BLT to Kick off 17th Season

Same Time, Next Year, The Music Man, JAWS the Musical Planned

Hits from the movie screen will take center stage, as Bradford Little Theatre kicks off its 17th season in November with “Same Time, Next Year,” to be followed by the “The Music Man” in March and closing with “JAWS the Musical” in June.

> “Audiences may fondly remember these favorites from the big screen, but they will fall in love with the stories all over again as performers bring them to life on our community stage,” said Nanci K. Garris, BLT president.

Directed and produced by the long-time successful team of Nanci K. Garris and Diane Arnett, “Same Time, Next Year,” a romantic comedy-drama written by Bernard Slade, will play Nov. 15 through 17. The first two shows will be at 7:30 p.m.; the final performance will be 2 p.m. matinee.

Since its opening in 1978, “Same Time, Next Year” has consistently been a popular romantic comedy. The play ran four years on Broadway, was a successful motion picture and remains one of the most widely produced plays in history. Audiences will follow the changes of manners, morals and attitudes of the romantic couple who rendezvous just once a year for 25-years.

Garris said, “This is one of my all-time favorite shows, and I have been waiting to bring it to a Bradford audience.”

Kathy O’Mara, a former music teacher and Bradford native, will direct the production of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” Her daughter, Nicole Bednez, will be assistant director/choreographer, and Barb Pederson will also be an assistant director. O’Mara directed this show in the mid-1980s at Bradford Central Christian High School along with Father Jay Schultz.

BLT veteran Kristin Asinger will produce “The Music Man” which will be performed at Bradford High School Auditorium on March 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 30 at 2 p.m.

“The production of “The Music Man” brings the excitement of a classic musical into our 17th season,” said Asinger. “We will have a large cast representing a wide range of ages. “The songs in this show are not only memorable, but incredible with songs such as ‘Seventy-Six Trombones’ and ‘Goodnight, My Someone,’” Asinger said.

Asinger added that this musical will create a nostalgic trip down memory lane with appealing characters such as Mayor Shinn, con-man Professor Harold Hill and the beautiful Marion the Librarian.

“What a great opportunity this winter for people to work together to put on a wonderful show for the community,” Asinger said.

With heart-thumping excitement, “JAWS the Musical” will finish out the BLT season at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford on June 19-21, with three 8 p.m. performances.

“When I first learned of this musical two years ago, I just knew that I wanted to direct it, and I am so happy that this is the year,” said Asinger, who has directed dinner-theater productions and script-in-hand shows for BLT.

Written by Kyle McCoy, “JAWS the Musical” follows the same story line as the 1975 American thriller, but it has been adapted into a one-act comedy with hysterical songs and, of course, a singing shark.

“This is the perfect show for a fun night out with friends or on a date,” Asinger said. “Where else will you find a heart-touching comedy mixed with dangerous shark attacks?”

In an effort to encourage young actors to continue the theatre tradition, BLT is offering a young actors workshop June 2014. BLT will also celebrate Bradford’s Pumpkin Fest with a “Five Little Pumpkins” workshop at their office on Main Street.

For more information, people may visit the website at or the BLT Facebook page, or contact the group at P.O. Box 255 Bradford, PA 16701. Tickets will also be available about two weeks before each show at Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, Tina’s Hallmark and Graham Florist, all in Bradford. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.

Now starting its 17th season, the non-profit Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage, and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres and the Theatre Association of New York State and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

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