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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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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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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Monday, March 2th, 2015 by Betsy Bishop
Ashland High School Theatre presents a wacky comedy, LEADING LADIES, March 4-15
Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents a hilarious comedy, Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Liisa Ivary. The 8 performances will show Thursdays –Saturday March 5-15 at 7:30 p.m. with one matinee on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. There’s also a $5. Preview on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
It’s all about two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.
Many say the comedy is a “Some like It Hot meets Twelfth Night.” Playwright Ken Ludwig is known for Crazy For You; Lend Me A Tenor; Moon Over Buffalo and The Three Musketeers—just to name a few of his hits. Critics love Leading Ladies. The Cleveland Plain Dealer said “Leading Ladies is a highly combustible and continuously hilarious comedy by Ken Ludwig, Broadway’s reigning comic writer.” The San Diego Union-Tribune said “Ludwig’s laugh-a-second (yes, they do come that fast) farce, will surely join “Charley’s Aunt” … in the repertories of regional and community theatres for decades to come.” (PG: Recommended for 11 and up.)
Directed by Liisa Ivary, Leading Ladies involves over 40 students. Featured actors are Jonathan Connolly, Liam Atkins, Christine Impara, Jackson Richmond, Caitlin Campbell, Zoe Lishinsky, Preston Mead, David Lee, Tristan Ferris, Avram Rosewood, Kyle Storie, Marissa Lawrence, Sierra Milburn, Ceili Widmann, Taylor McMahon-Kelly, Alex Welden, Audrey Cirzon and Kacey Ottenbacher,
On the team assisting Ms. Ivary is Betsy Bishop, the producer, and Suzanne Seiber, the choreographer. Ariel Greninger is the costume designer; David Pedersen and Bart Grady are Co-technical directors. David Pedersen is also the master carpenter; Bart Grady is also the lighting designer. Doug Ham is the set designer and Jonathan Toppo is the fight choreographer. Caety Burt is the stage manager assisted by Christopher Radley and Nellie Strong.
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 $17; General $12; Student under 18/Seniors over 65: $7. Reserved tickets are only sold online. Seven evening shows play Wed. through Sat. March 4-7 and Thurs-Sat, March 12-14. A $5. preview will be on Wed, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. One Sunday matinee will play March 15 at 2 p.m. For information call 541-482-8771; group sales call 541-840-6410.
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Wednesday, October 22th, 2014 by Betsy Bishop
See How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
The Famous Broadway Pulitzer Prize winner and Satirical Musical
Wed-Sat Nov 5-8 7:30 p.m.
Thurs-Sat Nov 13-16 7:30 p.m.
Sundays Nov 9 & 16 2:00 p.m.
Buy Tickets after October 12
or AHS Main office, Tree House Books and Music Coop
How to Succeedin Business without Really Trying November 5-16
Ashland High School proudly presents the hit Broadway musical, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING by Burrows, Weinstock and Gilbert, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by Jeremy Johnson, the 60-member cast and crew will present 9 performances November 5-16.
Following the advice of a book entitled “How to Succeed in Business” a young window-cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch, begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch’s unorthodox and morally-questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington. With a beloved score by Frank Loesser, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is packed with hit standards such as “I Believe in You,” “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm,” “The Company Way,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary,” and “Brotherhood of Man.”
Featured players include: Jonathan Connolly (Finch) Corrine Maddox (Rosemary) Liam Atkins (Biggley) Amelia Sorenson (Hedy), Preston Mead (Bud), Tessa Buckley (Smitty), and Caitlin Campbell (Miss Jones).
With Director Johnson, Karl Iverson will conduct the orchestra and vocals and Royer Bockus will choreograph. Katy Lai will design the set, Ariel Clark will design costumes and Kurt Siders will design the lights. As Master Carpenter, David Pedersen will build the set with the AHS tech class. The Co- Technical Directors are David Pedersen and Bart Grady. The Stage Manager is Lily Rider; her assistants are Trevor Mejia and Cailyn Caldwell.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING opened to critical acclaim on Broadway in October 1961, running for four years. The cast starred Robert Morse as Finch, Charles Nelson Reilly as Bud Frump, and Rudy Vallee as the company president. The show won 7 Tony Awards including best musical and best book, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical, a Grammy for best original show album, and is one of only 8 musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1967, the film version starred Morse and Vallee with Michele Lee as Rosemary. In the Broadway revivals, Matthew Broderick starred as Finch in 1995; Daniel Radcliffe starred in the 2011 revival. The critics noted the charm and satire in both.
The $10. Preview is Wed. November 5 @ 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat, November 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 begin @7:30 p.m. The two Sunday Matinees on November 9 and 16 begin @ 2 p.m. General tickets are $15. each and for Students under 18 /Seniors over 65 tickets are $10. each.
All non-reserved seats will be sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop. Reserved tickets ($20.) 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
FINCH Jonathan Connolly
ROSEMARY Corrine Maddox
BIGGLEY Liam Atkins
HEDY Amelia Sorenson
BUD Preston Mead
SMITTY Tessa Buckley
MISS JONES Caitlin Campbell
BRATT David Lee
TWIMBLE/WOMPER Jackson Richmond
MS KRUMHOLTZ/ENS Cadaxa Chapman-Ball
TV ANNOUNCER/ENS Abigail Mizera
JENKINS/ENS Tristan Giannini
GATCH/ENS Michael Burt
Kaya Van Dyke
Stage Manager- Lily Rider
Assistant Stage Manager- Trevor Mejia and Cailyn Coldwell
Director – Jeremy Johnson
Choreographer – Royer Bockus
Vocal and Orchestra Director – Karl Iversen
Costumes – Ariel Greninger
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