Between seeng shows,spending time with family & friends and rehearsals for Mary Poppins I haven’t had much of a chance to review the shows I’be seen this summer and trust me there have been quite a few. Some reviews were posted directly to the Facebook page for the blog and others were not..advance apologies for falling behind yet again.
Most recently I saw Songs For A New World and American Idiot both at Court Street Theatre. I like to see a show I have never heard of or seen before and both of these shows were welcome additions. Songs For A New World is a series of different songs about certain important parts of life. My favorite songs were She Cries,The World Was Dancing,Christmas Lullaby,King Of The World and The Flagmaker. The six person cast made this show very intimate. The cast consisted of Stuart Harmon, Mia Beradi,Erica McIntyre,Huey Gauthier,Barbara Lawler and Brad Fernald. This show was performed August 19-21st. If you missed this show you sure missed a fantastic one!
American Idiot is a juke box musical that is all Green Day music. I didn’t want to miss this show and was happy to be part of the sold out crowd on opening night on Friday. My favorite songs were Extrodinary Girl,American Idiot, Good Riddance and Boulevard Of Broken Dream. Notable performances were by Matt Kaiser,Anja Ward, Jess Vaugn and Joey T. American Idiot is a high energy show that is not to be missed. Get your tickets now! American Idiot was put on by the Actorsingers Fringe Project, a new umbrella group of Actorsingers that does shows for more mature audiences.
Earlier this month I saw the Shakespeare In The Park production in Greley Park out on by Nashua Theatre Guild.This year they did 12th Night. It was hysterical though admittedly I did have a bit of an issue with following the plot. Notable performance were by Jenna Fraser and Mike Harrington. I also saw Shrek at the Amato Center on August 7th. That review can be found on the Facebook page.
Then way back on July 12th I saw West Side Story at Interlakes Summer Theatre. West Side Story is one of my favorite all time musicals and once again the intern company at Interlakes was phenomenal. Favorite musical numbers included America,Gee Officer Krupkee, Cool, The Jet Song and I Feel Pretty. Justin Luciano and Julia Suriano had amazing onstage chemistry as Tony and Maria. Other notable performance were by Cassidy Stoner (Anita), Christopher Garber ( Riff), Taylor Warren (Bernardo) and Alexis Lowis (Anybodys) . West Side Story was performed at Interlakes Summer Theatre June 30-July 12th.
Rehearsals for Mary Poppins have been going great. Doing a show during the summer at the Amato Center is a new experience and it’s been nothing but a great time. We are at the point now where we are running the show from start to finish & things are looking so great. I love doing shows with my PTA friends during the off season because it keeps my connections with them even stronger. I have also met a ton of new people who have been fantastic to work with. I am in the park ensemble so I am in Let’s Go Fly A Kite, Jolly Holiday and Supercalifragisticexpialidocious. My favorite number of the ones I am not in is definitley Step In Time.
I would also like to take this opportunity now to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday on Wednesday and those who celebrated with me! Excited for my blow out party this coming Weekend . I am blessed to have so many awesome people in my life. Family and friends near and far.
This year Riverbend Youth Company is celebrating their 10th anniversary. They are having a huge celebration on August 1st. I will not be able to go because of a schedule conflict but I figured I’d share my own reflections.
I have been involved with RYC for the past 6 years..largely as a technician but I have also been in the Holiday Plays in 2012 ( It’s A Wonderful Life) and 2014 ( Holiday 1Acts) and currently Mary Poppins ( though this is a Friends Of The Amato Center show & not directly related to RYC.)
Here is my reflection from 1/1/13 about being in It’s A Wonderful Life.
Another year has ended.. this is cause for reflection
In general 2012 was a wonderful year for me.. it was full of changes as well. The biggest change being moving to Nashua. I am loving every minute of living in downtown and love the great amount of ways to get involved in theatre between Stagecoach Productions, Peacock Players, Nashua Theatre Guild and Actorsingers. I have yet to see any shows at Nashua Theatre Guild but look forward to seeing their shows. I am sort of sad for the missed opprotunity to see shows at New Thalian Players in Manchester. Blasted schedule conflcit or else I would have seen Bat Boy The Musical. This year I was on stage not once but twice.. once for a second time with the Amherst PTA in Oklahoma and once with the Riverbend Youth Company and Milford Area Players in It’s A Wonderful Life. Both opportunities were amazing and both of them definitley helped me to grow as a performer and become more confident. Especially It’s A Wonderful Life playing Mrs. Hatch was so much fun and I thank Roger Hurd so much for trusting me with that role. I look forward to hopefully auditioning for the holiday show at the Amato Center again in the fall.
One thing I like the most about being involved in shows at the Amato Center is the fact that I get to work with my PTA co-stars and friends during the off-season and also make new friends in the process of working on whatever show I am working on. In the past couple years I have worked with many Riverbend Youth Company kids in the PTA plays and also the Holiday shows and Mary Poppins. It is really fun to learn new things and grow with them as the process of each new show goes along. We’ve certainly formed a family of sorts over the years, one of which I am blessed to be a part of.
Thank you to everyone at the Amato Center for helping me to grow into the performer that I am. Congrats on 10 years of amazing productions. Here’s to many more years of fun and friendship. I look forward to them all.
I hope everyone had a safe,fun and happy 4th of July and that my SVC friends who went to Italy had a great trip abc have a safe return trip back to the U.S..
I got into Mary Poppins and could not be more excited to be in my first Disney musical. The Amato Center could not have chosen a better musical to start off their first musical with kids and adults in it.. What a great new tradition I am hoping this will turn into. Lots of familar faces from the PTA group but there are a few new faces I can’t wait to get to know. I am the Jolly Holiday and Let’s Go Fly A Kite scenes and can’t wait to dive in to my first rehearsal of these scenes on Tuesday night. Character development fanfiction will be forthcoming.
My summer viewing schedule is in full swing having seen Gypsy at New London Barn Playhouse and The Phantom Tollbooth at the Amato Center. Reviews have been posted to the blog Facebook page so be sure to check them out. Naturally schedule and budget does not allow me to see all the shows I want to see this summer so my schedule had been updated. The shows that were taken off the list were Bye Bye Birdie at The Leddy Center, Addams Family at Interlakes Theatre & Shrek at Palace Theatre Youth Company.
Updated Viewing Schedule
July 12th West Side Story Interlakes Summer Theatre
August 7th Shrek The Musical RYC Alumni
August 23rd Peter Pan Prescott Park Arts Festival
TBA Sister Act or Don’t Fade Away at Interlakes
Movies I am hoping to see in the near future
2015 may not be over yet but I have already made my list of top 20 favorite songs from shows I have seen… SVC Spring Concert & Showcase songs included. This list will probably change by the end of December to Include songs from shows I see in the fall & the SVC Christmas Concert .
1. Be Strong Princess K.I.M. The Musical
2. If I Can’t Love Her Beauty And The Beast
3& 4 Happiness & My Blanket and Me You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
5. The Old Gumbie Cat CATS
6. Someone To Watch Over Me Crazy For You
7. Uptown Funk Mark Ronson f/ Bruno Mars The Art Of Dance
8. Respect Aretha Franklin
9. Many A New Day Oklahoma
10. A Bushel And A Peck Guys And Dolls
11. Be Our Guest Beauty And The Beast
12. Freak Flag Shrek The Musical
13. Together Whereever We Go Gypsy
14. Cookies A Year With Frog And Toad
15. I’ll Be There Michael Jackson
16 America West Side Story
17 The Nearness Of You Ella Fitzgerald. 1930s Showcase
18. Memory CATS
19. If I Were A Bell Guys And Dolls
20 Slap That Bass Crazy For You
At 11:00 last night I came up with the idea for this fanfiction. I am still working on it and need some critical feedback on it. Much appreciated. Stay tuned on Sunday for reviews on Gyspy and The Phantom Tollbooth.
A Look Down From Heaven
An Oklahoma/Little Shop of Horrors Crossover
Notes: Picture if you will It’s A Wonderful Life where George Bailey looks down upon his life but is asked to view it from the perceptive of him not being it. This mirrors that same idea only we replace George Bailey with Jud Fry from Oklahoma & Orin from Little Shop Of Horrors both characters which die at the end of their respective shows. Jud & Laurey’s relationship was never explored very deeply in Oklahoma but I always sort of felt bad for him. I own no Oklahoma or Little Shop characters.
One day up in heaven Jud Fry and Orin Scrivello were playing some poker.
“Hey ya Jud, do you ever think about that girl you were nasty to when you were alive?” Orin asked his friend.
Jud shrugged. “ Not really very often. To her I was mostly a lousy hired hand.”
“What was her name again?”
“Do you think she still thinks about you?”
Jud shook his head. “I reckon not. The last time I saw her she was at her wedding and she looked pretty happy. What about you? Do you ever think of that girl you left behind?”
Orin nodded. “Yeah, I really wish I could apologize to her for how I treated her so bad.”
“What was her name anyway? I don’t think you talked about her.”
After their poker game they decided to go to the gate keeper and talk to him.
“Mr Gatekeeper sir, we were just wondering if we could have a look back at our lives? We treated two ladies awfully bad when we were alive and we wanted a look back on our lives to see what we could change if we could do things over again.” Orin said
The gatekeeper peered over his glasses at Orin & Jud. “Well, let’s see. Orin, you were eaten by a plant. Died in Upstate New York in 1986 correct?”
“And you Mr. Fry, you died during a fight succumbing to injuries from falling on your knife in 1902 am I right?”
Jud nodded. “Yes sir, the doctors could not save me.”
“Who would like to go first?”
Jud shrugged.”Why not?”
“Alright,let”s get on with it then”
A sight very familiar to Jud came into his view.
“That’s Aunt Eller’s farm house and there’s Miss Laurey talking to Curly McClain. Gee, I sure couldn’t stand him.”
“Why was that?”Orin asked
“He just bugged me that’s all. He was always trying to impress Laurey. He thought he was better than me when he wasn’t..even that fancy surrey didn’t impres me.”
“Everyone seemed pretty surprised when you asked Laurey to go to the box social with you.”
Jud shrugged. “I guess they didn’t expect much from a hired hand.”
“What did you do in that smokehouse all day Jud?” The gatekeeper asked.
“Just thought of what it’d be like for me & Ms. Laurey to be together. I was really hoping to ask her to marry me & take over the farm for Aunt Eller once she died. Curly stole her away from me though.”
“Did you care what other people thought of you?”
“All of Ms. Laurey’s friends always talked about me behind my back. I didn’t care though. All I cared about was getting her to be with me.’
“Did you ever stop and think that you made her feel uncomfortable and that’s why she didn’t want to go to that dance with you?” The gatekeeper asked.
“What gave any type of feeling she loved you?” Orin asked curiously.
“That day last winter when I was sick & she brought me some soup to the smokehouse. We sat real quiet for 20 minutes. I reached out and touched her hand.”
“What was her response?”
She looked into my eyes and said.”I hope the soup makes you feel better Jud. She didn’t turn away when I touched her. I don’t think she was scared of my then.”
“After that did she ever come down to the smoke house again?”
“Once but she didn’t stay for long. I don’t think the pictures I had on my wall made her feel too comfortable.”
The three looked down at a scence that was of Laurey asleep in her bed.
“When was this?”
“The girls suggested she get some rest before the Box Social.. I think at that point she was torn up about not going to the dance with Curly.”
A few minutes later the scene unfroze Jud enters the room and shook Laurey awake. “Laurey it’s time to start heading for the party.”
“How did she look then?” Orin asked.
“A little drowsy. I reckon she had a dream with me in it because when I looked in her eyes she looked mighty scared a me, like I was gonna hurt her.”
“Did you ever ask her about the dream?”
“No, just figured we’d get going to the party. Her dreams ain’t none of my business.”
What do people think so far? Have I captured Jud’s character pretty well? I get into Orin’s character next. Was Little Shop set in the 50s?
As mentioned previously it is impossible to go see every play I want to go see this summer and throughout the remainder of the year. There needs to be a balance so I have room in my schedule to do other great things. I am also saving money to go to Florida with Matt in February to go to the Harry Potter theme park.. A highly anticipated & long awaited trip.
That being said here is the final for theatre viewing, ushering and tech work for the summer and fall
Auditions for Mary Poppins are on Tuesday. Last night’s dance workshop was fun and really got me more excited for the auditions. Saw tons of familiar faces from CATS, Seussical and other shows I have done at the Amato Center since I started doing shows there in 2009. If I do not get cast I will work backstage in some capacity.
Ushering is in Italics. Dates for some shows in the fall have not been announced yet.
June 13th Alex Preston concert at Pasta Loft
June 20th Gypsy New London Barn Playhouse
June 27th Phantom Tollbooth Riverbend Youth Co
June 30th West Side Story Interlakes Summer Theatre
Bye Bye Birdie at Leddy Center, Addams Family & Don’t Fade Away at Interlakes Summer Theatre and Once Upon A Mattresss at Windham Actors Guild are still up in the air depending on schedule & budget.
August 4th Shrek The Musical Palace Theatre Youth Theatre
August 7th Shrek The Musical Riverbend Youth Co Alumni
August 23rd Peter Pan Prescott Park Arts Festival
August 29th American Idiot Actorsingers
Over The River And Through The Woods Nashua Theatre Guild
Peter Pan Manchester Community Theatre Players
24th Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
There is a bit of an overlap in schedule with Wizard Of Oz at the Amato Center and Into The Woods at Actorsingers so I will have to make a decision when the time gets closer ( or at least one the auditions are over and I find out where my help is most needed)and cross that bridge when I get to it.
Sweeney Todd runs at Community Players Of Concord 11-20-22. Too soon to tell yet if I will be going or not.
Crazy for You is a musical that is in the style of boy meets girl, and Bobby Child (played by Joel Iwaskewizcz) goes from a possible lover for Irene Roth (played by Sophie Linkroum) & a lover between the Follies in New York City and giving up and going to Nevada. A young woman named Polly (played by Laura Iwaskewicz) is busy with mail before she bumps into Bobby. She finds she’s not interested in his taste, so Bobby pretends he is Bella Zangler ( played by Colin Malette) a magician who is entertaining.
This musical overall is a combination of drama, comedy,dance, and romance.
Notable musical numbers were Slap That Bass,What Causes That?,Someone To Watch Over Me,Things Are Looking Up & Stiff Upper Lip.
It’s very entertaining with the dance numbers, as the actors dance very periodically during scenes when the actors are taking immediate action. It’s also entertaining since the main actors are real married couples. The set design which was by Catherine Andruskevich, Rod Conrad, Larry Dorion, Kelli Loughlin, Bob Lovering, John McAllister, Spencer Neimi, Nate Pare, Billy Pomerleau, Joe Ristrovotoand Bill Wenrich for Nevada looks realistic like the Old West both inside and outside. Notable performances were by Joel & Laura Iwaskewicz, Kevin & Sophie Linkroum, Jessica Dee, Colin Malette,Tim Vincent & Amy Agostino.
Crazy For You was performed at Edmund J. Keefe Auditorium May 15-17. Directed & Choreographed by Martha Daniels Holland and music directed by Judy Hayward. Great job to cast crew and production team!