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Top 30 Favorite Songs List from Shows Seen or performed in 2016   Leave a comment

The NH Theatre Awards nominations were announced yesterday. Here is my list of top 30 favorite songs from shows seen or performed in 2016. What a great year in NH Theatre it has been.
30. You Won’t Succeed On Broadway Monty Python’s Spamalot
29. KansasLand Curtains
28. The title song from Footloose comes in at number 28. This song always makes me want to get up and dance.
27. Shine Like The Sun 9 T0 5
26. We’re Not Gonna Take It Rock Of Ages I just wanted to point out that I will be using this song in my protest poems unit for my poetry class at Plus Company.
25 Written In Stars AIDA I did not get to see AIDA at Peacock Players but was lucky to see this performed at the Holiday Stroll. It is one of my favorite songs by Elton John.
24. I Want The Good Times Back The Little Mermaid This song was performed in our spring concert for Souhegan Valley Chorus. I think it is fantastic and have been meaning to download it. I unfortunately did not get to see The Little Mermaid when Peacock Players performed it.
23. Proud Of Your Boy Aladdin Jr This was put on by Riverbend Youth Company back in January. This was a very powerful song and really pulled at the heart strings.
22. There You’ll Be This was one of my favorite songs from our Souhegan Valley Showcase in June. It is from the movie Pearl Harbor which I have never seen.
21. Friend Like Me Aladdin Jr This has hands down always been my favorite song from Aladdin.
20. Spanish Panic Once Upon A Mattress This was Nashua South’s musical last spring. It is a very fun dance number.
19. Everybody Say Yeah Kinky Boots My mom took me to NYC to see Kinky Boots for my 31st birthday. This was one of my favorite songs from the show.
18. Let’s Go To The Movies Annie I mean of course this would make the countdown! How could it not? Annie is one of my favorite musicals which is of course why it is my favorite song that we sang in the Showcase.
17. Won’t You Charleston With Me? The Boyfriend This one of my top favorite songs from Souhegan’s musical last year.. another fun dance number.
16. Almost Paradise Footloose A beautiful love song that pulls at the heart strings.
15. Forever Shrek The Musical This number was very fun to be in.
14. Never Fall In Love With An Elf Elf The Musical
This was one of my favorite songs from Elf. It is sung by Jovie and is about her choice of relationships.
13. Taylor The Latte Boy I love Naomi Cohen… that is all! 🙂
12. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Monty Python’s Spamalot To be fair I heard of this song before I even saw the play because it was in Souhegan Valley Chorus concert in 2014 when their theme for the spring concert was Broadway. Yay for throwbacks.
11. Don’t Stop Believing Rock Of Ages This song got me through some pretty difficult times when I was looking for a job. I now have two awesome jobs at Plus Company and Gateways Community Services.
10. Freak Flag Shrek The Musical This is my top favorite song from Shrek The Musical. I feel the message behind it is very important about standing up for what you believe in. It elicited many a powerful discussion in my poetry class at Plus Company the past couple of semesters.
9. Under The Sea The Little Mermaid My boyfriend Matt rocked his solo in Souhegan Valley Showcase.
8. Morning Person Shrek The Musical This was my favorite number from Shrek out of the numbers I was not in. I really want to make this song the alarm clock ring tone on my cell phone.
7. Show People Curtains I feel this song represents the core of being involved in theatre and the strong relationships I have formed with people I do shows with. I have a lot of love for the people in my theatre family which I know is reciprocated.
6. Consider Yourself Oliver This was my favorite song from Oliver.. I especially love the tap dancing flash mob section.
5. 12 Days Of A Regifted Christmas This is a parody of 12 Days of Christmas that we sang in our chorus concert last weekend.
4. Agony Into The Woods This song is hysterical.
3. OOM PAH PAH Oliver I may not drink a lot in reality but it is fun to pretend to drink on stage.. it was always really fun to waltz too. 🙂
2. I’ll Believe In You Elf The Musical This song is in Act 1 of Elf The Musical and is sung by Emily and Michael Hobbs. I feel the lyrics in this song are very powerful because it really brings home the point of how much strain is in the family dynamic because Walter works all the time.
1. Somewhere West Side Story Honestly West Side Story has so many amazing songs and it is hard to choose just one song that is my favorite. This song gives me chills whenever I listen to it and Katie Gianakoplios stole that scene with her solo. My other favorite songs from West Side Story include I Feel Pretty, Tonight and America.

Holiday Happenings   Leave a comment

Lots of ground to cover here!!!

November 26th was the Nashua Holiday Stroll which is something I look forward to every year. At the stroll Alex Preston performed (seeing him again Friday night at Union Coffee house.. what can I say I’m a groupie) and then headed to Peacock Players for a double bill of performances. It started off with the Spotlight Musical Theatre Troupe. They sang a variety of Christmas songs including River and My Grown Up Christmas List. This was followed by Technical Difficulties Improv Troupe which I always enjoy watching. My favorite games include Questions Only and Gibberish.
December 4th was the Messiah Sing which Souhegan Valley Chorus participates in. Next year I hope our schedule will allow Matt and I to participate in it, I always love going to this because of the great job at all the soloists do. The Messiah Sing is perfomed at the Congreagational Church in Mt Vernon the first weekend in December
Last Sunday, December 11th was our Holiday Concert for Souhegan Valley Chours. I have to say that this concert was my favorite one so far. We were joined by SHS ACapella Group and Jackie O’Dowd accompanied us on violin for December Rose and All Through The Night. My favorite songs that we sang this semester were Sing With The Angels, 12 Days Of A Regifted Christmas, Flowers In Winter ( fun to know that two members of our chorus are descendants of John Greenleaf Whittier.) and All Through The Night! This spring I am taking the semester off from SVC so I can focus on the PTA Play but look forward to rejoining in the fall.
Last night and tonight Matt and I went Sonya and Jen to see Elf at Riverbend Company and Peacock Players. Some people may think we’re a little crazy for seeing the same show twice in the same weekend but due to a schedule change at the last minute we could not see Elf at Peacock Players last weekend. Notable performances in the Riverbend performance were by Kyra Whitehead (Emily Hobbs), Jack Vore (Santa Claus) Taylor Ciotti (Charlotte Dennon) , Danny Solari (Beuddy) Kiara Shattuck (Ms. Greenway) and Shelby Brown (Jovie)
Notable performances in the Peacock Players productions were by Bailey Jamieson (Buddy), Alex Imhof (Mr. Greenway), Lakeland Galinson (Michael Hobbs), Lillie Ellers (Jovie) Caitlin Johnson (Emily Hobbs) Alex Nick (Santa) and Kyle Kashibawa ( Fake Santa)
Favorite Musical Numbers included Happy All The Time. I’ll Believe In You and Never Fall In Love With An Elf.
Both performances of Elf Jr have one performance left.
The Riverbend Youth Company performance Directed by Laurie Toupin, Music Directed by Kim Whitehead and Choreographed by Madison Calabria has a 2:30pm performance at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts
The Peacock Players performance directed by Andrea Underhill, Music Directed by Sarah Evans and choreographed by Cristina White.
Congrats to both casts and crews of Elf
Prior to seeing Elf my mom and I had a great mother/daughter afternoon seeing A Christmas Carol at the Palace Theatre with SVC friends. I am always so impressed by these the productions especially by the set design! Notable performances were by Stuart Harmon (Marley and Ghost of Christmas Present), George Phiel (Scrooge), Marc Willis (Mr. Fezziwig) Megan Quinn (Mrs. Fezziwig and Dakatoa Dutcher (Fred)
Favorite Musical Numbers were Fum Fum Fum (ironically I remember the Acapella Singers singing this in one of our Christmas concerts in high school), Fezziwig’s Christmas Ball and All Alone.
A Christmas Carol runs through Dec 23rd at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. You won’t want to miss it. Performances are at 2pm and 7:30pm. A Christmas Carol is directed and choreographed by Carl Rajotte, Music Directed by Joel Mercier. Congrats to the cast and crew on great performance!

Have a SparkleJollyTwinkleJingely Christmas Everyone and a fabulous start to 2017 too!