Archive for January 2015

Happy New Year   Leave a comment

I think  I need to take  a step  back for a second  reevaluate  how often  I will be updating this blog.  I am making more use of the Facebook page as a place to post reviews so  I question  I am going to keep the physical  blog up much longer.   I will try  very  hard to update this blog at least once a week… twice  if  I go see a show and write a review.  I will also try to  review shows right away  after I see them   instead of waiting so long   between entries…  I  do despise keeping you all hanging.  Deepest  apologies for that.

Leading up to Saturday’s  NHTAs I have been  doing a top 20 countdown of favorite songs from shows  I have seen in the  past year.  Some songs are from shows  that didn’t get nominated ( these are the snubs  I feel)

Videos  I have posted so far:

The countdown should  wrap up by  Thursday or Friday and the top 6  songs will be revealed  in my wrap up entry about the NHTAS  (Naturally you will see the videos on  Facebook  before then.)

#20  King Of New York   from Newsies     This was one of my favorite numbers from  the all dance production  of Groovin on  The Go  that  Jenn Brisebois directed for her senior  project.    I must remember to rent this movie again/    I have  not seen in  awhile.

#19  Too Darn  Hot   from  Kiss Me Kate     This show was not too long ago at the beginning of  December and was put on  by Stagecoach  Productions.     This show was directed   by  Joel  Iwaskewiz  Chreographed  by  Laura  Iwaskewiz and   music directed   by   the thrice nominated  Judy  Hayward.   This song  definitely  had me snapping a long.   I  like to introduce myself to a new show every year and this  one was one of my  favorites

#18 and  #11 Disneyland and Smile  from Smile The Musical    I do  admit that most of this countdown mostly   does a huge amount of  sucking up to   Riverbend Youth Company and Actorsingers.  These two   are from  Smile  The Musical which was last spring’s  Riverbend Youth  Company  production.   I really  thought what made this show so unique is that is so unknown by  a lot of people which made all the more  fun to see.  A weclcome  change from shows that are done all the time such as Sound  Of  Music

#17  Attitude  Dance      Diversion #1 away from   showtunes.   One  thing    I really enjoy about  the  Jazz Nights at Souhegan is  the fact that   so many  jazz bands from many   different local schools perform.  This particular  song  was performed by   the  jazz band from   Manchester   High  School   West.

#16 and #13   Good  Night  My Someone and  Shipoopi    from  The  Music  Man   It was a  toss up between  Good Night My  Someoone and Til  There  Was You  two utterly  fantasic love songs… I am a  helpless  romantic  what can  I say?  Shipoopi is   such  a fun  dance  number!

#15  Bend And Snap    Hands  down my favorite song from  Legally Blonde The Musical. This dance number was so fun to watch  and it’s hilarious to  boot

#14   Interplanet Janet  School House Rock  Jr   It was great to see this play after not  seeing it in such a long time.   I saw the  full version back in 1998 when the PTA  did.      My other  favorite songs from the show were   Do The Circulation,  UnPack Your  Adjectives and  Conjunction Junction.

#12  Minister’s Cat  Scrooge  The Musical    This  was a  very  fun scene and this song was a lot of fun.  The next song from Scrooge is in the top 5 but  I will  not tell you which one it is!

#10   Anything Goes  from Anything Goes       I love the  Riverbend Alumni Shows because it always fun to see the alumni come back during the summer and work with the current  high school students.   I have seen Anything  Goes  two other times but this was definitely my  favorite performance of it.  Anything  Goes   was  definitely  my favorite number in the show and deserved the standing ovation it received.

#9   Fairytales  by Alex  Preston    American Idol fever swept through Amherst/MT  Vernon as Mt Vernon’s own  Alex  Preston   took the show  by storm with his unique sound.    All his music is amazing and I can’t wait until his EP comes out.

#8   Translyvania Mania  Young  Frankenstien    Loved this song.. the music was catchy and  I wanted to get up and  dance along to it.

The biggest change you will note in this blog is  newspaper articles.   Right now  I am  taking a break from  doing PR for theatre shows while  I  help my  mom promote her new book which is about me  growing up with a disability and being bullied.   I am also taking this time   to reevaluate weather or not  I still want to  PR.    Over the past  couple years  I’ve found  that   I work  hard to  write articles and sometimes they  not  get published in the newspaper.  While there have  been some occasions  where space has been an issue  it just gets so frustrating that  I spend so much time doing interviews and then my  work does not get  published.   Other times it does get  published  but it doesn’t get name credit which   also perturbs me.   I know this probably is not a good selling point  for  wanting to do publicity  stuff with other theatre companies ( I am not only talking about PTA either) but   I just feel like it’s a lack of respect for the  hard work I  do to not get name credit in the paper.    I may change my mind about doing PR by   the fall but we will see what happens with that.

One goal  I’ve set for  myself is to try  something new  with backstage work.  That  is already  going to be  accomplished because I am  Assistant  Sound Designer for the PTA play CATS.    Initally  I was not even excited about doing CATS  because  it’s not my favorite show ever but  I can’t wait for this new experience!   I also want to try assistant stage managing eventually or something new in the  front of house or production team capacity.  We’ll see what happens with that.

Stay  tuned  for my theatre awards wrap up later this weekend!!    Also enjoy the  Super Bowl!    Go  PATS!

Happy New Year everyone.  Be safe in the storm!

A Year In Review   Leave a comment

Ok, so  open admittance   I do a really crappy  job of updating this blog… though on occasion  I did post reviews directly to  the  Facebook  page for this blog which works the same way.  One of my new years resolutions is to do a better job with updating.. this also  depends  on how busy  I am because   I am once again on the job  hunt and that is my main focus right now.   I wanted to do a year in review post of all the shows  I saw in 2014.     It was a great year.   I took a picture of all the playbills  I have saved… there are some missing  because my box was too full  and  I had to throw some away once  I wrote the review.

February was  a pretty busy viewing month  as  I saw  Groovin On The and Almost Maine and in March  I saw  Peter Pan at Nashua South, The One Act Play Festival at the Amato Center  Grease at Pentucket Regional High School  (my cousin  Olivia was a pink lady)  Beyond  Therapy  and  The Producers..   I will get to listing NHTA Awards later.     The NHTA  nominations   were released on December 19th and  I am excited for all the shows  I  saw or was involved with that got nominated.. we’ll get to the nominations at the end.

Seussical   In  April  I was in my 4th play with the PTA.   As people know  I had a lot of personal connection to the  story  of this show.  If you read the  chapter Exit  Music in my  character anaylsis fanfiction you will  see what  I mean.  I love my PTA family! That is all.

Smile  The thing  I liked best about this musical was that it is not very well known  unlike the musicals that are done all the time (ie Sound Of Music, Wizard of Oz etc)    Riverbend Youth Company always  done fantastic with their shows and this one as well as Little Shop of Horrors and Scrooge  were no exception.   My favorite songs were  Disneyland, Shine and Smile.

ISL Every summer  I go to Meredith NH  to go see a show at Interlakes Summer Theatre.  This summer my the junior version of my  mother’s Princess K.I.M.  Play which was excellently done by the  Junior Intern Company.  I saw Miss Saigon and The Wiz put on  by the adult company.   Miss Saigon was not  one of my favorite musicals…  I have to be honest.  I found to be kind of depressing and there were very  few songs that stood out to me. The Wiz was fantastic and my favorite songs are definitely  Ease On Down The Road,  Y’All Got It and  No Bad News.

AugustShows  The Riverbend Youth  Company  Summer shows this year were  The Little Mermaid  Jr and Anything  Goes.    Probably my favorite two shows of the year  by far!!    I had never seen  The Little Mermaid on stage before so  I was super excited that RYC selected  it for their summer show.  This show was student directed  by   Katy Osterholtz music directed by Megan Dillon and choreographed by  Meghan McKnight.  Anything Goes was the alumni show which features the talents of all  the  current high school students and  college students who are home for  the summer.  My favorite musical numbers included  Friendship, Blow Gabriel Blow, Anything  Goes,  You’re The Top and  I Get A Kick Out  Of You,  I really look forward to the summer show this  year! 🙂

Dracula In  October I worked backstage for Passion For Dracula with  Milford Area Players. This was snubbed by the  NHTAs unfortunately and I am a little upset about that. Very excited  for everyone involved in Beyond Therapy that was nominated. This show had a good mix of funny and emotional scenes  which   I really liked  a lot.

photo_1 (11) One  of  the  funniest shows  I think    I saw this year!    Lots of great  dance numbers including   Transylvania  Mania  and  Roll  In  The  Hay.   All   nominations   for  this show were so  well  deserved.   Congrats to all!!     Missing from the  line  up of playbills is the  one from  Music Man which is also up for numerous  NHTA nominations!  I can’t wait until  the 31st to see who will win!

Scrooge A Christmas  Carol  is one  of my favorite holiday and  Scrooge  is a  wonderful  musical retelling.  This  was directed by Liz Moore, Musical Directed by  Brian Moore and choreographed by  Madison  Calabria.  My  favorite musical numbers  were   December The 25th, Minister’s  & Thank You  Very Much.

ALSO   Congrats to   Liz and Brian  Moore on the arrival of their son Royce in early December!   He is adorable!!

MOBMHS On  November 20th     I saw  Moon Over Buffalo at  Milford  High School.  When   I heard they  were doing it   I was  super excited.   I saw this show in   Fall 2012 at  Manchester  Community  Theatre Players  and   I couldn’t stop laughing  the  whole time.   The   same thing was the case this time!     Kayla  Bullwinkel and  Lily  Ayotte  gave  the  most hysterical performances but  the whole cast was talented. Congrats to all! KissMeKate      We wrap up  the 2014 viewing schedule with   Kiss  Me Kate at Stagecoach  Productions.   This show  was directed by Joel Iwaskewiz, Choreographed my Laura  Iwaskewi & music directed  by  Judy  Hayward. Lots of   great songs in this show including  Another Openin  Another Show, I am Ashamed That Women  Are So  Simple,  I  Hate Men and Too Darn Hot.       Congrats to everyone involved  on a great show and your NHTA nominAmatoCenterChristmasShows   I   was in the   Christmas show at the Amato Center for the second time  in a row this year and hope to make it an annual tradition. This year we did two one act plays called  Carol’s Christmas and Jingle  Bell Jury.   The great thing about this show is that  I get to work so many of  my PTA friends during the off season and also get to work with  new people.   My friend Jeff   made his acting  debut in the Christmas shows and I hope this  the first of many times we work together on  a show.   The thing   I like best about the Christmas plays is how it brings families together in the spirit of  the holidays.       To me the holiday season is not really about presents but being around people you love.  Thank you   to everyone who came to the show and everyone also who sent me candy grams..,, many were not signed so  I  cannot personally thank  them.  Your support means a lot to me.  🙂

I also joined the  Souhegan Valley Chorus this year and am  so happy that  I did!

2014 was an awesome year of theatre and  I have no doubt that 2015  will   be  much  of the same.  Happy  New Year to all!