Radium Girls

2015-2016 offered a wonderful theatre year at AHS!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop


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“The Boyfriend” the 1920’s musical spoof May 4-15, 2016

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 541-482-8771BoyFriend8.5 x 11Jonathan Connolly (Tony) and Corrine Maddox (Polly) in BOYFRIEND



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Spring 2016 at Ashland HS Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Boy Friend

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Betsy Bishop

Shakespeare’s Magical and Traditional A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Plays at AHS Theatre this March 3-13


Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents William Shakespeare’s

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Mountain Avenue Theatre at 201 South Mountain Avenue in Ashland from March 4-13. Jessica Sage directs a cast and crew of over 50 students in this delightful and famous comedy.


Four young lovers go off into the woods on a midsummer evening—when strange and wonderful things are likely to happen.  This shimmering Shakespearean fantasy features the antics of supernatural creatures—the fairies led by Oberon and Titania and, of course, the impish Puck, who creates chaos in the night.  But what fun to join in the dream, knowing that by daylight all will be well in a mystical, moon-drenched masterpiece.


This traditional Shakespearean production interweaves music, movement and dance into a wonderful, magical tale for all ages.


The director, Jessica Sage, noted the work of AHS performers. “It’s encouraging to see the actors grapple with the language, style, and fluidity of the play,” she observed. “In Ashland, where Shakespeare reigns supreme, many students value the depth and beauty of the text, and some already have their eyes on the OSF prize,” she says.


Featured players include Amelia Sorensen (Helena); Nur Shelton (Demetrius); Jonathan Connolly (Lysander); Tessa Buckley (Hermia); Mckenzie Baratta (Puck);Michael Burt (Bottom) Vincent Wright (Oberon) and Zoe Lishinsky (Titania), Kate Jaques-Prentice (Hippolyta) and Dylan Kistler (Theseus). The ensemble includes Nicky Clary, Emma Durbin, Ari Albertson, Alex Welden, Christine Impara, Corrine Maddox, Isaiah Brown, Rain Haywood, Tayva Nyce, Korrin Kenerly, Julia Tobrock, Brook Hall, Charlie Burr, Ava Hearn, Eliza Strong and Madison Fung.


Assisting Ms. Sage on her creative team are six professionals. Sandy Phillips is the set designer. David Pedersen works as both the master carpenter/tech director and Bart Grady is the lighting designer/tech director. Laura Dana is the costume designer, Barry Kraft is the Shakespeare advisor, and Amirah Karolynne David is the choreographer. Students on the team include Ceili Widmann, the Stage Manager, and her assistants, Kacey Ottenbacher and Nellie Strong. Emma Durbin is the sound designer.


         A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays for 8 performances. It begins with a $7. Preview on Thursday, March 3 @ 7:30 and continues Friday – Saturday, March 4-5 and Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12@ 7:30 p.m. 2 Sunday matinees are on March 6 and 13 @ 2 p.m. For reserved tickets ($15.00) & all other tickets: www.showtix4u.com or call 1-866-967-8167. For all non-reserved tickets: Paddington Station, Tree House Books, and Music Coop. General: $10.00; Seniors over 65/Students under 18: $7.00. AHS Info: 541-482-8771.



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Ashland High School Theatre presents Radium Girls

Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Betsy Bishop

Ashland High School Theatre presents Radium Girls, a drama based on history, this November 4-15

Ashland High School Theatre, now in its 22nd year in school- business partnership with OSF, proudly presents the powerful drama, Radium Girls, written by D.W. Gregory and directed by Betsy Bishop. This compelling production will play Thursdays –Saturday, November 5-15. at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees on Sunday, November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. There’s also a special $7.00 preview on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by historical events, Radium Girls traces the efforts of young Grace Fryer, a skilled dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Fryer’s Chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. A fascinating story about the power of the human spirit, Radium Girls encompass the worlds of science, business, journalism, ethics, workplace safety as well as our own personal and collective conscience.

Betsy Bishop, the director, points out, “It’s an engrossing and fast-moving drama. This ninety-minute historically accurate play is both enlightening and provocative. Although these events occurred in the 1920’s, we are still grappling with these same issues in 2015!”

Radium Girls feature 20 AHS actors. Amelia Sorensen plays Grace Fryer, a luminous dial painter, and Liam Atkins plays Arthur Roeder, the President of the Radium Corporation. The other company actors are Jonathan Connolly, Kyle Storie, Preston Meade, Corrine Maddox, Julia Laurensen, Ceili Widmann, David Lee, Grace Pruitt, Isaiah Brown, Lily Rider, McKenzie Baratta, Nick Clary, Sienna Ross, Sierra Milburn, Tessa Buckley, Zoe Lishinsky, Alex Welden and Kate Prentice. Rain Haywood and Kate Prentice are the understudies.

The creative team assisting Ms. Bishop involve six professionals. Dave Pedersen and Sandy Phillips are the set designers. David Pedersen is also the master carpenter/tech director and Bart Grady is the lighting designer/tech director. Emily Erhlich-Inget is the costume designer. Todd Barton is the soundscape designer assisted by Nellie Strong as the sound effect designer. Suzanne Seiber is the choreographer.  Chris Jossy is the Stage Manager; McKenzie Williams and Simmy Penn-Kout are his assistants. Emma Durbin is the dramaturg.

Tickets are now on sale online at www.showtix4u.com or call 1-866-967-8166 and in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved $15; General $10; Student under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Wed. through Sat. November 4-7 and Thurs-Sat, November 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. A special  $7.00 preview show will be Wed. November 4 at 7:30 p.m.  Two Sunday matinees will play November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.  For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410.

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AHS Theatre presents the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 by Betsy Bishop

Can you spell “hilarious”?

Ashland High School proudly presents eight performances of the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Thursday-Saturday, April 30-May 2 and May 7-9 at 7 p.m.*(note earlier time) with two matinees on Sunday, May 3 and 10 @ 2 p.m. atthe AHS Theatre at  201 S. Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The music and lyrics are by William Finn; the book is by Rachel Sheinkin and conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Directed by Christine Williams, this irresistible musical follows six awkward spelling champions who learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. Over 33 students are involved in this production.

Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book and vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six whiz kids vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing funny and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of mind-boggling words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is delightful gem of comedic genius–a fast-paced crowd pleaser with a heart. PG-13 for adolescent issues.

Cast members of the musical  includeJonathan Connolly; Amelia Sorensen; Tristan Ferris; Liam Atkins; Julia Laurensen; Preston Mead; Tessa Buckley; Grace Pruitt; Michael Burt; David Lee; Caitlin Campbell and Kyle Storie.

Director Christine Williams, works in collaboration with Jennifer Schloming, vocal and musical director; Suzanne Seiber, choreographer; and Betsy Bishop, AHS producer. Emily Erhlich-Inget is the costume designer. Dave Pedersen and Bart Grady are the technical directors. Sandy Phillips is the set designer.  Christopher Radley is the stage manager and he is assisted by Lily Rider and Chris Jossy.

The $10. Preview is Thursday April 30 @ 7 p.m. (Note earlier start time) Friday-Sat May1-2 and May 7-9 @ 7 p.m. with two matinees on Sunday May 3 and 10 @ 2 p.m. General tickets are $15. each and Students under 18 / Seniors over 65 tickets are $10. each.

After April 15, all non-reserved seats will be sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved tickets ($20.) must be ordered online only. They are available with all general and student/senior ticketsat www.showtix4u.com. Toll free ticket order is 1-866-967-8167. For group sales information call 541-482-8771.

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