Blake Stage Presents: The Little Mermaid

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Coming in November: Blake High School Stage Company presents The Little Mermaid, the musical adaptation of Disney’s 1989 film, with music by Alan Menken. You won’t want to miss the story of Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are: Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; her loyal friend, Flounder; the ever-optimistic seagull, Scuttle; Triton, King of the Sea and a host of other entertaining sea creatures. The curious young mermaid falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with Ursula, the powerful sea witch, in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land.

Performances:  November 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:00 PM in the Carole C. Goodman Theater, Blake High School, 300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD. Reserved seats are available in advance at: www.eventbrite.com or general admission at the door.

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Welcome to the Blake High School Stage Company!

           …….We’re so glad you’ve visited us!

noisesoff_1000x378_2Blake Stage Company will be performing Noises Off on March 24-April 1. (See below for dates & times.) Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. This hilarious romp about the on – and off – stage shenanigans of a mediocre acting troupe is a tour de force of precise timing and comic ability.  Slamming doors, feuding actors, missed cues, girls in their underwear, guys in their underwear and errant plates of sardines are all part of the choreographed chaos.

  • Friday, March 24
  • Saturday, March 25
  • Thursday, March 30
  • Friday, March 31
  • Saturday, April 1

All shows are at @7:30pm

Reserved seats are $13 and can be purchased online:

https://www.showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php

Or you can get general admission tickets at the door for $10.

 

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Our Children’s Theater performed McQuadle: A Dragon’s Tale on March 3rd – 5th at Blake and is traveling to elementary schools to perform for the kids  throughout the rest of the month.  Check out our Shows page for pictures from this charming comedy!

And, for more information on Forensics, Check out the Forensics Page  for the 2016-2017 schedule of Forensics Meets Dates.

Check out the information on our Summer Musical Institutes for 2017Auditions for both the High School and the Middle School productions will be held May 5 & 6 at Blake High School.

BLAKE STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS THE DROWSY CHAPERONE!

The Blake High School Stage Company will be presenting six performances of the 2006 Tony Award winning musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE this November 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 pm. The November 18th will be a 2 pm matinee presentation. The Drowsy Chaperone pays tribute to the Jazz-age shows of the 1920’s and the power those shows held to transport us into a dazzling fantasy and to lift our spirits in times of sadness.
Staff on the show besides Michael D’Anna as the Director, include John Ovington as the Technical Director, Mary Wagner as the Business Manager, and Harry Winter as Vocal Director.

Reserved Seat Tickets may be purchased online, and general admission tickets will be on sale at the door before each performance.

Drowsy Chaperone

New Forms Posted for Ads, Contributions, and Shout-outs for Summer Shows

All forms and information discussed below is on our Forms page.

I have reformatted the ad form for Blake Stage Company.  Everything is on one form.  When you print these, please print the first two pages back-to-back.  That way, the ad/shout-out sizes are on the back of the main sheet.  The last page has two half-sheets, to be copied separately and used as a sort of receipt.  It will remind the advertiser/sponsor of what they gave us money for and how to reach us with questions or emailed artwork.

I have to warn you that the deadlines are quick.  The programs must be submitted to the print shop a week in advance and I need several days to put the program together before I submit it.  The other complication is that I will be awayJuly 12-20, so I will need to submit the Little Mermaid program before I leave, even though the show is a week later than Legally Blonde.  So, the deadline for all program materials is  Monday, July 6 for Legally Blonde, and Thursday, July 9 for Little Mermaid.  I’m sorry about the rush, but we might be more effective if we know we have very little time.

Also, I have compiled a list of people and businesses who have advertised in our programs over the past several years.  It is not complete, because I still have to finish grading exams and packing up my room, but it is pretty good.  I suggest people soliciting ads start with the people who have advertised with and donated to us in the past.  I’ll keep sending updated versions of the database as I continue to update it.  Please note that one tab is advertisers and one tab is sponsors.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the forms or the deadlines.

Mary Wagner

BLAKE STAGE COMPANY presents SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET (2043)

The Blake High School Stage Company will be presenting six performances of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, HAMLET, this March 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 pm. The 28th will also feature a 2 pm matinee presentation.

Considered by many scholars as Western civilization’s greatest theatrical work, HAMLET follows the attempt of Prince Hamlet of Denmark to find out the murderer of his father, King Hamlet of Denmark. His investigation is prompted by an eerie visitation of his father’s Ghost, who asks Hamlet to seek revenge for his death. The Ghost suggests that the murder was the King’s brother, Claudius, who has also just taken the former King’s wife, Gertrude as his wife and Queen.

Hamlet wants to trust the Ghost’s directive to revenge his murder, but he also knows that Ghost might not be real, and , in fact, could be the agents of Satan. So he goes slowly in marking Claudius’ and Gertrude’s actions before making a decision on what to do. Along the way he commits some actions that call his sanity to question and results in the deaths of innocents around him including his girlfriend, Ophelia.

The story ends in phenomenal fashion with intense emotions going unchecked in this revenge tragedy.

HAMLET is a story about the terrible effects of revenge in our lives. How timely a story in today’s world! However, the Stage Company takes this story even further as we project the tale and its themes to the year 2043. Why 2043? Several authors, environmentalists, and seers of the future predict that by 2043 we will see the demise of mankind to computers, machines, and the decaying Earth itself! So, in placing this play in 2043, the Stage Company hopes to find what lies ahead for mankind and what we might be able to do about it all.

The play’s universal themes easily take us into the world of 2043. It remains for the Stage Company to further illuminate audiences with settings, costumes, make-up lights, and props that impact our visions of the future. We hope our audiences can see into the future with us!

All-Female Cast

Another feature to the Blake Stage Company’s presentation n of HAMLET (2043) will be a chance to see an all-female cast perform the play. This is an idea of director Michael D’Anna who experienced working at the re-constructed Globe Theatre in London beginning in 1999. Over those years of teaching Shakespeare in performance he saw many of Shakespeare’s plays done in different styles.

The Globe does two “authentic” play presentations each year with all-male casts as the plays were performed in the 16th Century. The entire Globe Company gave itself over to how these all-male casts came to the Globe, put on their make-up and costumes, and then performed all the parts, male and female, to audiences.

During this time, Mr. D’anna had the opportunity to see an experimental presentation of RICHARD III performed by an all-female cast under the direction of the great director, Catherine Howard. It was a rousing production with Howard playing the King in an electrifying manner.

From seeing this production, and knowing that a great number of students in the Stage Company are female who eagerly seek to play challenging roles, Mr. D’Anna made the decision to attempt an all-female production at Blake.

The all-female cast will present plays on March 21st at 7:30 pm and on March 28that 2 pm.

The other four shows will be presented with heterogeneous casts. The role of HAMLET will be played by Joey Ellinghaus in 3 mixed-cast(by gender) shows and Elizabeth Iduma in one mixed-cast(by gender) show and two all-female cast shows.

Other students with key roles include:  LJ Enloe and Ericka Njeumi as King Claudius; Carmen Hamlett,  Adalia Jimenez, and Nia Smith as Queen Gertrude; Addison Cole, Nicole Kister, and Tori Nelson as Ophelia; Tegwen Feldbush, Damon Lue-Maxwell, and Jacob Proctor as the Ghost of King Hamlet; Logan Dechter, Cheldone Jones, and Tess Maltagliati as Polonious; Logan Dechter, Julie Jordan, and Jacob Proctor as Laertes. An ensemble of many students fills out a story with many, many interesting characters.

Staff on the show besides Michael D’Anna as the Director, include John Ovington as the Technical Director, Mary Wagner as the Business Manager, Paul Gallagher as the Fight/Combat Instructor, and Jeremy and Darius Williams on Sound and Lights.

Reserved Seat Tickets may be purchased online, and general admission tickets will be on sale at the door each performance.