Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Betsy Bishop

Buy tickets for the spring musical at www.showtix4u.comTwo weekends only!

Cabaret, the spring musical March 6-16

Ashland High School proudly presents Cabaret, the revised 1987 musical on March 6-16—Thursday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and two matinees on Sundays, March 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. There will also be one $10. preview on March 5 at 7:30 p.m.  General tickets are $15. each and Students under 18 /Seniors over 65  tickets are $10. each.  Reserved $20. tickets are only available online at All other non-reserved seats will be sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Directed by OSF actor, Jeremy Johnson and choreographed by Suzanne Seiber, Cabaret promises to enlighten, thrill and delight! The revival won 4 Tony Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards and 3 Outer Critics Circle Award.  Alan Schwanke will design the set, Karl Iverson will direct the orchestra, and Emily Erhlich-Inget will design costumes. Over 65 students will be involved in this fabulous production. The scene is a night club in Berlin, in the late 1920's. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. On the train to Berlin we find Cliff, a young American writer, and Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff's luggage at the German border. History is in the process of being made. Musical numbers include Willkommen, Cabaret, Don't Tell Mama and Two Ladies. We find Cliff on the train again, now leaving the city. He writes about Sally and the people of Berlin leading up to the Third Reich. It has been a tumultuous and heartbreaking era.

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You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Monday, May 6th, 2013 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Theatre 201 South Mountain Avenue, Ashland, Oregon 97520

All tickets are now on sale at or call 1 866 967 8167.


the musical at AHS Mountain Ave Theatre

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown the musical opens at Ashland High School for their final main stage spring show at the Mountain Ave Theatre. Directed by Doug Ham, the show will play the first two weekends in May with four matinees offered on both weekends on Saturday and Sunday. This delightful 1998 revival based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz with book, music, and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner will be sure to bring nostalgia and smiles as the audience relives the antics of Charlie Brown (Mason McLellan), Lucy (Lisa-Marie Werfel), Linus (Jackson Richmond), Schroeder (Braedon Bell), Sally (Josette Saydah), and of course everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy (Noah Werthaiser). For this production, an ensemble of 13 of favorite Peanuts characters are featured: Rerun(Andrea Koell), Pigpen (Tallon Shults), Woodstock (Rosemarie Caruso), Peppermint Patty (Katie Cook), Marci (Zoey Petrone), Shermy (Scotty Gordon), Violet (Amelia Sorenson), Patty (Christine Impara), Naomi (Corrine Maddox), Peggy Jean (Ceili Widmann), Freida (Madison Gilpin), Charlotte Braun (Rebecca Wasche), and Lydia(Bronte Kennedy). Doug Ham’s creative team includes Jennifer Schloming as vocal and music director, Audrey Flint as choreographer, David Pedersen as co-tech director and set carpenter, Ellen Alfonso as costume designer, Bart Grady as lighting and co-tech director and stage manager Skye Gordon with her assistants Isabeau Kennedy and Sophia Green along with the theatre tech class. As the audience enters the theatre, the comic strip will be evident through the one- dimensional set (designed by Doug Ham). The entire production will have the Peanuts comic strip feeling as the actors bring to life their memorable characters through delightful scenes and musical numbers. You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is a musical for all ages! The production will preview Wed May 1 at 7:30. Opening night is Thurs May 2, with performances continuing Fri May 3 at 7:30, Sat May 4 matinee at 2 p.m. and evening at 7:30 p.m. and a Sun May 5 matinee at 2 p.m. The following week, performances will be Thurs-Sat May 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sat and Sun at 2 p.m, Some photo opportunities will happen after each show. All tickets are now on sale at or call 1 866 967 8167. General, student, and senior tickets are also available in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books, and Music Coop. General tickets are $15, students under 18 and seniors over 65 are $10. Reserved seating is $

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Theatre 201 South Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR 97520

Contact: Betsy Bishop

HARVEY, Pulitzer Prize comedy opens in late February at AHS

Ashland High School Theatre will present the delightful Pulitzer prize-winning classic comedy, HARVEY. Directed by John Stadelman, this famous piece will preview February 27 and 28, and play March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, at 7:30 p.m. with two Sun. matinees on March 3 and 10 at 2 the Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. Ok, yes, it’s a play involving an imaginary friend. So?  Many people have imaginary friends. So, why should it be a surprise that Elwood P. Dowd has a friend only a few people can see, and then, only once in a while? Harvey is Dowd’s friend and he’s a 6-foot tall white rabbit. He’s a “pooka” and Dowd believes so earnestly in him that he even manages to persuade his psychiatrist that Harvey is real. Sometimes Harvey can accurately predict the future! At one moment in the show, Dowd comments, “I’ve wrestled with reality for 40 years and I am happy to state that I won out over it,” capturing the essence of the play. HARVEY, by Mary Chase, premiered November 1, 1944, playing for 1,775 performances. Later, in 1950, the story became better known when Jimmy Stewart played Dowd in the movie that garnered four Oscar nominations and for which he was nominated as Best Actor in a leading role. Playwright Chase received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1945. The cast includes Ceili Widmann as Myrtle Mae; Lindsey Crocker as Veta Louise; Jeremiah Lieberman as Elwood P. Dowd. Other featured players are Shay Astor (Mrs. Chauvenet): Aubyn Heglie (Nurse Kelly); Mason McLellan (Mr. Wilson);Noah Yaconelli (Dr. Sanderson);Joseph Yaconelli (Dr.Chumley); Isabel Enns (Betty Chumley);Braedon Bell (Judge) and Jackson Richmond (Cabby). Director Stadelman’s stage manager for Harvey is Bronte Kennedy. Her assistant stage managers are Skye Gordon and Shay Astor. Tech Direction is by David Pedersen and Bart Grady. Costume Design is by Ellen Alphonso; Set design is by Doug Ham and Lighting Design is by Bart Grady.  David Pedersen is the master carpenter who supervises students in the set build. More than 50 students are involved in this production. All tickets are now on sale at or call 1-866-967-8167. In mid-February in downtown Ashland, general and student senior tickets will be sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. General tickets:$10. Students under 18/Seniors over 65 tickets:$5. $5 Previews on 2/27 & 28. Reserved seating for $15. is sold @ only.

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The Drowsy Chaperone

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 by Betsy Bishop

THE annual event –The AHS MUSICAL IS HAPPENING this fall in November


Tony Award-Winning BROADWAY MUSICAL $10. Wed. Nov. 7 preview Thurs-Sat Nov. 8 -10 @ 7:30 p.m. Sun matinees Nov. 11 and 18 @ 2 p.m. Thurs-Sat Nov. 15-17 @ 7:30 p.m.

Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar

Directed by Tyrone Wilson Asst. Directed and Choreographed by Suzanne Seiber Musical Direction by Karl Iverson

Ashland HS will present the recently acclaimed 2006 Broadway The Drowsy Chaperone. Winner of 5 Tony Awards and 7 Drama Desk awards including "Outstanding Musical," this is one hilarious show-within-a-show. It begins when a die-hard musical comedy fan dusts off his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called The Drowsy Chaperone. The album magically bursts to life and the audience is instantly immersed in the glamorous, comical tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day.

It’s one of the wittiest, craiest shows ever to hit Broadway. You'll want to see the show critics announced as "Irresistible!  A witty, winning, refreshing cocktail of a show" and “delightful and sparkling entertainment!” From the award-winning artistic and production team that brought you the critically acclaimed productions of The It Girl and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Tyrone Wilson directs a cast of 28. Featured performers include: Jeremiah Lieberman; Noah Yaconelli; Lisa Marie Werfel; Alyssa Monning; Amelia Mejia; Michaela Poling; Joseph Yaconelli; Jackson Richmond; Braedon Bell; Mason McClellan; Jackson Richmond; Elena Toppo and Isabella Enns. Tickets are now on sale online at or call 1-866-967-8166 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop.   Reserved $20; General $15; Student under 18/Seniors over 65: $10. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Wed through Sat November 7—10 and Thurs—Sat Nov. 15--17. A  $10. preview show will be Wed. November 7 at 7:30 p.m.. Sunday Matinees will show Nov 11 and Nov.18 at 2 p.m. For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410

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And Then They Came for Me

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Theatre presents

And Then They Came for Me:

Remembering the World of Anne Frank


James Still

Directed by Betsy Bishop

May 2, 3, 4, 5 @ 7:30 p.m. May 10, 11, and 12 @ 7:30 p.m. One Sunday matinee on May 13 @ 2 p.m.

Ashland High School Theatre is proud to announce its Spring play,  And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank by James Still,  presented from Wednesday, May 2 2 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, May 13 matinee for 8 performances only. One of the most widely produced new plays, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank is a unique theatrical experience: a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II. Ed was Anne Frank's first boyfriend, and she wrote about him in the beginning of her now-famous diary. Eva Schloss was the same age as Anne Frank and lived in the same apartment building in Amsterdam. Her family went into hiding the same day as the Frank family. And like the Frank family, they were betrayed. On Eva's 15th birthday, her family was arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. Eva and her mother survived, and after the war her mother married Otto Frank (Anne's father). Part oral history, part dramatic action, part direct address, part remembrance, the ensemble-driven And Then They Came for Me breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions. The Paul Still play won the AATE 2000 play award. There will be optional 15-minute talk-back after each performance except on Saturday, May 12, which is AHS prom night. Oregon Holocaust Survivor Display will be shown in the lobby. Running time is about 75 minutes with no intermission. Betsy Bishop directs a cast of 15 including Noah Werthaiser, Lindsey Crocker, Maya Zundel, Drew Starmer, Lisa Werfel, Noah Yaconelli, Jeremiah Lieberman, Haley Baldwin, Tristan Giannini, Tallon Shults, Jackson Richmond, Lilly Lion, Sarah Bestor and Alexa Neinhaus. Mrs. Bishop is assisted by senior, Drew Starmer. Robyn Lawrence is Stage Manager; she is assisted by Claire McBennett and Melissa Lamore. Emily Ehrlich-Inget is the costume designer; Doug Ham is the set designer; David Pedersen is the master carpenter and Phil Shaw is the lighting designer, assisted by Bart Grady. All tickets are available now at General tickets are $10. Students under 18/seniors over 65 tickets are $5. Reserved seating is available for $15 at only. General and student/senior tickets are on sale in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop.

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