.

Available roles include:
Dora Bailey — Always first on the scene for any major film opening, and she has the Hollywood scoop.
Don Lockwood — Hollywood’s leading man in silent film. Charming and charismatic, Don has no shortage of female admirers. Don is smart and levelheaded; he likes being a famous Hollywood actor, but he doesn’t let the celebrity hype go to his head. (Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2)
Lina Lamont — A glamorous star of Hollywood’s silent films. She believes everything amazing she reads about herself in the gossip magazines, including that she and Don Lockwood are madly in love. (Vocal range top: Db5; Vocal range bottom: Bb3)
Cosmo Brown — Often serves as the comic relief in the show. Quick-witted and sure-footed, Cosmo is fast with a one-liner to lighten the mood. Cosmo is Don’s right-hand man. (Vocal range top: Db5; Vocal range bottom: Bb2)
Roz — Always by Lina’s side, or trailing after her. As Lina’s manager, Roz works hard to make sure nothing upsets her.
R.F. Simpson — The studio producer in charge of Lockwood-Lamont films. R.F.’s first and foremost goal is to make money, and if that means doing a talkie film, that’s fine with him.
Dexter — The studio’s director for Lamont and Lockwood films. He’s loud and blustery, and he’s easily frustrated with his assistants and Lina.
Dexter’s Assistants — Dexter’s First, Second and Third Assistants.
Kathy Selden — Wants to become an actress. She takes her career as an artist seriously and is embarrassed that she has to take jobs like singing and popping out of a cake just to get by. (Vocal range top: Eb5; Vocal range bottom: G3)
Miss Dinsmore and the Teacher — The vocal coaches hired to turn Lina’s voice into cultured perfection and to work with all of the other actors in the show. Tough, proper and slightly overworked.
Zelda — Lina’s right-hand gal, who informs her that Kathy’s voice is being dubbed over hers. Zelda can be dramatic and over-the-top like Lina, but at her core, she cares about her friend.
Sam — A sound engineer, should be all business.
Broadway Melody Host — A natural leader. Commands the stage with an air of confidence. (Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: Bb2)
Broadway Dancers — Broadway Dancers #1 and #2 are featured in “Broadway Melody.” (Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: C3)
Chorus Girls — The Chorus Girls #1, #2, #3 and #4 are great featured singing roles in “Make ’Em Laugh.” (Vocal range top: D5′ Vocal range bottom: C4)
Stagehands — Stagehands #1, #2 and #3 are great featured singing roles in “Make ’Em Laugh.” (Vocal range top: C5; Vocal range bottom: F4)
Ensemble — The ensemble roles in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. are comprised of the Crowd, Pedestrians, including Pedestrian #1 and Pedestrian #2, Stars, Fans, including Fan #1 and Fan #2, Policeman, Party Guests, including Young Lady, Kathy’s Girls, Chorus Girls, Broadway Chorus, Guests, a Sound Engineer, Stagehands, Students, Sound Crew, Screening Guests, a Passerby, the Butler, Orchestra Leader and Audience Members. They really make the 1920s Golden Age of Hollywood come alive and are essential to this romantic light-hearted comedy. These ensemble groups are filled with named characters who have lines, so many of the ensemble students will have featured moments. Depending on the cast size, these ensemble groups can all be double- or triple-cast. Even if there are actors playing three or four different ensemble roles, we emphasize the importance of character, and make sure our young performers make consistent character choices when they step onstage.

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

Please prepare a one-minute monologue and 16–32 bars of a song from a musical. You may bring the audio file with NO background vocals on your phone or tablet. An auxiliary speaker will be provided.

Bring all rehearsal/performance conflicts with you to be turned in when you audition.

You only need to attend one of the two evenings.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. is being presented March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and March 22 at 2 p.m.

Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter of Bellevue, BSA’s 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.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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“Songs of the Season: A Christmas Cabaret” Dec. 13

In the style of Irving Berlin’s 1942 film, “Holiday Inn,” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, where every holiday prompts a celebration, Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Holiday Innkeeper Cabaret Troupe is proud to announce “Songs of the Season: A Christmas Cabaret” Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

The event features an array of funny, romantic, and traditional Christmas and Holiday-themed songs performed by some new and familiar BSA personalities.

Each Cabaret is accompanied by a delicious home-style meal. The Dec. 13 menu will feature cube steak, baked potato, peas, dinner rolls, and a festive 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.

“Songs of the Season: A Christmas Cabaret” is hosted by Jimy Foreman of Whites Landing. Rebecca Kulik of Chicago, IL, provides piano accompaniment.

Performances may also feature surprise guests.

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

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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.

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!


Agatha Christie’s A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
by Leslie Darbon
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter
Sponsored by Russell Real Estate Services
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.


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. Theatrical 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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