THE SHOW MUST GO ON…AND SO IT DOES!

Our 2020 YETI CoVid project is complete and you can view it here.  Special Thanks to our coaches Gale Rublee, Laura Frederickson, Katie Schisler and Courtney Friday and our video editor Cassie Catherall.  Thanks to our parents and kids for devoting many hours to this labor of love.  And thanks to our generous donors who made this possible, including US Bank, Paul and Mary Lynne Richards and Michael and Sharon Bukstein. If you would like to be part of our YETI (Youth Education in Theater Initiative) check out our website www.bluffcitytheater under Youth Programs.  

A Big Thank You to US Bank!

Despite social distancing protocols that have forced us to cancel the 2020 season, we are very thrilled that we have been able to maintain our engagement with Hannibal-area youth through our YETI Covid-19 online initiatives.  Youth Director Gale Rublee and her team have been kept busy leading a variety of online projects that will culminate in an online musical “The Show Must Go On” later this month.  None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donors and sponsors, including US Bank who awarded us $1500 toward our goal of $5,000.  Hannibal Branch Manager for US Bank…

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Spring Academy Classes are Enrolling Now!

Bluff City Theater Academy is a fun and educational way for children and teens interested in theater to gain experience and skills on stage.  For younger children, our Introduction to Theater programs help your son or daughter (ages 7-11) gain confidence through using their imagination to play out themes and ideas.  We offer classes in both acting and musical theater. For more experienced youth, our spring classes include Advanced Scene Study, where students break down individual scenes to explore characters, emotional expression and hidden meanings through behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.  A And, brand new this season is our Intro…

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Fall BCT Academy Sessions Begin Soon!

Register Now! One of the most important things we do here at Bluff City Theater is incubate local talent with the aim of creating a lasting theater culture in the Greater Hannibal Region.  Theater arts enriche the quality of life for our residents young and old and BCT Academy is one way that youth gain first-hand experience and performance skills.   Theater arts build confidence in young people and helps them find a creative outlet whether it’s acting or singing, as soloists or part of the chorus.  Theater arts help create bonds of friendship among like-minded young people. If you…

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Why We Chose to Program a Play About Eliza Haycraft…

Madam-The Musical is a totally new play we commissioned to end our 2019 season dedicated to the theme of The American Experience.  Back in March, we performed David Stanley Ford’s intense work The Interrogation of Nathan Hale as a way of exploring the idealistic aspirations of those who founded America- a nation that would treat all equally, be free from religious oppression and give every man a say in how the country would be run.  In subsequent productions, we revisited these aspirations through the eyes of some of those Americans- Fanny Kemble and the slaves she sought to free, Molly…

FREE  ADULT IMPROV ACTING CLASS Thursday, May 2nd, 7:00-8:00 pm Ready to experiment with your creative expression, spontaneity, and have fun while stepping out of your comfort zone? This FREE introductory acting class is designed to give participants a sample of what theater improvisation is all about. Theater improv exercises and techniques have been used by businesses and individuals who want to improve communication skills, practice active listening, being in the moment. Or,  just PLAY in a supportive atmosphere! Taught by Gale Rublee, BCT Academy Acting Teacher,  the class will be held at the Bluff City Theater Annex 403 Broadway,…

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Are You A Fan of American History?

History buffs are going to love The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor.  Based on real-life events, David Stanley Ford’s thoughtful and intense script captures the final hours of Nathan Hale before he is executed as the first spy in the service of America.  Through the eyes of young Hale and Montresor, a career soldier in the service of King George, we explore the naive optimism of those who sought independence from what was then the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. For this performance, out theater is transformed into Montresor’s campaign tent on Manhattan Island as…

“The music we play on long car rides…”

  With over 27 albums and 3 Grammys, no one knows how to communicate with kids better than Tom Chapin. Tom’s music is targeted to kids from 3-13 and delivers a combination of catchy tunes, clever lyrics and lots of action.  The kids in your life are going to have an experience they will never forget! Tom Chapin’s Family Concert is this Saturday February 9th at 1 p.m. at HLG University (2700 Palmyra Road in Hannibal).  Doors open at 12:30 and tickets are still available. General admission is $25 for adults and $12 for kids.  Buy online at www.eventshannibal.com or…

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There’s still time to get your tickets to “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music”!

  As part of our mission to bring world-class talent to Hannibal, Bluff City Theater is proud to present the incomparable Tom Chapin in an intimate show at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLGU.  “An Evening with Tom Chapin” takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th. The brother of the late, great Harry Chapin, Tom has had a storied career as a musician, songwriter, recording artist, tv star and actor on Broadway and in film.  In this intimate performance, he’ll share his personal stories from five decades of performing interspersed with original music, classic folk favorites and selections…

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