Archive for December 2012

My Top 3 for NHTAS   Leave a comment

 Okay so  I am probably not even qualified to make any kind of predictions for the outcome of the NHTAS  but  I  figured  I would make an attempt.  They may be slightly biaed because it will largely based   on the shows  I have seen through out the year.  I should note that  I want to be an adjudicator really badly  so that way I could get the opportunity to see more shows outside the general area of shows I see all the time.  Transportation is an issue though  😦  Always an issue.

*= Did not see the production but has general knowledge that the productions by this company are amazing.


Moon Over Buffalo will win for best production drama/comedy but Same Time Next Year will be well-contested.    Can’t pick a top  3 for this category because  I didn’t see any of the other plays.

Best Production  Musical 

Top 3 Oklahoma, Pirates of Penzance, Annie    Runner  Up Bat Boy The Musical (I wish  I had seen this)
I excercise slightl bias in this category. This is a tough category to predict a winner for because so many good shows are nominated.

Best  Director  Drama/Comedy

Top 3  Moon Over Buffalo  Same Time Next Year  The Laramie Project  (Gotta have some NEC representation in there somewhere.. I didn’t see this show either but  I am so happy that Sharon got nominated.)

Best Director  Musical  ( completely biased for this category.. sorry)

Top 3  Annie,  Pirates of Penzance,  Les Mis*

Can’t even pick a top 3 for best  actor  drama comedy because  Moon Over Buffalo  was the only show I saw in the category.


Best Actress Drama Comedy

Don’t really  know anyone else who was nominated in this category  aside from Jenna and Mari.

Best Actress  Musical

In the catergories of Best Actor and Best Actress in A Musical It is very difficult to narrow the lost down to make fair in balanced predictions. For best actor my top choices would be Don LaDuke Annie Actorsingers Steve Hammes Oklahoma Amherst PTA Stuart Harmon Titanic The Musical Stage Coach Productions and Marc Murai Pirates of Penzance Stagecoach Productions. This and the best Actress in a Musical category could really be anyone’s game so it’s hard to predict a winner. Julia Yameen and Holly Alexander have a lot of tough compettion against them in the Actress In A Musical Category. Lots of talent mmong the other nominees. My top 4 for that category consists of Laura Prior Pirates of Penzance Stagecoach Productions Jen Erdody Oklahoma Amherst PTA Julia Yameen Annie Actorsingers Sophie Linkroum Chicago Actorsingers

Best Supporting Actor Drama Comedy

Didn’t see enough shows in this category to  make a non-biased prediction.

Best Supporting Actress  Muscial

Kerry Schineder   Miss Hannigan  Annie    Arielle  Kaplan  Hodel Fiddler On The  Roof MCTP  Anne  Orio Ruth Pirates of Penzance  Stagecoach Productions      Runner Up Ashley Hughes Swanson  Bat Boy The Musical

Best Supporting Actor  Musical

 Marc Murai and  Michael  Coppolla  Chicago  Nick  Hammes  Oklahoma Had I seen more shows in this category it would be easier to make a less biased and more evenly balanced prediction.

Best Musica Director

Annie  Donna  Tounge   Pirates of Penzance  Michele Henderson   Chicago Judy Hayward
I hope Donna wins.

Best Choreographer

Oklahoma  Vouli Anthimidou   Chicago  Kellie Haigh  Pirates of Penzance  Martha Daniels Holland
I want to be biased and say Vouli will win but all of these shows were very well choreographed so it’s hard to make a choice. Annie had amazing choregraphy as well.

Best Costume Designer

Annie   Cherie Prior    Same Time Next Year  Val Verge
Didn’t see enough shows in this category to make a balanced and non- biased prediction.

Best Scenic Designer

Oklahoma  Roger  Hurd  Steve Vordenberg  Mike McKnight  Alan Kaplan   Same Time Next Year Jim Webber  Les Mis *  Jim Mail and Keith Weirch I didn’t actually see Les Mis but the Peacock Players shows have good scenic design. I am hoping Oklahoma will win though.

Best Sound Design

Les Mis  Peacock Players *     Annie Actorsingers  Oklahoma  Amherst PTA

Best Lighting Design

Fiddler On The Roof  MCTP    Les Mis  Peacock Players *  Oklahoma Amherst PTA  *Man Of Lamancha Winni  Players Wally Pineault  ( Again gotta have NEC representation in there)

I  didn’t see any shows in the professional category that were nominated and thus  can’t make any predictions

 It is  difficult to  make predictions in the Youth Category since  I did not see any of the shows.  I can only make these predictions  based on previous shows  I have seen  the actors in.  Thus  I will only do top 2 for this category instead of top 3.

Best Actor

Oliver Riverbend Youth Company Jon Edelblut as  Fagin

Les Mis  Peacock Players   Dan Schwartzenberg  as Javert

Best Actress

Riverbend Youth Company  Oliver Kat Feraco as Nancy

Noises Off  Peacock  Players  Bailee Delacy as Dotty

Best Supporting Actor

Riverbend Youth Company  Steven Edelblut as Oliver

Les Mis Peacock Players  Danny Shea as  Tehnardier

Don’t know any of the nominees in best supporting  Actress category well enough to make a legitimate prediction.











For those who didn’t know already I went to NEC in Henniker and Wally and Sharon were my professors.


OMH So freakin excited!!!   Leave a comment

Complete list of nominees can be found here
What a lovely 1 day late Christmas present to see that Oklahoma and Annie are nominated for so many awards
(Wanna know something? I predicted a few of the Oklahoma ones but didn’t want to make my predictions public in case I ended up being wrong… I didn’t want to jinx anything.) For the record the ones I predicted were Best Set Design, Best Actor and Best Actress. Couldn’t be happier for Jen and Steve. 🙂

If you go back to my old posts on tumblr from earlier in the summmer you will clearly see how special my experience in Oklahoma was and I am so happy that I was part of that show. It makes the experience all the more fullfilling that the show was recognized for so many awards including best choreographer, best actor, best actress and best supporting actor. I love my PTA family. Annie was nominated for 7 awards including best production musical and best supporting actress
The production of Oklahoma that the Barn Playhouse did got completely shafted I feel… other shows they did were nominated but I was really hoping Carole Scwhied would get nominated for Aunt Eller. 😦

Congrats to everyone who was nominated 🙂

Posted December 27, 2012 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

New plan of action   Leave a comment

As a Christmas gift my parents gave me tickets to go see Throughly Modern Millie at the Amato Center. This presents a dillemma because I really want to see this play but if I audition for either Meet Me In St Louis or Curtains and get in then I woon’t be able to go see it. That would be a waste of two tickets.

Fear not though this issue is solveable.

The more I think about it I am pretty worn out from doing two shows at once this fall teching Annie and being in It’s A Wonderful Life. I think it would be most sensible to take a break and direct my focus on two important priroties…. Priness K.I.M The Musical and finding a decent paying job. I am going to do back stage for the Milfod Area Players show The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 in some capacity. That show is March 15-24th. I will definitley help out wuth publicity for Curtains and Meet Me In St Louis.

2013 Viewing Schedule
Due to budget my viewing schedule for the first part of this year is very limited.. some shows are still being discussed. Trying to see what options are available in Concord and Manchester to go see.
Feb 3rd Timeless Beat
Feb 15 Jazz Night at Souhegan
May 10-12 Throughly Modern Millie and Meet Me In St Louis (might take my mom to see Curtains for Mother’s Day. )

Posted December 25, 2012 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Winter Auditons   Leave a comment

So   I guess  I’m still on the the fence with my winter auditions.  I have a little over a month to decide.   My main focus has to be  Princess  K.I.M. The Musical so  I can’t overload myself too much.   I was talking to people at the Christmas party at the Abis’s  about it.  I was originally intending to audition for Meet Me In St Louis   but I  am leaning more toward auditioning for Curtains and Company mostly because  it’s closer to where I live.   Amherst is not that  far  of a commute  so it’s manageable for me… espeically if  Matt and Sonya audition with me and get in.  However I did really enjoy working on Annie with Actorsingers last month so  I wouldn’t mind  working on another show with them.   The more tech experience  I get the  better.    With that  in mind  I would probably stick with  Meet Me In St Louis or Curtains because I am not sure what kind of  tech opportunities would  be available for Company. When  I was  looking at the character descriptions for Company and Curtains  I didn’t see any ensemble roles  listed but  I’m guessing there must be some.  I guess I’m up for a challenge and auditioning for a role that has more lines. Playing  Mrs. Hatch gave me  a new found confidence so that’s why  I ‘m willing to push myself a  little harder with these auditions.  Choosing an  audition  song for Company is a bit challenging.   I found a few reccomondations on the theatreauditionhelp blog on tumblr but   I am not familiar with  any of those songs so  I am not sure which one  I should pick.  If anyone one more familiar with Sondheim’s song book  could help me out that would be great!!  🙂

Moments in the Woods– Into The Woods

Everybody Says Don’t– Anyone Can Whistle

Losing My Mind- Follies

Not a Day Goes By– Merrily We Roll Along

Based on the  selction that  I have already picking a song for  Meet Me In St Louis or Curtains should be easy but it would depend on if  the directors are looking for a song in the style of the show.  I don’t know if any  Meet Me In St Louis songs are really in my range  and am not familar at all with any songs from  Curtains so wouldn’t know where to start for that.


I have a month to figure things out…  I should have a more clear idea of what I want to do by mid January though working back stage may be the route to go this time around so  I can devote most of my time to Princess  K.I.M. and looking for a job.


Posted December 23, 2012 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Getting in the spirit   Leave a comment

Last night  Matt and  I went to the holiday concert at Souhegan.  It  was  the first time i’d been  to a music department concert since  I graduated.  Nostalgia washed over me because  I remember well all the concerts  I gave on that very stage in my four years at Souhegan. It was very ironic that the first song the Acapella chorus sang was Fum Fum Fum  a song that Acapella  choir sang in the Holiday  Concert my junior year (I think). It was interesting for that song to come  full circle and see it performed all those years later.   Once again  I totally remain impressed by  the talent at Souhegan.   Brad Odhner had a solo  for White Christmas when the band played and he did fabulous.   I think my favorite song last night  was probably Believe from Polar Express which was a  collaboroative performance between  the Chorus and the Handbell Ensemble.  Polar Express is one of my favorite holiday movies and  I think they did   a really good job with that song.  🙂

Great job to everyone in the SHS Music Department on a wonderful holiday concert.

On a note non-related to theatre/music   I would like to  know what the heck is wrong with this society?  The news of the school  shooting in    Conneticut today sickens and disgusts me.   My heart is broken for all the victims and those who died especially the children.   Why must innocent children be caught in crossfire of  such tragedies?  Why  must so many people in this country  be so violent?

Posted December 14, 2012 by theatretechdiva in High School Music and Theatre

2013 Viewing Schedule   Leave a comment

In efforts to varietize my schedule and also to save money I find it extremely difficult to be selective in shows I want to see for 2013.

At this point here are shows I am considering seeing. I have to narrow things down in the next couple weeks. Sometimes I hate being on a tight budget.

101 Dalmations Riverbend Youth Company 1/18
1 Timeless Beat Rivebend Youth Company
15 Riverbend School of Theatre Arts 1 Act Play Festival
16 Nashua Symphony Orchestra Concert
21-24 Rumors at Peacock Players

Little Mermaid at Peacock Players and Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at Milford Area Players run the same weekend. I may actually work backstage for Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 but haven’t decided yet.

12-14 Company at Stagecoach Productions I am still on the fence about auditioning for this one. I haven’t fully made up my mind yet. If I don’t end up auditioning I will definitley go see it.

Throughly Modern Millie and Curtains are the same weekend as Meet Me In St Louis so I won’t be able to go to those.

I also took a look yesterday at the New London Barn Playhouse and Interlakes Summer Theatre websites and they have really good line ups for the summer. They are both doing Les Miserables. If I was a fan of that show I would try to go see both productions and compare them to each other. I have seen Les Mis twice in the past and it’s not my favorite musical… seeing the movie version that is coming out soon may change my mind. However at the moment the two shows I want to see at ISL are Dreamgirls and The Full Monty and the two showa I want to see at NLBP are and

I am also very anxious for the NHTA Nominations to be announced to see if Oklahoma *both PTA and NLBP productions* and all other shows I saw this year were nominated. Can’t wait til the ceremony on Jan 26th.

Posted December 13, 2012 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Whew!   Leave a comment

I find it  ironic  and quite fitting that  a question about  It’s A Wonderful Life should  come up on the  discussion forum I am on   the website that  I post my poetry on.  Here is my response to that  question..

 I think what constitutes a  Wonderful  Life is  the people you surround yourself with and how certain people and events impact you.   That’s what makes  It’s A Wonderful  Life  so interesting because George  Bailey gets to see what things would have been like if he’d never been born.. a very morbid concept.  I almost feel bad for George actually.   Anyway  as  I’ve gotten older  I’ve started to care less and less about material things… the thing that is most important about the  Holiday season is spending time  with those you love.

To continue  my point and going  on to discuss the production…  I am so sad it’s over but yet incredibly happy at the same time.  The thing  that made this show very special for me was   the fact two companies  I have worked with together over the past couple years..  Riverbend Youth Company and Amherst PTA.     Several of my Oklahoma castmates were in this show with me  and it was great to work with them again.  It was also great to work with several of the kids  whom I  have worked with over the past four years  on  Riverbend Youth Company shows.  Old friendships are built stronger and new ones are made.    Additonally  it was  really great to work with Roger again as director.   This show was a new challenge for me as it was my first speaking part but  I took the challenge head on.  I was honestly super nervous on opening night because  I thought  I was going to mess up or forget my lines but once the  curtain went down at the end of the show  I realized    I had nothing to worry about.


Thank you to everyone who made this show such a great experience… especially Roger for the opportunity to play Mrs. Hatch.


Happy Holidays Everyone.



Posted December 9, 2012 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized