HYT Staging Festival of Shorts

Submitted by Horizon Youth Theatre Horizon Youth Theatre is pleased to announce its 2019 Festival of Shorts, for the first time this year a collaboration between HYT and Toledo’s Children’s Theatre Workshop. A total of eleven student-written plays were chosen for production. The plays to be performed in Toledo on April 5 and 6 (2417 Collingwood Blvd) are: The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf (and Her Pet Unicorn) by Izzie and Maddie Milks; Game of the Gods by Charlie Vostal; A Girl Lost Between Seasons by Tierny Fox; History in a Nutshell by Terise Stevens and Chloe Collins; A Will to Remember by Eli Marx; and Sidetracked by Julia Barnett and Lauren Peppers. The Bowling Green shows will take place at Otsego Elementary School, 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, on March 29 and 30 (7:00 pm) and March 31 (2:00 pm). Admission is by donation. The plays, with their performance days and cast lists, are as follows: Haunted by The 2019 Devising Class, directed by Keith GuionPerforming Friday and Saturday Cast: Elise Allen, Izzie Douglass, Maggie Otley, Reagan Otley, Adam Proulx, Isobel Roberts-Zibbel, Charlie Vostal, and Alice Walters No Rain, No Flowers by Libby Barnett and Paige Suelzer, directed by Cassie Greenlee Performing Friday and Sunday Cast: Whitney Bechstein, Ali Larsen, Sadie Roberts, Angie Ruiz, Rose Walters, and Aria Weaver The Origin of April Fools’ Day by Gavin Miller and Lola Truman, directed by Ligaya EdgePerforming Friday and Saturday Cast: Aidan Thomas, Lauren Peppers, Jersey Holland, Shiloh Strausbaugh, Nile Jones, and Toryn Killy, William Stark, Stone Strausbaugh, Charlotte Hower, and Kylie Sikora Peace and Quiet (Not) by Liam Rogel, directed by Alexis ReinboltPerforming Friday and Saturday Cast: Scarlett Strausbaugh, Drew Thomas, Nolan Strausbaugh, Faith Davis, Sofia Swaisgood, and Gideon Mohn The Tale of the Imaginary Friend by Emy Wilkins, directed by Bella TrumanPerforming Saturday and Sunday Cast: Libby Barnett, Lila Stover, Julia Barnett, Kathryn Mullins, Miles Schober, and Oliver St. Louis Metal, Gorse, and King George by Abby Farris, directed by Missy SnyderPerforming Saturday and Sunday Cast: Liam Rogel, Sarah Keller, and Carson O’Brien HYT would like to thank Wood County Historical Museum for sponsoring us, and Otsego Schools for the generous access to its facilities we’ve enjoyed since 2014. We couldn’t do this without you. We’d also like to thank St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First Baptist Church (all of Bowling Green) for providing practice space.

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BGSU Arts Events through March 6

Feb. 16 – The Bowling Green Philharmonia will present its 52nd annual Concerto Concert. Winners of the Competitions in Music Performance will perform concertos with the Philharmonia. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets for the event are $7 for adults, $3 for children and students. All tickets are $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 419-372-8171. Feb. 17 – The Annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition opens its two-week run with a reception from 2-4 p.m. A juried selection of art in all media by students in the BGSU School of Art will be displayed in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through March 3. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Feb. 17 – Members of the BGSU College of Musical Arts faculty will perform at the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. The chamber music concert will begin at 3 p.m. The performance is free; onsite parking is $7 for nonmembers of the museum. Feb. 18 – The BGSU College of Musical Arts welcomes guest artist Robert Weirich on piano. Weirich, who recently retired from university teaching, has performed at venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Tanglewood, Ravinia and Marlboro. He is a past president of the College Music Society and twice received the Educational Press Achievement Award for his writing. His piano recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. FreeFeb. 18 – The BGSU School of Art welcomes photographer Tim Archibald for a lecture about his book “Echolilia,” a collection of photographs that share the relationship between him and his son, who is on the autism spectrum. He will speak at 5 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center. Free Feb. 19 – Director Jordan Peele’s 2017 debut film “Get Out” is the featured screening at the Department of Theatre and Film’s Tuesdays at the Gish series. The 103-minute film is a jump-scare thriller and a masterpiece of social analysis. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free Feb. 19 – The student Chamber Jazz Ensembles will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 20 – Compositions by BGSU faculty members will be performed as part of…

Black Swamp Players casting female version of ‘The Odd Couple’

From BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for the final production of its fifty-first season, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version), during the week of Feb. 25. Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Monday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, Feb. 26. Auditions will begin each evening at 7 and run to 9:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, February 28 beginning at 7:00 PM. All auditions and callbacks will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. The script for The Odd Couple (Female Version) calls for a cast of six women and two men. Auditions are open to adults of all ages, races/ethnicities, orientations, sexes, and abilities. Those who want to audition should be prepared to cold read from the script. First performed in 1985, The Odd Couple (Female Version) is a modern riff on Simon’s classic comedy from 1965 about the unlikely friendship between a clean freak and a slob. The female version is set in the apartment of slovenly Olive Madison who, at the opening of the play, has invited a group of friends over for a weekly game of Trivial Pursuit. Late to arrive is Florence Unger, who has just been separated from her husband. Fastidious, depressed, and hyper-tense, Florence seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Olive becomes the one with murder on her mind when the pair decide to room together and hilarious results ensue. The production will be directed by Heath A. Diehl. The Odd Couple (Female Version) will open on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 526 E. Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Tickets for the production are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.

Drama club presents festival of plays written & directed by students (showtimes updated)

From BGHS DRAMA CLUB The Bowling Green High School Drama Club presents a winter festival ofstudent-written and directed one-act plays on Friday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.“Not a Laughing Matter”, written by senior Kat Griffith, is an 11-minute“mocumentary” that originated as an entry in the 2017 Northwest Ohio 48-Hour Playfest. In its revised form, the comic play explores the efforts of a team of circus performers to raise the status of clowns. The play is co-directed by Griffith and sophomore Terra Sloane, and features actors Cole Nemeth, Alison Nonnemaker, Hailey Kozey, Sophie Hachtel, Isa Herrera , Lauren Clifford, and Jaycob Bagrowski.“Focus,” written and directed by senior Charlotte Perez, is a 25-minute drama that tells the story of a young boy with ADD who, in tandem with his parent and therapist, work to strengthen his ability to concentrate in school. In the play, the boy’s brain is personified by two characters, Azza and Abi, who represent the constant battle within the brain when effected by attention disorders. The play is directed by Charlotte Perez and features actors M. Clifford, Emma Matney, Dylan Perez, Sasha Zengel, Kenzie Matney, and Maddy Depinet.“First Date,” written and directed by junior Ethan Brown, is a 25-minute comedy about a teenage boy’s awkward efforts at impressing a girl at an Italian restaurant. Beset by fumbles, the boy is rescued when a magical character in the guise of a waiter helps the boy discover that honesty is more endearing than perfection. The play’s co-director is senior Sarah Kelly, and features actors Erik Schempf, Thomas Long, Alexandra Meade, and Katie Partlow.The 2018-2019 BGHS Improv Troup will also perform. The troupe’s leaders are Charlotte Perez, Thomas Long and M. Clifford, and members include Erik Schempf, Olivia Strang, Ethan Brown, Isaac Douglas, Terra Sloane, Emma Matney, Katie Partlow, Katie Mangan and Lauren Clifford.The production, held in the BG Performing Arts Center, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be purchased at the door.

Theater parents get in the act as super heroes & villains as high school drama club ‘flips the script’

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Back stage at Bowling Green Performing Arts Center, director Hailey Kozey is laying down the law to the cast before the tech rehearsal. No cell phones, and no talking. That’s distracting to the audience and crew. The cast nods acknowledgement. Director Hailey Kozey (right) delivers her notes after tech rehearsal with Katie Partlow (left) and Katie Mangan. Kozey is a high school freshman, and the actors are parents of Drama Club members. They are “flipping the script” in this production of “With Friends Like These … (Who Needs Enemies?)” The one-act comedy about a small town beset by evil-doers kept at bay by a single overworked super hero will be staged tonight (Friday, Jan. 25) at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the drama club fundraiser are $10 and $5 for students, which includes refreshments after the performance. Click to get tickets online. The idea for the production was hatched by parents during a trip last spring  to the State Thespian Conference. Tom Pendleton, who plays Captain Ten Eels and his alter ego Calvin, said the parents had left the conference to take a dinner break at a Chinese restaurant. They got to talking. Tom Pendleton as Captain Ten Eels and Erin Hachtel as his nemesis Lady Foxglove run through scene during the tech rehearsal Erin Hachtel, who plays the villain Lady Foxglove and her alter ego the florist Olivia, said that the parents spend a lot of time “running kids to rehearsal.”  Then an idea popped up, she said. “How funny would it be if we traded places with them, and we were the ones on stage? That would be hilarious.” And “let the kids direct,” Pendleton said recalling the dinner. Back at the conference, he said, they broached the idea to theater teacher Jo Beth Gonzalez. She latched onto it. As soon as she returned to Bowling Green, she reserved the PAC for the performance. “So we were committed,” Pendleton said. Debbie Long and Mike Hachtel during rehearsal for with “Friends Like These.” Gonzalez said she’s reached out to other theater teachers about the project. None had done anything similar.  One even told her: “You’re taking a big risk.” Flipping the script seemed appropriate, Kozey said. “The parents support us so much we want to let them have a chance to act.” “With Friends Like These” was originally written for the Horizon Youth Theatre by Sophi Hachtel, Erin Hachtel’s daughter, Anne Weaver, and Narnia Rieske. “At first ,” Kozey said. “We were pretty scared….

BGHS drama students to Flip the Script by directing their parents & teacher

From BOWLING GREEN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB Members of the Bowling Green High School Drama Club are getting a unique theatrical opportunity – directing their parents in a Flip the Script in Theatre Fundraiser. On Friday, January 25, at 7 P.M., 11 parents, joined by drama teacher Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez, will take the stage under student guidance to perform a student-written one-act play as a fundraiser for the club. According to cast members: “Students get lots of opportunities to work with their peers, and we thought this would be a great learning experience for them to work with an adult cast. And a fun way to raise money for the club!”  Tickets for this fundraiser are $5 for students, $10 for adults which includes refreshments after the performance. Click to get tickets online.

Black Swamp Players cast ‘The Music Man’

The Black Swamp Players has announced the cast for its second production of the 2018-2019 season, “The Music Man.” “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill (Bradley King), as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize–this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian (Jennifer Braun), the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. The principal cast includes: King (Harold Hill); Braun (Marian Paroo); Liam Rogel (Winthrop Paroo); Alice Walters (Amaryllis); Andelus Elwazani (Zaneeta Shinn); Bobby Walters (Tommy Djilas); Perry Andre (Marcellus Washburn); Lane Hakel (Charlie Cowell); Keith Guion (Mayor Shinn); Sally Stemen (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn); Deb Shaffer (Mrs. Paroo); Evie Van Vorhis (Gracie Shinn); and Matthew Crawford, Allen Rogel, and Andrew Varney as the school board members/quartet. Written by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, The Music Man has been entertaining audiences since 1957, when it premiered on Broadway. The musical earned eight Tony-award nominations in 1958 and went on to win six Tonys, including nods for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Black Swamp Players production of The Music Man will be directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring. “The Music Man” will open on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 17 at 2: p.m.; Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, Bowling Green. Tickets for all performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website and at the door on the day of the performance. “The Music Man” is the second of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to