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Entertainment briefs, Oct. 11

BSA to stage ‘Evil Dead The Musical’

BELLEVUE – Bellevue Society for the Arts is to present “Evil Dead The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 19 and 20 in the Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for those age 60 years and older and $5 for students through grade 12.

The musical is based on Sam Raimi’s ’80s cult classic films. The story tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. Although it may sound like a horror, it is not. The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit.

Musicians include Kristen Santos of Tiffin (band director/keyboard), Nathan Santos of Tiffin (bass), Mike LaFountain of Oak Harbor (lead guitar) and Alex Fee of Pierrepont Manor, New York (drums).

International panel to discuss ghosts, spirits, supernatural

The event, “Spirits and the Supernatural: Cultural Perspective from Around the World,” is to take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

International panelists are to discuss beliefs and traditions about ghosts, spirits and the supernatural from their particular region of the world.

Heidelberg music faculty gala to feature vocalists, instrumentalists

Members of Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre are to present the annual Faculty Gala at 4 p.m. Sunday in Brenneman Music Hall.

The program is to feature instrumental, vocal and musical theater performances by Thaddeus Archer, David Cotter, Carol Dusdieker, Doug McConnel, Greg and Cynthia Ramsdell, Stephen Svoboda and Jonathan Waters.

The annual meeting of Berg Bravo! is to precede the concert at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call (419) 448-2073.

‘Berg to launch writer’s series

Heidelberg University’s School of Communication, Humanities & the Arts is to launch the Jean Warren Gekler Writer’s Series starting Monday, when the university is to welcome Hilary Plum, author of “Strawberry Fields.”

Plum’s novel was the winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose in 2018 and she also received the 2018 GLCA New Writers Award for her nonfiction work, “Watchfires.”

Plum also is the author of the 2013 novel “They Dragged Them Through the Streets.” She has worked as an editor of international literature, history and politics. Now, she is on the creative writing faculty at Cleveland State University. Plum also teaches in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts creative writing program, a consortium of CSU, Kent State University, the University of Akron and Youngstown State University.

Novelist and sportswriter Susan Petrone is to visit Heidelberg Nov. 9.

Petrone is the author of “The Super Ladies, “ “Throw Like a Woman” and “A Body at Rest” — which won a bronze medal for regional fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her short story, “Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Petrone’s work has appeared in venues such as ESPN.com, CoolCleveland and BELT. She co-owns the Cleveland Indians blog, as well.

Heidelberg junior high/high school theater to present ‘Into the Woods’

The first production of Heidelberg University Community Music School’s new junior school and high school musical theater program, “Into the Woods,” is to come to the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Heidelberg’s Gundlach Theatre.

Tickets are $10-$12 and can be purchased by visiting www.gundlachtheatre.org.

Stephen Sondheim’s dark comedy takes a Grimm look at the fairy tales we know and love. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that a witch’s curse will prevent them having a child, they set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but as with all actions, there are consequences that return to haunt them.

The cast and crew involved in “Into the Woods” represent 10 local and area schools.

Elizabeth Tracy, director of the Community Music School, is directing “Into the Woods.” Dani Hummel-Sass is the music director and Rachel Hummel-Sass is the choreographer. The accompanist is Cynthia Ramsdell.

The cast includes: Narrator/Mysterious Man – Jarrett Newsome (Clyde High School); Cinderella – Danielle Kagy (Columbian High School); Jack – Isaac Cortez (Columbian High School); Baker – Bennett Ramsdell (Columbian High School); Baker’s Wife – Kennedy Lachner (Columbian High School); Stepmother – Coral Snell (Bridges Community Academy); Florinda – Amilia Knisely (Lakota High School); Lucinda – Emma Melvin (Columbian High School); Jack’s Mother – Laci Vogel (Arcadia High School); Little Red Ridinghood – Madison Spiers (Mohawk Schools); Witch – Emma Raber (Oak Harbor High School); Cinderella’s Father – Josh Fanning (Columbian High School); Cinderella’s Mother/Giant – Annalyce Bowles (Columbian High School); Rapunzel – May Coppler (Arcadia High School); Rapunzel’s Prince – Maddi Barker (Hopewell-Loudon); Granny – Zoe Halm (Columbian High School); Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince – Zachary Pool (Columbian High School); Young Steward – Matt Strouse (Oak Harbor Middle School); Old Steward – Drew Steinmetz (Seneca East High School); Sleeping Beauty- Hayden Cook (Mohawk High School); and Snow White – Katherine Albright (Tiffin Middle School).

The crew is comprised of Cory Lachner (designer and set construction), Estelle Lachner (lead designer, prop and costume construction), Malayna Gahris (stage manager), Kevin Held (props, construction and sound design) and Ashtyn Wolph (stage crew).

Orchestra musicians include Maia Brower (flute), Nina Navarrette (clarinet), Josh Dame (bassoon), Ethan Campbell (trumpet), Cassandra Bryant (violin), Cynthia Ramsdell (keyboard), Blake Depinet (synthesizer) and Joel Boardman (percussion).

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