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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.


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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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AHS presents the famed musical SWEENEY TODD school edition

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School presents the Tony Award-Winning “Best Musical

                                                       16807237_10154585727729702_3819324998418614218_nSweeney 3SWEENEY TODD

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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The Smash Broadway Musical Hit is coming! West Side Story

Monday, January 9th, 2012 by Betsy Bishop

The Smash Broadway  Musical Hit is coming!

West Side Story

plays AHS Theatre from March 7-17.

The Romeo & Juliet musical  love story is  set on the gang-infused streets of New York. With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story remains one of the favored and most powerful dramatic musicals of all times.

The show revolves around doomed lovers Tony and Maria, caught in the middle of a clash between the Jets, a self-styled Anglo gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang. The 1957 musical, which was made into a film in 1961 starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer and Rita Moreno, features such classic songs as “Tonight,” “Somewhere” and “I Feel Pretty.”

Suzanne Seiber and Christine Williams direct 35 actors, singers and dancers in this show. Suzanne Seiber is the choreographer.  Holly Johnson and Jennifer Schloming are the musical directors. Mason McLellan is the stage manager assisted by Bronte Kennedy.

Tickets will go on sale in late January online at www.showtix 4u.com and in February in downtown Ashland at Paddington, Tree House Books and Music Coop.   Reserved $22; General $17; Student/Senior $12.  Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Wed through Saturday March 7—17. A $10. preview show will be Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30. Matinees will be Sunday, March 11 and Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m.  Information: 541-482-8771 x 260

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories – May 5-7; 12-15

Monday, April 18th, 2011 by Betsy Bishop

AHS spring show:
A fantastical adventure

Ashland High School Theatre is proud to announce its spring play, the fantastical adventure Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Tim Supple and David Tushingham, based on the novel by Salmon Rushdie and presented from May 5—15 for 8 performances only with a $5 preview on Wed. May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Director and Mask Maker, Jamie Peck, directs 21 actors and 15 crew members.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories is based on 1990 children’s book by Salman Rushdie. It was Rushdie’s first novel after The Satanic Verses. It is a phantasmagorical story that begins in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name. Haroun and the Sea of Stories is an allegory dealing with problems that exist in our world today. Rushdie dedicated the original book to his son, Zahra, from whom he was separated for some time

Those who enjoy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter tales will love Haroun. Rashid, Harpoon’s father, is the greatest storyteller in the city of Alifbay. Then he literally loses his ability to tell stories. Haroun discovers that there is an actual source of stories, and he goes on a journey to the Sea of Stories to put things right. There’s a war. Battles! Drama! Brilliant wordplay, laughter and delightful visuals abound. Original masks, shadow puppetry, lighting shadow effects, face painting, music, song and ensemble dance and movement are just some of the theatricality planned for this intriguing show.

Haroun can be enjoyed by all on many levels, but it is not a children’s tale. It’s an adventure story, creative love story as well as an allegory. It’s a treat for anyone who loves inventive and imaginative storytelling.

Aubyn Heglie (Haroun) and Drew Starmer (Rashid) play the leading roles and the supporting actors are: Holly Nienhaus; Rowan Heglie; Alexa Nienhaus; Mason McLellan; Tallon Shults; Uriel Wolfe-Blank; Iris Young; Lilly Lion; Braedon Bell;Lisa Marie Werfel; Maddy Bangs; Noah Werthaiser; Griffin Hadden; Katie Moeglein;Lindsey Crocker; Camille Pejcha; Madison Gilpin; Myan McQueen and Rosemarie Caruso

Jamie Peck’s production team includes Veronica DeWitt, Choreographer; Aurelia Grierson, Director’s Assistant; Ford Murawski-Brown, Stage Manager; Jacob Harris and Jasmine Klein, Assistant Stage Managers; Derek Tarnawa, Shadow Puppet Master; Emily Erlich-Inget, Costume Designer, Doug Ham, Set Designer and Co-Technical Director; David Pedersen, Carpenter and Co-Tech Director; Phil Shaw, Lighting Designer; Chloe Lynn, Music Coordinator; and Betsy Bishop, producer.

Haroun plays 8 performances with a special $5 preview on Wednesday, March 4. Haroun will run Thursday -Saturday, May 5-7 and May 12-14 with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on May 15. Tickets may be purchased online, downtown Ashland and at the door.

All tickets are available now at www.showtix4u.com. General tickets are $10. and students under 18/seniors over 65 tickets are $5. Reserved seating is available for $15. at www.showtix4u.com only. General and student/senior tickets will be available after April 19 in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop.

For more info please call 541-482-8771. Group rates available.

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