Sunday, February 26th, 2017 by Betsy Bishop
Ashland High School presents the Tony Award-Winning “Best Musical”
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street school edition by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler
March 1-12, 2017
Ashland High School Mountain Avenue Theatre proudly presents SWEENEY TODD
for just nine performances from March 1 through March 12. Directed by Jeremy Johnson, actor at OSF and director of Cabaret and How to Succeed at AHS, Sweeney Todd involves over 65 AHS students.
Based on a play by Christopher Bond, and adapted for the stage by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd debuted on Broadway in 1979. One of Sondheim’s greatest and most ambitious scores, the show won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has since gone down as a musical theatre and cultural touchstone. It was later adapted for the big screen by Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp in the lead role.
This famed musical thriller is a tasty, theatrical treat that simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd is an unjustly exiled barber who returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun.
Ashland High School Theatre is taking a fresh look at this Sondheim masterpiece. Director Jeremy Johnson moves the extravagant storytelling from 19th century London to a world where some time in the future, one man’s quest for revenge envelops the lives of all around him. Masterfully adapted for high school performers, this production contains mature content.
Featured players are Jonathan Connolly (Sweeney Todd); Sierra Milburn (Mrs. Lovett); Nur Shelton (Anthony); Brook Hall (Johanna); Dylan Kistler (Judge Turpin); Kyle Storie (Beadle); Audrey Cirzan (Beggar); Isaiah Brown (Tobias); Grace Pruitt (Pirelli) and Tessa Buckley (Madame Fogg). The 22 cast members in the ensemble are powerful in this dystopian world.
Assisting director Johnson on the creative team will be Karl Iverson as musical director and Travis Moddison as musical conductor. Jaclyn Miller is the choreographer. Ariel Greninger is costume designer; Natalie Scott is the set designer. Jesse Purkerson is the technical director with Andy Palstring as the master carpenter. Bart Grady is the lighting designer. Liisa Ivary is the dialect coach, Laura Derocher is a vocal coach and Virginia Hudson is the wig designer. Stage Manager Nellie Strong is assisted by Lila Goldman and Elijah Cobb as her ASMs. 20 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 $22; General $17; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $12. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Thurs. through Sat. March 2-4 @7:30 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. March 9-11@ 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees will show March 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. A special $12. Preview show will be Wed. March 1 at 7:30 p.m...
For information group sales call 541-482-8771. Recommended for age 11 and up.
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Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Betsy Bishop
Ashland High School Theatre presents Radium Girls, a drama based on history, this November 4-15
Ashland High School Theatre, now in its 22nd year in school- business partnership with OSF, proudly presents the powerful drama, Radium Girls, written by D.W. Gregory and directed by Betsy Bishop. This compelling production will play Thursdays –Saturday, November 5-15. at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees on Sunday, November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. There’s also a special $7.00 preview on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by historical events, Radium Girls traces the efforts of young Grace Fryer, a skilled dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Fryer’s Chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. A fascinating story about the power of the human spirit, Radium Girls encompass the worlds of science, business, journalism, ethics, workplace safety as well as our own personal and collective conscience.
Betsy Bishop, the director, points out, “It’s an engrossing and fast-moving drama. This ninety-minute historically accurate play is both enlightening and provocative. Although these events occurred in the 1920’s, we are still grappling with these same issues in 2015!”
Radium Girls feature 20 AHS actors. Amelia Sorensen plays Grace Fryer, a luminous dial painter, and Liam Atkins plays Arthur Roeder, the President of the Radium Corporation. The other company actors are Jonathan Connolly, Kyle Storie, Preston Meade, Corrine Maddox, Julia Laurensen, Ceili Widmann, David Lee, Grace Pruitt, Isaiah Brown, Lily Rider, McKenzie Baratta, Nick Clary, Sienna Ross, Sierra Milburn, Tessa Buckley, Zoe Lishinsky, Alex Welden and Kate Prentice. Rain Haywood and Kate Prentice are the understudies.
The creative team assisting Ms. Bishop involve six professionals. Dave Pedersen and Sandy Phillips are the set designers. David Pedersen is also the master carpenter/tech director and Bart Grady is the lighting designer/tech director. Emily Erhlich-Inget is the costume designer. Todd Barton is the soundscape designer assisted by Nellie Strong as the sound effect designer. Suzanne Seiber is the choreographer. Chris Jossy is the Stage Manager; McKenzie Williams and Simmy Penn-Kout are his assistants. Emma Durbin is the dramaturg.
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 $15; General $10; Student under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Wed. through Sat. November 4-7 and Thurs-Sat, November 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. A special $7.00 preview show will be Wed. November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Two Sunday matinees will play November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410.
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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 www.showtix4u.com. 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 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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Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Betsy Bishop
Buy tickets for the spring musical at www.showtix4u.com. Two 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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