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HAIR the tribal Love-Rock Musical May 2-13

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Performing Arts proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical — May 2 - 13 Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with an exclusive rarely-produced version based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the 1968 original. The cast and crew of 45 is directed by Lenny Neimark. HAIR features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot. The nine performances will be May 3-13 with a preview on May 2 at 7:30 and two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. This production is rated PG-13 for mature themes, with high school appropriate language. Marking the 50th anniversary of the mother of all rock musicals, HAIR is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America. This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. HAIR features an eclectic score filled with classics including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Hair,” and “Easy to Be Hard.” The themes and struggles in HAIR remain as vital and relevant today as ever. HAIR features an extraordinary cast: Claude (Kyle Storie); Berger (Preston Mead); Sheila (Audrey Cirzan); Jeanie (Sierra Milburn); Woof (Henry Alexander); Hud (Taylor Kelly-McMahon); Dionne (Mumi Thiaw); Crissy (Ella Stringer); Mom (Zoe Lishinsky); Dad (Jack Kleen); Margaret Mead (Nicky Clary) and the Tribe: Akira Supelana-Mix, Allie Poole, Anabella Ross, Brook Hall, Elena Schmeling, Ethan Bennett, Gahl Falkner, Isac Neet, Jake Mossiah, Joshua Henkel, Julia Tobrock, Leila Kenner, Madison Davis, Marin Monteith, Samara French, Taiga Sherman, Tristan Bucy and Zakiyah Clark. The stage manager is AHS senior Starlie Bertrand, assisted by Risso Mulholland and Sabrina Circiello. The design and artistic team assisting director Lenny Neimark includes: Coleman Wheeler, Technical Director; Holly Foster, Vocal Director; John Taylor, Music Director; Hayley Thirlwall, Choreographer; Alexandra Zweig, Assistant Choreographer; Bart Grady, Lighting Designer; Natalie Scott, Scenic Designer; Emily Ehrlich-Inget, Costume Designer; Cherelle Guyton, Costume Designer/Wigs; Ben Cobb, Sound Consultant; Alan Parowski, Dramaturg; and Betsy Bishop, Producer. The 11-piece onstage rock 'n roll band features renowned local guitarists Jeff Pevar and Paul Turnipseed, keyboardist/conductor John Taylor, director Neimark's son Gabriel (an AHS senior) on drums, with members of the Rogue Valley Symphony including Theresa McCoy on percussion, Bruce Dresser and Jon Janakes on trumpets, Daryl Fjeldheim on reeds, with AHS student musicians Jack Diab on bass and Oliver Maude on trombone. HAIR will be performed at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre located at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The show runs for two weekends and includes 9 performances: Thurs–Saturday, May 3 - 5 and May 10 -12 at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. A $12 preview is on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. NOTE: Come 30 minutes prior to curtain for the Be-In—an immersive Happening! Hippie attire optional. Tickets on sale NOW online at www.showtix4u.com or call 866-967-8167; and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $25; General $20; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $15. Reserved tickets are highly recommended for this show and are only available online at: www.showtix4u.com (General and Student/Senior also available online) or by calling 866 967 8167. PG-13 due to mature themes. Group sales: 541-482-8771.

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HAIR the Tribal Love-Rock Musical May 2-13

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Performing Arts proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical — May 2 - 13 Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with an exclusive rarely-produced version based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the 1968 original. The cast and crew of 45 is directed by Lenny Neimark. HAIR features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot. The nine performances will be May 3-13 with a preview on May 2 at 7:30 and two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. This production is rated PG-13 for mature themes, with high school appropriate language. Marking the 50th anniversary of the mother of all rock musicals, HAIR is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America. This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. HAIR features an eclectic score filled with classics including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Hair,” and “Easy to Be Hard.” The themes and struggles in HAIR remain as vital and relevant today as ever.                 HAIR  features an extraordinary cast: Claude (Kyle Storie); Berger (Preston Mead); Sheila (Audrey Cirzan); Jeanie (Sierra Milburn); Woof (Henry Alexander); Hud (Taylor Kelly-McMahon); Dionne (Mumi Thiaw); Crissy (Ella Stringer); Mom (Zoe Lishinsky); Dad (Jack Kleen); Margaret Mead (Nicky Clary) and the Tribe: Akira Supelana-Mix, Allie Poole, Anabella Ross, Brook Hall, Elena Schmeling, Ethan Bennett, Gahl Falkner, Isac Neet, Jake Mossiah, Joshua Henkel, Julia Tobrock, Leila Kenner, Madison Davis, Marin Monteith, Samara French, Taiga Sherman, Tristan Bucy and Zakiyah Clark. The stage manager is AHS senior Starlie Bertrand, assisted by Risso Mulholland and Sabrina Circiello. The design and artistic team assisting director Lenny Neimark includes: Coleman Wheeler, Technical Director; Holly Foster, Vocal Director; John Taylor, Music Director; Hayley Thirlwall, Choreographer; Alexandra Zweig, Assistant Choreographer; Bart Grady, Lighting Designer; Natalie Scott, Scenic Designer; Emily Ehrlich-Inget, Costume Designer; Cherelle Guyton, Costume Designer/Wigs; Ben Cobb, Sound Consultant; Alan Parowski, Dramaturg; and Betsy Bishop, Producer. The 11-piece onstage rock 'n roll band features renowned local guitarists Jeff Pevar and Paul Turnipseed, keyboardist/conductor John Taylor, director Neimark's son Gabriel (an AHS senior) on drums, with members of the Rogue Valley Symphony including Theresa McCoy on percussion, Bruce Dresser and Jon Janakes on trumpets, Daryl Fjeldheim on reeds, with AHS student musicians Jack Diab on bass and Oliver Maude on trombone.                 HAIR will be performed at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre located at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The show runs for two weekends and includes 9 performances: Thurs–Saturday, May 3 - 5 and May 10 -12 at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.  A $12 preview is on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.  NOTE: Come 30 minutes prior to curtain for the Be-In—an immersive Happening! Hippie attire optional.                   Tickets on sale NOW online at www.showtix4u.com or call 866-967-8167; and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $25; General $20; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $15. Reserved tickets are highly recommended for this show and are only available online at:  www.showtix4u.com (General and Student/Senior also available online) or by calling 866 967 8167. PG-13 due to mature themes. Group sales: 541-482-8771.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

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THE DIVINERS, a powerful drama by Jim Leonard Jr. November 1-12

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Betsy Bishop

DSC_2988_preview PR DIVINERS THE DIVINERS, a Powerful and Unforgettable Drama, at Ashland HS Theatre Nov 1-12. Ashland High School Theatre opens its 2017 season with a haunting, moving story about faith and friendship. The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr. tells the story of a small farming community in a fictional Zion, Indiana during the Great Depression – a time when water and faith were in short supply. With echoes of Steinbeck's classic depression-era work, The Diviners is an earthy, funny, and profoundly tragic play that speaks to a need for community during a very dark time in our nation's history. A bit of romance, comedy and tragedy weave gracefully through this powerful piece.  A Winner of the American College Theatre Festival Award, The Diviners was first professionally produced at the Circle Repertory Theatre in NY in 1980. "This play is a beautiful exploration of the value of faith, friendship and community at a time when hope was fading fast," said Betsy Bishop, director of The Diviners. "Our present days challenge us to not lose faith or hope, but cherish the gifts that are right before us." A charismatic but back-sliding preacher, CC Showers, drifts into town and meets Buddy, a gentle but emotionally disturbed boy who is frightened of water, yet happens to have the gift of divining water. The two outcasts find a common bond and help each other divine for truth, faith and hope. Their faith is tested. The townspeople demand that the preacher return to a way of life he no longer believes in and it drives both CC and Buddy to a crisis of trust. The Diviners present some enlightening questions. Featured cast members are: Nur Shelton (CC Showers); Kate Jaques Prentice (Jennie Mae); Nicky Clary (Buddy); Kyle Storie (Ferris); Audrey Cirzan (Norma); Sierra Milburn (Luella;) Jack Kleen (Basil); Avram Rosewood (Melvin); Owen Lucas (Dewey);  Zoe Lishinsky, Julia Tobrock & Ella Stringer (Elegists); Taiga Sherman​ (Darlene); Allie Poole (Goldie). Collaborating with director Bishop on the creative team will be Emily Inget and Cherelle Guyton as costume designers with Natalie Scott as the set designer. Bart Grady is the lighting designer. Benajah Cobb is the tech director; Cole Wheeler and Stephen Connolly are the master carpenters.  Barret O Brian is the assistant director and Liam Atkins is the director's acting assistant. Liisa Ivary is the dialect coach and Nancy Martin is the vocal coach. Stage Manager, Lila Goldman, is assisted by Sara Buckley and Brady Davis as her ASMs.      The Diviners 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 9 performances: Thurs-Sat.  Nov. 2-4 and 9-11 with two Sunday matinees Nov 5 and 12  at 2 pm.  A special $7. preview show will be Wed. Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.       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 at www.showtix4u.com or call +1 866 967 8167.  School and group info: 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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