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EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28

img_1819Based 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.”

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in a new outdoor performance space on the grounds behind the Bellevue Society for the Arts facility, complete with a fake blood ‘Splatter Zone.’

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+ and $8 for adults 60+/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning October 6.

Contains adult content and language. No one under the age of 17 permitted without adult parent/guardian.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL is directed by Lori and Steve Damschroder, Woodville. Brad Rowe, Bellevue, serves as Producer.

More details to come.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL is sponsored by Spookhouse Ventures LLC. It is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

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Auditions for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Sept. 5, 6

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General.

PrintSet sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas, this updated version of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run.

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.”

Open auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5 and 6 at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. No appointment is necessary.

Available roles:
Frederic — a member of the Pirates. He is unaffected and possesses an un-self-conscious sex appeal. Youthful, genuine and innocent. Gender: male, age: 20–21; vocal range: G4–Bb2
Mabel — daughter of the Major-General. Mabel is a classic beauty similar to Lillian Gish or Mary Pickford. An astute young woman, she is sympathetic in nature. She and Frederic fall in love. Gender: female, age: 18–21; vocal range: Db6–Bb3
Pirate King — the leader of the pirates. Despite his sharp and loud bark, he is actually a whole-hearted romantic with a soft bite. A handsome man typically found with an open shirt and wind in his hair. Gender: male, age: 25–35; vocal range: F4–A#2
Ruth — Frederic’s lifelong nanny. A sneaky Mrs. Potts, she is attractive enough for her age but cares very little about such things. She wants nothing more in life than to see Frederic happy, healthy, and by her side. Gender: female; age: 47–57; vocal range: Eb5–G3
Kate — daughter of the Major-General. Quick-witted and rather sassy. She, like her other sisters, is strikingly beautiful. Gender: female; age: 17–21; vocal range: G5–Ab3
Edith — daughter of the Major-General. Though a level-headed girl, she is quite mischievous. Very beautiful and the eldest of the daughters. Gender: female; age: 20–25; vocal range: G5–Ab3
Samuel — the Pirate King’s right-hand man. Perhaps a bit rotund, Samuel is clever but easily manipulated and influenced. Gender: male; age: 35–45; vocal range: F4–Bb2
Sergeant — the leader of the police. He is Groucho Marx-esque and uncomfortably clumsy. Though their duty to protect is clear, the Sergeant and his police are more accustomed to fear and hide. Gender: male; age: 35–45; vocal range: E4–G2
Ensemble — Daughters, Pirates, Policemen

The role of Major-General has already been cast.

Please prepare a song you are comfortable singing. A song from the show is acceptable, but not required. A song in the style of the show is encouraged, but not required. An accompanist and a CD player will be on-hand.

Directed by Jimy Foreman, Whites Landing, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE opens Bellevue Society for the Arts’ 23rd theatre season. Martie Siegel, Bellevue, serves as Assistant Director.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE features a book and lyrics by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, and music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan. It is sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, November 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, November 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Bellevue Society for the Arts does not offer union contracts or cast understudies. All performers are volunteers.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All performances materials are also supplied by MTI.

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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
Sponsored by Spookhouse Ventures LLC

Auditions: August 14 & 15, 2017
Performances: 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 Schwenck Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Directed by Jimy Foreman
Sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family
Auditions: September 5 & 6, 2017

Performances: 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.’

imgs-1753THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY’S PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr.
Directed by Jerry Beck
Auditions: October 23 & 24, 2017
Performances: December 21, 22 & 23, 2017

In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount an assault on a classic with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and a real Farndale first: wrap their vocal cords (and feet) around two original, show-stopping songs.

TheMiracleWorker-lgTHE MIRACLE WORKER
by William Gibson
Directed by Kristina Rivera
Auditions: November 27 & 28, 2017
Performances: January 26, 27, February 3 & 4, 2018
Immortalized on stage 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 that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. Winner of the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play!

img_1119Tween Theatre TBA
Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold
Auditions: January 28 & 29, 2018
Performances: March 23, 24, 25, 31 & April 1, 2018
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).

funny-girl-21x0csox-c03FUNNY GIRL
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
Performances: 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, 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.”

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
Performances: 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)
Sponsored by Bellevue Lions Club
Auditions: June 18 & 19, 2018
Performances: 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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