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, November 7th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop
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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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop
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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop
Ashland HS presents their spring musical,
The Boy Friend,
a 1920s celebration, this May 4 – 15
Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents 9 performances of the spring musical, The Boy Friend, from Wednesday, May 4 to Sunday, May 15 at the Mountain Avenue Theatre. It’s a fun-loving musical for all ages set in the carefree world of the French Riviera, at Madame Dubonnet’s School for Young Ladies. Will poor little rich girl Polly Browne find a ‘Boy Friend’ before the carnival ball?
Written by Sandy Wilson, this delightful show is a comic spoof of the classic 1920s musicals. Directed by John Stadelman, with choreography by Suzanne Seiber and musical direction by Tamara Marston, The Boy Friend features over 65 students– 35 performers, 20 technicians and 10 musicians.
The Boyfriend originally opened in 1954 in a London production which ran for over 2,000 performances, making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway history (after Oklahoma!) in its time. This musical also marked Julie Andrews’ American stage debut. Well known songs include “Won’t You Charleston with Me?”; “I Could Be Happy with You”; and “It’s Never Too Late to Fall In Love.”
Principal players include Jonathan Connolly as Tony Brockhurst; Corinne Maddox as Polly Browne; Nur Shelton as Bobby Van Husen; Tessa Buckley as Maisie; Amelia Sorenson as
Mme.Dubonnet; Liam Atkins as Percival Browne; Kyle Storie as Lord Brockhurst; Keely Yant as Lady Brockhurst; and Sienna Ross as Hortense.
Assisting director John Stadelman on the creative team is musical director, Tamara Marston; orchestra conductor, Travis Moddison and choreographer Suzanne Seiber. Costume design is by Ariel Greninger, assisted by Emma Craig, with Doug Ham delivering the set design. David Pedersen and Bart Grady are the tech directors: David is the master carpenter and Bart is the lighting designer. Stage manager Emma Durbin is assisted by Hannah Bellinson and Cloe Sutherland as ASMs.
Tickets are now on sale online at www.showtix4u.com or call +1866 967 8167 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $20; General $15; Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $10. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Thurs. Through Sat. May 5-7 @7:30 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. May 12-14 @ 7:30 p.m. A special $10.preview show will be Wed. May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees will show May 8 and May 15 at 2 p.m.
For information call 541-482-8771
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