Beauty and Beyond
Around the world with BAAY
What: Beauty and the Beast
Where: BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St.
WHEN: Jan. 10-12, 17-19
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
It can be difficult to keep track of the onstage action taking place on a regular basis at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY).
For instance, a number of students at the nonprofit arts education organization are busy gearing up for performances of Beauty and the Beast taking place Jan. 10-12 and 17-19 at the State Street locale. After BAAY last brought the magical production to life more than a decade ago, they’re reviving the timeless tale, with a new vision directed by Olivia Theilemann.
Meanwhile, other talented students ages 13 to 17 have auditioned and are now are entering into a Creation Lab endeavor focusing on the debut of Something in the Stars, which is described as being a “musical journey about destiny, love and courage on an early 20th century steamship.”
The premiere of the play in February will be unique in more than one way. For the first time, participants in the latest Creation Lab—a program in which students compose original songs for musical theater under the mentorship of experienced staff and volunteers—will see the product of their hard work being performed by their peers.
For youth ages 9 to 16 who are more interested in being behind the scenes, a team working with lead costumer Dana Crediford will have the opportunity to research, design and sketch costumes for Something in the Stars as well as upcoming performances of The Hobbit. From conception to construction, and from readings to fittings, the students will learn the ins and outs of costume design and creation.
Meanwhile, the Mini Pixies have already started weekly rehearsals for Land of Nod, a musical theater adaptation of collected poems by Robert Louis Stevenson to be performed in March.
“Pixies will learn dances and songs, be themselves, be someone else and even snore a little bit,” staff members say. “They will bring their audience through the lands beyond in paper boats, dance with shadows and become a rainstorm, all in the comfort of our BAAY Theater bedroom.”
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have realized that although Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth is located on a busy downtown thoroughfare, the settings it traverses as it offers instruction in theater, music, dance and beyond are vast. In coming days, you can visit a palace in a provincial village in France, a song-and-dance steamship, Bilbo Baggins’ Middle-earth homeland, and a mythical world full of poetry and pixies. They’re offering a world of performances, and you’re invited to come along on the journey.
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