A Year in Review   Leave a comment

 2013 is almost over where has the year gone too….  for real!!!!!!!!!!

As the  time gets near for  theatre awards nominations to approach I am going to  do a year in review of all the shows  I’ve seen.. listed by company and predicted who will get nominated for awards.

There are a couple shows I saw by Riverbend Youth Company that I am unsure if they got adjudicated  when we get to that list those shows will be denoted by an asterick.

2013  was  another busy show viewing year for me.  There were several shows I couldn’t make it to… budget and schedule do not allow me to make it to every show unfortunately.



19th Riverbend Youth Company  101 Dalmatians *

Notable performances in this show were Matt Kastiaganis as Roger and Clarissa Cherry as Cruella Devill.


2nd Timeless Beat  Riverbend Youth Company  *  Do the all dance shows typically get nominated for theatre awards?

16th  Riverbend School of Theatre Arts 1 Act Play Festival*  I think this gets overlooked by the adjudicators honestly. I have never seen any nominations over the years for  any kids who act in these festivals though some of them have been nominated for roles they’ve played in shows with Riverbend Youth Company.

 22nd  Rumors  Peacock Players

Notable Performances Nate Healey and  Olivia Vordenberg


9th-   Suessical The Musical  Junior Actorsingers

Notable  Performances   Becca  Holland  Sour Kangaroo,  Mary Holland Young  Kangaroo   Nicole Plummer Mayzie,  Emilty Trubey Gertrude

17th    Milford Area Players Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Notable Performances    Russ Arrowsmith;  Ellen Cunis,  Kevin Linkroum


13th  Company  Stagecoach Productions

Notable Performances:  Laura Prior Amy, Joel Iwansekwiz  Paul, Jeff Prescott  Robert,   Rachel Cerrullo Sarah, Sheree Owens  Marta (Also did fabulous as Eponine in  Les Miserables with Actorsingers)

In  May I worked backstage with the PTA  on Meet Me In St Louis. It is quite honestly hard for me to pick notable performances just because I’ve worked with this company for three years and I’ve gotten to know everyone so well.    Before I mention notable performances let me just say that  the trolley was the best set piece we had in the whole production. Our shows have gotten  great notice  in the past couple years for both acting and technical awards so  it wouldn’t surprise me too much if we get nominated again for choreography and best set design.  Notable performances( hopefully  I am not too overly biased)  Margaret Windler, Michelle Emmond, Ashley Ross 


28th   Stagecoach Productions You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Notable Performances:  Derek Demarco Schroder  Sophie Linkroum  Sally   Jennifer Stanley Snoopy



Nashua Theatre Guild Shakespeare In The Park Merchant  Of Venice    The whole cast in this show was talented and it was hard to pin point notable performances.


2nd    Dear Edwina Jr   YouTheatre  *  This is a student directed summer  show.  I am not sure if it was adjudicated or if these shows were ever adjudicated in the past.

Notable Performances   Lindsey Hagerstrom, Helen St Cyr   Ben Wesenberg

9th Cinderella    Riverbend Youth Company  This is a student directed show put on by the Riverbend Youth Company Alumni Group.  I don’t know if this was adjudicated or not.  I do not think Damn Yankees was adjudicated last year.

Notable Performances:  Nick Hammes,  Morganne Bent, Meghan Bedard, Jeremy Edelbluet

Budget  and schedule constraints  didn’t allow me to see Good People, Wit or Annie.  People who did go to see those please feel free to leave a comment with notable performances. 🙂


9th  Sound Of Music Riverbend Youth Company

I should say right off the bat that the amount of talent amongst the kids in Riverbend Youth Company is so diverse so it’s really hard to narrow my list of notable performances down for this show.  My full list came to about 8 or 9 people   if  I had to pick a top 3 it would be  Annie Feraco, Ethan Reeves and Hannah Vaccarro.  Alyssa Lederhos is easily  not too far behind  them. 🙂

17th  Les Miserables Actorsingers
Notable Performances:  Darcy Hinkle Young Cosette,  Ashley St  Martin   Cosette, Shawna Ciampa  Fantime  Ben Moore Gavroche, Debra Buckley  Madame Thenardier

22nd  Shrek The Musical  Peacock Players

Notable Performances
Nick Page, Mac Galinson, Megan Dwinell, Jakov Scwartzberg Olivia Vordenberg, Becky Klien, Sean Vigneault, Jenna Enos. There is potential for numerous nominations in this show as many of the cast members are very talented and a few have been nominated in the past.

6th   Children of Eden Stagecoach Productions

Notable Performances Rob Dionne Father Ashley Hughes Swanson Eve Jen Mallard Mama Noah, Emily Trubey Yonah Adam Harding Abel Joel Iwankewiz Cain

UPDATE 12/27/2013
Link to top 12 Finalists List for the NHTAS http://www.nhtheatreawards.org/nhta-12-top-finalists.aspx
Overlooked performances: Rent Palace Theatre, Annie Manchester Community Theatre Players, Suessical Actorsingers Youth
Meet Me In St Louis was nominated for 4 awards!! Best Production, Best Actress, Best Costumes and Best Scenic Design. So excited! I was a little bit surprised we didn’t get as many nominations as we did last year for Oklahoma.
Les Miserables Best Actor Max McGrath and Mark Schwartzberg, Best Supporting Actress Shawna Ciampa and Sheree Owens, Best Supporting Actor Joe Pazoni and Shawn Kozarki, Best Musical Director Judy Hayward Best Lighting Design Dennis Schnider and Craig Brennan Best Sound Design Mike O’Keefe Best Scenic Design

Riverbend Youth Company
Sound of Music
Youth Best Supporting Actor Jonathan Edelbleut
Youth Best Supporting Actress Alyssa Lederhos
Youth Best Choreographer Liz Calabria

This show should have been nominated for more awards. 😦
Peacock Players
Shrek The Musical

Best Actor Youth Nick Page
Best Actress Youth Megan Dwinell
Best Supporting Actor Youth Jakaov Schwartzberg
Best Supporting Actor Youth Mac Galinson YES!! He was hysterical!!
Best Choreography Valerie Psonis Nelson
Best Sound Design Rich Loomer
Best Lighting Design Keith Weirch and Norm St Germain
Milford Area Players
Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Best Actress Danielle Hoffman
Stagecoach Productions
Company Best Supporting Actress Laura Prior Best Actress Sarah Souter Joanne
Children of Eden
Best Actress Ashley Hughes Swanson Best Actor Rob Dionne Best Music Director Judy Hayward
Congrats to all top 12 Nominees!!
The rest of my  theatre viewing schedule was rounded out by local high school performances of Footloose, Singin In The Rain, Grease, West Side Story  and Bullshot Crummond.



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