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, 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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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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Monday, October 18th, 2010 by Betsy Bishop
NOISES OFF--Uri, Pia and Aurelia
Ashland High School Theatre is delighted to announce their fall production from November 10-21 of the now-famous comedy, Noises Off considered one of the best farces in the last three decades. Kyle Haden, of OSF and SOU, directs a cast of nine actors in this laugh-a-minute romp.
Noises Off follows the on-and off-stage antics of an acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances and the furniture. Add a slippery plate of sardines and many slamming doors, and you have the most hilarious backstage farce ever written.
The cast features Aurelia Grierson (Belinda Blair), Noah Yaconelli (Garry Lejeune), Pia Marchetti (Dotty Otley), Rachel Thornton (Poppy Norton-Taylor), Tay Smith, (Lloyd Dallas), Eoghan McDowell, (Tim Allgood), Uriel Wolfe-Blank(Frederick Fellowes), Rachel Kaiser (Brooke Ashton) and Drew Starmer (Selsdon Mowbray).
The director, Kyle Haden, last directed 365 Days/365 Plays at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He is currently serving a year long appointment as an adjunct faculty member in the Theatre department at Southern Oregon University. As a New York-based Equity actor, Kyle has worked four seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has also performed off-Broadway and at several regional theaters, including the Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Guthrie Theatre. Kyle earned his MFA from Columbia University.
The creative team for Noises Off includes Betsy Bishop (Producer) Doug Ham (Set Design), David Pedersen (Master Carpenter) Emily Ehrlich-Inget (Costume Design), Bart Grady (Lighting Design), Mark Barsekian (Voice and Dialect Coach), Emily Weiser (Stage Manager), Sierra Houk and Ford Murawski-Brown (Assistant Stage Managers).
The run of the play is November 10—21. Noises Off will show Wed.-Sat. Nov 10, 11, 12, 13 @ 7:30 p.m. and Thurs-Sat. Nov. 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30 p.m. There will be one matinee on Sun. Nov. 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
TICKETS to Noises Off can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com or at Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop in downtown Ashland. Ticket prices range from $5-$15. with a $5 preview performance on Nov. 10. General tickets are $10. Reserved seats are $15. and can only be purchased at www.showtix4u.com or by calling 1-866-967-8167.
Discounts are available for full-time students ($5) and seniors ($5) as well as groups of 15 or more $8. Group sales call 541-840-6410. Student and senior tickets are available at downtown venues and at the door.
LOCATION: Ashland HS Theatre is located at 201 South Mountain Ave near Siskiyou Blvd. and SOU.
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Monday, December 1th, 2008 by Betsy Bishop
February and March!
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