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 ShakespeareAbridged 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
This winter, Beale Street Theater has partnered with Disney to bring a bit of magic to Kingman, Arizona. Beauty and the Beast Jr. originated from the Broadway musical by the same name, starring Susan Egan as Belle and Terrence Mann as The Beast/The Prince. When the musical opened in April of 1994 it received mixed reviews from critics, but the audience loved it. It became a fast grossing musical earning over $1.4 billion and playing in over 13 countries and 115 cities worldwide. How did this musical become successful, running for 5,461 shows in over 13 years? To answer that we must go back to the 1970s and 1980s.
Disney was still trying to recover over the death of Walt Disney in 1966 when they became aware that during the 1960s and 1970s the animated films were becoming dull. Despite having no animation experience, the CEO, Michael Eisner, was hired to oversee the company’s next animated project. Eisner first hired Peter Schneider, who was responsible for hiring more people who were passionate about live theatre. He also hired Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menkan. They had created the off-Broadway show Little Shop of Horrors and were hired to create the music for Disney’s next animated film. They accepted and went to work creating The Little Mermaid, which gained a massive following after its initial release.
by the success of their last animated film, the studio decided to adapt another
fairy tale for the screen. As Beauty and the Beast began production,
Ashman revealed to Menkan that he was dying of AIDS, a secret that he had kept
to himself in fear of being discriminated against or fired from Disney. Before
the film was finished, executive Ron Logan, presented the idea to create a
musical out of Beauty and the Beast. Eisner deflected it immediately. Beauty
and the Beast premiered in New York, on March 10th, 1991. All the while,
Ashman grew increasingly ill while being cared for in Saint Vincent Catholic
Medical Center in New York, New York. Four days after the premiere, he passed
away. The film was released eight months later in November.
Beauty and the Beast became a very successful film once it was released to the public, even surpassing The Little Mermaid in popularity and becoming the first animated film in history to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Film critics all said that the film had the potential for the stage, including a review that said it was a “better [musical] … than anything he had seen on Broadway” during that time. This review was the review that would provide the confidence for the people at Disney, including Eisner, to consider adapting Beauty and the Beast for the stage. A little too late for Ashman.
Since he had various successes directing live shows for Disney theme parks, Robert Jess Roth was asked to direct Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for the stage, despite not being a well-known director at the time. Roth had asked Eisner about investing in a Broadway show before, but Eisner had declined, saying that it was too expensive. Roth’s adaption of The Nutcracker, however, impressed Eisner so much that he asked Roth if he’d be interested in adapting Beauty and the Beast for the stage. Since the film hadn’t been released to home video, Roth spent an entire day re-watching the movie in the theater, trying to see how it would work on stage. At a hotel in Aspen, Roth presented Eisner a Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, using quite a few illustrations to portray his ideas. Eisner was to oversee all the creative elements from the smallest details to the largest details.
Even though there were quite a few skeptics concerning the beloved film being made into a Broadway show, it also had a lot of people behind it, including set designer, Stanley Meyer as well as the writer for the film, Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the script for the musical. Tim Rice stepped into Ashman’s shoes and helped Menkan write six new songs for the musical. Costumes were designed by Ann Hould-Ward, and Natasha Kats was responsible for lighting, but critics were still unsure how it would do on stage. Nonetheless, Beauty and the Beast opened on April 18th of 1994 through September 5th, 1999 at the Palace Theater. After its run at the Palace Theater, it was moved to its permanent home at the Lunt-Fontanne theater where it spent over eight years entertaining guests of all ages. With a span of 13 years, it became Broadway’s longest-running show with over 5,000 performances. This “tale as old as time” brought many different audiences into the live theater to fall in love once again.
Beauty and the Beast took place in mid-1700s France. As we all know, Belle and her father lived in a “provincial town” on the coast of France before the French Revolution. So, what was France like during this time?
mid-1700s France was, basically, at the peak of its power. King Louis XV had started
ruling in 1715 until 1774 and had absolute power with the Catholic Church of
France on his side. France was second only to Great Britain in trade, and it had
the largest unified territory, sporting 22 million people. The population was
at least 3 times more than England, and 6 times more than the lands around it
like the Netherlands and Sweden.
in her quick and intense rise to power, France’s ordinary citizens were being
left behind. Farmers had trouble keeping up with the rising population, as there
were too few acres to grow on for each farming family. Technology in farming
was also discouraged by the monarchy. Farmers could never keep money to help
themselves because their taxes consistently rose. Good thing Belle and her father
weren’t farmers, eh?
On the side
of the arts and the upcoming Enlightenment period, however, France was a power
house. King Louis XV had moved the capitol to Versailles and built an entire village
for his family and surrounding nobles. His official mistress, Madame Pompadour,
was known as the patron of the arts and literature. Like Belle, she loved reading.
In fact, she had her own huge library, just like the Beast did, with thousands
of books to choose from. When the Enlightenment—a period of philosophical and
scientific breakthroughs—was rising, Madame Pompadour was leading the movement.
So, where could
Belle have been in all of France?
It is thought
that the “provincial town” Belle and her father lived in was inspired by La
Rochelle, an actual small provincial town that the original author, Gabrielle-Suzanne
Barbot de Gallon de Villeneuve, was born in. The saying goes, “La Rochelle:
belle et rebelle” Beauty and Rebel, and that was exactly what this town was
known for. Though still just as illiterate as most of France once was at that
time, La Rochelle was steps ahead of the rest of the country. Protestant when
France was Catholic, La Rochelle fought for religious peace and individualism
In fact, about
the time Belle and the Beast met, the Enlightenment had already made it way towards
La Rochelle. This would soon be a great time for the town, as its water trade
benefitted greatly. Their harbors would be taking more ships and creating
larger entrances for trade. Maybe that’s why the town bustles the way we always
see it do in the musical? It would also be understandable as to why we would
find such an enlightened pair such as
Belle and her father in this sweet little town. They were merely ahead of the
time, the Beast was obviously not known throughout the town, as most nobles
like him kept to themselves. Aristocrats tended to be absent from the people, hairy
or not. Beast, however, did fit this period just as well in the story as in
reality. His castle offered many Baroque-style features but had an Enlightenment
touch with the impressive library he kept.
not as glorious as true fairytales, France during the mid-1700s was just as
exciting and wild as Beauty and the Beast
portrays it, except, you know, without the enchanted silverware.
morning of September 3, 1905 “Belgian Jennie” Bauters was murdered in the
streets of Acme, AZ 23 miles outside of Kingman. During our Ghost Walk on Tour
B, you’ll watch the intense scene play out in the streets, just like it had over
100 years ago.
But in death,
we must also celebrate life, and Jennie Bauters was one notorious woman for her
Wild West times.
Jennie Bauters, or “Belgian Jennie” as her neighbors in Jerome called her, was born in 1862 in Belgium. When she was 20, she gave birth to a son called Joseph Phillipe on August 26, 1882. When Joseph was 14, Jennie knew they needed a life somewhere only she could make. So, the two climbed a boat called the Obdam and arrived on Ellis Island on July 6, 1896. Their destination was Chicago.
3 months in,
however, Jennie needed more. Leaving her son with nuns at the St. Ignatius
School in Chicago, Jennie hopped on a train to Jerome, Arizona. Jerome, at the
time, was a mining boom-town, and Jennie knew exactly where she belonged there.
As soon as she arrived, records show she took out $1,000 to buy 3 lots on Block
11 and later owned an extra 3 lots on Block 1. She then opened a Brothel and
Saloon on East Main Street.
These businesses were highly successful. In fact, Jennie was the only woman that owned a saloon in Jerome. It is thought that she learned her tactful “people” and business skills while in Belgium, but Jennie knew better than to share her secrets. Her girls made almost as much as the town’s miners did, although she always did collect her share. Melanie Sturgeon, the author of “‘Belgian Jennie” Bauters: Mining-Town Madam’, wrote, “Contemporary newspapers celebrated Jennie Bauters as a gutsy, kind-hearted companion of lonely miners. Public records reveal her as an astute businesswoman and property owner” (pg 359).
With all this
success, Jennie knew she had to protect herself. On November 27, 1897, Jennie registered
a Separate Property document with the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office. Under
the Registration of Separate Property of Married Women Act, this protected
Jennie’s full property from a husband.
wasn’t married. Was this perhaps to protect her and her son from a past husband
she may have left behind in Belgium? That is yet a mystery to be solved.
3 days later, she made a will stating that her son, Joseph, was her sole heir to all her properties. A month later she would lose almost everything.
Eve of 1897, a thrown lamp caught fire in a neighboring building. With the Jerome
buildings made of feeble wood, the fire spread and victimized an estimated 10
businesses, including Jennie’s brothel. Jennie lost $5,500 worth of property
(about $100,000 today) and insurance only covered $900.
These businesses obviously had to rebuild. During the rebuilding, however, another tragedy struck. On September 11, 1898, a fire caught and the first building burst into flames. 200 buildings were destroyed, 5 lives were lost, and Jennie Bauters lost everything. She was one of many that dotted the hills with tents as Jerome struggled to rebuild yet again.
On April 21, 1899, another fire destroyed Jennie’s house and she lost $2500 worth of property.
Bauters would not give up and she did rebuild, and quickly. Her buildings were
made of stone, and much more fire-proof than before. In the next 3 years,
however, Jennie became lost in the crimes and violence of Jerome and decided to
to 1903. Jennie moved to Gold Road, or Acme, Arizona. Acme was just 23 miles
outside of Kingman and it was a new boom-town she could sink her teeth into.
She opened a saloon and primitive brothel. Life was starting fresh for Jennie
Bauters when she met Clement Leigh, or Clem as we know him today.
Clement Leigh would be her final doom.
Want to know the end of “Belgium Jennie” Bauters and her quarrelsome lover? Make sure to buy tickets for Beale Street Theater’s Ghost Walk Tour B. You can buy your ticket at bealestreettheater.com/tickets or go to the ArtHub at 402 E. Beale St. in Kingman. We hope to see you ghosties there.
Sturgeon, M. (2007). “Belgian Jennie”
Bauters: Mining-Town Madam. The Journal of Arizona History, 48(4),
349-374. Retrieved October 16, 2019, from
Last year, Hualapai Elementary public school participated in the Disney Musicals in Schools program and this created a culture of musical theater and artistry at their schools. Hualapai Elementary will be continuing to produce musicals this school year, creating a growing environment for the arts to blossom even more.
More recently, Kingman Center for The Arts has announced two new locally operated schools in the Kingman area to participate in the 2020 Disney Musicals in Schools program. This program was developed by Disney Theatrical Productions (That’s right. The real Disney!) in order to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced elementary schools. So, what lucky new schools were picked to participate in the upcoming year?
Black Mountain Elementary School and Kingman’s Kingman Academy of Learning Intermediate
will be producing a Disney Musical at no cost. So, what goes into
For the program, these two schools began a 17-week musical theater residency in September of 2019, (just a month ago!) The schools will receive performance rights, education support materials, and guidance from two teaching artists. Participating school teachers will partner with KCA teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct, which will all culminate into their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their respective schools. At the end of the year, KCA will host a Student Share Celebration so that each school–including last year’s school (Hualapai Elementary)–will perform their shows on the Kingman High School Stage for the whole community! First Year participating schools will also have the opportunity to participate in a Student Share Celebration at The Smith Center in Las Vegas on March 2nd 2020.
does it get better?
Disney Musicals in Schools fosters positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community through musical theater. When working in teams, students and teachers alike develop a wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including critical thinking, problem-solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.
Kingman Center for the Arts is excited to partner with The Smith Center in Las Vegas and Disney to bring live musical theater into our elementary schools. With the renovation of the Beale Street Theater on Beale Street, KCA will be able to open even more opportunities to bring professional-level arts and culture into Kingman in order to help the community blossom locally.
“We have seen firsthand the life-changing effect that performing arts can have on our community members, especially our children. We continue to look for many opportunities to bring more of this to our city… We appreciate all of our community members who support our mission.” ~Kingman Center for the Arts
Want to help make dreams come true? Support your local theater and make sure to donate to the Angle Homes Matching Grant which helps the theater’s renovation. Every dollar you donate will be doubled until the New Year. Donate at your next local event, or at https://www.bealestreettheater.com/donate/capital-campaign/.