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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