The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

AHS Theatre presents the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 by Betsy Bishop

Can you spell “hilarious”? Ashland High School proudly presents eight performances of the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Thursday-Saturday, April 30-May 2 and May 7-9 at 7 p.m.*(note earlier time) with two matinees on Sunday, May 3 and 10 @ 2 p.m. atthe AHS Theatre at  201 S. Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The music and lyrics are by William Finn; the book is by Rachel Sheinkin and conceived by Rebecca Feldman Directed by Christine Williams, this irresistible musical follows six awkward spelling champions who learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything. Over 33 students are involved in this production. Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book and vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six whiz kids vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing funny and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of mind-boggling words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is delightful gem of comedic genius--a fast-paced crowd pleaser with a heart. PG-13 for adolescent issues. Cast members of the musical  includeJonathan Connolly; Amelia Sorensen; Tristan Ferris; Liam Atkins; Julia Laurensen; Preston Mead; Tessa Buckley; Grace Pruitt; Michael Burt; David Lee; Caitlin Campbell and Kyle Storie. Director Christine Williams, works in collaboration with Jennifer Schloming, vocal and musical director; Suzanne Seiber, choreographer; and Betsy Bishop, AHS producer. Emily Erhlich-Inget is the costume designer. Dave Pedersen and Bart Grady are the technical directors. Sandy Phillips is the set designer.  Christopher Radley is the stage manager and he is assisted by Lily Rider and Chris Jossy. The $10. Preview is Thursday April 30 @ 7 p.m. (Note earlier start time) Friday-Sat May1-2 and May 7-9 @ 7 p.m. with two matinees on Sunday May 3 and 10 @ 2 p.m. General tickets are $15. each and Students under 18 / Seniors over 65 tickets are $10. each. After April 15, all non-reserved seats will be sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved tickets ($20.) must be ordered online only. They are available with all general and student/senior ticketsat Toll free ticket order is 1-866-967-8167. For group sales information call 541-482-8771.

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Monday, March 2th, 2015 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Theatre presents a wacky comedy, LEADING LADIES, March 4-15 Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents a hilarious comedy, Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Liisa Ivary. The 8 performances will show Thursdays –Saturday March 5-15 at 7:30 p.m. with one matinee on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. There’s also a $5. Preview on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. It’s all about two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it. Many say the comedy is a “Some like It Hot meets Twelfth Night.” Playwright Ken Ludwig is known for Crazy For You; Lend Me A Tenor; Moon Over Buffalo and The Three Musketeers--just to name a few of his hits. Critics love Leading Ladies.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer said “Leading Ladies is a highly combustible and continuously hilarious comedy by Ken Ludwig, Broadway's reigning comic writer." The San Diego Union-Tribune said "Ludwig's laugh-a-second (yes, they do come that fast) farce, will surely join "Charley's Aunt" ... in the repertories of regional and community theatres for decades to come." (PG: Recommended for 11 and up.) Directed by Liisa Ivary, Leading Ladies involves over 40 students.  Featured actors are Jonathan Connolly, Liam Atkins, Christine Impara, Jackson Richmond, Caitlin Campbell, Zoe Lishinsky, Preston Mead, David Lee, Tristan Ferris, Avram Rosewood, Kyle Storie, Marissa Lawrence, Sierra Milburn, Ceili Widmann, Taylor McMahon-Kelly, Alex Welden, Audrey Cirzon and Kacey Ottenbacher, On the team assisting Ms. Ivary is Betsy Bishop, the producer, and Suzanne Seiber, the choreographer. Ariel Greninger is the costume designer; David Pedersen and Bart Grady are Co-technical directors. David Pedersen is also the master carpenter; Bart Grady is also the lighting designer. Doug Ham is the set designer and Jonathan Toppo is the fight choreographer. Caety Burt is the stage manager assisted by Christopher Radley and Nellie Strong. 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 $17; General $12; Student under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Wed. through Sat. March 4-7 and Thurs-Sat, March 12-14. A $5. preview will be on Wed, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.  One Sunday matinee will play March 15 at 2 p.m. For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Wednesday, October 22th, 2014 by Betsy Bishop

FALL MUSICAL See How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying The Famous Broadway Pulitzer Prize winner and Satirical Musical Wed-Sat Nov 5-8 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat Nov 13-16 7:30 p.m. Sundays Nov 9 & 16 2:00 p.m.

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How to Succeedin Business without Really Trying November 5-16 Ashland High School proudly presents the hit Broadway musical, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING by Burrows, Weinstock and Gilbert, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by Jeremy Johnson, the 60-member cast and crew will present 9 performances November 5-16. Following the advice of a book entitled “How to Succeed in Business” a young window-cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch, begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch’s unorthodox and morally-questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington. With a beloved score by Frank Loesser, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is packed with hit standards such as “I Believe in You,” “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm,” “The Company Way,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary,” and “Brotherhood of Man.” Featured players include: Jonathan Connolly (Finch) Corrine Maddox (Rosemary) Liam Atkins (Biggley) Amelia Sorenson (Hedy), Preston Mead (Bud), Tessa Buckley (Smitty), and Caitlin Campbell (Miss Jones). With Director Johnson, Karl Iverson will conduct the orchestra and vocals and Royer Bockus will choreograph.  Katy Lai will design the set, Ariel Clark will design costumes and Kurt Siders will design the lights. As Master Carpenter, David Pedersen will build the set with the AHS tech class. The Co- Technical Directors are David Pedersen and Bart Grady.  The Stage Manager is Lily Rider; her assistants are Trevor Mejia and Cailyn Caldwell. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING opened to critical acclaim on Broadway in October 1961, running for four years. The cast starred Robert Morse as Finch, Charles Nelson Reilly as Bud Frump, and Rudy Vallee as the company president. The show won 7 Tony Awards including best musical and best book, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical, a Grammy for best original show album, and is one of only 8 musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1967, the film version starred Morse and Vallee with Michele Lee as Rosemary. In the Broadway revivals, Matthew Broderick starred as Finch in 1995; Daniel Radcliffe starred in the 2011 revival. The critics noted the charm and satire in both. The $10. Preview is Wed. November 5 @ 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat, November 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 begin @7:30 p.m. The two Sunday Matinees on November 9 and 16 begin @ 2 p.m. General tickets are $15. each and for Students under 18 /Seniors over 65 tickets are $10. each. All non-reserved seats will be sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved tickets ($20.) are available with all general and student/senior ticketsat Toll free ticket order is 1-866-967-8167. For group sales information call 541-482-8771 CAST LIST FINCH Jonathan Connolly ROSEMARY Corrine Maddox BIGGLEY Liam Atkins HEDY Amelia Sorenson BUD Preston Mead SMITTY Tessa Buckley MISS JONES Caitlin Campbell BRATT David Lee TWIMBLE/WOMPER Jackson Richmond MS KRUMHOLTZ/ENS Cadaxa Chapman-Ball TV ANNOUNCER/ENS Abigail Mizera JENKINS/ENS Tristan Giannini GATCH/ENS Michael Burt ENSEMBLE: Rayne Bangsberg Katie Cook Allayana Darrow Emma Durbin Tristan Ferris Chris Jossy Taylor Kelly-McMahon Julia Laurenson Zoe Lishinsky Jane McDowell Henry Mercer Juliet Nienhaus Kacey Ottenbacher Grace Pruitt Kyle Storie Nellie Strong Kaya Van Dyke Rebecca Wasche Alex Weldon Ceili Widmann Stage Manager- Lily Rider Assistant Stage Manager- Trevor Mejia and Cailyn Coldwell Director - Jeremy Johnson Choreographer – Royer Bockus Vocal and Orchestra Director - Karl Iversen Costumes - Ariel Greninger

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Our Ashland HS Theatre SEASON THIS YEAR

Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Betsy Bishop

201 South MOUNTAIN AVENUE , Ashland, OR 97520 HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING wonderful satirical Broadway winner   Wed-Sun NOV 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & Thurs-Sun NOV 13, 14, 15, 16  Sundays at 2 p.m. LEADING LADIES a  very funny farce by LUDWIG (playwright of LEND ME A TENOR)-Thurs-Sun MARCH 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Thurs-Sun 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE a new and delightful Broadway MUSICAL –MAY Wed - Sun April 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3 and Wed- Sun  MAY 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Theatre Activities Haunted House Fri and Sat Oct 24 & 25 Raffle Tickets now until Nov. 16 Children’s Drama Workshop grades 3-5 Nov 11  8:45 am -3 p.m Acting Competition February Sat. Feb 7 Redmond HS Showcase Dinner Theatre   February TBA Shakespeare Birthday Party Night April 23 Oregon State Thespian Festival April 9-11 Evenings of One Act Plays Wed-Thurs May 13, 14 Awards Night and Mentor Recognition Night Monday, June  2 November     HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS Wed-Sun 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & Wed-Sun 12, 13, 14, 15, 16: Fall Play WFAF December Thurs 4 WHITE DAY: Talent Show Tech Wed 10 WHITE DAY: WFAF Tech Fri 12: WFAF January MUSICAL February Fri 13-Sun 15 March Theatre CLOSED for Musical March Thurs-Sun 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Thurs-Sun 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 April Wed – Sun 29, 30, May 1, 2, 3: Spring Play (first week) May Wed-Sun 6, 7, 8, 9, 10: Spring Play (second week) Mon-Tues 11, 12: One Acts Tech Wed-Thurs 13, 14: One Acts Performances June  2 MON night after graduation which is the last Friday in MAY : Gerry Awards / Mentor Recognition – all day tech, Show 7pm

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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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