Archive for May 2015

Lots of thinking    Leave a comment

Since the end of CATS I have taken a lot of time to think about my schedule  in hopes I don’t want to overload it with too many things. One lesson I learned a few years ago when I worked backstage for Annie and was in It’s  A Wonderful Life at the same time  I learned that doing more than one show at a time us too much. This had made me seriously consider my planning for both tech work & auditions for both the summer and fall. Here is what I have ultimately decided to do: 

  1.  Focus on one show!  I was originally planning to audition for both Mary Poppins & Cat On  A Hot Tin Roof but after reconsidering I have just to focus on Mary Poppins. This is the first  musical the Amato Center has done for adults & kids  and I am excited for it. 
  2. Budgeting is key It is  nearly impossible to see every show I want to go see this summer…let’s be honest here.  Expenses on tickets and pre-show dining add up after awhile
  3. Balance is also key. I want to make room in my schedule for doing other activities this summer and relaxing.
  4. Auditioning for Actorsingers won’t happen again  for awhile.  I need to get more experience under my belt. While this years season has very good shows (Into The Woods & Spamalot) I would rather work on  improving my skills.
  5. And when the fall comes…. I got elected to Board Of Directors for SVC  doing publicity and I am pretty pumped. That will keep me pretty busy and I need to focus on that. I also plan on doing the Messiah Sing this year which will mean no Holiday Show at the Amato Center.

With all that bring said  my summer viewing and ushering schedules have been finalized

Ushering is in italics

June 20th Gypsy New London Barn Playhouse

June 28th  Phantom Tollbooth  Riverbend Youth Company

June 30th  West Side Story Interlakes Summer Theatre

August 4th  Shrek The Musical Palace Theatre Youth Company

August 6th or 7th Shrek The Musical Riverbend Youth Co Alumni

August 23rd Peter Pan Prescott Park Arts Festival

My fall ushering/tech work schedule  is still being worked out at this point but because of being so busy with SVC stuff I will likely choose one show to work backstage for one and will usher at one or two others

My choices are Wizard Of Oz, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Willy Wonka and Into The Woods. Once I find out performance dates for all shows the decision will be easier to make.

I recently found out that Jackie O’Dowd is not doing the PTA play next year because of a busy schedule. I am hoping to talk to her to see if I can take over for her and fill her vacated position helping out with publicity for Shrek. 😃


Review of Crazy For You   Leave a comment


Crazy for You is a musical that is in the style of boy meets girl, and Bobby Child (played by Joel Iwaskewizcz) goes from a possible lover for Irene Roth  (played by Sophie Linkroum) & a lover between  the Follies in New York City and giving up and going to Nevada. A young woman named Polly (played by Laura Iwaskewicz) is busy with mail before she bumps into Bobby. She finds she’s not interested in his taste, so Bobby pretends he is Bella Zangler ( played by Colin Malette) a magician who is entertaining.


This musical overall is a combination of drama, comedy,dance, and romance. 

Notable musical numbers were Slap That Bass,What Causes That?,Someone To Watch Over Me,Things Are Looking Up & Stiff Upper Lip.

It’s very entertaining with the dance numbers, as the actors dance very periodically during scenes when the actors are taking immediate action. It’s also entertaining since the main actors are real married couples. The set design which was by Catherine Andruskevich, Rod Conrad, Larry Dorion, Kelli Loughlin, Bob Lovering, John McAllister, Spencer Neimi, Nate Pare, Billy Pomerleau, Joe Ristrovotoand Bill Wenrich for Nevada looks realistic like the Old West both inside and outside. Notable performances were by Joel & Laura Iwaskewicz, Kevin & Sophie Linkroum, Jessica Dee, Colin Malette,Tim Vincent & Amy Agostino.

Crazy For You  was performed at Edmund J. Keefe Auditorium May 15-17. Directed & Choreographed by Martha Daniels Holland and music directed by Judy Hayward. Great job to cast crew and production team! 


Posted May 19, 2015 by theatretechdiva in Actorsingers

Let’s play a game of Catch up   Leave a comment

Life has kept me  busy, on my toes and mostly away from the computer so I have fallen behind on reviews. Matt and I will be writing a joint review later this weekend for Crazy For You with Actorsingers. The meantime here are some capsule reviews for shows I never got the capable to type up.

Feb 19th  (yes, this was forever ago… Just shows have far behind I have fallen) My mother and I saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream at  Peacock Players. Sometimes when I need a break from seeing musicals I love either Shakespeare plays or Neil Simon comedies. As always Peacock Players did a fantastic job and what made this production most unique was the live music performances by Curtis Beeteen & Lillie Ellers, Elsa Keefe & Gabriella Siva & Elayna Gardner. Notable performances were by Wally Capen, Jason Frank, Mac Galinson,Brandon Feliciano and Christina Higginson. A Midsummer Summer Night February 13-22 at the Court St Theatre  in Nashua.

March 21st-  Matt & I saw  Death By Design at Milford Area Players. This was a very hysterical show that had me laughing the whole time. Notable performances were by Amy Agostino,Anja Ward and Katie Hammes. This mad cap comedy was directed by Val Verge and was performed at the  Amato Center March 13-22nd.

March 29th-  Matt & I saw Oklahoma at Nashua South. This was my 3rd time seeing Oklahoma. Previously I have seen it at Interlakes Summer Theatre & New London Barn Playhouse.  Favorite Musical Numbers include The Farmer & The Cowman,People Will Say We’re In Love,Many A New Day & Oklahoma.  Notable performances were by Olivia Hodson,Sarah Drake Christina Higginson,Sean Vigneault & Charlie Deichmann. Oklahoma was performed at Nashua South March 27-29.  Oklahoma was directed by Joel Iwakewiz and choreographed by Laura Iwaskewicz
And more recently I have seen-

May 6th Jen and I saw You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown performed by the Palace Theatre Youth Company. First time seeing a show by them and it was fantastic. The music in this show is fun to listen too and there’s lots of good comedic moments.  Favorite musical numbers were Suppertime,Beetoven Day, My New Philosophy & My Blanket & Me. Notable performances were by Joey Gold,Sydney Stevens,Toni Catanzariti, Luke Gold& Katie Duncan. Looking forward to seeing many shows by them!
Last night Matt & I went to the Souhegan High School Spring Concert.  It was a wonderful night of music with a great variety of songs played. Favorite songs were  National Anthems  (Vietnam China & USA), The Turtle Dove and Bohemian Rhapsody ( Concert Choir),Part Of Your World and Edelweiss ( Handbells)  Somebody That I Used To Know,Kuimba & The Longest Time (Acapella Singers) and Captain America March, Alligator Alley and Stevie Wonder In Concert (Concert Band) Congrats to all the seniors and to Pat McMullen on her retirement.

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First off all hope all the mothers who read this blog had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. It was a lovely day so I spent most of the day down the beach& then went to see my Nana’s Rose’s grave and went to see my Nana Barb in the nursing home in the way home.
Post CATS  I have busy promoting the Jani e book. The last week of April I went to my college my former elementary school in Massachuetts? It felt weird to be back in Saugus after being gone for so many years. The school has not changed very much. My concert for Souhrgan Vallry Chorus was on Saturday night. We sang a lot of great songs this semester. My favorites were We Are The World, It’s De-Lovely and I’ll Be There.  I got on the Board Of Directors for SVC helping out with publicity & I am pretty excited!

I have been seriously considering my summer schedule both in terms of doing backstage work & going to see plays and I decided that in order to have a more balanced schedule I am not going to work backstage for Phantom Tollbooth but do house managing or ushering instead. Since I have never seen the play and thought the book was fantastically cute I am looking forward to seeing the show.

Choosing plays to see every summer is difficult due to budget and schedule so I had to narrow my list down to four or five shows

The final selections

West Side Story Interlakes Summer Theatre  June 30th

Shrek The Musical  Palace Theatre Youth Company August 4th

Shrek The Musical RYC Alumni August 9th

Peter Pan Prescott Park Arts Festival August 23rd
Still making a choice between either Addams Family or Sister Act at Interlakes Summer Theatre.  I am also hoping to see Bye Bye Birdie at The Leddy center in Epping but understand it’s impossible to go see every single show.
My next audition is for Mary Poppins at the Boys and Girks Club on June 16th. Got over a month to prepare so I am not too nervous. I do not know which character I am trying out for yet.
Until later!!

Oh I almost forgot— Chorus song ratings!   I am pretty easy to please!

Scale Rating 1-10 1-did not like it 10- Loved it

YMCA chorus songs  from Fall Semester are in Italics


Thanks For The Memories

As Time Goes By

Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth


Thank You For Being A Friend

Thank You


The Snowman


Thank You For The Music

Thank You Very Much


Cartoon Christmas

We Are The World

Everything else from both semesters and also the Frozen Suite from the Christmas concert. 😃
This will be updated because I am still deciding which songs by the quartets were my favorites.