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Local  High School Seniors reflect on experiences with  Riverbend Youth Company

by Janine  Leffler

 

 

Spring has sprung and high school graduation  is upon us.   The Riverbend  Youth Company  performs  Curtains next  weekend and  I spoke recently  to  two seniors in  this  show   about their experiences in  productions at the Amato Center.

 

Julie Leone is   homeschooled  from  Temple  New Hampshire. Curtains is her second production at the Amato Center following  last Fall’s  Friends Of The Amato Center production  of  Mary  Poppins.  When asked why she auditioned for Curtains she stated ” I had never heard of the show, but after reading about it, I decided that it seemed super fun and I wanted to audition! Plus the whole cast would be people my age, and I figured that would make it even more fun (I was right).”    Leone has had a wonderful experience so far in Curtains and went on to explain, ” I felt very welcomed last year when I was cast in Mary Poppins, and that feeling has only grown as I’ve gotten to know so many awesome people.”   When asked what her  favorite song  in Curtains is she stated,  “Show People” is definitely my favorite song because it’s so true for all of us as theatre people! We sing; “It’s an honor and a joy to be in show business!” and I truly feel that way. Plus the choreography is awesome.”

Leone heads off  in the fall to Sante Fe College hoping to later  transfer to  University of  Florida where she hopes to major in English and minor in theatre

 

Meghan  McKnight  is a senior at Souhegan High School in Amherst.  She has been in  many productions at the Amato Center and her favorite roles include  Glinda in Wizard Of Oz,  Greek Chorus in Legally Blonde The Musical and  Mrs. Cratchit in Scrooge The Musical.    McKnight plays  Bambi in Curtains and when asked about her character  she stated,  “This character is unique because she is the comic relief of the show. Although I have played characters similar to her, someone who is girly and flighty, Bambi is a little different. She has her own spunk and is one of my favorite characters in the show. (not just because I play her)”.  Leone and McKnight  share similar sentiments about their favorite song in the show being Show  People, “This is my favorite because it really is a true representation of how people in theater are. It is a fun number, and has lots of dancing which is one of my favorite parts about being in theater. ”

McKnight heads off this fall to Emmanuel College in  Boston where she will study  Elementary Education.  She shared the following sentiments about her experiences at the Amato Center, ” Doing theater at the BGC is one of my favorite things in the world. It has impacted me from the very beginning and that is why I’m going to miss it so much. I have been a crew member, an actor and an audience member for seven years and this is the best place to do what I love. I have learned everything from how to sing and dance but also life lessons I’ll never forget. ”

 

 

 

 

Why should you come see Curtains?   McKnight  stated,  ” People should come see Curtains because it’s a show about theater people, it’s funny and dramatic. It has every character you will love and hate. It’s also a murder mystery so you can guess who did it along the way, while listening to some great singing and watch some fabulous choreography. ”  Leone adds,” The cast and production team have all worked so hard to pull this together, and it’s going to be a great show!”

 

Curtains  runs at the Amato  Center for The  Performing Arts  at 56  Mt Vernon Street in  Milford. Evening performances are at 7:30pm on May 5th,6th and 7th and 2pm on May 7th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Come solve the mystery and enjoy the show.

 

For the seniors McKnight, Leone, Megan Dillon, Benny  Gottwald and  Max Ayotte, I leave you with the following quote from Newsies, “Arise and seize the day.”  Good luck to you all in the future. You will be greatly missed next year and thank you for  all you have given to Riverbend.

 

Local  High School Seniors reflect on experiences with  Riverbend Youth Company

by Janine  Leffler

 

 

Spring has sprung and high school graduation  is upon us.   The Riverbend  Youth Company  performs  Curtains next  weekend and  I spoke recently  to  two seniors in  this  show   about their experiences in  productions at the Amato Center.

 

Julie Leone is   homeschooled  from  Temple  New Hampshire. Curtains is her second production at the Amato Center following  last Fall’s  Friends Of The Amato Center production  of  Mary  Poppins.  When asked why she auditioned for Curtains she stated ” I had never heard of the show, but after reading about it, I decided that it seemed super fun and I wanted to audition! Plus the whole cast would be people my age, and I figured that would make it even more fun (I was right).”    Leone has had a wonderful experience so far in Curtains and went on to explain, ” I felt very welcomed last year when I was cast in Mary Poppins, and that feeling has only grown as I’ve gotten to know so many awesome people.”   When asked what her  favorite song  in Curtains is she stated,  “Show People” is definitely my favorite song because it’s so true for all of us as theatre people! We sing; “It’s an honor and a joy to be in show business!” and I truly feel that way. Plus the choreography is awesome.”

Leone heads off  in the fall to Sante Fe College hoping to later  transfer to  University of  Florida where she hopes to major in English and minor in theatre

 

Meghan  McKnight  is a senior at Souhegan High School in Amherst.  She has been in  many productions at the Amato Center and her favorite roles include  Glinda in Wizard Of Oz,  Greek Chorus in Legally Blonde The Musical and  Mrs. Cratchit in Scrooge The Musical.    McKnight plays  Bambi in Curtains and when asked about her character  she stated,  “This character is unique because she is the comic relief of the show. Although I have played characters similar to her, someone who is girly and flighty, Bambi is a little different. She has her own spunk and is one of my favorite characters in the show. (not just because I play her)”.  Leone and McKnight  share similar sentiments about their favorite song in the show being Show  People, “This is my favorite because it really is a true representation of how people in theater are. It is a fun number, and has lots of dancing which is one of my favorite parts about being in theater. ”

McKnight heads off this fall to Emmanuel College in  Boston where she will study  Elementary Education.  She shared the following sentiments about her experiences at the Amato Center, ” Doing theater at the BGC is one of my favorite things in the world. It has impacted me from the very beginning and that is why I’m going to miss it so much. I have been a crew member, an actor and an audience member for seven years and this is the best place to do what I love. I have learned everything from how to sing and dance but also life lessons I’ll never forget. ”

 

 

 

 

Why should you come see Curtains?   McKnight  stated,  ” People should come see Curtains because it’s a show about theater people, it’s funny and dramatic. It has every character you will love and hate. It’s also a murder mystery so you can guess who did it along the way, while listening to some great singing and watch some fabulous choreography. ”  Leone adds,” The cast and production team have all worked so hard to pull this together, and it’s going to be a great show!”

 

Curtains  runs at the Amato  Center for The  Performing Arts  at 56  Mt Vernon Street in  Milford. Evening performances are at 7:30pm on May 5th,6th and 7th and 2pm on May 7th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Come solve the mystery and enjoy the show.

 

For the seniors McKnight, Leone, Megan Dillon, Benny  Gottwald and  Max Ayotte, I leave you with the following quote from Newsies, “Arise and seize the day.”  Good luck to you all in the future. You will be greatly missed next year and thank you for  all you have given to Riverbend.

 

 

 

This article will be in the Milford Cabinet and Amherst Citizen later this week.  It can also be found  on Amherst Patch.    Curtains is the last Riverbend show  I will be helping out with publicity for. I have covered many great shows at the Amato Center over the years but have recently realized my schedule is too busy and  I can’t commit to  doing publicity anymore.   I won’t be going too far though since I plan to help out with the productions in other ways. It has been a pleasure serving  RYC as publicist for the past 8 years.

 

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