A time of reflection   Leave a comment

Saturday afternoon  I was hit with the sad news that  Dan Wolaver from Souhegan Valley Chorus passed away.   I am  still trying to process  everything as   I am sure everyone else in the chorus is. I have been in SVC  f0r 3 years and  he along with everyone else was so welcoming when  I first joined.   SVC  has become a family to me and what makes me the most sad about Dan’s passing was that he was the president of  our chorus and such a vital member of the group.    He has really done so much for us and  I am going to miss him a lot.  I think all of us will.  He recently helped  me out with putting  my spoken word piece Angels  On My Shoulder to sheet music and  I was deeply appreciative of him   for  helping me out with that.  I hope to perform that song at some point  but  I don’t know when that will happen.

 

Rest in Peace Dan.

Posted February 14, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Non-related ranting

I love RYC a bushel and a peck   Leave a comment

Before I start my Guys and Dolls review let me go back in time  a little bit.  The   third show that I did backstage work for at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley was Guys and Dolls Jr in  January 2011. I ran the spotlight and learned a lot from that experience.  Since then  I have been involved with several shows at the Amato Center and with the Amherst PTA. My current show Wizard  Of Oz is my 17th production overall and my 6th with the PTA (see list at the bottom)  Things came full circle for me when  I did publicity this year and also it has been awesome to help out with this show since  Patrick  O’Mara who played Nathan Detroit  in the 2011 show co-directed the current productions with  Katie Hammes.     I was blown away by the talent 6 years ago and still continue to be amazed today by how amazing these kids are.

On to the review:

Guys and Dolls is  a story  (at least from my  point of view) about    romance amidst gambling.  The two  couples  that the story   focusses around are   Adelaide (who apparently doesn’t have a last name)  and Nathan Detroit (Cassidy White and Zac Barnaby) and Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown  (Joe Solari and Katie Giannakopolous)  Giannakopoulous was a stand out as Sarah Brown  in her second  Riverbend performance after making her debut in November’s  West Side Story as the Somewhere  soloist.   Notable musical numbers included Marry The Man Today,Bushel and A Peck, Sue Me Luck Be  A Lady, More  I Cannot Wish You,  Adelaide’s Lament and  Sit  Down  You’re Rockin The  Boat.  Other notable performances were by   Cassidy White (Adelaide), Doug  Pedroza  (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Joe Guzman  (Big  Jule), Bryan Whittier (Arrivide Abernatnhy)  and  Nicole Sprague  (General Cartwright)   The set design  by Ben April was fantastic and was the choreography by   Meg King.

Guys and Dolls   has one more performance this afternoon  at 2:30pm at the Amato  Center.   Don’t miss this  show and it is a good way to beat the winter blues.  You’ll regret it if you miss this fabulous show.     The show was co-directed by   Patrick O’Mara and Katie Hammes, Music  Directed  by  Karina Bertrand and Choreographed by Meg King.  Costumes were designed  by  Julia  Bucklin.

 

 

 

As mentioned above  Wizard Of Oz is my 16th overall production  here is a break down of my history

2010-    Riverbend Youth  Co Annie Jr ( Props)  and   Riverbend School Of Theatre Arts The Man Who Came To Dinner ( Sound Design)

2011-   Riverbend Youth Company  Guys and Dolls Jr  (Spotlight)   & Wizard  Of Oz  (props) and  The Music Man  Amherst PTA (Ensemble)

2012  Oklahoma  Amherst PTA  (Ensemble and Publicity) and It’s A Wonderful Life   Riverbend/MAP Holiday Show (Mrs. Hatch and various ensemble )

2013  Princess  K.I.M. The Musical  (Publicity), Meet Me  In St Louis   Amherst PTA  (Scene Changes and Set Painting)

2014   Seussical The Musical Amherst PTA   ( Who Ensemble and  Publicity),  Holiday  One Acts  (Miss  Kosmo and Wiseman #3)

2015  CATS  Amherst PTA  (Sound Design), Mary Poppins   Friends Of The Amato Center (Ensemble)

2016  Shrek The Musical Amherst PTA (Villager, Skeleton, Moon),   Oliver  Friends  Of The Amato Center (Ensemble)

2017    Riverbend Youth Company    Guys and Dolls Jr  & Seussical  The Musical  (Publicity),  Amherst  PTA  Wizard  Of OZ  (Munchkin and Ozian Ensemble and Publicity) Fiddler On The Roof Friends Of The Amato Center  Publicity and  backstage work TBA (Additionally   I am also helping out with publicity for   the Souhegan High School  musical Footloose.)

 

 

 

Posted February 12, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Riverbend Youth Company

Theatre Viewing Schedule for Feb -May 2017   Leave a comment

Theatre Viewing Schedule for  2017

 

February

10   SHS   Jazz Night

11th  Guys and Dolls Riverbend Youth Company

16th SHS   Pops Concert

March

4th  Promises Promises  Manchester Commmunity Theatre Players

24th   Footloose Souhegan High School  Spring  Musical

25th   Seussical The Musical  Pinkerton Academy Spring  Musical

31st  Wizard Of OZ Young Performance Edition  Junior Actorsingers

April

1st   Lights Camera Action  An All Dance Production  Riverbend Youth Company

8th  Chess Windham Actors Guild

29th   Arsenic and Old Lace  Nashua Theatre  Guild

30th   Mary Poppins   Streetcar Company            Hey FOTAC Friends- Emily Getchell Lacey is playing Miss Andrew   let’s go support  her!

 

May

5th  Seussical The Musical  Riverbend Youth Company

6th Souhegan Valley Chorus  Spring Concert

13th Singin  In The Rain Actorsingers

20th Grease Peacock  Players

I also plan to see the spring play at Nashua High School North but at this time do not know the dates  for it.

 

 

Posted January 30, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Guys and Dolls Character Profiles   Leave a comment

Can  I  just stop for a second and say how much  FUN it was to interview these kids in character for the Guys and Dolls    profiles?    Samples are below.   You won’t want to  miss this show it  runs   Feb 9-12th at the Amato Center.  Directed by  Patrick O’Mara and Katie Hammes   Music Directed by Karina Bertrand and choreographed  by  Meg King.

Meet Benny Southsteet

 

 

Benny Southstreet  grew up in Hoboken New Jersey with his best friend Nicely Nicely Johnson.  They  are still best friends to this day and  do everything together.   He moved to NYC  because he got involved with the wrong people in  Hoboken. He is a part time gambler and pull time con-man.   Two little  known facts Benny are that he’s afraid of spiders and that he;’s very OCD.    He went on to say, “I’m afraid of spiders because the little buggers creep me out  and if thing’s aren’t in order  I’m out.”

He does what he does  in the show to get by and gambling is his favorite way.

 

 

Benny Southstreet  is  portrayed by   Duncan  McGrath a  junior at Souhegan High School who is making his Riverbend Youth Company debut in  Guys and Dolls.  “My experience so far has been   10/10 and  I  have enjoyed meeting new people.”  When  asked why  people should come see  Guys and Dolls  he said  :Anyone with a good emotional mindset will enjoy this show.”

Meet  Miss Adelaide

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I’m  Miss Adelaide and  I’m a dancer & singer  at the Hot Box. My mother wanted    me to move to New York to  marry Nathan. He introduced me to Rusty  Charlie and that’s how  I got a job at the Hot Box.   I spend  all my time with Nathan because he’s my fiancé  and most of my motivation is  because I want to get  married  to  him.

 

Miss Adelaide  is portrayed by Cassidy  White  a  12th grade homeschooler from  Nashua.    For her the best part of the show has been working with the directors.  When asked about a funny memory during the process of the show is ” We were in dance rehearsal  and  Meg  usually calls us the As and the Bs but instead she called the Eggs and the Beats.. White stated in a recent interview, “You should come see Guys and Dolls because “It’s going to be an amazing show. The cast is incredibly talented.”

 

Meet Sarah  Brown

 

 

 

Sarah  Brown moved to New York to help her  grandfather  Arrivide Abernanthy  with the Save A Soul Mission.  Her  goal in working  at the mission is to make New York City  a great place to live. .free of  sin.  She would like people to know that even though she may come off as stand offiish   she wants what is best for everyone.  She spends the most time with Sky since he is trying to win  a bet and Arrivide and the missionaries and her grandfather Arrivide   spreading the word of  God.

 

 

 

Sarah  Brown is portrayed by  Katie Giannakopoulos, a junior  at Souhegan High School in Amherst.    Guys and Dolls is her second show with Riverbend Youth Company after making her debut this fall   as the Somewhere soloist in West Side Story.  She has enjoyed getting to know new people . Her favorite memory so far is working the Havanna Fight because there have been a lot of comical moments while learning it.  Why should you come see West Side Story? ” We’ve  put a lot of work into  our characters. It’s a great show. Everyone loves  each other.”

 

These profiles will be  published on the Riverbend Youth Company Facebook page.  Be on the look out for them! Don’t miss this show either!  It will be great!

 

 

 

Posted January 30, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Riverbend Youth Company, Uncategorized

Season of My Favorite Shows is Off And Running   Leave a comment

2017 is officially dubbed the season of my favorite shows.. mostly because many shows that I’ve seen and grown to love over the past 4 or 5 years are being performed at various community theatres and local high schools.

We’ll start with You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown which was performed by the Riverbend Youth Company. The Peanuts comic strip will forever remain my favorite. My favorite character has always been Schroder probably because he is a musician like me.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown was the debut for people involved in the production both in the cast and production team: Cast: Landyn Byrd (Charlie Brown), Ivy Rose Harvey Olsen (Pig Pen and Aimee Ledoux (Violet) Production Team: Jacob Erdody (Director), Lily Ayotte (Choreographer) and Kayla Sickler (Assistant Music Director).
I have previously seen this show put one by Stagecoach Productions and The Palace Theatre Youth Company. My favorite songs have always been Happiness, Beetoven Day, My New Philosophy, Supper Time and The Book Report. Some songs make you laugh and some songs make you think. Happiness is the type of songs that makes you count your blessings and be thankful for all the people in your life that love and support you.
Notable performance were by Landyn Byrd ( Charlie Brown), Genevieve Steadman ( Lucy), Ivy Rose Harvey Olsen (Pig Pen), Sally (Anna Goyette) and Snoopy (Autumn Fichera)
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown was performed at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts January 20-22nd and was directed by Jacob Erdody, music directed by Jennifer Erdody and choregraphed by Lilly Ayotte. Congratulations to cast crew and production team on a fabulous show. A special shout out to Jacob and Lily– You guys are amazing and I am so proud of you!

 

 

 

Posted January 23, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Riverbend Youth Company

15th Annual NH Theatre Awards   Leave a comment

Shows  I saw or performed in   during 2016 that were nominated  for NH Theatre Award

Full List of NHTA Winners can be found here: http://nhtheatreawards.org/results/

Actorsingers

Spamalot

Best Costune Design  Allison Sklarz  Top 10

Best Lighting  Design   Mike O’Keefe  Top 10

Best  Musical  Direction     Judy Hayward   Top 10

Jessica Dee  Top 3  Best Supporting Actress   Lady Of The Lake

Colin Malette  Top 3  Best Actor  Patsy

Mike  O’Keefe   Best Sound Desinger Top 10

Joe Paoni     Best Actor   as Drew   Top 10

Britney Lynne Stanley  Best Choreography  Top 10

Rock  Of Ages

James Middleton  Best Supporting Actor  Lonny  Top 10

Melissa Runde    Best Supporting Actress    Justice Charlier  Top 10

Best  Costume Design  Allison Skalarz  Top 10

Ashely Swanson  Best Actress  Top 10

 

New London Barn Playhouse   Shrek The Musical

Matt and I adjudicated this show  for  a regional theatre award   The Moss Hart Award at the  end of July.   I was very happy to see that  the people  that I  reviewed so highly in my   adjudication for the Moss Hart Award  won New Hampshire Theatre Awards.  That was a very proud  New London Barn Playhouse Alumni moment for me.  I am always so impressed every year when  I go up there to see what  the current interns are working so hard on.    All awards on  by  both  actors  and  production team were well deserved.

 

Amherst PTA  Shrek was nominated for 8 awards last night.  I was  so incredibly   blessed  to have been among the cast of so many talented people many who  I have worked alongside on stage and backstage for  the past several years.   Eric Skoglund  won for best supporting actor for  playing  Lord Farquaad and  I was so excited and  happy for him  when  I heard his name  called.  He really deserved that award.   It was  my first year working with him and he was awesome to work with.  I also was honored to perform on stage  at the awards show  in Ballad  Of  Farquaad  number…it was a new experience for me  and admittedly   I was nervous because it was my first time performing in the NHTAS.   Overall it was  fun and  I was happy to be a part of it and perform with my  fellow Shrekkies one last  time to honor an amazing show that had so much personal meaning to me.

Last night was  a beautiful  celebration of all  community and professional  theatre productions around the state.   The president of the Theatre Awards said so eloquently  in  her closing statements  at the end of the awards show  how the theatre is a safe and accepting place for everyone.   I  could not agree with her more about that.  I feel like ever since I got involved with doing  shows with the PTA  six years ago I have found my home and my family.  These people  have watched me grow and supported me  in my craft….especially in this new experience with performing at the NHTAs.   A recent article  I read states that the Trump Adminstration wants to get  rid of the National Endowment For The Arts which  is money for theatre comes  from.  This makes me fearful about the future of theatre.

Congratulations to all top 3 winners and finalists. You are amazing and I am proud to know all of you!

 

Here is a link to the speech   I mentioned above.:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-granite-stage/you-are-the-storytellers-the-dreamers-you-are-the-players-who-say-this-stage-thi/1325032007553730

 

 

 

Top 30 Favorite Songs List from Shows Seen or performed in 2016   Leave a comment

The NH Theatre Awards nominations were announced yesterday. Here is my list of top 30 favorite songs from shows seen or performed in 2016. What a great year in NH Theatre it has been.
30. You Won’t Succeed On Broadway Monty Python’s Spamalot
29. KansasLand Curtains
28. The title song from Footloose comes in at number 28. This song always makes me want to get up and dance.
27. Shine Like The Sun 9 T0 5
26. We’re Not Gonna Take It Rock Of Ages I just wanted to point out that I will be using this song in my protest poems unit for my poetry class at Plus Company.
25 Written In Stars AIDA I did not get to see AIDA at Peacock Players but was lucky to see this performed at the Holiday Stroll. It is one of my favorite songs by Elton John.
24. I Want The Good Times Back The Little Mermaid This song was performed in our spring concert for Souhegan Valley Chorus. I think it is fantastic and have been meaning to download it. I unfortunately did not get to see The Little Mermaid when Peacock Players performed it.
23. Proud Of Your Boy Aladdin Jr This was put on by Riverbend Youth Company back in January. This was a very powerful song and really pulled at the heart strings.
22. There You’ll Be This was one of my favorite songs from our Souhegan Valley Showcase in June. It is from the movie Pearl Harbor which I have never seen.
21. Friend Like Me Aladdin Jr This has hands down always been my favorite song from Aladdin.
20. Spanish Panic Once Upon A Mattress This was Nashua South’s musical last spring. It is a very fun dance number.
19. Everybody Say Yeah Kinky Boots My mom took me to NYC to see Kinky Boots for my 31st birthday. This was one of my favorite songs from the show.
18. Let’s Go To The Movies Annie I mean of course this would make the countdown! How could it not? Annie is one of my favorite musicals which is of course why it is my favorite song that we sang in the Showcase.
17. Won’t You Charleston With Me? The Boyfriend This one of my top favorite songs from Souhegan’s musical last year.. another fun dance number.
16. Almost Paradise Footloose A beautiful love song that pulls at the heart strings.
15. Forever Shrek The Musical This number was very fun to be in.
14. Never Fall In Love With An Elf Elf The Musical
This was one of my favorite songs from Elf. It is sung by Jovie and is about her choice of relationships.
13. Taylor The Latte Boy I love Naomi Cohen… that is all! 🙂
12. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Monty Python’s Spamalot To be fair I heard of this song before I even saw the play because it was in Souhegan Valley Chorus concert in 2014 when their theme for the spring concert was Broadway. Yay for throwbacks.
11. Don’t Stop Believing Rock Of Ages This song got me through some pretty difficult times when I was looking for a job. I now have two awesome jobs at Plus Company and Gateways Community Services.
10. Freak Flag Shrek The Musical This is my top favorite song from Shrek The Musical. I feel the message behind it is very important about standing up for what you believe in. It elicited many a powerful discussion in my poetry class at Plus Company the past couple of semesters.
9. Under The Sea The Little Mermaid My boyfriend Matt rocked his solo in Souhegan Valley Showcase.
8. Morning Person Shrek The Musical This was my favorite number from Shrek out of the numbers I was not in. I really want to make this song the alarm clock ring tone on my cell phone.
7. Show People Curtains I feel this song represents the core of being involved in theatre and the strong relationships I have formed with people I do shows with. I have a lot of love for the people in my theatre family which I know is reciprocated.
6. Consider Yourself Oliver This was my favorite song from Oliver.. I especially love the tap dancing flash mob section.
5. 12 Days Of A Regifted Christmas This is a parody of 12 Days of Christmas that we sang in our chorus concert last weekend.
4. Agony Into The Woods This song is hysterical.
3. OOM PAH PAH Oliver I may not drink a lot in reality but it is fun to pretend to drink on stage.. it was always really fun to waltz too. 🙂
2. I’ll Believe In You Elf The Musical This song is in Act 1 of Elf The Musical and is sung by Emily and Michael Hobbs. I feel the lyrics in this song are very powerful because it really brings home the point of how much strain is in the family dynamic because Walter works all the time.
1. Somewhere West Side Story Honestly West Side Story has so many amazing songs and it is hard to choose just one song that is my favorite. This song gives me chills whenever I listen to it and Katie Gianakoplios stole that scene with her solo. My other favorite songs from West Side Story include I Feel Pretty, Tonight and America.