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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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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Monday, March 22th, 2010 by Betsy Bishop
AHS Theatre presents their State Showcase Production:
A Remount of Anatomy of Gray
A comedy-drama by Jim Leonard
March 31—April 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
In preparation for their April 8 opening night showcase for 2000 Thespians in the 2400-seat Silva Hall at the Hult Center, AHS Theatre will remount their spring 2009 production of the celebrated 2006 comedy-drama Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard. Chosen by the state committee as superior high school theatre, AHS will present four evenings at AHS before packing the truck for the Oregon State Thespian Conference opening in Eugene.
Leonard , award winning playwright of The Diviners; And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson,
brilliantly weaves the stories of the heartland’s settlers at the turn of the century into our hearts and minds. Anatomy of Gray is a redemptive fable for all ages – a powerful reminder that sometimes in order to find yourself, you must first lose your way.
When June’s father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again; the next thing she knows, there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town’s preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread. The mystery of doctoring and healing is challenged by the beliefs and culture of the simple townspeople. Dr. Galen Gray explains, “Everything good for you has a price.” Set in Indiana during the 1880s, Anatomy of Gray deals with loss, faith, love, and healing in a unique coming- of- age story.
Directed by Betsy Bishop, the nine ensemble cast members are Emma Harding, Ford Murawski-Brown, Aurelia Grierson, Nick McKernan, Rosalie Alspach, Uriel Wolfe-Blank, Jazmine Dake, Sophie Javna, and Tay Smith. The musical coordinator and violinist, Izabel Austin will play with Gerry Pare (cello), Elizabeth Markell,( harp) and Natalie Edson (guitar). Jesse Sharpe is the Stage Manager and Jacob Roe-Bauer and Dana Kossluk are the Assistant Stage Managers. Doug Ham is Set Designer/Tech Director. David Pedersen is a Tech Director /Carpenter. Bart Grady is the light designer and Emily Erlich- Inget is the costume designer.
Anatomy of Gray plays for 4 performances only, March 31 ($5. preview) and April 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. The following week, all 24 cast and crew members and 12 other thespians will take the show to Eugene for the opening night of the conference.
Reserved seating ($14) as well as general ($10.) and senior/student ($5) tickets are sold only at showtix4u.com. General ($10) tickets are also sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books, Music Coop and AHS Main Office. All proceeds will pay the bus, truck, hotel and food expenses for the state competition at the Hult Center in Eugene.
An excellent 97-minute play for further discussions about history, religion and medicine. Special school and group rates are available. Info: 541-482-8771.
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Friday, January 15th, 2010 by Betsy Bishop
Thurs Feb 25 – PREVIEW MUSICAL 7:30
Fri Feb 26 – OPEN MUSICAL 7:30
Sat Feb 27 – PERFORMANCE 7:30
Thurs Mar 4 – PERFORMANCE 7:30
Fri Mar 5 – PERFORMANCE 7:30
Sat Mar 6 – PERFORMANCE 7:30
Sun Mar 7 – PERFORMANCE MATINEE 2 p.m.
Thurs Mar 11 – PERFORMANCE 7:30
Fri Mar 12 – PERFORMANCE 7:30
Sat Mar 13 – 2 shows:
MATINEE 2 p.m.
Final PERFORMANCE 7:30 p.m.
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