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Mel Brooks’ “Producers” at AAC in January

Producer Max Bialystock (Chris Nappi) woos his wealthy – and frisky -- investors (Vanessa Dragon, Ashley Nelling, Kiersten Shevchik) in “The Producers” at the Ashtabula Arts Center. Producer Max Bialystock (Chris Nappi) woos his wealthy – and frisky -- investors (Vanessa Dragon, Ashley Nelling, Kiersten Shevchik) in “The Producers” at the Ashtabula Arts Center. Photo by Speckled Pig Photography

The G.B. Community Theatre production of “The Producers” opens today, Jan. 12, 2018, at the Ashtabula Arts Center. Written by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, and featuring music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, the show follows floundering producer Max Bialystock (Chris Nappi) and his mousy accountant Leo Bloom (Max Seymour) through their scheme to get rich by producing a show guaranteed to flop, swindling their investors out of a fortune. The plan goes awry when their sure-to-fail production, “Springtime for Hitler,” ends up being a smash hit.

Director Christy Seymour commented, “What I’ve enjoyed the most is how each actor really understands their character, and puts their own hat on Mel Brooks’ genius. And I love the big numbers – the choreography, the staging, the costumes…they’re spectacles.”

Max Seymour as Leo Bloom and Christine Banks-VanAllen as Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Yonsen Tallen-hallen Svaden-svanson in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Photo by Speckled Pig Photography.

“The Producers” is sponsored by Rennick Meat Market, and the Bridge Street restaurant is again partnering with the Arts Center to offer “Dinner & a Show.” With tickets for this event, guests can dine at Rennick Meat Market, enjoying a Bavarian-inspired menu, and see “The Producers” at the Arts Center. Reservations for Dinner & a Show are made through the Arts Center at (440) 964-3396, and must be made by 4 p.m. on Thursday prior to the weekend of attendance. Seating at Rennick Meat Market is at 5 p.m. before evening shows and after matinees. Dinner & a Show tickets: Adult $55, Senior/Student/Military $53, Child 2-12 $51. Menu: choice of appetizer – Bratwurst with Braised Lentils, German Pretzel with Beer Cheese & Stout Mustard, or Bacon & Onion Flatbread with Crème Fraiche; choice of entrée – Sauerbraten with Pretzel Stuffing & Red Cabbage, Wiener Schnitzel with Arugula & Cherry Tomato Salad & Dill Cream Sauce, or Roasted Cod with Piperade & Horseradish Sauce; dessert – German Chocolate Cake. Drinks and gratuity not included.

“The Producers” runs January 12-14, 19-21, & 26-28, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Advance sale tickets: Adult $15, Senior/Student/Military $13, Child 2-12 $11*. For tickets at the door, add $2. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are non-refundable. Call (440) 964-3396 or visit ashtabulaartscenter.org to order. *This show contains strong language and adult humor.

The 2017-18 G.B. Community Theatre season is sponsored by Huffman-Mayer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. “The Producers” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Ohio Arts Council helped fund the arts center with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Carl Feather is lodging tax administrator for Ashtabula County and the founder of The Wave newsletter. He is 25-year newspaper industry veteran and frequent contributor to West Virginia's Goldenseal Magazine. He enjoys photography and videography, which he shares at his blog, thefeathercottage.com, and his Feather Cottage You Tube channel.

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