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Wizard Of Oz Article   Leave a comment

The following article will not be published in local newspapers until after the PTA play is over.    I couldn’t wait that long to post  it here because  personally   I feel it is one of my best articles… and probably one of the last publicity  articles  I will write for the PTA t00.   Naomi is  just  THE BEST!

Souhegan High School Senior  shares PTA Play Memories

by Janine Leffler



The classic and iconic tale Wizard Of OZ will be performed by the Amherst PTA this April.  I recently  spoke with Naomi Cohen, a senior at Souhegan High School who will be playing Dorothy.  She reflected on her past PTA performances and the progress of Wizard Of  OZ rehearsals up to this point.

Cohen has been in the PTA play for the past seven years being in every show since 2010 except for CATS.  When asked why she auditioned for Wizard  Of Oz  she said, “The PTA Play has been part of my spring for so long it felt weird not to do it.   I decided to audition because this would be my last PTA  Play before  going to college.” She went on to say, “There are so many memories of my first PTA play, Children  Of Eden;  having my makeup done back stage, Sophie Linkroum waltzing by with her hair in curlers and saying, “This is a zoo!” and me answering with something witty or getting to eat lettuce on stage which is something  I didn’t think happened during shows.”  Naomi remembers looking up to Sophie Linkroum  and is honored this year to be the lead character, Dorothy, in the hope younger kids will look up to her.


When asked what she likes about Dorothy’s character she responded  “Dorothy is quite obviously a dreamer. She’s protecting Toto with every ounce of herself even if it means running away from home to do so. She’s friendly and loving with a touch of teenage brat which makes her so much more interesting, rather than the sweet character we’ve all come to know.”  She went on to say, “It is hard for me to choose a favorite scene. I love the Munckinland scene because it is so iconic and the kids are so fun to work with.  I also like the Jitterbug scene because it is a fun dance number.  There are so many bucket-list moments for me in this show;  I get to lie down on stage, carry a live dog, eat and I am even lifted up at one point.”

Cohen encourages people who have never auditioned for a  PTA play by saying the  following,  “A wonderful thing about the Amherst PTA is that we they include everyone we they can and you get to know so many people in a different way.  Who knew that the town’s teachers had such lovely voices or that your next door neighbor was a tap dancer extraordinaire?”   When asked why people should come see Wizard Of OZ  she said, “It’s a classic.  It’s a family show which supports your community.  There are a million reasons but please come support the arts!”


Cohen is still awaiting word on where she will attend college next fall and hopes to study music education where ever she goes.   This show has been a dream come true for her in every way. We wish Naomi the very best of luck in her future endeavors. Your star will shine wherever you go.


Wizard Of OZ runs at Souhegan High School April 20-23rd with evening performances at 7pm and matinees at 2pm.  The show is directed by Vouli Anthimoudi and Sharron April, music directed by Karina Allayne and Laura Millar and choreographed by Loren Hallet. You won’t want to miss this magical show!








Posted March 20, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Amherst PTA, Uncategorized

Updated Season Of My Favorite Shows Viewing Schedule   Leave a comment

 2017 Viewing Schedule

Updated 3-3-17

03-4-17    Promises Promises  Manchester Community Theatre Players

03-10-17  Love Sex And The IRS  Milford  Area Players

Review of both of these shows will be posted  March 13th.

03-17-17    Lion  King  Jr.  AMS Theatre Club

3-25 -17  Footloose Souhegan High School Spring  Musical

03-30-17    Wizard  Of Oz Young Performers Edition   Jr Actorsingers

04-01-17  Lights  Camera Action An All Dance Production Riverbend Youth Company

Review of  these shows will  be posted April 2nd.

04-07-17  Chess  Windham Actors Guild

Review will be posted between April 9-14th    As tech week for Wizard Of Oz approaches I will be limiting my time online.

04-29-17  Arsenic and Old Lace   Nashua Theatre Guild

04-30-17   Mary  Poppins Street Car Company

Review for both of these shows will be posted  May 2nd

05-05-17  Seussical The Musical   Riverbend Youth  Company

05-06-17  Souhegan Valley Chorus Concert

Tuesday  I went to watch the rehearsal and  everything sounds great. I miss everyone so much and can’t wait to come back in the fall.    I am also sad because of the recent passing of Gerry Katz.

Reviews of Suessical and SVC Concert will be posted May 10th

05-13-17  Singin  In The Rain Actorsingers

05-19-17  Grease Peacock Players

Reviews of Singin  In The Rain and Grease will be posted May 22nd.

Summer Schedule

Palace  Theatre   Million Dollar Quartet   Planning to go to this whenever SVC gets the group discount.

New  London Barn Playhouse   *listing the dates  that the show is running.  We have not decided at this time when we are going to see the show yet.

Godspell   June  14-25

Souvenir  July 12-16     If vacation  conflicts our back  up choice is  NL Barn  IDOLS on August 14th

Interlakes Summer Theatre

South Pacific  July 19th-July 30th.

RYC  Alumni Show  August 5th

Posted March 4, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized