BSA productions announced

BELLEVUE – Celebrating 19 years of bringing live theater to Bellevue and surrounding communities, Bellevue Society for the Arts has announced its 2013-14 season line-up.

The shows are to be staged in the Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St., Bellevue.

The hit musical “Les Miserables” is to open the season with performances Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and October 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Directed by professional stage veteran Jimy Foreman, “Les Miserables” is a sung-through musical play based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant of abnormal strength and potentially violent nature, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail.

Valjean breaks his parole and starts his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him, but he is relentlessly tracked by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, France becomes entangled in a revolutionary period in which a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Tickets are $15 and $12 and go on sale Sept. 5 at (419) 484-2787.

William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet” is to be presented Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Set in Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius’s brother and Prince Hamlet’s father. Hamlet then succeeds to the throne and takes as his wife Gertrude, the old king’s widow and Prince Hamlet’s mother.

The play vividly portrays true and feigned madness and explores themes of treachery, revenge, moral corruption, family and more.

“Hamlet” is being directed by David Ailing. Open auditions are Sept. 9 and 10 at the theater.

The comedy/drama “Steel Magnolias” is set for Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1. Directed by Marianne Webb, “Steel Magnolias” serves a southern slice of life. In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in neighborly gossip.

Open auditions are Jan. 6 and 7.

BSA’s 2014 Children’s Theatre production is to be staged April 11-13. Open auditions are Feb. 24 and 25. The yet-to-be-determined production once again will be directed by Danielle Hayward-Sneider.

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” the musical stage version “Oliver!” is scheduled for May 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.

The play follows the adventures of an orphan boy who is thrown out of the workhouse. While on the street, encounters the Artful Dodger, who takes him into the seedy underside of London, where he joins Fagin and his band of pickpockets. “Oliver!” features such musical theater standards as “Where Is Love?,” “Consider Yourself” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”

Open auditions are March 17 and 18. “Oliver!” is in need of a director; email if interested. “

“The Wedding Singer” is slated for July 11-13, 18 and 19. Open auditions for this Teen Theatre production are May 19 and 20.

Directed by Jennifer Gilbert, the musical is set in 1985. Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding a disaster. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade.

“The Wedding Singer” is based on the New Line Cinema film that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.