BLT Announces Season 19 at 2nd Annual Gala on Saturday

Aug 22, 2015

Bradford Little Theatre held their Second Annual Gala and Fundraiser, titled “Encores”, Saturday night at Hill Memorial Church. The evening was filled with songs from the past two years and announcements about the coming season, BLT’s 19th, as well as a big move for the organization.

Season 19’s opening show is “Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree” by Michael Gravois. The play creates a mashup between Aesop’s famous fables and many favorite Christmas stories. A cast of eight is required for the show, which will be presented on December 4th, 5th, and 6th. “Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree” will be directed by BLT board member Chelsea Place and is appropriate for all ages.

“I wanted to bring a fun Christmas show to the area this season, and when I came across Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree I knew I had found the right show. Its fast-pace and wit makes for a great family show that is full of Christmas Spirit and reminds us of some valuable lessons,” Place said of the show.

Next, BLT will time warp audiences back a few decades with “The Awesome 80’s Prom”, an interactive blast-from-the-past party by Ken Davenport. Audience members will be encouraged to dress up in the 80’s best for this fun-filled show. Kristin Asinger, BLT President, will direct the adult-oriented show on February 18th, 19th, and 20th.

“If anyone knows me, they know I love improv, having helped bring an improv troupe to Pitt. It’s why I fell in love with “The Awesome 80’s Prom” when I found the show. It’s a half-scripted, half-improv show that I know will delight every person that comes to see it,” Asinger said of her show’s unique script.

First-time director Charlotte Stock will present BLT’s third show of the season, “Death and Taxes” by Pat Cook. This comedy explores what happens at a small-town Minnesota city council meeting where the usual round of arguments turns into a jury’s inquisition. “Death and Taxes” will be presented on April 15th, 16th, and 17th. What better way to celebrate filing your taxes than to spend a night with Bradford Little Theatre?

“I’m excited I get to have my directorial debut with Bradford Little Theatre,” Stock said. “They’re just so great to work with! I had so much fun working with the cast of ‘Shrek The Musical’ that I knew I could easily find comedic actors for ‘Death and Taxes’.”

For the final show of the season, Hannah Leposa will make her directorial debut with “How to Eat Like a Child (And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up)”, written by Delia Ephron, John Forster, and Judith Kahan. This musical, which only stars children, gives valuable life-lessons such as how to beg for a dog and how to torture your sister. This hilarious musical romp, which is fun for all ages, will bring Season 19 to a close on July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

Of bringing a children’s musical to Bradford Little Theatre, Leposa said, ‘I love that I get the chance to bring a show starring children back to BLT. We’ve had several in the past, such as ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Charlotte’s Web’, but it has been a relatively long time since those shows.”

With four shows, plus BLT’s other engagements with both the community and the local VFW, “Non-Stop and Nutty” seemed like the perfect moniker for the season.