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Oliver to be performed by Riverbend Youth Company

By Janine Leffler

Get ready for the Riverbend Youth Company Fall production of OliverOliver is the musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.  Oliver features Stephen Edelbleut of Wilton as Oliver, Ben Erdody of Milford as the Artful Dodger,  Jonathan Edelbluet of Wilton as Fagin and Kat Feraco of Milford as Nancy as well as many other talented young performers from the  Souhegan Valley area.

Renee Reeves, a homeschooled   high school senior from Merrimack is playing Mrs. Sowerberry. Reeves has not had  very many speaking roles in previous shows she has done with Riverbend Youth Company so this has been a new experience for her.  She said the both the challenge and intrigue behind her character is the fact that she gets to be creepy.  She  elaborated by saying “The Sowerberrys are different from any other villains in Oliver in that they’re less sympathetic than Fagin but are played much more comically than Sykes. Jeremy and I have to find the happy medium between creepy and funny.”  She went on to say “The Sowerberry’s two scenes are probably the darkest–what would Dickens be without some moody creepiness? There’s a song about funerals, a certain person gets locked in a coffin. Plot wise, these two scenes are pretty much dedicated to getting the audience to pity Oliver. It’s my job (and Jeremy’s, and Megan’s, and Ethan’s, too!) to entertain them as the story rises.”


For Patrick McKnight, a senior at Souhegan High School, who plays Mr. Bumble the most fulfilling  part of this process has been working with the younger  cast who are playing the orphans and Fagin’s gang. “It’s great to see the younger kids coming up to fill the shoes of the people who have graduated.”  The most interesting part about playing his character is the dramatic shift in emotions from scene to scene. The example he gave was being stern with the orphans in one scene and being flirtatious with Widow Corney, played by Megan Hammes a sophomore at Milford High School, in the next.


The most fulfilling part of this process for Megan Hammes,  a sophomore at Milford High School has been working with the younger children in the cast. “It’s so amazing to watch the younger kids fall in love with theater. It’s always been a really big part of my life, and it’s incredible to see them having so much fun onstage, too.” Hammes continued by saying that she looks forward to the performances as the approach in November. “I am honestly so happy and excited to be working with such an incredible cast and crew and to be playing such a fun and crazy role. I’m also a little nervous, but I guess that’s normal too. I know the whole cast will continue to be amazing when the performances start.”


At this point in the production process  Act One has been blocked and the cast is hard at work with blocking Act Two.  Director Tom Partridge said that up to this point in the process the most interesting thing has been  thinking about all the scenes and fitting them together without downtime. “I had to adjust some of the singing parts to move out to the front of the stage so the scene changes can be done behind the curtains.”  He went on to say, “I have been really impressed with the level of talent we now have at the Riverbend Youth Theater Co and also with the number of younger kids who will be on stage for the first time.  This shows that the Riverbend Youth Co is getting a good name in Youth acting circles and that we are putting on excellent shows for families to see.”  Partridge looks forward to the performances as they get nearer. “With the talent, experience and abilities of our main show cast members and the enthusiasm of the rest of the cast; I know this is going to be one of those shows that will be talked about for the next few years. Everyone that comes to see the show will be happy they attended and every kid in the show will remember the experience for the rest of their lives.”


Oliver will be performed at the Amato Center For The Performing Arts   56 Mt Vernon Street in Milford   November 9th-12th.  Showtimes are November  9th and 10th at 7:30 and November 10th and 11th at 1:00. You won’t want to miss this show! Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and seniors.


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Greetings  Ladies and Gents!!

This is second move that Theatre Is My Life has made in 8 months… first it was blogger to tumblr   now it’s tumblr  to wordpresss.  Thanks to Theresa Sommers for reccommending this site to me! 🙂  Tumblr was fun for awhile but   I recently realized it  was not the most professional blogging interface and professionalism is what I strive for for this blog.

A little about  myself and this blog!

My name is Janine Leffler.  I am 27 years old and live in  Nashua NH.    I am have been involved with theatre  for 11 years and it has been  a  huge  part of my life.   I have other hobbies too but theatre has always been my biggest passion. I  first got bitten by  the theatre bug  as a sophomore  at Souhegan High School when   I did  backstage work for my school’s spring  musical HAIR. Since then  I have done tech work for 20+ shows and have acted in  five shows.   My current technical endeavor is doing  sound design for  Annie with Actorsingers in Nashua and my current acting endeavor  is playing  Mrs. Hatch and various ensemble characters in It’s A Wonderful  Life  with Riverbend Youth Company and Milford Area Players. Stay tuned for furthur info for both these shows  in regards to tucket prices and showtimes.

My other passion is writing. I went to college to study Communications at New England College in Henniker NH.  Upon graduation in 2008  I got a  job as  a freelance journalist for the Milford Cabinet where I have been employed for the past four years.   I   cover local theatre shows put on by Amherst PTA, Riverbend Youth Company, Riverbend School Of Theatre Arts, Milford Area Players, Peacock Players, Stagecoach Productions and Manchester Community Theatre Players.  

I  try to go to see as many local productions as I can so   I review those shows as I go along in addition to using this blog as a way to share my  Milford Cabinet articles.

The Past and The Future

In the past this blog has  featured some commentary about shows such as American Idol, Glee, Smash and The  Voice.    Since I am trying to focus  on the more professional aspects of this blog  I will not be using this blog as a forum to discuss those shows anymore.    If you’d like to  discuss any of these shows with me  (mostly Smash  come Janaury)  I will be happy to talk about that kind of stuff seperately via email or Facebeook message.   This blog will be used mostly  to  share my  Milford Cabinet articles whenever  I get some to write and also to discuss local shows that you see.  Especially with the  NH Theatre Awards coming up in  January   I encourage discussion about shows you’ve seen through out the year and what you think will get nominated. I am also hoping to get people to give me any and all audition tips that they may have as  I prepare for   winter auditions in January and February.  I am also hoping to eventually do some video blogs so  you see more than  just my words on this blog.  Stay tuned for those once  I  figure out how to do that.

Also be sure to follow  Princess  K.I.M.  The Musical on Facebook and Twitter for updates on our production coming to the Amato Center in Fall 2013.  We are so excited about this production and appreciate your support!

Until next time


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