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HAIR the Tribal Love-Rock Musical May 2-13

Wednesday, April 25th, 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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Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

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GERSWIN’S “CRAZY FOR YOU” tap dance musical March 1-11 at AHS

Friday, February 16th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

Gershwin’s CRAZY FOR YOU, the high-octane tap dancing musical, plays at Ashland HS Theatre March 1-11. Ashland HS Performing Arts proudly presents the 1992 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical: Gershwin’s CRAZY FOR YOU, "A toe-tapping good time for the whole family." All singing! All dancing!  All Gershwin! It’s been hailed by one critic as "A greatglorious, glamorous, goldmine of a show.” Chris Williams directs 32 AHS actors and 25 technicians.   Called a new Gershwin musical comedy with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and book by Ken Ludwig, CRAZY FOR YOU delights! Their dynamic songs makes everything old seem young again. Some of the greatest songs ever written for Broadway and Hollywood are included.  This romantic comedy includes the classic tunes “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not For Me,” “They Can't Take That Away From Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It”...and really, “Who Could Ask for Anything More?" Ken Ludwig's hilarious script is about a wealthy Manhattan ne'er-do-well --the stage-stuck Bobby Child (Nur Shelton) -- who ends up in a poor Nevada mining town, where he rescues a bankrupt theater and wins the local girl, Polly Baker (Audrey Cirzan). That old “boy meets girl, let's put on a show” is especially glorious when the dancing, movement and fun sparkle from beginning to end! A true crowd pleaser!   Featured seniors in this large cast of 32 include: Nur Shelton; Audrey Cirzan; Zoe Lishinsky; Kyle Storie; Sierra Milburn; Julia Laurenson; Avram Rosewood; Taylor Kelly-McMahon and Dylan Kistler. 25 technicians and 10 musicians are also part of the company. Collaborating with director Williams on the creative team is Suzanne Seiber as the choreographer and Travis Moddison as orchestra director with Karl Iverson as musical accompanist. Emily Ehrlich-Inget and Cherelle Guyton are the costume designers. Bart Grady is the lighting designer. Dave Pedersen is the set coordinator. Coleman Wheeler is the tech director and Stephen Connolly is the master carpenter. Stage Manager, Madison Fung, is assisted by Amaya Davis and Aurora Duval as her ASMs.          CRAZY FOR YOU will be performed at Ashland HS Mountain Avenue Theatre located at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The show runs for two weekends and includes 8 performances: Thurs—Sat.  March 1-3 and 8-10 with two Sunday matinees March 4 and 11 at 2 pm. There will be no previews for this show.           Tickets are now on sale online at www.showtix4u.com or call +1 866- 967- 8167 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $23; General $18; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $14. Reserved tickets are only sold online at www.showtix4u.com (General and student/senior are also available online) or call +1 866 967 8167.   School and group info: 541-482-8771. CRAZY FOR YOU poster

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THE DIVINERS, a powerful drama by Jim Leonard Jr. November 1-12

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Betsy Bishop

DSC_2988_preview PR DIVINERS THE DIVINERS, a Powerful and Unforgettable Drama, at Ashland HS Theatre Nov 1-12. Ashland High School Theatre opens its 2017 season with a haunting, moving story about faith and friendship. The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr. tells the story of a small farming community in a fictional Zion, Indiana during the Great Depression – a time when water and faith were in short supply. With echoes of Steinbeck's classic depression-era work, The Diviners is an earthy, funny, and profoundly tragic play that speaks to a need for community during a very dark time in our nation's history. A bit of romance, comedy and tragedy weave gracefully through this powerful piece.  A Winner of the American College Theatre Festival Award, The Diviners was first professionally produced at the Circle Repertory Theatre in NY in 1980. "This play is a beautiful exploration of the value of faith, friendship and community at a time when hope was fading fast," said Betsy Bishop, director of The Diviners. "Our present days challenge us to not lose faith or hope, but cherish the gifts that are right before us." A charismatic but back-sliding preacher, CC Showers, drifts into town and meets Buddy, a gentle but emotionally disturbed boy who is frightened of water, yet happens to have the gift of divining water. The two outcasts find a common bond and help each other divine for truth, faith and hope. Their faith is tested. The townspeople demand that the preacher return to a way of life he no longer believes in and it drives both CC and Buddy to a crisis of trust. The Diviners present some enlightening questions. Featured cast members are: Nur Shelton (CC Showers); Kate Jaques Prentice (Jennie Mae); Nicky Clary (Buddy); Kyle Storie (Ferris); Audrey Cirzan (Norma); Sierra Milburn (Luella;) Jack Kleen (Basil); Avram Rosewood (Melvin); Owen Lucas (Dewey);  Zoe Lishinsky, Julia Tobrock & Ella Stringer (Elegists); Taiga Sherman​ (Darlene); Allie Poole (Goldie). Collaborating with director Bishop on the creative team will be Emily Inget and Cherelle Guyton as costume designers with Natalie Scott as the set designer. Bart Grady is the lighting designer. Benajah Cobb is the tech director; Cole Wheeler and Stephen Connolly are the master carpenters.  Barret O Brian is the assistant director and Liam Atkins is the director's acting assistant. Liisa Ivary is the dialect coach and Nancy Martin is the vocal coach. Stage Manager, Lila Goldman, is assisted by Sara Buckley and Brady Davis as her ASMs.      The Diviners will be performed at Ashland HS Mountain Avenue Theatre located at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The show runs for two weekends and includes 9 performances: Thurs-Sat.  Nov. 2-4 and 9-11 with two Sunday matinees Nov 5 and 12  at 2 pm.  A special $7. preview show will be Wed. Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.       Tickets are now on sale online at www.showtix4u.com or call +1 866- 967- 8167 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $15; General $10; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online at www.showtix4u.com or call +1 866 967 8167.  School and group info: 541-482-8771    

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AHS presents David Ives’ version of the famous farce A FLEA IN HER EAR May 3-14

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 by Betsy Bishop

Group SHOT FLEAKyle Storie and Jonathan Connolly in FLEA Tessa and Zoe in FLEA Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents A FLEA IN HER EAR, the greatest of French farces, perhaps the greatest farce ever written!  Directed by Liisa Ivary, (Leading Ladies; Lend Me a Tenor) AHS will present nine shows from May 3-14 at the Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland, OR. Evening shows will be Thursday-Saturday May 4, 5 and 6 @ 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 earlier show @ 7 p.m. (prom night) The two Sunday matinees on May 7 and 14 will be at 2 p.m. One $7. for all  ages preview on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. A FLEA IN HER EAR is a wild and speedy romp! Raymonde suspects that her husband, Victor, an easy-going and successful insurance executive, is secretly having an affair. To find out, she and her friend Lucienne write him an anonymous love letter suggesting a rendezvous at the shady Frisky Kitty Hotel. Thinking the letter was intended for his co-worker, the gigolo Tournel, Victor sends Tournel off to make the rendezvous in his place. Lucienne's jealous Spanish husband, meanwhile, finds the letter, recognizes his wife's handwriting and takes his pistols to the Frisky Kitty, hoping to catch her in the act. The comedy spins even faster as all the parties return to the Chandebise home utterly confused about what actually happened and who was who at the Frisky Kitty.  All the threads of the multiple mix-ups are sorted out as Victor and Raymonde recognize their own folly to great comic effect! Liisa Ivary directs a cast and crew of 40. Principal roles include Victor Chandebise (Jonathan Connolly); Raymonde (Tessa Buckley); Camille(Nicky Clary) Lucienne (Zoe Lishinsky) Histangua (Kyle Storie) and Tournel (Isaiah Brown).  The other featured roles will be played by Ari Albertson; Julia Laurensen; Michael Burt; Dylan Kistler; Sienna Ross; Sierra Milburn; Avram Rosewood ;Henry Alexander ;McKenzie Baratta, Ava Hearn, and Eliza Strong. Assisting Director Ivary on the creative team will be B Reeves, the costume designer, and Doug Ham, the set designer. Jesse Purkerson is the technical director with Andy Palstring as the master carpenter.  Bart Grady is the lighting designer and Jaclyn Miller is the choreographer. Virginia Hudson is the wig designer. U. Jonathan Toppo is the fight coordinator. Stage Manager, Kacey Ottenbacher, is assisted by Starlie Bertrand and Beth London. 23 students in the tech class will run the show backstage.   Tickets are now on sale online at www.showtix4u.com or call +1 866 967 8167 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $15; General $10; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Nine shows play Thurs-Saturday May 4, 5 & 6 @ 7:30 p.m. and Thurs. & Friday May 11 & 12 @ 7:30 p.m.  Early “Prom Night” show on Sat. May13 @ 7 p.m. Sunday Matinees will be May 7 & 14 at 2 p.m.  A $7. for all Preview show will be Wed. May 3 at 7:30 p.m. For information group sales call 541-482-8771.

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