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Theatre By The Sea to Host Ultimate Celebration of Female Empowerment!

Are you ready to recall the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power? Bill Hanney's award winning Theatre By The Sea (TBTS) is set to make its own kind of music with BEEHIVE The '60s Musical, the ultimate celebration of 1960's female empowerment. Performances begin Wednesday, May 31 and plays thru Sunday, June 18, 2017. Press night is scheduled for Friday, June 2 at 8p.m.


"Opening the season with Beehive: The '60's Musical has been much different than I originally anticipated. Of course, I have looked forward the unforgettable music and style of the women who defined 1960s Rock 'n' Roll, but the show is also a great history lesson and reminder of the exceptional amount of social and political change the country went through from 1960 - 1969," said TBTS owner and producer Bill Hanney. "I know audiences of all ages will be knocked out by this high-spirited and highly entertaining musical performed by these six talented women under the leadership of director and choreographer Russell Garrett. Let's all get ready to rock!"


Theatre By The Sea's 2017 Musical Season opens with a heavy dose of girl power in BEEHIVE The '60s Musical (May 31 - June 18). Created by Larry Gallagher, this wild toe-tapping, head shakin' musical revue is a tribute to the rockin' women who made the music of the era so special - everyone from Lesley Gore to Janis Joplin, from the Shirelles to The Supremes, Aretha Franklin to Tina Turner, and every woman in between! The show takes you on a journey through song, documenting the dramatic changes that America underwent during the '60s. BEEHIVE The '60s Musical will have audiences dancing in their seats to dozens of mega-hits like "Proud Mary", "My Boyfriend's Back," "River Deep," "Make Your Own Kind of Music," "The Name Game," and It's My Party!"


The six-person ensemble cast of BEEHIVE The '60s Musical includes Alana Cauthen (Gina), Karissa Harris (Jasmine), Kendall Hope (Patti), Inuka Ivaska (Wanda), Amanda Lea LaVergne (Allison), and Merrill Peiffer (Laura).


BEEHIVE The '60s Musical is will be directed and choreographed by Russell Garrett. The creative team also includes Asher Denburg (Music Direction), Kyle Dixon (Scenic Design), Dana Pinkston (Costume Design), Jose Santiago (Lighting Design), Danny Erdberg (Sound Design), Michael Dates (Wig & Hair Design), James Hansen (Production Stage Manager), and Nicole Wiegert (Assistant Stage Manager). BEEHIVE The '60s Musical is produced for Theatre By The Sea by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Kevin P. Hill (Producing Artistic Director), and Thom Warren (Associate Producer).

BEEHIVE The '60s Musical runs May 31 - June 18. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays. Performance times vary week to week, check the TBTS website for exact dates and show times. Tickets are $49, $59, & $69. Tickets are available to purchase by phone (401) 782-8587, online at theatrebythesea.com, or in person at 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI 02879. The 2017 Season is sponsored by WJAR - NBC 10.

Theatre By The Sea continues its popular Friday morning Children's Festival in 2017. Shows include Jack and the Beanstalk (July 7), Li Liu (July 14), Seussical Jr. (July 28), Rapunzel (August 4), and Keith Michael Johnson's Bubbleology (August 11). All shows at 10am & 12 Noon and all tickets are $12.


Theatre By The Sea has had many incarnations since opening in 1933. Tommy Brent saved the theater from demolition in 1967 and ran it successfully

until FourQuest Entertainment took over the lease in 1988. Following extensive renovations that fall and winter, FourQuest reopened the theater in the spring of 1989 and continued producing Summer Theater at the seaside playhouse until the fall of 2003. Bill Hanney purchased the property in 2007 and successfully mounted a production of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' just six weeks later, reopening the historic theatre on August 8, 2007. Since then, Theatre By The Sea has continued to annually produce a successful four-musical subscription season as well as a children's theatre festival, and a summer theatre camp program.


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