Show 100 for Riverbend   Leave a comment

Wow!  How time flies.   I have been involved with Riverbend Youth Company since 2009.  It  is now 2016 and  West Side Story marks   the 100th show.   What a  milestone in which to achieve. There are so many seniors in the group this year who it has been my pleasure to share the stage and work backstage with over the years.  There will be a notation of a few seniors in particular at the end of the review.

West Side Story has always been one of my favorite musicals.  I think the intrigue in it lies in the fact that is  a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet and that has always been my favorite  Shakespeare play.  It is just the helpless romantic in me   I suppose.    Riverbend shows never cease to impress me and West Side Story is no different!

Riverbend is filled to  the brim with so many talented actors  so it is  SO  hard to solidly choose a favorite.   Katie Giannakopolous blew me away with her Somewhere solo… what an amazing  Riverbend Youth Company debut.   I really got chills during that song!  I look forward to seeing more from her.  Matt  Katsiganis and Ellie Sacco were  amazing  as Tony and Maria  (not to mention they are a super cute couple in  real life)  Other standouts included  Ben  Erdody as  Riff,Ethan Reeves as    Bernardo, Doug Pedroza as  Chino  Anna  Quinlan as Anita. Tom Partridge  as Doc  (another Riverbend  debut) and Lindsey  Murch as Rosalita.  Favorite musical numbers included  Gee  Officer  Krupkee, Tonight,  One Hand One Heart and I  Feel Pretty.

West Side Story has  three more performances  2 tomorrow at 2:30 and 7:30 and one  Sunday  at 2:30 at the Amato Center for The Performing Arts  in  Milford.    West Side Story is co-directed  by Jennifer  Erdody and Dale  Byrd, music directed by  Karina  Bertrand,  choreographed by  Liz Calabria and costumed by  Julia  Bucklin and Mickey  Katz.   Please do not miss this show. You will completely regret it if you  do.  Congratulations to everyone on a great show and to everyone involved with Riverbend on  West Side Story being the 100th show.

 

*Review over..please pardon the sentimentality of what is to come.*

As I said at the beginning of the post this group of seniors is a particularly  special group who  I have  grown fond of over the years because  I have worked with them  on   many shows.  I am also in Souhegan Valley Chorus with  Bryan Whittier and Naomi Cohen.   Four particular seniors in  West Side Story are incredibly special to me because they were in my mom’s   Princess  K.I.M The Musical  play when they were freshmen.  I have watched them grow as performers and technicians and have grown  along with them in my own right.  They make me smile, they make me laugh.   I am beyond  happy and grateful to know them.   It will  not be  the same without them next year.. not at all.

Something’s coming that is truly great for them all.  I know they will do amazing in the next chapter of their lives.   I hope they will not forget  me because  I am for certain not going to forget them.

Cassidy, Matt , Naomi and Stephen  I love you guys!

Posted November 4, 2016 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Into The Woods   Leave a comment

I   do love me some Sondheim!    Last night  Matt and  I saw   Into The Woods  put on by  the Riverbend  Youth Company  Alumni.  Please get to the Amato Center of The Performing tonight as it is their last show.   You do  not want to miss it.

Every time  I see  I see  a Riverbend Youth Company production I am constantly amazed  by the talent in the company.  I have been  working on RYC productions since 2009 and have watched many of these kids   develop into the talented actors that they have become.   I have also worked with  quite a few of them  in the PTA plays.   Notable performances were by  Annie Ferac0 (Jack’s Mother) Kat Feraco  (Witch). Helen St Cyr  ( Little  Red Riding Hood), Matt Katsiganis  (Rapunzel’s  Prince), Nicole Sprague (Rapunzel),  Kayla Bullwinkel (The Narrator), Alyssa  Lederhos (Cinderella)  Ethan Reeves (The Baker)   and Amy Butenhof ( The Baker’s Wife)

The songs  were a good  mix of  humorous and thought provoking. Favorite included A Very Nice Prince (Lederhos and Butenhof), Agony (Katsiganis and Liam Conway) , It Takes Two (Reeves and Butenhof), Witch’s  Lament  (K. Feraco), Any Moment  Conway and Butenhof),  Your Fault  (Katie Swonger,St.Cyr,Reeves, K. Feraco and Lederhos), No More (Reeves and Michael Robicheau) and No One  Is Alone  (St. Cyr and Lederhos) .

Into The Woods  is directed by  Devereaux  Merchant, music directed by  Karina Bertrand and costumed by Jennifer  Belanger. As  I mentioned at the beginning  of the  review   there is one more performance   tonight at  7:30pm  at  the Amato   Center of The Performing Arts in  Milford.  Don’t miss it.  Congrats to cast,crew and production team on a fantastic show.

 

I am so excited because this fall RYC is doing  West Side Story and that is one of my all time favorite shows.   Looking forward to the first week of November.

 

 

End of  Summer and  Fall  Viewing Schedule

August 25th   She  Kills Monsters Riverbend Youth Company Alumni

September 30th   The Curious Savage  Nashua Theatre Guild

October 22nd  Beauty And The Beast  Manchester  Community Theatre Players

October 30th   Rock Of Ages  Actorsingers

November 5th  West Side Story  Riverbend Youth Company

November 11th Aida  Peacock Players

Milford  and Souhegan Fall  Play performance dates have not been announced yet.

Planning to see  A Christmas Carol at The Palace Theatre with one of  my cousins.  Haven’t  decided what day we are going  yet.

December  9th   Elf The  Musical    Peacock  Players

December 16th  Elf Junior  Riverbend Youth Company

This schedule is subject  to change due largely in part to budget and schedule.

Reviewing The Situation   Leave a comment

Yes, of course the title of this post  is also   a  title of song from  Oliver.  I will get to that in a second….

 

Since Shrek  ended I have been keeping busy with Souhegan Valley Chorus.  Matt and I did not perform in the spring concert   because of a conflict  with a family wedding but made up for it by singing in the   performance at Granite Square Apartments on May 24th.  The performance was then followed by the end of the semester potluck  at the Congreational Church  Parish Hall.      Souhegan Valley Showcase was last Saturday and that was a lot of fun. Our theme was  A Night At The Oscars and we sang songs from  movies  such as Annie. Lord Of The Rings, Beaches ( which  I rented from the library and will be watching tomorrow),James Bond and Pearl  Harbor.

Favorite Songs that we sang in  Chorus This Year

  1.  Nuttin  For Christmas
  2.  Wizards  In Winter
  3. 12  Day of Christmas     Straight Note Chaser is coming to Portsmouth  Music  Hall at the beginning of August!!
  4.  I Want A Hippopotmus For  Christmas
  5. I’ve Got  My Love To Keep Me Warm
  6. That’s Christmas To Me
  7. The Christmas  Waltz
  8. Comedy Tonight
  9. You Raise Me Up
  10. Lydia The Tatooed Lady
  11. I Love A Choral Medley
  12. The Deaf  Old Woman
  13.  I Want The Good  Times  Back      Can  I please just mention for one  second how  AWESOME    Rachel  Cerrulo is?  She’s awesome! 🙂
  14.  Taylor The Latte  Boy
  15.  Let’s Go To The Movies   Annie
  16. Under The Sea  The Little Mermaid
  17. Happy Working Song Enchanted
  18.  A Whole New  World Aladdin
  19. There You’ll  Be
  20.  The Wind Beneath  My Wings
  21. Cref Volant

I  Love SVC!

 

Post show depression  really hit me hard after Shrek and to top  things off  it was bought to my attention (which I am grateful for of course) that  I was  trying to plan to many events with  the  Shrek cast. Sometimes  I don’t  realize when I am getting to in people’s faces and   it was good to be made aware of it.

The reason why this  post is titled  Reviewing The Situation is because of the fact  that  I  find myself  constanly  reviewing  many different  facets of  certain situations.  Weather it’s how I handle  certain social situations or my budget.  Often   I try to overschedule  activities but  them    I realize that just leads to over exhaustion for me and the rest of my friends.  I am also  constantly reviewing  my show viewing schedule and sometimes budger and schedule does not allow me to see everything… Little Shop Of Horrors and Billy  Elliot  are fine examples.  Maybe  it’s because I have so many friends  who are in shows that I  want to support but then  I feel bad when  I can’t make it to the show.

willywonka candygrams for Curtains

Then there is the matter of buying candy grams at Riverbend Youth Company shows.  I try  to do this at every Riverbend Youth Company show  I go to.  I took my mom to see Curtains for Mother’s Day and when  I told her  how many candy grams I was buying  I instantly regretted  deciding to buy so  many…. sure they are only a dollar each but that adds up after awhile  I have to  reevaluate this situation especially hard since  I  really do not have  too much extra money to be spending to begin with and also since I know so many kids in the cast.. it’s  like  ugggh…

 

 

Thursday night was the DVD viewing  party for  Shrek at Jenn Fichera’s house.   It was a lot of fun and  it was refreshing to go swimming  especially after it has been so hot out.  The DVD  came out great as always and it was so great to see everyone.   On  July 9th we are going over Karina’s house and  I am so excited for that party.   It will be a great  way to see everyone before  I go away on vacation the following week. During which time  I will be not be on the internet.

 

I am in  Oliver with Friends OF The Amato Center (hene forth  the title of the Entry)  We have such a great cast and  I am so excited. Many of my cast mates from Shrek are in Oliver so  I am excited to work with them all again and meet new people too.  It’s going to be a great summer!!   Character development  fan fiction coming soon

 

Summer Viewing Schedule

6/30  Shana Stack

7/10   9 To 5  Interlakes Summer Theatre

7/24  Studio 2  at Stark Park  in Manchester

7/31  Shakespeare  In The Park  Romeo and Juliet   at Greeeley  Park

August  5th   Into The Woods Riverbend Youth Company  Alumni

August 12th   One  Flew  Over The Cuckoo’s  Nest  Milford Area Players

August 14th  Footloose Interlakes Summer Theatre

August 25th    She  Kills Monsters  Riverbend Youth Company Alummi

August  26th  Burt Bacharach  Concert in  Warner (family birthday outing)

August 27th   Bat Boy The Musical  Actorsingers Fringe Project

 

I am ushering at a majority of these shows.

Posted June 25, 2016 by theatretechdiva in Amherst PTA

2016 Seniors Reflect on Experiences With Riverbend Youth Company   Leave a comment

Local  High School Seniors reflect on experiences with  Riverbend Youth Company

by Janine  Leffler

 

 

Spring has sprung and high school graduation  is upon us.   The Riverbend  Youth Company  performs  Curtains next  weekend and  I spoke recently  to  two seniors in  this  show   about their experiences in  productions at the Amato Center.

 

Julie Leone is   homeschooled  from  Temple  New Hampshire. Curtains is her second production at the Amato Center following  last Fall’s  Friends Of The Amato Center production  of  Mary  Poppins.  When asked why she auditioned for Curtains she stated ” I had never heard of the show, but after reading about it, I decided that it seemed super fun and I wanted to audition! Plus the whole cast would be people my age, and I figured that would make it even more fun (I was right).”    Leone has had a wonderful experience so far in Curtains and went on to explain, ” I felt very welcomed last year when I was cast in Mary Poppins, and that feeling has only grown as I’ve gotten to know so many awesome people.”   When asked what her  favorite song  in Curtains is she stated,  “Show People” is definitely my favorite song because it’s so true for all of us as theatre people! We sing; “It’s an honor and a joy to be in show business!” and I truly feel that way. Plus the choreography is awesome.”

Leone heads off  in the fall to Sante Fe College hoping to later  transfer to  University of  Florida where she hopes to major in English and minor in theatre

 

Meghan  McKnight  is a senior at Souhegan High School in Amherst.  She has been in  many productions at the Amato Center and her favorite roles include  Glinda in Wizard Of Oz,  Greek Chorus in Legally Blonde The Musical and  Mrs. Cratchit in Scrooge The Musical.    McKnight plays  Bambi in Curtains and when asked about her character  she stated,  “This character is unique because she is the comic relief of the show. Although I have played characters similar to her, someone who is girly and flighty, Bambi is a little different. She has her own spunk and is one of my favorite characters in the show. (not just because I play her)”.  Leone and McKnight  share similar sentiments about their favorite song in the show being Show  People, “This is my favorite because it really is a true representation of how people in theater are. It is a fun number, and has lots of dancing which is one of my favorite parts about being in theater. ”

McKnight heads off this fall to Emmanuel College in  Boston where she will study  Elementary Education.  She shared the following sentiments about her experiences at the Amato Center, ” Doing theater at the BGC is one of my favorite things in the world. It has impacted me from the very beginning and that is why I’m going to miss it so much. I have been a crew member, an actor and an audience member for seven years and this is the best place to do what I love. I have learned everything from how to sing and dance but also life lessons I’ll never forget. ”

 

 

 

 

Why should you come see Curtains?   McKnight  stated,  ” People should come see Curtains because it’s a show about theater people, it’s funny and dramatic. It has every character you will love and hate. It’s also a murder mystery so you can guess who did it along the way, while listening to some great singing and watch some fabulous choreography. ”  Leone adds,” The cast and production team have all worked so hard to pull this together, and it’s going to be a great show!”

 

Curtains  runs at the Amato  Center for The  Performing Arts  at 56  Mt Vernon Street in  Milford. Evening performances are at 7:30pm on May 5th,6th and 7th and 2pm on May 7th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Come solve the mystery and enjoy the show.

 

For the seniors McKnight, Leone, Megan Dillon, Benny  Gottwald and  Max Ayotte, I leave you with the following quote from Newsies, “Arise and seize the day.”  Good luck to you all in the future. You will be greatly missed next year and thank you for  all you have given to Riverbend.

 

Local  High School Seniors reflect on experiences with  Riverbend Youth Company

by Janine  Leffler

 

 

Spring has sprung and high school graduation  is upon us.   The Riverbend  Youth Company  performs  Curtains next  weekend and  I spoke recently  to  two seniors in  this  show   about their experiences in  productions at the Amato Center.

 

Julie Leone is   homeschooled  from  Temple  New Hampshire. Curtains is her second production at the Amato Center following  last Fall’s  Friends Of The Amato Center production  of  Mary  Poppins.  When asked why she auditioned for Curtains she stated ” I had never heard of the show, but after reading about it, I decided that it seemed super fun and I wanted to audition! Plus the whole cast would be people my age, and I figured that would make it even more fun (I was right).”    Leone has had a wonderful experience so far in Curtains and went on to explain, ” I felt very welcomed last year when I was cast in Mary Poppins, and that feeling has only grown as I’ve gotten to know so many awesome people.”   When asked what her  favorite song  in Curtains is she stated,  “Show People” is definitely my favorite song because it’s so true for all of us as theatre people! We sing; “It’s an honor and a joy to be in show business!” and I truly feel that way. Plus the choreography is awesome.”

Leone heads off  in the fall to Sante Fe College hoping to later  transfer to  University of  Florida where she hopes to major in English and minor in theatre

 

Meghan  McKnight  is a senior at Souhegan High School in Amherst.  She has been in  many productions at the Amato Center and her favorite roles include  Glinda in Wizard Of Oz,  Greek Chorus in Legally Blonde The Musical and  Mrs. Cratchit in Scrooge The Musical.    McKnight plays  Bambi in Curtains and when asked about her character  she stated,  “This character is unique because she is the comic relief of the show. Although I have played characters similar to her, someone who is girly and flighty, Bambi is a little different. She has her own spunk and is one of my favorite characters in the show. (not just because I play her)”.  Leone and McKnight  share similar sentiments about their favorite song in the show being Show  People, “This is my favorite because it really is a true representation of how people in theater are. It is a fun number, and has lots of dancing which is one of my favorite parts about being in theater. ”

McKnight heads off this fall to Emmanuel College in  Boston where she will study  Elementary Education.  She shared the following sentiments about her experiences at the Amato Center, ” Doing theater at the BGC is one of my favorite things in the world. It has impacted me from the very beginning and that is why I’m going to miss it so much. I have been a crew member, an actor and an audience member for seven years and this is the best place to do what I love. I have learned everything from how to sing and dance but also life lessons I’ll never forget. ”

 

 

 

 

Why should you come see Curtains?   McKnight  stated,  ” People should come see Curtains because it’s a show about theater people, it’s funny and dramatic. It has every character you will love and hate. It’s also a murder mystery so you can guess who did it along the way, while listening to some great singing and watch some fabulous choreography. ”  Leone adds,” The cast and production team have all worked so hard to pull this together, and it’s going to be a great show!”

 

Curtains  runs at the Amato  Center for The  Performing Arts  at 56  Mt Vernon Street in  Milford. Evening performances are at 7:30pm on May 5th,6th and 7th and 2pm on May 7th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Come solve the mystery and enjoy the show.

 

For the seniors McKnight, Leone, Megan Dillon, Benny  Gottwald and  Max Ayotte, I leave you with the following quote from Newsies, “Arise and seize the day.”  Good luck to you all in the future. You will be greatly missed next year and thank you for  all you have given to Riverbend.

 

 

 

This article will be in the Milford Cabinet and Amherst Citizen later this week.  It can also be found  on Amherst Patch.    Curtains is the last Riverbend show  I will be helping out with publicity for. I have covered many great shows at the Amato Center over the years but have recently realized my schedule is too busy and  I can’t commit to  doing publicity anymore.   I won’t be going too far though since I plan to help out with the productions in other ways. It has been a pleasure serving  RYC as publicist for the past 8 years.

 

Shrek Article   Leave a comment

Shrek. A show with a Personal Connection

by Janine  Leffler

In  2013  I saw  Shrek  The  Musical at  Peacock  Players and  I remember leaving the theatre  that evening considering  how  I can connect the musical’s theme of  acceptance to my own life experiences. When I first found out this year’s Amherst PTA play was going to be  Shrek  I was beyond excited.  Once I was cast as a  Villager and Skeleton and later the Moon,  I was even more excited, especially to work with the directing team  Roger Hurd, Jenn  Fichera, Karina  Bertrand and Vouli Anthmidou.

 

How do  can I connect  the message of Shrek to my own life?  Gather round friends.  It’s story time.

 

I grew up with many disabilities and overcame a  lot of  challenges to get to where I am today.  I was bullied and treated unfairly all throughout school because I was different.   One specific incident in high school, thankfully, changed people’s mindset and things got easier for me.   I am now telling my story to children at schools in the community and encouraging them to stand up for  people who are different and encouraging those with a disability to stand up for themselves.     What makes us special makes us strong.

 

At the opening scene of Shrek we see Shrek and Fiona being sent away by their parents. Fiona to a tower and Shrek to a swamp …both at  7 years old.  In a way Shrek spends his  whole life being bullied  and running away from tormenters, which is why he feels he is better off alone.   When Fiona is rescued by Shrek she is first shocked at first to realize that he is not the handsome prince that she expected.  She later realizes how  much they  have in common  (music  cue:  “I Think  I Got You Beat”)   and that it is what’s inside  that matters, what not the material things treasured by Lord Farquadd .  It is Shrek’s heart and his love for Fiona that truly matters.

 

Which character is my favorite in Shrek?  Probably Gingy, played by Patricia  Helbig because he ends up inspiring the rest of the Fairytale Creatures to stand up  to Lord Farquadd.  “Freak  Flag”  is my favorite song and the one I can relate to the most because of all the experiences  I have had.

 

If anyone  were  to ask me  which character I can relate to the most from  Shrek  I think that would  be a more difficult  question to answer.   Throughout the rehearsal process as I have watched the leads Jennifer Erdody  (Princess  Fiona), Dale  Byrd  (Shrek),  James Middleton  (Donkey) and  Laura  Millar (Dragon) grow into their characters, I find myself relating to each character for different reason, however what ties  each  character to each other is the   bigger theme of wanting  to be accepted.

 

I would now like to take a moment to thank the directors for choosing this wonderful show.  I have really enjoyed being in it and I think because of the personal connection  I have to the story,  it is my favorite show I have participated in with the PTA….and that’s my story.

 

 

This  article will be in  local newspapers and on local  Patch  sites.

Posted April 5, 2016 by theatretechdiva in Amherst PTA, Uncategorized

NHTA predictions   Leave a comment

Did I post these predictions already? Probably. Will they come out accurate? Highly unlikely. Feel free to weigh in with your opinions in the comments. Full review  of the NHTAs tomorrow at one point or another.

All of these predictions  are in the community  category as I shaw no shows  in professional category.
Best Production Musical

Predicted Top 3

CATS Amherst PTA

Crazy For You Actorsingers

Into The Woods  Actorsingers

I am biased towards CATS obviously but it could really be anyone’s game here.  Putting bias aside though it would be great to see Stagecoach Productions take home a win or two this evening since they recently closed their doors.

Winner: Crazy For You Actorsingers

I did not see any shows in the Best  Production Youth Category so my best guess for a top 3 prediction would be  Chicago & Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players and The Wedding Singer Teen Actorsingers

Best Director

Crazy For You Actorsingers Martha Daniels Holland

All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions  Scott Severance

Sweeney Todd Community Players Of Concord Wallace J. Pineault

The only show I saw in this category is Crazy For You but  I have previously seen a show directed by Scott at Stagecoach and it was amazing. I did not see Sweeney Todd but Wally is fantastic in general.

Winner: Keith Weirch Chicago Peacock Players

Best Actor Drama Comedy  I am biased in this category only because A Midsumer Night’s Dream was the only show I saw  and Jakov did an amazing job.

Winner:   Kevin  O’Neil  as Willy Loman Death  of A Salesman M& D Productions

Best Actor Musical Community

Top 4

CATS Amherst PTA Gary Evans as Munkustrap

Crazy For  You Actorsingers Joel Iwakewiz as Bobby Child

Top 3

Into The Woods Actorsingers Joel Iwakewiz as The Baker

Sweeney Todd Community Players Of Concord Matt Mcgonagle as Sweeney Todd

Winner: Matt Mcgonagle   Sweeney Todd Community  Players of Concord

Most of the acting categories will have a top 4 instead of top 3 because there are just too many good performances to choose from and I need to achieve balance somehow. The balance referred to is either Sweeney Todd or any other show I did not get the chance to see but have seen performers in other shows with other company

It is hard to pick a winner.

Best Actresss Drama Comedy

Predicted Top 3

*Based on  prior nominations and or wins

*All My Sons Winnnipasaukee Playhouse Barbara Webb as  Kate Keller

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Milford  Area Players Caity Glover as Maggie The Cat

Death By Design Milford Area Players Amy Agostino as Brigid

It  is so hard to pick a winner between Amy and Caity because they were both fantastic.

Winner: Julianne Bronson  Linda Loman Death Of A Salesman M&D Productions

Best Actress Youth Top 3

Predictions are made based on previous performances I have seem then in.

The Wedding Singer Teen Actorsingers Emma Benson As Julie Sullivan. Top 3

Chicago Peacock Players Lillie Ellars as Roxie Hart

The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players  Elsa Keefe as Dorothy

Winner:  Gracie Kontack Velma  Kelly Chicago Peacock Players

Best Actress Top 3

*Based on prior  performances I have seen them in.

Winner  *All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions Mia Beradi as Natalie

Crazy For You Actorsingers  Laura Iwaskewiz As Polly Baker

Into The Woods Actorsingers Jessica Dee as The Witch
If I could predict a tie in any category it would be this one  as Laura and Jessica were both fantastic.

Best Supporting  Actor Musical Top 4

*Based on previous performances

*Big Fish Stagecoach Productions Stuart Harmon as Edward Bloom Senior)

Top 3 Crazy For You Actorsingers Colin Malette as Bela Zangler

Crazy For You Actorsingers Kevin Linkroum as Lank Hawkins

Into The Woods Actorsingers Colin Malette as Rapunzel’s Prince

AGONY!  How does one pick a winner? I hate so much that all my friends are pitted against eachother!

Winner: Elliot Owens   Dennis in All Shook Up  Stagecoach Productions

Best Supporting Actor Drama Comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Peacock Players Kurtis Beeten as Lysander and Mac Galinson as Demetrius

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Milford Area Players Glen Grimard as Big Daddy

Glen will win this one since Peacock Players is a dominant favorite in so many other categories.

Winner:

Did not see enough shows in Best Drama Comedy category in order  to make  a legitimate prediction.

Best Supprorting Actress Musical Top 3

*Based on previous performances

Crazy For You Actorsingers  Amy Agostino as Patricia Foder

Top  3 Crazy For You Actorsingers Sophie Linkroum as Irene Roth

*Big Fish Stagecoach Productions Anja Ward as Josephine Bloom

Winner:   Candace  Gonzoulas  Anita   West  Side Story  Majestic Theatre

Best Actor Youth

*Based on previous performances

A Year With Frog And Toad Actorsingers Youth Ben Morton as Frog   Oh! I really  hope he wins! He was fabulous!

Top 3 *The Wedding Singer Teen Actorsingers Nick Page  as Robbie Hart

Stephen Koehler Peacock Players The Wizard Of Oz  as Scarecrow/ Hunk

Winner: Rowan Ferrier J. Pierpoint  Finch How To Succeed  In Business  Without Even Trying RB  Productions

Best Supporting Actor Youth

* Based on Previous performances

*Chicago Peacock Players  Jakov Scwartzberg as Billy Flynn and Mac Galinson as Amos Hart

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players Brandon Felicano as Zeke/Lion

Winner: Dawson Ellis as  Leaf Cornboyer/ Carl Grunbuniere   25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  Winnipasaukee Playhouse

Best Supporting Actress Youth Top 2

*Based on  previously  seen performances

*Chicago Peacock Players  Gabriella White as Mary Sunshine

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players Gracie Kontack as Miss Gulch/ Wicked Witch

Winner:  Olivia  Dube Paulette Bonafonte  Legally  Blonde    Majestic Theatre
Tech Awards

The Best Music Director category  for a community production  is largely  dominated by Judy Hayward and Henry Kopcyznski II III.  I predict that Judy will win for Crazy For You and also win  in the professional category for Jesus Christ Superstar at Winnipasaukee Playhouse.  Winner in this category was Henry  Kopczynski  Chicago  Peacock  Players

Best Choreographer

*Based on previously seen performances

Crazy For You Actorsingers Martha Daniels Holland

Top  3/Winner *Chicago Peacock Players Valerie  Psonis Nelson

* The Wizard Of  Oz  Peacock Players Alyssa Dumas & Valerie Psonis Nelson

Vouli should have been nominated. I am mad that she wasn’t. 😓

This is a tough one to predict because Martha and Val are both great choreographers.

Best Coustume Design

*Based on previously seen performances.

Top 3 CATS Amherst PTA  Mary Selvoski Mary Jo Smith and  Laura Majore     Laura  Majore also won the Theatre Hero Award

Crazy For You Actorsingers Cherie Prior

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players  Maggie Mahony

 

As much as I want this to be a win for the PTA I wouldn’t mind if  the results tonight  were as such that we tied with Actorsingers because Cherie’s costumes were awesome too.

Winner: Alex Homola  Chicago  Peacock Players

Best Sound Design

A largely dominant category for Rich Loomer and I am hoping he wins for A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Peacock Players. He is also nominated for  All Shook Up  with Stagecoach Productions and Chicago & Wizard Of Oz with Peacock Players.  Rich  won for Chicago with  Peacock  Players

I was  disappointed CATS  was not nominated in this category.

Best Scenic Design  I did not see any shows in the category so thus  I  can not make accurate predictions, however I hope Wally wins.  Winner: Jim Webber Time Stands Still  Theatre Kapow

Best  Lighting Design  Peacock Players is dominant in this category with three nominations  however I hope Wally wins. Winner:  Tayve  Young Time Stands Stil  Theatre Kapow

 

In the professional theatre category  my  summer stock alma mater  the New London Barn Playhouse  got many top three nominations and several awards for their respective  performances of  The Mystery Of  Edwin Drood and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels



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Technology is frusturating! I swear to you! Have attempted numerous time to post a video blog but every time I try to post it I keep getting an error message saying I do not have enough storage to save it. Figured writing a blog post pretty much practically the same way. I will just have to post some photos of the Christmas gifts I got.

Anyway.. Happy new year to all fellow theatre fans and followers of this blog!  

2015 highlights

New Jobs- 2015 started out with stress as I was I between jobs for the first 3 months. I finally got a job at the Plus Company in April 7th. I have been there for 7 months. I work as a database administrative assistant and I scan documents in to the computer as their goal is to move all of their client files into an online database.

Poetry Class:  In addition to my job at PLus I teach a poetry class in their Adult Education program. The next session starts on January 13th and will be every Wednesday from 1-2pm. I have  seven students and am looking forward to working with them. The goal is to get poems for the Janine Book website.

Getting Jellicle: This year’s PTA play was CATS. Quite frankly when I first found that out I was diappointed because I was excited to do Beauty and The Beast but they could not get the rights. I was assistant sound designer which was a great experience which I learned a lot from.

SVC Board Of Directors: In June I was elected to the Souhegan Valley Chorus Board Of Directirs  as head of publicity. This has been a huge learning experience for me. I learned a huge lesson in time management because I waited till almost tge last minute to get a press release into the newspaper. I felt like I let myself and others down but  I have put a plan in place to stay more on top of deadlines.  

Babies: A few of my theatre friends welcomed new babies this year. Hooray for new members of my theatre family: Aurora,Lucy,AvonLea,Leo and Adam. 

On The Rooftops Of London: I was in Mary Poppins with Friends of The Amato Center. Please see entry from November 1st in which outlines my experience.

Favorite Shows seen in 2015: You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,Crazy For You,  Shrek The Musicak, American Idiot,Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Into The Woods, Wizard Of Oz & It Runs In The Family
And what to look forward to in 2016:

Shrek:  I have PTA play auditions on Tuesday night. I am auditioning for Pinnichio but know the show will be a lot of fun no matter what part I get cast in.

Writing More Poetry and Short Stories: For the past 3 years  I have been writing a lot of  fan fiction. This has gotten boring for me and I want to write more stories with my own characters and more poetry. 

See more shows at theatres I haven’t seen shows at or theatres I haven’t been to in awhile

These theatres include

  • Comminity Players Of Concord
  • Winnipasaukee Playhouse
  • Palace Theatre Youth Company
  • Manchester Community Theatre Players
  • Windham Actors Guild
  • Peterborough Players
  • Peacock Players

See movies at either Red River Theatres in Concord or Wilton Town Hall Theatre. Variety is good since mostly when I go to the movies I go to Chunky’s or Cinemagic.

Work on my bullying play: I also hope to make sometime to work on the bullying play I stared working on prior to Princess K.I.M.  The Musical.

Assistant directing: When I interned at the New London Barn Playhouse I had a great experience assistant directing Bravery Soup. Should the opportunity arise I would love to assistant direct a youth show again…at the Amato Center,Actorsingers or Peacock Players.

Memories: Looking firward to all memories that will be made with family and friends.

Posted January 1, 2016 by theatretechdiva in Non-related ranting