HBTI presents “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Into the Woods” this summer; Registration now open

Now in its fourth year, the Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute was created by the Performing Arts Department of the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights for co-ed students 1st grade through college. HBTI offers sessions  with coursework in drama, dance and music. HBTI provides high-level training from working artists to young people interested in the performing arts, as well as professional-level production experiences. Students of HBTI’s staff of professional artists have gone on to perform on Broadway, in regional theatre, and in film and television.

The institute is committed to helping young people improve their skills in the performing arts through immersion in a challenging curriculum of drama, dance, music and/or design and the opportunity to participate in fully staged productions. This season, HBTI is proud to present two musicals this summer on the HB Ahuja Auditorium stage: Fiddler on the Roof and Into the Woods. 

July 1-10: Fiddler on the Roof
Performances Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays July 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays July 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.

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This winner of nine Tony Awards and staple of musical theatre canon centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters in the little village of Anatevka. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill in them traditional values in the face of change social mores and growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. The Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute was created by the Performing Arts department of Hathaway Brown School for students in first grade through college. Fiddler on the Roof is directed and choreographed by Bebe Weinberg Katz, with musical direction by John Krol, stage combat by Ryan Zarecki, set design by Ron Newell, costumes by Jacqueline Guerra, sound design by Carlton Guc, and lighting design by Kaedra Lynn.

July 29-August 7: Into The Woods
Performances Fridays and Saturdays July 29 and 30 and August 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays July 21 and August 7 at 2 p.m.

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This modern adaptation of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. As the saying goes, you should be careful what you wish for. The Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute was created by the Performing Arts department of Hathaway Brown School for students in first grade through college. Into the Woods is directed by Fred Sternfeld, with musical direction by John Krol, choreography by Bebe Weinberg Katz, set design by Ron Newell, costumes by Jacqueline Guerra, sound design by Carlton Guc, and lighting design by Kaedra Lynn.

Tickets for these productions are $15 for general admission; $13 for students and seniors; and $11 for children 12 and under. Reserve your seats online at www.hb.edu/tickets or by calling 216.932.4214 ext. 7270. Tickets sold at the door as they are available.

Along with their growing arts skills and appreciation for the arts in general, our students will gain confidence and socialization skills that will benefit them in their eventual field of pursuit in the world at large. For more information on joining the Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute, visit www.hb.edu/summer for complete description of dates, courses and registration as well as a listing of HB’s many other summer offerings!

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