Do good things always happen in threes? Or wait – is it only bad things? Or, have we simply been culturally programmed over thousands of years to notice when things happen in threes? While you ponder that, mark your calendars for the first weekend in May…
THING #1 -
The Mt. Hope Masqueraders proudly present their 2012 spring musical, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. Opening night is Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm, with shows running through Sunday, May 6th. Troupers have been generating buzz for weeks, hanging posters around town and even appearing in costume at the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Bristol Dept. of Parks & Recreation. You’ll have another chance to catch a sneak preview on Sunday, April 22nd at 1pm, when Blithewold hosts a “Be Our Guest” Children’s Tea! Guests will get the chance to meet the costumed cast of the upcoming show while enjoying tea and treats at Blithewold Mansion, served by some of the actors themselves! Can you imagine the delight on your little one’s face when Mrs. Potts pours out? Or when Cogsworth hands out cookies? Seating is limited and advance registration is required; visit Blithewold’s website for more information about this fun event. As for the show itself, tickets for “Beauty and the Beast” can be reserved by calling 254-5980 ext. 3163 or by visiting the MHHS Box Office on select days; click on the poster to learn more.
In conjunction with the Masqueraders’ spring musical, Mt. Hope High School’s Arts Department presents their Community Arts Celebration, May 3rd through May 6th. The exhibit’s Opening Reception is on Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30pm ’til 7:30pm in the high school gymnasium. The show is primarily comprised of high school art work, but this year, there will be a selection of elementary student work on display as well. On Thursday night (May 3rd) there will be wheel throwing demonstrations, visiting artists, musical performances, a kids craft table, sidewalk chalk drawing, a bake sale, a ceramics sale (benefitting the Women’s Resource Center), and a raffle. Theatre students will also be on hand to impersonate famous artists. The exhibit will be open through the weekend every evening before the curtain opens on “Beauty and the Beast”, so arrive early and take a look!
THING #2 -
The same weekend, the Guiteras Performing Arts Committee proudly presents its debut production, “Seussical, Jr.”, for three shows only on Friday through Sunday, May 4th – May 6th. And talk about buzz … Sunday’s show is already sold out! As of this posting, there are a few tickets left for Friday’s and Saturday’s shows, available at Hair, Heart & Soul on Hope Street in Bristol. The Guiteras Performing Arts Committee (GPAC) is a newly formed group of Guiteras School parents dedicated to creating and supporting more arts opportunities in school for their children. In what sounds like a “stars-aligned” kind of moment, a handful of parents with children about the same ages, in the same elementary school, realized they shared the motivation and the expertise (in dance, music, and theatre) to make something happen, so they got to work. And they’ve been working hard, holding auditions and rehearsals with the Guiteras schoolchildren, building out the stage at Reynolds School, making costumes, seeking grants, and getting excited for opening night! We can’t wait to see the show, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this promising new local arts group!
THING #3 -
Auditions will round out the first weekend in May … Bristol Theatre Company has announced their 2012 summer musical, “Children of Eden”, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John Caird. Auditions for BTC’s summer musical will be held on Sunday, May 6th from 4pm ’til 8pm, and on Monday, May 7th from 6:30pm ’til 8pm, at The Children’s Workshop* on Child Street in Warren. Adults and children (ages 8-15 yrs old) are welcome to audition. The show is tentatively scheduled to run the first two weeks in August. For more information, visit BTC’s Facebook page (*please do NOT call The Children’s Workshop for information).
Plan ahead – it’s going to be a whirlwind of a weekend!