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

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Betsy Bishop

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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

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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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Fall 2016 The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Nov 2-13

Monday, November 7th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop

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Ashland High School presents the delightful comical whodunit:

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop

 November 2-13, 2016

     Ashland High School Mountain Avenue Theatre proudly presents The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop for nine performances from November 2 through November 13. Directed by Michael J. Hume, veteran actor at OSF and director at SOU, this play is an ingenious and wildly witty whodunit that enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and off Broadway. A farcical escapade, it features non-stop hilarious moments as the cast of characters untangles the mystery of the infamous “Stage Door Slasher.” In a house designed with sliding panels, secret passageways, knives springing out of nowhere, and a maid who just seems to keep popping up everywhere, this diabolical mystery leaves you guessing ‘till the last laugh.

Not a musical, but a wild comic romp with mystery and a little music! “Murders” pokes fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday.  The play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher.”

“John Bishop gives us a nakedly silly and relentlessly convoluted  plot, with twist piled on twist till you have to give way and start laughing at the silliness…it’s hugely enjoyable.” —Village Voice.

Cast members are Zoe Lishinsky (Nikki), Tessa Buckley (Helsa), Sienna Ross (Elsa) Audrey Cirzan (Berniece), Cara Feldman (Marjorie), Nur Shelton (Eddie), Michael W. Burt (O’Reilly) Kyle Storie (Ken) Nicky Clary (Roger), and Will Ranson (Kelly). Understudies include Eliza Strong, Kate Jaques-Prentice, Sierra Milburn, Isaiah Brown, Sage Chitwood, Henry Alexander, Julia Tobrock, Grace Schroeder, Ari Albertson and Isaiah Brown.

Assisting director Hume on the creative team will be Laura Dana as costume designer with Sandy Phillips as the set designer. Jesse Pukerson is the tech director; Jesse is also the master carpenter. Bart Grady is the lighting designer. U. Jonathan Toppo is the fight coordinator and Liisa Ivary is the dialect coach. Holly Foster assisted with singing and Virginia Hudson designed the wigs. Stage Manager Christopher Jossy is assisted by Sierra Milburn and Cloe Sutherland as his ASMs.

 

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. Seven evening shows play Thurs. through Sat. Nov. 3-5 @7:30 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. May 11-13 @ 7:30 p.m. A special $7. preview show will be Wed. Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees will show Nov.6 and Nov.13 at 2 p.m.

 

For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410

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Monday, September 5th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop

19 AHS Theatre Events

we planned as of Sept 2, 2017 Subject to change

Sept 6-7 after school –Auditions for fall show (monologue and song) T-W

Sept 7 5-7 Soloists for March musical need to sing with accompanist or acapella to choose musical

Sept-October 30 1st Thespian Drama Club Fundraiser Begins: Sell Ads, Sponsors for our Mainstage Shows…. 10% profit to each student seller (Thurs-Sun–Sept 15–18–Betsy gone for Conference and Hall of Fame Awards Dinner in Vegas!)

Sept 24-25-Leadership Summit in Ashland. Help us host officers overnight! Sat-Sun We need hosts for these really easy going, nice kids from all over Oregon to stay overnight

Sept 25—November 13: Drama Club Raffle Ticket Sales: 2nd fundraiser begins:Sell $10 Raffle tickets to pay for Main Events…..  10% profit to each student seller

October 3–Back to the Theatre Night M

October 21-22–Haunted House F-S

Nov 2–Open The MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF THE 1940’S

Nov 11–Children’s Drama workshop–Veteran’s day no school Fri Nov 13–15-Potential Musical Auditions December 15–Deadline for new playwrights’ one act scripts–under 30 pages

Jan 13–Middle School Drama Workshop Fri night 6:30–9:30 F Jan 30–Judges feedback on those competing at regionals M Feb 3-4–Regional Acting Competition–11 categories

Feb 18-New plays produced– submitted by December to state March 2-12—BROADWAY MUSICAL Show opens W

March 23–Showcase Night for those competing at state April 5-8–State Festival in Salem W–

Sat April 14 or 15-Initiations for new Thespians (10 points with tech)

May 3-14 A FLEA IN HER EAR Spring show

May 17-18–One Acts Night June 5–Gerry Awards ————————————— Possible theatre trips –to Portland, other? Let’s talk? ———————————–

Dates Betsy have to be at Theatrelink in NYC or at Adult Thespian Board Meeting this year in Portland Top of Formso no extra events can be scheduled these days! Thurs-Friday Sept 15-16  Betsy’s Hall of Fame Award in Las Vegas Sept 24-25 Leadership Summit here at AHS Feb 3-4–Regional Acting Competition April 5-8–State Festival in Salem W–Sat Dec 2–13  NYC Theatrelink March 19- 20 Oregon State Board May 7-8  Oregon State Board Meeting senior circle on Saturday.

 

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2015-2016 offered a wonderful theatre year at AHS!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop

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