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Sunday, August 6, 2017

BRADFORD LITTLE THEATRE ANNOUNCES 21st SEASON LINEUP

Bradford Little Theatre Board President Kristin Asinger presented the group's annual Spotlight Award to local makeup artist Amy Thomas at their Season Announcement Party Sunday.

Bradford Little Theatre (BLT) announced their plans to delight the community with five productions and a number of special events during their Season Announcement Party. The group is celebrating their 21st Season which runs through July 2018.

Kicking off the season director Charlotte YerpeStock will stage Ira Levin’s insidious thriller “Veronica’s Room.” This mystery drama explores the line between fantasy and reality as an older couple inflicts a psychological identity crisis on their two young victims. The horror theatre play will appropriately be held October 13th through 15th at Togi’s Playhouse.

“The show is dark and creepy, it makes your hair stand on end, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct it,” YerpeStock said.

Back by popular demand, “JAWS The Musical” by Jason Anderson and Kyle McCoy will be the second show of the season. Under the direction of Kristin Asinger this hilarious musical parody of the classic movie follows Officer Brady as he bravely attempts to defeat the deadly shark that has laid siege to Amity Island. You will not want to miss the laugh-out-loud comedy, presented as a dinner theatre production, at Limestone Community Center on February 9th and 10th; coinciding, ironically, with the club’s famous fish fry dinner.

“The first time I brought this show to life on stage it was so well received that the entire cast immediately wanted to do it again. I have been waiting for the perfect time to bring it back and cannot wait to direct it again and see what new twists and stunts we can throw in,” Asinger, BLT’s president said.

BLT will be bopping into spring with their production of the four time Tony Award winning musical “Bye Bye Birdie” featuring a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. The Elvis-inspired, 60’s throwback will be directed by Dani Newman and David Merwine with music direction by Shane Oschman. The show, a send-up of small town America and their reaction to rock’n roll, centers on heartthrob Birdie. He’s been drafted and chooses and All-American girl for a very public farewell kiss. The toe-tapping production will take place at the Bradford Area High School auditorium April 13th through 15th.

“I am very excited to direct this fun upbeat musical and present it to the community. In a time when our country really needs some unity this show is the epitome of patriotism and that was one of the reasons why we chose to bring it to Bradford.” Newman said.

History entertains with BLT’s fourth production. Chelsea Place will be directing “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl. This historical comedic drama is set in the 1880s at the dawn of the “age of electricity”. It’s based around the bizarre historical treatment of ‘hysteria’ in women. The play, nominated for three Tony Awards, centers on a doctor, his wife, and how his new therapy affects their entire household. The production will be staged May 18th through 20th at Togi’s Playhouse.

“It is a provocative, funny, and touching story about the marvels of technology at the turn of the twentieth century. To me this play really brings to light how far women have come since the Victorian age when men controlled every detail of a woman’s existence, even her most intimate sensations,” Place said.

The final production of the groups season will be at the conclusion of their annual Kid’s Summer Theatre Camp held at Togi’s Playhouse in July. “Stories Under The Big Top” will be directed by Jessica Ann Coder and is a fun circus-themed play. Well-known tales come to life as the ringmaster and players perform a variety of well-known tales.

“After two years of producing musicals for the kid’s camp, I am very pleased to be challenging the kids with a straight play which will really force them to focus on their acting skills without the terror of worrying about singing and dancing,” Coder said.

Kristen Asinger, BLT board president, also described a number of special events the group is planning, including a haunted house during the last two weekends in October, a monologue workshop in January, and a variety show featuring performers with special needs in June.

A highlight of the afternoon was the groups presentation of their annual “Spotlight Award” to local makeup artist Amy Thomas. Thomas began volunteering with the group during “Shrek The Musical” in 2015 and has provided her skillful makeup services for countless shows since that time.

“Amy is always willing to lend her talents to our organization, and she is a fantastic artist. She has fabricated hand-made prosthetics for our group as well, which is something we have never been able to take advantage of before,” Asinger said as she presented the award.

The event also featured entertainment by local band “The Grand Day” and a variety of basket raffles.

For more information visit BLT's website www.bradfordlittletheatre.org.

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