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BAM troupe moves to RiverPark Center

July 14, 2013

YellowBrix

July 14--As Back Alley Musicals approaches its next season, the lineup won't be the only new feature.

The musical theater company will move its productions to the RiverPark Center, 101 Daviess St.

BAM, which was founded in 2010, formerly rented Healing America, a former grocery store at Ninth and Allen streets.

When the store was sold in 2011, BAM moved to Pangea Cafe.

"We are indebted to Healing America and Pangea," said co-founder Ron Waite. "They took us in and helped us make the space work, but there comes a time when you have to move on to something more theatrical to fit your production. The RiverPark Center staff has also been very welcoming."

BAM will present "9 to 5" on Nov. 14-17; "Forever Plaid" on Feb. 27-28 and March 1-2; and "The Apple Tree" on May 1-4 in the RiverPark Center's Jody Berry Cabaret Theatre.

The summer musical, "Carousel," will be July 19-20 and 26-27 in Cannon Hall.

Berry Theatre and season ticket sales will be handled by BAM while Cannon Hall ticket sales will be handled by the RiverPark Center box office.

The move means a decrease from six show dates to four the first three productions, but Waite said the higher seating capacity makes up for that. The new venue also results in an increase of the season ticket price from $67.50 to $78.

"The price change is modest and it's worth it for the perks," he said. "We now have proper dressing rooms, theater seats, installed lighting that we can add to with our own equipment if we need to -- all these things make for a smoother production."

BAM actors are also excited about the new venue.

"It's great professional preparation for the cast to rehearse in and have exposure to a theater setting," said Thad Mayhugh, who stars in BAM's upcoming summer musical, "The Music Man."

BAM has begun its transition to the RiverPark Center with "The Music Man" rehearsals. It will play at 7:30 p.m. July 20 and 27 and at 2 p.m. July 21 and 28 in Cannon Hall.

A theater of BAM's own isn't "in our future unless a sugar daddy comes along," Waite said. "Seriously, we'd love to have a theater, but there are already well-equipped facilities we can use that are, in their capabilities, far above what we could afford on our own. Being mobile allows us to focus on our performance. It keeps things theatrical rather than worrying about it being a business."

Angela Oliver, 691-7360, aoliver@messenger-inquirer.com

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