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BSA Christmas Cabaret Dec. 21

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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 December 21’s “No Place Like BSA For the Holidays” Cabaret 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 December 21 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.

The “No Place Like BSA For the Holidays” Cabaret is hosted by Jimy Foreman, of Whites Landing. Bellevue’s Evelyn Woodruff 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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Tween Theatre auditions Jan. 2 & 3

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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.

Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.

Roald Dahl’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (DOGFIGHT and A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA, THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY), critics rave: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is a “masterpeach!”

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.

A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, the creative possibilities with JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH are endless. Actors will love playing the outlandish characters and performing brand new material from one of Broadway’s hottest duos.

Available roles:
Ladahlord, m: A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.

James, m: A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.

SPIKER, F: James’ mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.

Sponge, f: James’ other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.

Spider, f: A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James.

Green Grasshopper, m: A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.

Centipede, f or m: An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest.

Ladybug, f: A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper.

Earthworm, f or m: An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything but is very friendly and brave when called upon.

Ensemble, M or F: Crowd, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Hollywood Agents, Seagulls, New Yorkers.

Please prepare a one-minute monologue and 16–32 bars of a song of your choice in the style of the show (Contemporary Broadway in rock or jazz style). Bring the audio file with NO background vocals on your phone or iPad. 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.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is being presented March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, 2019. It is being directed by Dwayne Arnold, Clyde. Music Director is Michael Sooy, Old Fort. It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling.

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LITTLE WOMEN presented Jan. 18, 19, 20, 25 & 26

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The story of LITTLE WOMEN, Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel, is so well-known and so well-loved that it is hardly surprising that many attempts have been made to portray its characters upon the stage. None has yet been so successful, however, as this brilliant dramatization by Peter Clapham. The structure of the play faithfully covers that of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together. All the overtones of gaiety and the undertones of sadness are here, bringing the story completely to life in a way which is both accurate and dramatically satisfying.

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.

The cast includes Amy Wylykanowitz as Marmee, Taylor Beatty as Meg, Elizabeth Ish as Jo, Evette Nevills as Beth, Mena Wylykanowitz as Amy, Jared Bradley as Laurie, Simon Arnold as John Brooke, Brad Rowe as Mr. Laurence, Lynne Wagner as Hannah, Sue Stotz as Aunt March, and Dwayne Arnold as Mr. March.

LITTLE WOMEN is being presented Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts. It is directed by Cheryl Hansen-Showalter and sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital. It is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Tickets are $15 for adults 18+, $10 for adults 60+, and $5 for children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 beginning Jan. 4.

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MAKING GOD LAUGH Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7 & 8

This holiday season, comedy is relative.

Bellevue Society for the Arts presents the Holiday comedy, MAKING GOD LAUGH, Fridays and Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, and 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

MAKING GOD LAUGH 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.”

The cast includes Teri Sizemore (Norwalk) as Ruthie, Rob Albach (Sandusky) as Bill, Cory Lachner (Tiffin) as Richard, Leslie Childers (Bellevue) as Maddie, and Ray Sizemore (Norwalk) as Thomas.

Written by Sean Grennan, MAKING GOD LAUGH is co-directed by Aaron Stewart and Nancy Steyer, Tiffin. It is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

MAKING GOD LAUGH contains mild adult language and subject matter.

Tickets are $15 for adults 18+, $10 for adults 60+, and $5 for children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning Nov. 16.

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Be a 2018–19 season sponsor!

be-a-sponsorWant to sponsor a show for our upcoming 2018–19 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, newspapers, and TV and radio, if applicable
• on our website and all of our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
• in a full-page program ad for the rest of our season

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!

We also offer a Music Patron option. Your contribution will allow us to feature a live orchestra for our musical productions, when possible.

Call 419-484-2787, Direct Message Bellevue Society for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email bellevuearts@inbox.com.

Shows available for sponsorship:
LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE (Musical Comedy)
Teen Theatre’s THE WEDDING SINGER (Musical Comedy)
2019 Children’s Theatre TBA

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Make a tax-deductible donation to BSA

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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