Leading Ladies

LEADING LADIES

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 www.showtix4u.com 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.

Buy Tickets after October 12 www.showtix4u.com or AHS Main office, Tree House Books and Music Coop

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 www.showtix4u.com. 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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Cabaret

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 www.showtix4u.com. 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 www.showtix4u.com or call 1 866 967 8167.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN

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 www.showtix4u.com 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 $20.at www.showtix4u.com

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