Archive for December 2015

NHTA Nominations   Leave a comment

Let’s review for a moment past PTA nominations and results

Music Man 

7 nominations

3 top 3

Ashley  won for Best Actress

Oklahoma

8 nominations

4 top 3

Nick Hammes won for best supporting actor

Meet Me In St. Louis

4 top 10 nominations

Margaret got top 3 for best  actress 

No winners 

Seussical 

7 nominations 

Sophie  won for  best actress.
This year’s  nominations  were  announced yesterday. CATS got 3 nominations Best Production  Musical Community, Best Actor ( Gary Evans) and Best Costune Design (Mary Selvoski, Mary Jo Smith and Laura Majore). There were quite a few people from CATS who I felt were snubbed.

Top 3 Predictions

( all are in community category.)

Best Production

Musical

CATS Amherst PTA

Crazy For You Actorsingers

Into The Woods Actorsingers

Best Director

The only show I saw in this Category was Crazy For You.  I was bummed I could not see All Shook Up because it  was  the same weekend as CATS, like wise with  Big Fish as it was the same weekend as Into The Woods. Congrats to all who were nominated from both those productions.

Best Actress Top 2 

Drama/ Comedy

Caity Glover Maggie The Cat   Cat On A  Hot  Tin Roof MAP

Amy Agostino  Bridgid Death By Design  MAP

Musical

*Did not see this production; based on previous performances

Laura Iwaskewiz Polly Baker Crazy For You  Actorsingers

Jessica Dee Witch Into The Woods Actorsingers

*Mia Beradi  Natalie All Shook Up  Stagecoach Productions

Best  Supporting Actress 

Drama/Comedy

The only show I saw in this category was Death By Design. Kimberly’s nomination was well deserved.

Musical

*did not see this production ; based on previous performances 

Amy Agostino  Patricia Fodor Crazy For You Actorsingers

Sophie Linkroum  Irene Roth Crazy For You Actorsingers

*Anja Ward  Josephine Bloom Big Fish Stagecoach Productions

Best  Supporting Actor

Drama/Comedy

Kurtis Beeten Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream Peacock Players

Mac Galinson Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream Peacock Players

Glen Grimard  Big Daddy Cat On A Hot Tin Roof MAP

Musical

I am extremely biased in this category for the record.

Colin Malette Rapunzel’s Prince Into The Woods & Bela Zangler Crazy For You Actorsingers

Kevin Linkroum Lank Hawkins Crazy For You Actorsingers

Best Actor

Musical

Biased  in this category too

Gary Evans Munketrap CATS Amherst PTA

Joel Iwaskewiz The Baker Into The Woods and Bobby Child Crazy For You Actorsingers 

Best Actor Youth Top 2

Ben Morton  Frog A Year With Frog And Toad Jr Actorsingers

*Nick Page  Robbie Hart The Wedding Singer Actorsingers

Best Actress Youth Top 3

*Did not see performance; based on previous performances 

*Emma Benson  Julie Sullivan Actorsingers

*Elsa Keefe Dorothy The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players

*Lilllie Ellers Roxie Hart Chicago Peacock Players

Best Supporting Actor Youth Top 3

*Did not see performance; based on previous performances 

*Jakov Schwartzberg Amos Hart Chicago Peacock Players

*Mac Galinson  Billy Flynn Chicago Peacock Players

*Brandon Feliciano Zeke/Lion The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players
Tech Awards Top 3 Predictions

I did not see any shows in the  best scenic design  category but yay Wally was nominated for Sweeney Todd!!

Best Costume Design

*Did not see performance;based  on previous performances

CATS Amherst PTA Mary Selvoski;Mary Jo Smith & Laura Majore

Crazy For You Actorsingers Cherie Prior

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players Maggie Mahony

Best Choreography 

Crazy For You Actorsingers Martha Daniels Holland

*Chicago Peacock Players Valerie Psoinos Nelson

*Wizard Of Oz Peacock  Players Alyssa Dumas & Valerie Psonios Nelson

Best Music Director

( This category is largely dominated by Judy Hayward and Henry Kopsyzinski III so my predictions are reflected as such… I also did not see most of these shows.)

*All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions Judy Hayward

*Chicago Peacock Players Henry Kopsynski  III

Crazy For You Actorsingers  Judy Hayward

 Best Sound Design ( CATS was snubbed for this one… I am mostly biased as I was assistant sound designer)

*All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions,A Midsummer Night’s  Dream Peacock Players & *Chicago Peacock Players  Rich Loomer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was nominated for best lighting. I did not see any other shows in this category so I cannot make accurate top 3 predictions.

Got any predictions ?  I am willing and ready to discuss what people thought of shows that were nominated and who you think will win. Congrats to all top 10 finalists. Looking forward to January 23rd.

Top 30 Favorite Somgs of 2015 & Top 10 Fave Songs from Stagecoach Production Shows   Leave a comment

Here is my top  30 list of favorite  songs from shows seen or performed in 2015.

Key: * SVC Spring Concert **SVC 1930s Showcase *** SVC Holiday Concert

1. Anything Can Happen Mary Poppins

2. No One  Is Alone Into The Woods

***3. Nuttin’ For Christmas

4. If I Can’t Love Her Beauty And The Beast Jr

5. Be Strong Princess K.I.M. The Musical

**6. Over The Rainbow Wizard Of Oz

7. Being Mrs. Banks Mary Poppins

***8. That’s Christmas To Me Pentatonix

9. Merry Old Land Of Oz Wizard Of Oz

*10. I’ll Be There Michael Jackson

11 Uptown Funk Marc Ronson f/ Bruno Mars  Art Of Dance. Also official theme song for the CATS cast because we had killer dance parties backstage to it.

12. Together Whereever We Go Gypsy

**13 Nearness Of You Ella Fitzgerald

14. Slap That Bass Crazy For You

15. America West Side Story

16  My Blanket and Me You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

***17 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

*18 Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

19. Freak Flag Shrek The Musical

*20.  We Are The World Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie

21 If I Were A Bell Guys and Dolls

22. Agony  Into The Woods

23. Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat CATS. Can’t wait to perform this at the NHTAs!

24. Happiness You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

25. Home Beauty And The Beast Jr

***26. 12 Days Of Christmas Straight Note Chaser

27. Memory CATS

28. Make A Move Shrek The Musical

29. Step In Time Mary Poppins

30. My New Philosophy You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Oh and also Stagecoach Productions is closing. Here is a list of  my top 10 favorite songs  from shows I have seen there.

1. Too Darn Hot Kiss Me Kate

2. Barcelona Company

3. Happiness You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

4. Getting Married Today Company

5.Climbing Over Rocky Mountain Pirates Of Penzance

6. Another Openin’ Another Show Kiss Me Kate

7. Ain’t It Good Children Of Eden

8. Beethoven Day You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

9.Poor Wanderin’ One Pirates Of Penzance

10. What I Did For Love A Chorus Line

Finding the words to say…….   Leave a comment

Back in June my high school music teacher Pat retired..she will be missed by a lot of people and she was a great teacher. I found out before schoool started that they were not going to be replacing her. This news was very shocking and disappointing. I was originally going to write a letter to the editor  of the Amherst  Citizen but then I retracted my decision. The main reason  was because I felt it wasn’t really my place to say much about the situation because I did not know too much information about why the school board made the choice not to replace Pat. I can only make assumptions and sometimes assumptions may not be the best things to make. Knowledge is power so they say therefore it is hard to base an opinion off little knowledge of what is going on.
I do know the following though…based on general observations I have made throughout the past couple years as I like to support the Souhegan Theatre and Music departments as much as I can by going to the plays, concerts and jazz nights.

I graduated from Souhegan 11 years ago and back when I was in high school all the music ensembles had large numbers of people in them. I don’t really know what exactly has led to the decline in recent years in participation in music but I think the low numbers in the music department definitely affect the people who try out for the musicals. The chorus is basically the feeder system for those to try out for the musicals and thus far the band is the feeder system for the pit orchestra. For example for the 2013 Musical the pit band only had four people in it. Last year when I went to see the spring concert I noticed that the chorus had about 20 people in and the Acapella group had about 16 people in it. All girls and one boy. 

I sat there wondering “What  leads to the decline in participation in the music groups at Souhegan? ” Perhaps the decline in numbers led  to the choice not to replace Pat. I heard that a lot of kids did not initially sign up for chorus  this year because of Pat not coming back. On the plus side Kim Whitehead got hired to teach Acapella and Handbells which make me happy because she is awesome.  Carl is temporarily teaching chorus until a replacement for Pat is found from what I understand. I think that spreads him a little too thin because he already teaches all the band classes and jazz band. 

I am then left to wonder about the future of  the theatre department of Souhegan and also the musicals. This year’s musical is going to be The Boyfriend which I am excited to see again after seeing it out on by Riverbend Youth Company back in 2009.  If the music ensembles work as feeder systems for the performers in the plays and pit orchestras and the participation numbers are as low as I’ve noticed them to be recently what this mean for future musicals?

Budget is the thing that it all boils down to I guess and I estimate that budget cuts  and low participation numbers led to the choice not to replace Pat.  This is disappointing to say the least. Some people may think that sports are more important than the arts and that’s probably where most of the budget money goes to.

During Meet Me In St. Louis I remember having a conversation with one of my cast mates backstage about how neither of us were involved in sports…during the course of our conversation we deducted that in its own way theatre can be definitely considered a sport. We spend 3 days a week learning dances  and getting our bodies and voices perfect for performance.  Not to mention that all the musicians who are in the music groups at Souhegan go to local,state and also national competitions to show other people how good at their craft they are. So yes, music and theatre go hand in  hand and both can be considered a sport.

I wish the arts got a little bit more respect and the people who wrote the school budgets saw things from this point of view.

Posted December 8, 2015 by theatretechdiva in Non-related ranting

2015 in Review   Leave a comment

A Reflection Of 2015

2015 started off stressful as I was still on the job search. I was still substituting for the Nashua School District and also an after school program at Presentation Of Mary Academy in Hudson,NH. Both of those positions , I realized were not a good for me. Luckily, I was hired by the Plus Company, ironically the same place that helps me look for employment. I am have been working there since April 7th as a database assistant where I help in scanning documents into the computer. I also teach a poetry class after work of which the second semester will start after the holidays. The goal of this class is get submissions for the Poetry page on the website that correlates with the Janine book.

I am thrilled for the success of the Janine book. My mom and I have spoken at local schools, my college and my old elementary school in Saugus. It is up for a National award which I am excited about. I am hoping to make a second business out of going to schools to share my story of overcoming challenges. I am also excited for the future of Princess K.I.M. The Musical which got national rights and we hope it will be performed in local theatre companies.

Theatre wise the year began with the NH Theatre Awards. Last year’s PTA play Seussical
 did not fare as well as I had hoped receiving eight nominations and only one win for best actress. ( Refer to my previous post  for my general comments about the NH Theatre Awards)  I worked backstage for the PTA play CATS where I tried something new as assistant sound designer. It was a great experience that I learned a lot from. This year’s nominations have not been announced yet. I am also looking forward to auditions for this year’s PTA Plys Shrek on January 3rd. Matt and I were both in Mary Poppins at the Amato Center in September which a great way for us to learn and grow together as actors. I was in the Park Ensemble and he was a banker in the Precision And Order scene. We are also in the Souhegan Valley Chorus together and are grateful for the friendships we’ve gained with people from that group including Jenn Erdody,Roger Hurd and Jonatha and Patrick McCarty.   

I also would like to take a moment to mention the fact that Stagecoach Productions is closing. I was very sad to hear this news. I have helped out with their publicity and  this company bought little known shows such as Jekyll and Hyde,Little Women,Pirates Of Penzance,Children Of Eden, Kiss Me Kate and Big Fish to the NH Theatre Community. Thank you to everyone at Stagecoach a Productions especially Judy Hayward for all you’ve done! 

Matt and I have been together for seven years and have been discussing getting married in the next two to three years. Naturally I would like to have a Broadway musical inspired wedding. We love living in Clocktower Place but it is our goal in the next year or two to get a condo in Nashua. Our long term goal is to move to Portsmouth or another town on the NH Seacoast or in Southern Maine. We are looking forward to vacationing in early March in Florida going to Disney and Universal Studios, Hooray for Wizarding World Of Harry Potter!

And so it’s been said many times many ways Merry Christmas to you! Here’s to a prosperous 2016 with wonderful family and great friends!