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Thank You For The Music   Leave a comment

Last semester in my brief stint with YMCA chorus our theme was Thankfulness and one of the songs we were singing was Thank You For The Music. This is my favorite song from the musical Mamma Mia.  March is Music In Our Schools Month and I felt I should talk a little bit about music. In 7th grade my Wells Speech was about music & the deep connections I have with it and the impact It has had on my life.

On the Oscars Lady Gaga did a mind blowing medley of songs from The Sound Of Music in honor of the 50th annniversary of the movie.  I  had never heard her sing like that ….not to mention she looked gorgeous. The Sound Of Music  has had a profound affect on me as it was the first movie musical I saw that  got me interested in musicals and musical theatre. To this day it is my favorite movie of all time. 

I think music is a universal language that everyone can relate to in some way, shape or form. If you think for a second about songs from musicals or just songs you hear on the radio there are songs out there that would fit this topic. Music has been an exceptionally huge part of my life. I starteed being involved in music in 3rd grade playing the drums in the school band. I would continue with that for 5 years. In 5th grade I joined chorus and haven’t stopped being involved since.   (With the exception of taking a break from singing in college) One thing that I have enjoyed about being involved in music & musical theatre over the past 19 years is the sense of friendship and family you build with whatever group your are performing with. I have fond memories of going on trips to New York & Disney World and memories I am making with The Amherst PTA, Actorsingers, Riverbend Youth Company and Souhegan Valley Chorus only continue to grow. 

As people know I am a huge fan of musicals however the scope of my musical interests does not simply settle on that. Over the years I have listened to pop, classic rock, jazz and classical and I have come across a song  in every genre that I have enjoyed listening to.   My friends have introduced me to groups such as The Fray,Panic! At The Disco, Dashboard Confessional & Washington Social Club.

“Without a song or a dance what are we so I say thank your for the music for giving it to me.” Thank You For The Music Mamma Mia

Posted February 25, 2015 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

NH Theatre Awards 13   2 comments

AH!   Here  we are again…   my  NH  Theatre  Awards Summary Entry.   Last night’s show was  great…. though  I have to admit sometimes  a bit  anticlimactic.  I love how the NHTAS  bring together all the different theatre companies from around the state.  I always try to make it a mission to try to get  to  some theatres  I’ve never gone to but my schedule does not allow it..  hopefully  this year  I’ll do a little research and see what shows are playing  where and then go.  This year   I  did not get  a chance to make  predictions  like I normally would.  I’ve actually had a  bad  track record of predicting things… in the past couple of years only 2  PTA predictions have come out accurate.  I  decided to try  out not going into the awards show with any  pre-conceived  notions of who would win… and yet somehow I end up disappointed anyway.

Shows  I saw this year that were nominated

Actorsingers

The Music Man   6 nominations   No  top 3  😦

Young Frankenstien   7 nominations     Top 3:  Music Director  Judy  Hayward  Best Supporting Actress  Top  3   Mia  Beradi and Rachel  Cerrullo     Winner:  Rachel   Cereullo    Best Supporting Actor  Eric  Skoglund

Stagecoach  Productions

Kiss Me Kate   5 nominations    1 Top  3   Best Actress  Sarah  Murai

Beyond  Therapy  Milford Area  Players   5  Nominations  1  top  3   Amy Agostino  Best Supporting  Actress

Let’s review  the past couple years of PTA nominations.   I see a bit a trend developing here.

Please note also that I am only listing the shows I have been involved with   I  am not sure of the stats for anything earlier than 2011.

2011   The Music Man  7  nominations 3  top 3       Ashley won best Actress

2012  Oklahoma   8  Nominations  3 top 3       Nick Hammes  won best supporting actor

2013  Meet Me In St Louis   4  Nominations   Margaret  got top 3 for best actress  No   winners

2014   Seussical    7  Nominations      Sophie got top 3 and  won for best  Actress.  So happy for her!!  I am disappointed that we weren’t quite  as successful in the other catergoies.   I understand the adjudicators have to make a lot of tough descions  when they are picking the  winners  but   I think  Seussical was  BY  FAR  the best  show that the PTA  has done in the past  10 years  (aside from  Annie  and Oklahoma which were my favorites for obvious reasons but there were lots of other great shows in between)   and was really overlooked  in a lot of ways..  maybe  I have  my own bias and the adjudicators  have theirs but that’s just  how   I feel.

Peacock  Players won  multiple awards for  Spring Awakening and The Addams  Family. Two shows  I wish  I had  seen.

Congratulations to  all top 3 nominees and winners!!

In general   I think  that  there is a lot favoritism in the  Theatre Awards and a lot of the same companies win  every year which puts other groups at  a disadvantage.    I am not sure how many people feel the same way.   I  also feel that   being  adjudicated  for the PTA  puts a lot of  extra  stress on us to do a  good  job  which  sucks the enjoyment out of being in the play.  I’ve  felt this way  for  awhile and wonder  how many of my  cast mates feel the same way.  Recognition is well and good  but  our focus should be centered on  putting on a good show for  the community and raising money  for the Amherst Schools   not winning awards.  Do  other people feel the same way or am   I alone in feeling like this?