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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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AHS Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 by Jacob Roe-Bauer

Tickets: www.showtix4u.com.

The stylish wit of Oscar Wilde comes to the Ashland High School Theatre with his delicious comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. And as Wilde wrote, “In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.” Doug Ham directs this final main stage show for the year. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday, May 5-8 and Thurs- Sat May 13-15 with one 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 16. All tickets for Wednesday Preview on May 16 are $5. All Tickets may be purchased on line at www.showtix4u.com.

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most enduring play and has been called the funniest in the English language. It’s certainly the most outrageously frivolous with intricate twists and turns, through which the characters move while they carry on sparkling conversations about life – and love. Algernon and Jack are in love with two delectable young women, both of whom have illogically sworn to marry only men named Ernest. Although Wilde’s plot is wonderfully witty, his wit is serious, as he adroitly uses it to skewer the Victorian English upper class and utterly charm everyone else.

The cast includes: Aurelia Grierson (Lady Bracknell); Amelia Farber (Cecily); Jazmine Dake (Gwendolyn); Tay Smith (Jack); Ford Muraski-Brown(Algernon); Drew Starmer(Lane); Jane Excell (Miss Prism) and Uriel Wolfe-Blank(Chausible)and Drew Woods (Merriman). Rosie Alspach will play the role of “Cecily” on Saturday, May 8 only.

Stage Manager is Jacob Roe-Bauer, assisted by Emily Weiser and Nicholas Dake. Doug Ham, director, is also the Set Designer and Co-Tech Director. David Pedersen is a Tech Director and Carpenter.  Bart Grady is the light designer and Emily Erlich- Inget is the costume designer.

All tickets are available on line. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats www.showtix4u.com ; $10.general and $5 for seniors/students. General and senior/students tickets are also available in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station. Tree House Books and   Music Coop. For more information, call 482-8771 7990 or visit www.ahstheatre.net .

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