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AShalnd HS Fall Show SHOOTING STARS Nov 1–11

Monday, October 22th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

  Ashland High School Theatre collaborates with OSF veterans to present Shooting Stars, a dive into America in 1962 and its first all-female traveling basketball team.   * Ashland High School Theatre opens their 2018 season and the 25th Anniversary of their OSF/AHS Partnership with a delightful comedy directed by OSF actor Barret O'Brien.   Shooting Stars by Molly Newman will play 8 shows: Thurs-Sat, Nov 1-3  & Nov 8-10 @ 7:30 pm Sundays, Nov 4 and 11 @ 2 pm   The time is 1962; the place is a locker room in a small Midwestern town; the team is The Shooting Stars, a novelty all-female basketball team.  As The Shooting Stars prepare to face off against the local men's team, the young women emerge as distinct personalities who reveal the lives they’ve abandoned to join the traveling team. The entrance of the team's male owner, creates a stir as he oversees every aspect of the women’s lives: from diet to hair style, from the language they’re allowed to use to the way they’re allowed to play the game. But when an unexpected event changes everything, the women are given the chance to chart their own destiny—forced to choose between abandoning the sport that they love or rising into the groundbreakers that they are capable of becoming.   The student ensemble cast includes Nicky Clary, Carmen Kerr, Allie Poole, Samara French, Brooklyn Williams, Anabella Ross, Elena Schmeling, Anabella Ross, and Kylah Ward.  Plai Kanjanakaset is the stage manager and Isaac Neet and Trastan Bucy are his assistants.    To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Ashland High School OSF/AHS Partnership, AHS has partnered with a team of OSF professionals to stage Shooting Stars.        Shooting Stars is directed by Barret O’Brien whose play, Water Made to Rise, recently premiered at the Ashland Armory. O’Brien is an award-winning playwright and actor whose plays have been performed at venues across the country including New York, Louisiana, Texas, Connecticut, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. He’s also a veteran OSF actor who’s appeared in the world premieres of Bill Rauch’s Roe and Off the Rails as well as the 2017 Julius Caesar which will transfer off-Broadway in 2019.   Another OSF company member on the creative team is legendary scenic designer Richard Hay.  Hay is remounting his original set design from the 1988 world-premiere of Shooting Stars for the AHS production. In 61 seasons at OSF Hay has designed over 245 productions (including the entire Shakespearean canon twice).  Hay’s many awards include a Fulbright Grant, an Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts, and the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award. Although he’s always been a major sponsor for our theatre program, this is his first set for AHS.   Other OSF collaborators are Cecily Macrory (Assistant Director), Natalie Scott (Assistant Set Design), and Emily Ehrlich Inget & Cherelle Guyton (Costume Design). . AHS partners on the show include lighting designer, Bart Grady, Kirsten Samek, Technical Director, Janny Hernandez, carpenter and AHS producer, Betsy Bishop.        Shooting Stars will be performed at Ashland HS Mountain Avenue Theatre: 201 South Mountain Avenue. The show runs Thursday-Saturday Nov. 1-3 and 8-10 at 7:30pm, with two Sunday matinees Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 at 2 pm.   Tickets prices: Reserved $15, General $10, Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $7 Tickets are now on sale online at: www.showtix4u.com or call 1-(866) 967-8167 Tickets are also available at: Paddington Station, Tree House Books, and Music Coop Reserved tickets are only sold online at: www.showtix4u.com or (866) 967-8167 For school and group info call: (541) 482-8771.     *        

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Ashland High School Season and Events!

Monday, October 22th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

    ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE     2018-19 CALENDAR       Sept 22 – 23  Oregon Thespian Leadership Summit for Oregon troupes (at AHS)     Oct 1         BACK TO THEATRE NIGHT  all classes perform 7:00 pm     Oct 20-21   HAUNTED HOUSE  Sat 10/20 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm, Sun 10/21 2-4 pm     Nov 1-11     SHOOTING STARS  directed by Barret O’Brien     FALL PLAY  Thur – Sun, Nov 1-4 & Nov 8-11 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday shows, 2:00 pm Sunday shows   Nov 12   CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP, Veteran’s Day 8:30 am – 3:30 pm       Dec 14     Winter Fine Arts Festival  6:30 pm     Dec 28  25TH ANNIVERSARY OSF-AHS PARTNERSHIP Celebration 7:00 pm   Jan. 20                       MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOP, MLK Day  1:30 pm – 6:00 pm   Feb 1-2                      Regional Acting Competition in Eugene     Feb 28 – Mar. 10      DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID  directed by Caroline Schaffer   SPRING MUSICAL  Fridays & Saturday  March 1,2,8,9 @ 7:30 p.m.   &  Saturday & Sunday  (4) matinees March 2, 3 and 9, 10 @ 2 p.m.   Mar 16                      “ON OUR WAY TO STATE” SHOWCASE  7:00 pm   Apr 3 - 6                    State Thespian Conference in Salem, OR    May 1-12                   A “COMEDY” - TBA  directed by Annie Paul   SPRING PLAY  Thur – Sun, May 1-5 & May 9-12   7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday shows, 2:00 pm Sunday shows   May 15-16                 STUDENT DIRECTED ONE ACTS   7:00 pm   June 3      AHS GERRY AWARDS   7:00 pm      Bolded dates indicate theatre performances  

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HAIR the Tribal Love Rock Musical at AHS May 2–13

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

HAIR the tribal Love-Rock Musical May 2-13

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Performing Arts proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical — May 2 - 13 Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with an exclusive rarely-produced version based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the 1968 original. The cast and crew of 45 is directed by Lenny Neimark. HAIR features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot. The nine performances will be May 3-13 with a preview on May 2 at 7:30 and two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. This production is rated PG-13 for mature themes, with high school appropriate language.   Marking the 50th anniversary of the mother of all rock musicals, HAIR is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America. This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. HAIR features an eclectic score filled with classics including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Hair,” and “Easy to Be Hard.”   The themes and struggles in HAIR remain as vital and relevant today as ever. HAIR features an extraordinary cast: Claude (Kyle Storie); Berger (Preston Mead); Sheila (Audrey Cirzan); Jeanie (Sierra Milburn); Woof (Henry Alexander); Hud (Taylor Kelly-McMahon); Dionne (Mumi Thiaw); Crissy (Ella Stringer); Mom (Zoe Lishinsky); Dad (Jack Kleen); Margaret Mead (Nicky Clary) and the Tribe: Akira Supelana-Mix, Allie Poole, Anabella Ross, Brook Hall, Elena Schmeling, Ethan Bennett, Gahl Falkner, Isac Neet, Jake Mossiah, Joshua Henkel, Julia Tobrock, Leila Kenner, Madison Davis, Marin Monteith, Samara French, Taiga Sherman, Tristan Bucy and Zakiyah Clark. The stage manager is AHS senior Starlie Bertrand, assisted by Risso Mulholland and Sabrina Circiello.   The design and artistic team assisting director Lenny Neimark includes: Coleman Wheeler, Technical Director; Holly Foster, Vocal Director; John Taylor, Music Director; Hayley Thirlwall, Choreographer; Alexandra Zweig, Assistant Choreographer; Bart Grady, Lighting Designer; Natalie Scott, Scenic Designer; Emily Ehrlich-Inget, Costume Designer; Cherelle Guyton, Costume Designer/Wigs; Ben Cobb, Sound Consultant; Alan Parowski, Dramaturg; and Betsy Bishop, Producer. The 11-piece onstage rock 'n roll band features renowned local guitarists Jeff Pevar and Paul Turnipseed, keyboardist/conductor John Taylor, director Neimark's son Gabriel (an AHS senior) on drums, with members of the Rogue Valley Symphony including Theresa McCoy on percussion, Bruce Dresser and Jon Janakes on trumpets, Daryl Fjeldheim on reeds, with AHS student musicians Jack Diab on bass and Oliver Maude on trombone.   HAIR will be performed at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre located at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The show runs for two weekends and includes 9 performances: Thurs–Saturday, May 3 - 5 and May 10 -12 at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. A $12 preview is on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. NOTE: Come 30 minutes prior to curtain for the Be-In—an immersive Happening! Hippie attire optional.   Tickets on sale NOW online at www.showtix4u.com or call 866-967-8167; and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $25; General $20; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $15. Reserved tickets are highly recommended for this show and are only available online at: www.showtix4u.com (General and Student/Senior also available online) or by calling 866 967 8167. PG-13 due to mature themes. Group sales: 541-482-8771.

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HAIR the tribal Love Rock Musical May 2–13

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

HAIR the tribal Love-Rock Musical May 2-13

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Performing Arts proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical — May 2 - 13 Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with an exclusive rarely-produced version based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the 1968 original. The cast and crew of 45 is directed by Lenny Neimark. HAIR features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot. The nine performances will be May 3-13 with a preview on May 2 at 7:30 and two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. This production is rated PG-13 for mature themes, with high school appropriate language. Marking the 50th anniversary of the mother of all rock musicals, HAIR is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America. This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. HAIR features an eclectic score filled with classics including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Hair,” and “Easy to Be Hard.” The themes and struggles in HAIR remain as vital and relevant today as ever. HAIR features an extraordinary cast: Claude (Kyle Storie); Berger (Preston Mead); Sheila (Audrey Cirzan); Jeanie (Sierra Milburn); Woof (Henry Alexander); Hud (Taylor Kelly-McMahon); Dionne (Mumi Thiaw); Crissy (Ella Stringer); Mom (Zoe Lishinsky); Dad (Jack Kleen); Margaret Mead (Nicky Clary) and the Tribe: Akira Supelana-Mix, Allie Poole, Anabella Ross, Brook Hall, Elena Schmeling, Ethan Bennett, Gahl Falkner, Isac Neet, Jake Mossiah, Joshua Henkel, Julia Tobrock, Leila Kenner, Madison Davis, Marin Monteith, Samara French, Taiga Sherman, Tristan Bucy and Zakiyah Clark. The stage manager is AHS senior Starlie Bertrand, assisted by Risso Mulholland and Sabrina Circiello. The design and artistic team assisting director Lenny Neimark includes: Coleman Wheeler, Technical Director; Holly Foster, Vocal Director; John Taylor, Music Director; Hayley Thirlwall, Choreographer; Alexandra Zweig, Assistant Choreographer; Bart Grady, Lighting Designer; Natalie Scott, Scenic Designer; Emily Ehrlich-Inget, Costume Designer; Cherelle Guyton, Costume Designer/Wigs; Ben Cobb, Sound Consultant; Alan Parowski, Dramaturg; and Betsy Bishop, Producer. The 11-piece onstage rock 'n roll band features renowned local guitarists Jeff Pevar and Paul Turnipseed, keyboardist/conductor John Taylor, director Neimark's son Gabriel (an AHS senior) on drums, with members of the Rogue Valley Symphony including Theresa McCoy on percussion, Bruce Dresser and Jon Janakes on trumpets, Daryl Fjeldheim on reeds, with AHS student musicians Jack Diab on bass and Oliver Maude on trombone. HAIR will be performed at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre located at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The show runs for two weekends and includes 9 performances: Thurs–Saturday, May 3 - 5 and May 10 -12 at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. A $12 preview is on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. NOTE: Come 30 minutes prior to curtain for the Be-In—an immersive Happening! Hippie attire optional. Tickets on sale NOW online at www.showtix4u.com or call 866-967-8167; and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $25; General $20; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $15. Reserved tickets are highly recommended for this show and are only available online at: www.showtix4u.com (General and Student/Senior also available online) or by calling 866 967 8167. PG-13 due to mature themes. Group sales: 541-482-8771.

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HAIR the tribal Love-Rock Musical May 2-13

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Performing Arts proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical — May 2 - 13 Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with an exclusive rarely-produced version based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the 1968 original. The cast and crew of 45 is directed by Lenny Neimark. HAIR features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot. The nine performances will be May 3-13 with a preview on May 2 at 7:30 and two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. This production is rated PG-13 for mature themes, with high school appropriate language. Marking the 50th anniversary of the mother of all rock musicals, HAIR is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America. This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. HAIR features an eclectic score filled with classics including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Hair,” and “Easy to Be Hard.” The themes and struggles in HAIR remain as vital and relevant today as ever. HAIR features an extraordinary cast: Claude (Kyle Storie); Berger (Preston Mead); Sheila (Audrey Cirzan); Jeanie (Sierra Milburn); Woof (Henry Alexander); Hud (Taylor Kelly-McMahon); Dionne (Mumi Thiaw); Crissy (Ella Stringer); Mom (Zoe Lishinsky); Dad (Jack Kleen); Margaret Mead (Nicky Clary) and the Tribe: Akira Supelana-Mix, Allie Poole, Anabella Ross, Brook Hall, Elena Schmeling, Ethan Bennett, Gahl Falkner, Isac Neet, Jake Mossiah, Joshua Henkel, Julia Tobrock, Leila Kenner, Madison Davis, Marin Monteith, Samara French, Taiga Sherman, Tristan Bucy and Zakiyah Clark. The stage manager is AHS senior Starlie Bertrand, assisted by Risso Mulholland and Sabrina Circiello. The design and artistic team assisting director Lenny Neimark includes: Coleman Wheeler, Technical Director; Holly Foster, Vocal Director; John Taylor, Music Director; Hayley Thirlwall, Choreographer; Alexandra Zweig, Assistant Choreographer; Bart Grady, Lighting Designer; Natalie Scott, Scenic Designer; Emily Ehrlich-Inget, Costume Designer; Cherelle Guyton, Costume Designer/Wigs; Ben Cobb, Sound Consultant; Alan Parowski, Dramaturg; and Betsy Bishop, Producer. The 11-piece onstage rock 'n roll band features renowned local guitarists Jeff Pevar and Paul Turnipseed, keyboardist/conductor John Taylor, director Neimark's son Gabriel (an AHS senior) on drums, with members of the Rogue Valley Symphony including Theresa McCoy on percussion, Bruce Dresser and Jon Janakes on trumpets, Daryl Fjeldheim on reeds, with AHS student musicians Jack Diab on bass and Oliver Maude on trombone. HAIR will be performed at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre located at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The show runs for two weekends and includes 9 performances: Thurs–Saturday, May 3 - 5 and May 10 -12 at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. A $12 preview is on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. NOTE: Come 30 minutes prior to curtain for the Be-In—an immersive Happening! Hippie attire optional. Tickets on sale NOW online at www.showtix4u.com or call 866-967-8167; and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $25; General $20; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $15. Reserved tickets are highly recommended for this show and are only available online at: www.showtix4u.com (General and Student/Senior also available online) or by calling 866 967 8167. PG-13 due to mature themes. Group sales: 541-482-8771.

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