Archive for August 2014

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Lots going  on lately

First of  all.. non theatre related news, The job search presses on and  I seem to be stuck in  rut. Sometimes it is hard to not get discouraged. Earlier this afternoon   I had an  interview at  Nashua Center  for a receptionist position.   It went really well.  I think this would be a great place to work. I find out on  Wednesday  if  I got the position. This would be a fantastic job for me.   Nashua  Center is place  in Nashua which provides services for people with disabilities.   Keeping fingers crossed.

Summer has been filled with job searching, vacations and  lots of theatre going.  I was on vacation for a week at the beginnning of July and then took a mini-vacation to Meredith  to see Princess K.I.M. The Musical Junior and Miss Saigon at Interlakes Summer Theatre.   I was really proud of the Junior  Intern Company at Interalkes Summer Theatre for how well they did with  Princess  K.I.M. The Musical   Junior.   Miss Saigon was certainly   a poweful  piece of musical theatre  but  I found the subject matter to be a a bit depresing.   During my vacation in Hull  I went to the American  Idol  concert in  Boston with Julie and Jen.  The concert was pretty amazing.     AS the tickets for the concert were very expensive  I have a lot of doubt  I will go to the concert  next year….or that I will even watch American Idol at all since I have generally lost interest in watching it.

August  started off with a bang.   I  tried to organize  a  get together with the PTA  people but  due to schedules it did not work out  so  I had to cancel it.  They aren’t doing the karaoke party at Jasper Valley anymore which is kind of let down/   I’ve  really looked forward to that the past couple of years.

I have seen three shows in the past couple  weeks and they have all been fantastic.   On August 8th  I saw  Anything  Goes at the Amato Center

it was quite honestly one of the best shows I have seen there. How many shows do you see that get a standing ovation at the end of the first act? Not many I assure you. My favorite musical numbers were Blow Gabriel Blow, It’s Deloverly. Friendship and I Get A Kick Out Of You. Everyone in this company is amazing but standout performances were by  Olivia Vordenberg,  Patrick McKnight, Emily Borne and Julie Harris,. Anything Goes ran at the Amato Center from August 7-9 and was put on by the Riverbend  Youth Company Alumni  Company.   Congrats to  all class of 2014 graduates and best of luck to you all in college.

PS The PTA did Anything Goes 30 years ago and need to consider doing it again because I think it would be such a fun show to do. Jackie and  Rita   I hope you are reading this   🙂 

I would just like to say that The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite Disney movie of all time. I was very excited when I heard that they doing the Little Mermaid Jr at the Amato Center this summer. Everyone in this group is incredibly talented and I am proud of the whole cast crew and production team on an amazing performance! My favorite songs aside from my ultimate favorite Part of Your World were She’s In Love, Human Stuff and One Step Closer. Great job everyone and I love you all!

Sunday Matt Sonya Jen and I   went to Meredith to go  see  The Wiz at  Interlakes Summer Theatre.  I would have to say that this is probably  high on my list of favorite musicals..  The musical numbers are very up beat and fun to listen too.   My favorite songs were  Ease On Down The Road,  No Bad News and Y’All Got  It.   Stand out performances were by Naisa Thomas, Kellinn   Dicarlo,  Darius Nelson and Darius  Jordan Lee.   Congrats to  the Interlakes  Summer Theate  Intern Company  on a great season.

My audition went well  for  Young  Frankenstien  with Actorsingers  went well. I did not get cast but  I  plan on working backstage  but  I do not know in what capacity yet.    I am also doing props for    Passion  For Dracula at the Amato Center which  I am  excited.  Also  I am joining the Souhegan Valley Chorus which I am very excited about.    Still debating  staying in YMCA Choir…  I think it might be better for my schedule  just to do  SVC.

Hope everyone is having a great summer.  My birthday is in 9 days. Happy birthday to all fellow thespians  with  August birthdays and  also  congrats to my co-worker Meagan on her wedding this weekend.   🙂


Anything Goes Article and Cast Member Profiles   Leave a comment

Riverbend Youth Company to Perform Anything Goes
by Janine Leffler

The Riverbend Youth Company Alumni Troupe will set sail with their performance of Cole Porter’s classic musical Anything Goes this August at the Amato Center. The Alumni troupe consists of former members of the Riverbend Youth Company and current high school students. Anything Goes is co-directed by Patrick O’Mara and Isaiah Wilson Silvia Chandley, music direction by Karina Bertrand and choreography by Silvia Chandley. The co-directors are home from college for the summer and have decided to join their talents to put on this alumni production. When asked why he and O’Mara and selected Anything Goes for this year’s Alumni Show, Silvia Chandley said, ” I think the show highlights so many important qualities of theater and is able to highlight the talents of our theater program at the Amato Center. Silvia Chandley continued by saying, “My favorite dance number in the show is the title number Anything Goes. This number is a full company tap number, which is rare to see in community theater. The cast is able to share the stage and create moments while performing alongside one another. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, and it’s classic and true Broadway.”

Olivia Vordenberg, a recent graduate of Souhegan High School is playing Reno Sweeney. When asked what she likes best about playing her character she said, “She has it all…confidence, money, fame. All that she doesn’t have is love. And through the course of this show she finds it, and it takes her by surprise.” Vordenberg continued by saying ” I like the song “I Get a Kick Out of You” because of the musicality and sweetness of it.” Vordenberg heads off to Pace University in New York City this fall to study acting and the thing she will miss the most about doing shows at the Amato Center is the sense of family. “With the support from the Boys and Girls Club, anyone can be who they wish to be, and it is an incredible gift.”

Fellow Souhegan Graduate Jennifer Brisebois shared similar sentiments about moving on from the Amato Center. ” A bittersweet part about working on this show is working with Isaiah as choreographer. He is one of my best friends and this will be the last Riverbend show we do together before heading our separate ways.” Brisebois plays an Angel in Anything Goes and enjoys playing this role because of the different dance styles that the other angels bring to the table. She heads off to University of Connecticut this fall. Her favorite memory of doing shows at the Amato Center is directing her all dance production Groovin On The Go this past winter. ” It was great to see my own vision come to life! My favorite numbers were Rose of Jericho and Around The World.”

Emma Ayotte returns to the Amato Center this summer after finishing her first year at the Young Americans School for Performing Arts in California. To her what sets the alumni shows apart from the other shows is the passion and energy you see on the stage. “My character is a Broadway Showgirl and I have never played that kind of role before. The dancing is awesome and Julie and Mickey did a great job designing the costumes.”

Anything Goes will be performed by the Riverbend Youth Company Alumni at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts in Milford, NH August 7th, 8th and 9th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Anchors away for an amazing show!

This article will be published in the Cabinet, Citizen and Amherst Patch

Anything Goes Cast Member Profile
Liam Conway

Liam Conway is a sophomore at Souhegan High School where he recently appeared in Our Town and Once Upon A Mattress. He makes his Riverbend Youth Company debut in Anything Goes as Elisha Whitney. For Conway what sets the alumni productions apart from other shows is that they flesh out the character. Conway’s favorite scene in the play is the final scene where he shows up at the wedding blind after losing his glasses and yells at someone who he thinks is Billy. His favorite song from the show is Bon Voyage because all the bass singers have a very prominent role.

Anything Goes Cast Member Profile
Jenn Brisebois

Jenn Brisebois is a recent graduate of Souhegan High School. She commented on the alumni shows, “The quality of the shows is much better than other shows throughout the year because we have all gone through the ranks of doing shows at the club and also have lots of outside of experience in music, dance and theatre.” In Anything Goes Brisebois is playing one of the Angels and she feels that the interesting thing about playing her character is seeing the different dance styles that all the Angels bring to the table. Her favorite song is Let’s Step Out because it is jazzy and catchy. Anything Goes is a bittersweet show for Brisebois because it is her last time working with the family of Riverbend performers including her best friend Isaiah Silvia Chandlery, before she goes off to UConn in the Fall. Brisebois’s favorite memory of doing shows for the Amato Center was directing her all dance production Groovin On The Go.

Anything Goes Cast Member Profile
Deveraux Merchant

Devereaux Merchant is an incoming sophomore at Emerson College where she is studying Education with an acting focus. What Merchant likes best about the alumni shows is that everyone comes back and it is great to be reunited with everyone after being away at school. The thing that sets Anything Goes apart from last year’s production of Cinderella is the dancing. “There is a lot of tap dancing in this show and Cinderella was a lot more acting heavy.” Merchant is playing Mrs. Harcourt and her favorite scene is the opening scene. “My character is an old lady who wants the best for her daughter.” When asked what she looked forward to about the performances she responded, “The curtain call because of the audience feedback.”

Anything Goes Cast Member Profile
Patrick McKnight

Patrick McKnight is a 2013 graduate of Souhegan High School and currently attends Eckerd College in St Petersburg Florida where he will be a sophomore this fall. Patrick feels what sets this production apart is that all cast members have done shows before. When asked why he auditioned for Anything Goes McKnight said “I have seen the show before but have never been in it and also have never tap danced before.” McKnight plays Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and enjoys the comic relief that his character provides. His favorite song in the show is Blow Gabriel Blow because it is a huge choral number where everyone sings together. McKnight can’t wait to see how everything comes together onstage.

Anything Goes Cast Member Profile
Olivia Vordenberg

Olivia Vordenberg is a recent graduate of Souhegan High School. When asked what she likes best about her character, Reno Sweeney, Vordenberg said, “She has it all…confidence, money, fame. All that she doesn’t have is love, and through the course of this show she finds it, and it takes her by surprise.” Vordenberg’s favorite song is I Get A Kick Of You because of it’s musicality and sweetness.
As Vordenberg prepares to head off in the fall to Pace University to study acting she says the thing she will miss most about doing shows at the Amato Center is the sense of family. “With the support from the Boys and Girls Club, anyone can be who they wish to be, and it is an incredible gift.”

These profiles will be posted on the Facebook Page for Riverbend Youth Company!

Have a great opening cast! Can’t wait to see the show on Friday night!