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!
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Special Halloween Event! EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (Season Premiere)
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
Open 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.” Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
The Holiday Innkeepers kick off the 2017–18 Cabaret Season December 8 with “Where Are You, Christmas?” at 7 p.m.
THE 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
Open 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. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
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
Special Open Audition: November 27, 2017
Performances: January 26, 27, 28, February 2, 3 & 4, 2018
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.’ Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
“What About Love?” Celebrate Valentine’s Day February 9 at 7 p.m. with the Holiday Innkeepers.
Tween Theatre presents ANNIE
Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold
Sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling, and Bellevue Kiwanis
Open Auditions: January 6, 7 & 8, 2018
Performances: March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18, 2018
Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals! Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, ANNIE has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre is open to all children ages 10–15 in any school system. Must be 10 years-old by January 6, 2018, and no older than 15 years-old by March 18, 2018. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Go “Around the World in Song” with the Holiday Innkeepers on March 23 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate Spring with the Holiday Innkeepers as they share, “An Evening of Classic Broadway,” April 13 at 7 p.m.
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 and Anecdote Productions
Open Auditions: February 27 & 28, 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.” Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
A special “Young Performer Cabaret” takes place Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate dear ol’ Mom and Dad with some of the Holiday Innkeepers’ “Doo-Wop Favorites,” June 15 at 7 p.m.
Witness some vocal fireworks July 6 at 7 p.m., as the Holiday Innkeepers close out their 2017–18 season with, “Happy Birthday, America!”
Teen Theatre presents GUYS & DOLLS
Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Jennifer Miller
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis
Open 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. Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Teen Theatre is open to all teens ages 13–19 in any school system. Must be 13 years-old by May 7, 2018, and no older than 19 years-old by July 21, 2018. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
It’s back! Join us for the second annual Adult cabaret, “Bawdy Backroom Broadway,” July 27 at 8 p.m. (18+ only!)
Children’s Theatre presents AESOP, COME BACK! (Season Finale)
by Joshua Mikel
Directed by Juliet Russell
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Bellevue Lions Club
Open Auditions: June 18 & 19, 2018
Performances: August 2018
In an attempt to prove that Aesop was history’s greatest fabulist, a group of storytellers cracks the spine of a massive edition of Aesop’s Fables, releasing the old man’s most memorable characters into the theater. The Tortoise, the Hare, the Hart, the Vines, the Simpletons, the Fox, the Lion, the Mouse, and a certain golden egg-laying Goose all take the stage, delightfully re-imagined; the Tellers alternate between narrating and joining the action. Bristling with comic energy, this play caters to a large cast and is perfect for audiences of all ages. Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre is open to all children ages 7–12 in any school system. Must be seven years-old by June 18, 2018, and no older than 12 years-old by August 11, 2018. Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
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.