BLT Presents Season 18 Announcement & Fundraiser Gala

Jul 18, 2014

A music-themed gala next month will mark some firsts for the Bradford Little Theatre.

BLT will announce its 18th season lineup during “A Grand Night for Singing” Aug. 9, its first-ever fundraiser of its kind. And area residents will also take the stage to sing selections from such shows as Cinderella. The show is being provided in conjunction with the Olean (N.Y.) Community Theatre.

“Bradford Little Theatre is excited to present ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ to our patrons and friends,” said Bradford Little Theatre president Nanci Garris. “We have been looking forward to a joint venture with Olean Community Theatre for some time. This event gives us an opportunity to share with OCT and also announce our upcoming season.

The gala is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Hill Memorial Methodist Church on Kennedy Street in Bradford. More than 20 songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s music will be showcased, including “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” from Cinderella, “Maria” from The Sound of Music and “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma. The late Rodgers and the late Hammerstein are well-known as an American musical theater writing team.

Eric VanDruff will direct the BLT’s show, and 10 local men and women have been cast.

“The show has a nice storyline that follows a relationship arc. The songs in the show are not used in the same context as in the original shows, so it’s really neat to see them in a new sense,” said local resident David Merwine, who is a singer in the show. “All of the singers are amazing, many of them awarding-winning singers and actors.”

Also at the “A Grand Night for Singing” gala, BLT officials will announce season’s line up.

The upcoming season will kickoff with rockstar of a show, the winter will feature a romantic readers’ theater production and the season will conclude with painting the town green, according to information from the nonprofit organization.

“It is a very ambitious season, and we are looking forward to having all of the local talent come out and be part of our exciting productions this year,” said Chelsea Place, who is the secretary for BLT.

BLT, a nonprofit organization, will use the money from the gala to help pay for shows and other activities. The group puts on two to four locally directed and casted shows a year.

Cost for the gala is $15, and seating is limited to 150 people. Purchase tickets at Graham Florist and Ott and McHenry Pharmacy, both in Bradford.

This article was published in the Bradford Era on July, 18, 2014. By Alex Davis, Era Reporter a.davis@bradfordera.com