Entertainment briefs, May 3

Star Players to stage musical in May

UPPER SANDUSKY — The Star Players are to present “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7 p.m. May 10-12 and at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Star Theatre, 121 W. Wyandot Ave.

The smash off-Broadway hit, written by Roger Bean, takes the audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, over-achiever Missy and ditzy Suzy.

Tickets cost $12 for Star Player members or $15 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call (419) 294-1411 or email stoneburnerjan@gmail.com.

FCT to present spring musical

FREMONT — Fremont Community Theatre is to produce “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” May 11-13 and May 18-19.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (419) 680-8386 or email rbrown829@woh.rr.com.

FCT seeking actors for teen production

FREMONT — Fremont Community Teen Theatre is to host auditions for the upcoming production of “Once Upon A mattress” at 6:30 p.m. May 13 and 14.

The production is the musical story of the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” It is directed by Beethany Wethington Maxey, along with Teen Theatre advisers Kyleigh Lash and Floyd Collins.

Show dates are July 13-15 and July 20-22.

For more information, email fctteendirector@gmail.com.

BSA to produce ‘Funny Girl’

BELLEVUE — Bellevue Society for the Arts is to present the musical comedy “Funny Girl” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 11-12 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hirt Theatre, located at 205 Maple St.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for adults 60 years and older and children through grade 12.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (419) 484-2787.

“Funny Girl” is to feature a chamber orchestra, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. It is from a book by Isobel Lennart and based on an original story by Lennart. Staging and music direction is by Nathan Maslyk of Cleveland.

The cast includes Dwayne Arnold as Tom Keeney/Mr. Renaldi; Jodie Fleming-Arnold as Mrs. Meeker; Lottie Arnold as Polly, Ziegfeld lead dancer/Fanny Brice understudy; Kasia McPherson as Emma; Jose Lee Miranda as Paul; Bradley Rowe as Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.; Cathy Schaffer as Mrs. Nadler/Cathy; George Schaffer as Mr. Davis; Cheryl Hansen Showalter as Mrs. Brice; Joanne Smola as stage director; Courtney Wahl as Heckie/Jenny/Jody; Tia Wightman as Maude; Benjamin Hohman as Ben; Felicia Girdner as Mimsey/Workwoman/Mrs. Vance; Nancy Hardy as Mrs. Strakosh; Cyndi Hineline as Mrs. O’Malley; Katherine Gauthier as Bubbles; Julie Hach Vavroch as Alice/Vera; Eric Hanson as Eddie Ryan; Sebastian Kimmet as John, stage manager/workman; and Rosalie Keesy as Mrs. Winston.

Orchestra members include Bonnie Daniels, piano; Christian Carey, percussion; Liana Westerman, flute/cello; Jackie Macko, trumpet 1; Lorel Leber, trumpet 2; Brian Griffin, trombone; Leah Frank, violin 1; Jenny Harris, violin 2; and Van Parker, conductor.

Choreography is by Elizabeth Hany. Jimy Foreman is artistic director.

Gibson guitars could have future under bankruptcy protection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gibson guitars have been such a fixture in music history that Chuck Berry was laid to rest with his, B.B. King affectionately named his “Lucille” and Eric Clapton borrowed one from George Harrison to play the solo on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

The maker of the iconic instrument, a constant across generations of American music, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday after wrestling for years with debt. The decision came with an assurance from Gibson it will refocus on its specialty, musical instruments, and move away from its debt-plagued push to sell home electronics.

Gibson, founded in 1894 and based in Nashville, has the top market share in premium electric guitars. It sells more than 170,000 guitars a year in more than 80 countries, including more than 40 percent of all electric guitars that cost more than $2,000, according to a bankruptcy filing.

The pre-negotiated reorganization plan filed Tuesday will allow Gibson Brands Inc. to continue operations with $135 million in financing from lenders.

Gibson already has sold off some noncore brands, acquisitions that contributed to a burdensome debt load. Gibson has begun the liquidation process for its struggling international Gibson Innovations division, which sells headphones, speakers, accessories and other electronics.

“The decision to re-focus on our core business, musical instruments, combined with the significant support from our noteholders, we believe will assure the company’s long-term stability and financial health,” Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson chairman and CEO, said in a news release.

Gruhn, an expert on guitars of all kinds, said the company’s bankruptcy was predictable after it expanded into the home electronics business. But he noted that doesn’t mean the Gibson brand will simply fade away.

“The brand name and company’s reputation for making guitars is tarnished, but not dead by any means, and it’s very much capable of being resuscitated,” Gruhn said.

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