Beale Street Theater has recently partnered with a near and dear Kingman local Brewery! Black Bridge Brewery, located at 421 E. Beale St. in Downtown Kingman, is opening its doors to the public on March 7th, 2020 at 7pm for a night of Shakespeare and ShakesBEER. (Haha, get it?)
In honor of Beale Street Theater’s upcoming Spring Show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) authored by Adam Long, Jess Winfield, and Daniel Singer, Black Bridge Brewery has launched two special beers! The first, an old English ale fit for the bard, is called “ShakesBeer.” You can also ask for “Much Ado About Beer” if you’d like something a little lighter.
In addition, Beale Street Theater’s very own hilarious cast will be performing bits of the production on stage on the back patio for your entertainment. You’ll see them in bright yellow shirts and go ahead and chat with them about the upcoming performances and their rehearsals. They sure love to talk, especially when they get drinking.
Along with a live performance and two new fantastic beers, you’ll be able to enjoy local music in between it all. Best yet, Black Bridge Brewery is offering Happy Hour Pricing for anyone that dresses up as a rogue or a wench! And, of course, there is no cover charge!
So, can you keep up with William Shakespeare, the bard of bards? We heard he had some wild days back then! With all that fame, who can blame him?
We’ll see you on March 7th at 7pm!
Want more information on Beale Street Theater’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)? Showtimes are March 14th & 21st at 12pm & 4pm on the stage at Metcalfe Park, 315 W. Beale St. in Downtown Kingman. Tickets are $12. We heard the beers will be there too if you like them that much…
Click here to buy show tickets, or you can buy them at This & That Antiques & Collectibles located at 534 Beale St. in Downtown Kingman, or at the gates! You won’t want to miss this show—it’s definitely one for the books!
It is officially 27 days from our premier of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and tickets are finally on sale! If you haven’t seen our event on Facebook or you don’t follow us on Instagram, then you have no idea where to buy! Luckily, we have a couple places for you and maybe even an opportunity to shop…
First, as always you can buy tickets online at our fabulous website. Click here to be brought to our main ticket page. Tickets are through EventBrite and will be on sale until an hour before showtime, so get them while you can!
Want a more personable route? Well, we’ve gone as personable as we can get this time around.
Before, we were selling our show tickets at the ArtHub, but this spot is ran by volunteers and sometimes couldn’t be open. Well, we’ve improved this and now you can find tickets at This & That Antiques & Collectibles located at 534 Beale St. in Downtown Kingman.The shop has a little sign out on the street and looks like the sweetest cottage you ever did see. Pam and Dave will be there to sell our tickets just for you and they take both cash and card. While you’re there you should definitely take a look at everything they have to offer! Every room is different, and you’ll be sure to find something to take home.
Business Hours are as follows:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 10am-4pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Tickets are $12 each. Showtimes are March 14th & 21st at 12pm & 4pm at Metcalfe Park, located at 315 W. Beale St. in Downtown Kingman. Seating is limited (100 per show) so if you feel like you might need a chair, bring one! Thank you for joining us for Shakespeare Sunday Shakeup, and we are so excited for you to see this hilarious production!
This Spring’s Show, The Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged already has a great cast and directing crew, but Beale Street Theater NEEDS A TECHNICAL CREW!!
This show has many costume and prop changes, and the cast cannot do it alone! Between wigs, skirts, blow up dinosaurs, puppets, and bathtub boats, the cast has a lot on their hands.
This is where YOU come in!! If you have been curious about our theater and what it takes to put on a show, especially one as crazy as this, then take this time to step in!
We need Techies that will be quick on their feet and excited to help. Actors will need extra assistance with costume changes and prop handling, as they will be above the ground and should avoid having to travel the stairs, for safety precautions.
Want to help but not sure if you’ve got what it takes? First of all, of course you have what it takes! Beale Street Theater loves new faces and educating people on and off stage. All you have to do is email [email protected] and tell us that you want to be a part of the Shakespeare: Abridged Technical Crew! We would love to have you join us for a crazy fun—and crazy-crazy—show!
Show dates are March 14th & 21st. We hope to have you join this wild group for a whole lot of fun you’ll never forget!
In addition to a Technical Crew, Beale Street Theater is looking for the following props:
- Airline Oxygen Mask
- 2 Fencing Foils
- 4 Plastic Bathtub Boats
- Rubber Snake
- Small-Medium Inflatable Dinosaur
- Metal or Wooden Goblet
- Rubber Elvis Wig
- Hand Puppets resembling:
If you have any of these items and are willing to let Beale Street Theater use them, please contact [email protected] and we greatly appreciate it!
Not interested in being a part of the show, but totally want to watch? Look out for more information soon on details and where to buy your tickets!
Last week we introduced to you our dashing cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged. Today, we would love for you to meet the crew that does it all, even when you’re not looking.
Bob Blake is our fabulous director for our Spring Show this year. Bob has ben involved with Beale Street Theater for quite some time now, on and off the stage. You may have seen him in Take Five, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and The Odd Couple. Most recently, he was the Texas! Walker! Ranger! *ting* in Beale Street Theater’s last fall show. Off stage, Bob directed Death of a Salesman in fall of 2018. Most excited about the acting horsepower of his cast, he stated that “we have incredibly talented actors that are just going to blow everyone away… I cannot wait for Kingman to find out.”
We are especially excited to meet this new face in our production; Rachel Wolsey will be Assistant Director, and this is her first show! She said she’s watched a lot of the past productions, but she is most excited “about getting involved with the theater… the talent is amazing—not just with the acting but also the directing.” She is excited to help in any way. She also says she is anxious to see the people’s reactions because “that will be really great!” Rachel goes on to explain that Shakespeare Abridged is going to “change pre-conceived notions about Beale Street Theater.” GASP! Juicy…
Danae Edwards is also a familiar face in the Beale Street Theater realm, having been a part of every show since she was the Stage Manager of Death of a Salesman. She’s been both on and off stage in multiple positions, just trying to gain knowledge in the theater world. She’s mainly excited about expanding her horizons backstage in her Stage Manager position this time around. Since she hasn’t stage managed in a while, she is excited to get back on the headset!
We strongly believe this little team will bring such a big show to the stage this March 14th and 21st at Metcalf Park! Keep a look out for more updates as we set up for a very exciting show!
Recently, Beale Street Theater held auditions for its spring show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged and the talents that came out were all phenomenal! On Monday, January 13th, the co-directors held call-backs and officially chose the cast on Wednesday night. Today, we are excited to announce the actors and learn a little bit about them.
This show is different, in that the cast will actually be playing themselves, in lieu of the original cast of Daniel Singer, Adam Long, and Jess Winfield. Let’s get started!
First, taking the shoes of Adam Long, Lucas Youngerberg will be representing many of Shakespeare’s women, bad wig and all! Lucas is new to the Beale Street Theater group, as he is originally from Minnesota. While presumably enjoying this lovely Arizona weather, Lucas also says that “Just getting to work with a totally new group of people is always very exciting.” Lucas has a history in acting with numerous theater groups in the past and has actually played the silent audience “Bob” in a different Shakespeare Abridged production last March. We’re excited to have a new face on the stage here at Beale Street Theater, and hopes he breaks his legs!
Christal Hartley will be stepping in for Jess Winfield this time around, and we are excited to have her on stage. Christal has an extensive background on and off stage, both with Beale Street Theater and out of it. She was the stage manager of BST’s spring musical Bye Bye Birdie and more recently directed The Legend of the Lone Texas Walker Ranger. She is most excited to finally act in this production, as she admitted she hasn’t been on stage in a whopping 3 years! This spit-fire girl has the energy for this show, and we’re excited to see her zip around in all the chaos.
Last but certainly not least of this small troupe of actors is Matt Lambert! Matt will be taking Daniel Singer’s place and has fully admitted that he has not ever read a Shakespeare play all the way through. Though this is his 7th show with Beale Street Theater, Matt has done 24 productions since starting his theatre career. If you’ve seen Death of a Salesman, you’ve seen his powerhouse acting as Biff and that confidence will more than surely translate to this show. When asked what he was most excited about in this production, he wouldn’t stop talking.
“I really hope that this is something that we can get a lot of people to come out to and enjoy because this is a really funny play. Everybody is obviously familiar with Shakespeare, like even myself I’ve read a bunch of Shakespeare but I’ve never really read an entire play before.”
“So you have all those popular bits that everyone knows, and they get pulled out and you get to make this mess of all his work and it’s fun.”
We hope you’re just as excited as we are to see these talented actors hit the stage at Metcalf Park on March 14th and 21st! More information will be coming your way in the next few days, so look out for any updates! For now, we bid you adieu.
Written By: Danae Edwards
Beale Street Theatre has another play coming up this spring, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by the Reduced Shakespeare Company! In honor of this fun show, we will be posting here every Sunday with more information, history, and behind-the-scenes access to our Shakespeare show! Introducing “Shakespeare Sunday Shake-Up!”
Now, first things first, let’s answer the question, “What exactly is Shakespeare Abridged?” We’re going to go more in-depth in later weeks, but to put it simply, Shakespeare Abridged is all of Shakespeare’s plays compressed into an hour and thirty minutes. The Reduced Shakespeare Company takes his masterpiece works and puts a satirical spin on it. That’s basically it. We recommend watching this video to get a better feel for the show. Beale Street Theater’s version will be like this, but updated a bit more to match our present day contexts.
Now for the reason why you’re all here: “How can I audition to be a part of this hilarious show?”
Since this show has…certain… themes in it, you have to be 16 years and older to audition. Auditions will take place this Friday,January 10th, at 6:00P.M. and Saturday, January 11th, at 10:00 A.M. at the ArtHub. You’ll need to prepare a one-minute comedic monologue to perform in front of the casting directors. If you need help finding a monologue, please contact us at [email protected]. We would love to help! Hope to see you there, and BREAK A LEG!
Beale Street Theater now has shirts available for men, women and children for the holidays! With a fun snowman and the bright red color, you’re sure to love our new holiday-designed logo. You might want to buy a shirt as a gift for a loved one or maybe even to TREAT YO SELF!
These shirts are the first of many to come your way with Beale Street Theater expanding its horizons into online merchandise. We love to see our community supporting the fine arts cause, and we want to show you some love this winter, too! Shirts come in standard sizes and range from XS to XXL, and all shirts are pre-order.
Although these winter designs will be available until the new year, they’ll be gone for good in 2020, so you’ll want to order a limited-edition shirt while you can. Each shirt is $15 and after ordering you will receive an email with your confirmation and pick-up instructions.
All proceeds will go to Beale Street Theater and its Renovation Project as we set sail into Phase II. We are so excited about this new direction and can’t wait to see what 2020 and the future bring for us and our community! Thank you for being a part of the community to raise a theater.
Want to shop for a shirt? Click Here!
And don’t miss our opening night of Beauty and the Beast Jr. this Friday, December 6th at 7pm! Can’t make it to that show? We have showings on December 7th, 13th, & 14th at 7pm too! We also have matinees at 1pm on December 7th & 14th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-11 years old. You can buy tickets here, at the ArtHub on 402 E. Beale St. or at the door at Lee Williams High School!
Did you miss our new video with the Beauty and the Beast Jr. director Sidney Valdez and her assistant director, Aaron Demke? Fret not, you can watch it below!
Written by: Danae Edwards
When you think of Beauty and the Beast, what is the first thing you think of? What is something that you see on the poster, or on the movie cover that catches your eye? Maybe it’s the classic yellow dress, the servants of the castle, or Beast’s blue and yellow suit. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the red rose in the case. Depending on the cover/poster that you happen to be looking at, the one item that you’re most likely going to see every single time is the red rose. In fact, it’s even on our poster!
Why is a simple rose so vital to the story? Does it symbolize anything besides the Beast’s curse, or is it just a flower that moves the plot along? If it does symbolize something, what is it?
Let’s go back to the beginning. Let’s go back to the first version of Beauty and the Beast, and see what we can find. In the original story, before audience members fell in love with the sweet, kind-hearted girl on screen, Belle was a girl from one of our earlier blog posts. The rose was actually something that Belle had asked her father to bring to her on one of his business trips. After he indulges in the hospitality that’s presented before him when he stumbles across the castle, he finds the rose in the Beast’s garden as he’s leaving. He picks the rose up to take to his daughter and then finds himself a prisoner of the Beast, who only agrees to release him if Belle’s father gives him one of his six daughters in return for his life. Belle, filled with guilt for asking for the rose, takes her father’s place.
The wilting rose symbolizes quite a few topics. Obviously, the red rose symbolizes love and romance. It also symbolizes the Beast’s dying hope for love; if it dies before he finds his one true love, then he’ll stay the Beast forever. It symbolizes the Beast’s need to reform from his past life of excess and vanity, as well as be gentler towards others. The rose is not only a vital part of the story but a vital part of the Beast. This is his last chance to change who he is for the better, or he will remain the terrifying creature he holds inside.
Who would’ve thought that a rose could mean so much?
Want a chance to have your own beautiful rose? During our showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Mandarin Orchid, a local Kingman flower shop owned by Patti Branco, will set up right outside the show! This would make a special gift for a date, a little princess of your own, or your favorite performer! Leave a note, and we can even send it backstage for you. We are excited to for you to be our guest!
Still need tickets to the show? Click here!
Written by: Danae Edwards
Disney Musicals in Schools is an incredible opportunity for parents, students, teachers, and the whole community to come together with a common interest–musical theatre. We had the opportunity this week to interview Sidney Valdez, the director of this winter’s musical Beauty and the Beast Jr. and an active member of the Disney in Schools program.
For those of you wondering, Disney Musicals in Schools is a totally separate program from Disney Jr, which Sidney has had the opportunity to direct many shows for. “Disney Musicals in Schools is a collaboration between theater artists and school staff to bring sustainable theater practices to rural towns. Disney Jr. Productions are up for licensing shows that any theater can license.”
We asked how Beale Street got involved, and apparently it wasn’t that difficult, “The Education coordinator from The Smith Center found Beale Street Theater, reached out to collaborate with Disney Musicals in Schools and here we are now.” Easy as one, two, three! It certainly helped that Beale Street Theater had already been on the radar.
Sidney’s answer to why she got involved was pretty simple. “I had just gotten done with my production of Dorothy In Wonderland, which was a show I pushed to have more children involvement. I had felt so passionately about the arts and what it can do for our youth that the Disney Musicals In Schools mission made it so easy for me to back up.”
“The education department at The Smith Center was looking to expand the program when they found Beale Street Theater and all that we strive for is what they were looking for in a partner to collaborate with.”
Any elementary school who wants to be a part of this movement, can. Although, they do have to meet certain requirements such as producing a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical involving 3rd-5th graders both on and off stage, identify a school team comprising three to five teachers and staff members who will oversee and manage the production from beginning to end, commit to 17 weeks of after-school rehearsal consisting of a minimum of two 90-minute sessions per week and a few other requirements which can be found on their website.
It takes about seven months for the children, teachers, and everyone involved to prepare an unforgettable experience for the audience. Beale Street Theater is happy to showcase the hard work from all fronts with an event in 2020. Be sure to look out for any news on this showcase in the spring!
The goal for Disney Musicals in Schools is to create sustainable theatre for all elementary schools in Kingman. Disney Musicals in Schools is another great opportunity for you to come support, as it supports the development of our community, our art education, and our community’s children.
Want another way to support Beale Street Theater? On Tuesday, November 19th 6pm at Mohave County Library, Belle from Beale Street Theater & Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be reading her favorite stories to children of all ages! The event is free, so don’t miss out!
Excited to see Belle in action? Make sure you buy tickets to Beauty and the Beast Jr. here or at the ArtHub on 402 E. Beale St. or at the door to the show! Showdates are December 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th at 7pm with Matinees the 7th & 14th at 1pm. We encourage dress up at both our matinees as well! Show tickets for adults are $12 for kids 4-11. We hope you will be our guest!
On Sunday, November 10th, Suz Salon hosted an event called “Princess Day Out.” Over 45 girls from ages 3 to 12 years old attended in their prettiest dresses awaiting an afternoon of pampering. For some, this would be their very first Spa Day!
The event was on a first come first serve basis and thus by 1:30pm–a half hour before the event was set to begin–princesses were already lined up outside the door of Suz Salon. The owner of the salon, Sue Bushnell, had already started on the early birds. With only 6 volunteers, she knew a headstart was crucial for this event to be successful.
Though there was a wait, mothers and daughters alike were patient and in good spirits the whole event. Snacks and drinks were in abundance, princess movies played and of course, there was the best part–Belle and her friends were in attendance!
Disney’s star princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel and Merida were all there to meet the eager junior royalty. Throughout the 6 hour event, the princesses sang, danced and took pictures with anyone who asked.
The all-inclusive Princess Pack was a hit, with almost every single princess choosing the whole spa. Toe and nails were painted and makeup was done. Little princesses could pick out every necklace, ring, bracelet, and earrings. They even took home their very own handcrafted tiara made specially by Sue! Overall, moms knew the experience their daughter received had been worth the wait.
Sue finally closed down the shop late Sunday night. After all the hard work and wonderful faces, Princess Day Out raised over $1,200 for Beale Street Theater’s Renovation Project and Angle Homes Matching Grant Campaign.
Beale Street Theater could not be more appreciative of the dedication Suz Salon has given. We are grateful for the numerous stylists, volunteers, and princesses that helped make this fundraiser a success. We also give great thanks to the Kingman community for the belief and ongoing support we receive at Beale Street Theater. Thank you so much.
If you want to see more of our beautiful Belle, make sure to buy tickets for Beale Street Theater’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. at bealestreettheater.com/tickets at the Artbug on 402 E. Beale St. or at the door!
Written by: Danae Edwards
Do you have a daughter that is 12 years old or younger? Would you love to do something special with her? Young girls will now have the chance to meet their favorite princesses, all while having their very own spa day.
This Sunday, Suz Salon has partnered with Beale Street Theater to bring an enchanting event to the young girls here in Kingman. The event is called “Princess Day Out” and will take place on November 10th, from 2pm-5pm at Suz Salon on 114 Tucker Street. There will be special visits from Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel, and a few of their friends!
This past Tuesday, we had the privilege to meet Sue Bushnell at Suz Salon. While there,we were able to interview Sue about the Princess Day Out event.
When we asked Sue why she wanted to put this event on and how she came up with the idea, she told us that she just wanted to help fundraise for Beale Street Theater. “I had help. [Skyler] knew that I wanted to help fundraise and Beauty and the Beast needed to be promoted so she came up with this idea.” Sue noted that there will be refreshments served, such as juice boxes, cupcakes, and cookies. Additional seating in the front and back of the salon will be provided so you can relax, snack, and watch as your daughters get pampered.
The Princess Package is all-inclusive with hairstyling, makeup, and mani-pedis. There will also be tiaras, earrings, and rings for girls to take home. If you don’t want to pay the $25 for the Princess Package, you have the choice to pay individual prices, which can be found below:
Hair: $10; Nails: $10; Toes: $10; Makeup: $5
You can expect your daughter to be there for about 45 minutes to an hour to have the full princess treatment. Six volunteers will be available the whole day to help make your little girls shine bright. Girls are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite princess outfits for this event and can expect a whole day of fun. For many of these girls, this will be their first spa day and an experience they will never forget. This is also a great bonding experience for mothers and their daughters.
All proceeds will go to Beale Street Theater’s Angle Homes Matching Grant Campaign to help build a theater and fine arts home-base in downtown Kingman. For more information on this event, you can go to the Facebook page, Princess Day Out, or check out the poster on our homepage. Also, be on the lookout for a video during the week which you can also find on our website.
This is an event that you don’t want to miss out on! Come to Suz Salon on November 10th, with clean, fresh hair and faces to enjoy a variety of treats, pampering, and a day of fun. It’s sure to be a day fit for a princess.