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2017 Theatre And Music Viewing Wrap Up   Leave a comment

Wrapping up my theatre viewing schedule for 2017! Please refer to separate posts for reviews of Lion King Jr,Annie, SVC Messiah Sing & SVC Holiday Concert. SVC Messiah Sing And Holiday Concert Reviews can be found on Souhegan Valley Chorus Facebook page.

November 16th Matt and I went to Milford High School to see their fall play The Foreigner. This is a comedy play by Larry Schue. I previously worked backstage for it at theAmato Center in 2009 with Milford Area Players. Notable Performances were by Lily Ayotte,Benji Muhic,Michael Knowels and Ashanti Maronite. I also wanted to note that if high school productions were nominated for NH Theatre Awards then the set design would get a nomination because it was gorgeous. The Foreigner ran at Milford High School November 16-18 and was directed by Brad Craven.

Our travels next took us to Paris via The Community Players Of Concord Production Of Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. It was my first time seeing a show at this theatre and I was absolutely blown away. Notable performances were by Darik Velez ( Quasimodo, NH Theatre Awards Nominee for Best Actor in a Community Musical), Laura Iwaskewiz ( Esmeralda, NH Theatre Awards Nominee for Best Actress In a Community Musical)

Favorite Musical Numbers included Out There, Rhythm Of The Tambourine And God Help The Outcasts

Hunchback Of Notre Dame was directed by Bryan Halperin and J Alward, Music Directed by Troy Lucia and Jillian Strong and Choreographed by Nora McBurnett. Great job to cast crew and production team! This show was performed at Concord City Auditorium November 17-19th

Review Contributors Abby Majore, Laura Majore, Jan Scagnelli, Matt Smith

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a holiday classic based on the children’s book by Barbara Robinson. This was a play that had music in it during the Christmas Pageant scene which featured Rachel April on the flute during Joy To The World. Notable Performances were by the the Herdnan Children Who were played by Maddox Hang, Colie Toupin, Gabe Tenison, Zachary Elmer,Jacob Toupin & Willa Audrey, Kyra Whitehead ( Beth Bradley), Sarah Riseman (Alice Wendleken),Grace St. Jean ( Mrs. Mccarthy), Grace Goolsby (Mrs. Armstrong) and Olivia Rolatini ( Mrs Bradley)

Best Christmas Pageant Ever ran at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts December 8th-10th and was directed by Laurie Toupin& Genevieve Steadman.

Guest Reviewers Matt Smith and Tim Webster

On Monday December 18 & December 21st Matt Sonya and I went to the Souhegan and Milford High School Holiday Concerts. Lots Of wonderful holiday music was performed. Favorite choral Numbers included All I Want For Christmas (SHS Men Solo by Christos Nassaipolplous), Believe ( MHS Advanced Vocal Studies) Hodie Allueuia ( SHS Women),Nutcracker Jingles ( West Street Beat),White Winter Hymnal (SHS Acapella), Once Upon A December (MHS Mixed Chorus),Baby It’s Cold Outside (MHS Advanced Vocal Studies Solos: Kali Bogdzewiz And Max Maoleny) Grown Up Christmas List ( SHS Chorus,Solo Eva Breswedorf) and A Very Very Merry Christmas ( MHS Mixed Choir)

Favorite Band Numbers included Hall Of The Mountain King ( SHS Brass Quintet), A Percy Grainger Suite ( SHS Band),Toccata For Band ( MHS Band), Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (NH Brass Quintet- It was so much fun to perform with them in our chorus concert for SVC and also at Brookside Community Church in Manchester),Feliz Navid (MHS Band) & Sleigh Ride ( Souhegan Band and Choruses)

The Souhegan Choruses are directed by Kim Whitehead.

The Milford Choruses are directed by Jennifer Erdody & accompanied by Kim Whitehead.

The Milford High Band is directed by Brad Smith,

The Souhegan Band is directed by Carl Beneviedes.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a great start to 2018!


Peacock Players Day   Leave a comment

On November 12th Matt Danielle and I went to see Lion King Jr At Peacock Players. I was excited to see this for a few reasons:I have heard the Broadway version is amazing and have yet to see it; Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies and Shadiwkwnd was in the all Dance show at the Amato Center a few years ago and I thought the Choreography that number was amazing.

Notable Performances were by Aaron Truex ( Simba),Sam Ogden ( Young Simba), Ben Morton ( Scar),Abigail Gianetti ( Young Nala she also stole the show as Annie in Annie), Lexi Jones-Guilmette ( Nala) and Jeremy Parrot (Mufasa}. Favorite musical numbers included I Just Can’t Wait To Be King; Shadowland;He Lives In You; Can You Feel The Love Tonight And Circle Of Life.

The Lion King Jr ran at Court Street Theatre November 10-19th and was directed by Andrea Underhill, music directed by Sarah Evans and choreographed by Christina White.

Annie is one of my favorite musicals of all time. It is one of the most perfect musicals to see during the Christmas season. As noted above Abigail Gianetti stole the show as Annie. All of the other leads were fantastic as well including Alex Nick ( Daddy Warbucks), Caitlin Johnson ( Grace Farrell), Andrea Cashin (Lily St.Regis), Mark Colley ( Bundles/ President Rossevelt) and Avery Ouellette ( Miss Hannigan) Favorite Musical Numbers included You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, Tomorrow; NYC And Easy Street. I also wanted to note that the harmonies were beautiful in Cabinet Tomorrow.

Annie was directed by Keith Weirich, Musical directed by Henry Kopcynskie III and choreographed by Christina White.

Congrats to all involved in Lion King Jr and Annie on wonderful performances & to all involved in Grease; Heathers The Musical and Peter And The Starcatcher on your NHTA nominations!

Stay tuned on Wednesdayfor my 2017 Theatre And Music Wrap Up Post! Merry Christmas everyone.

Actorsingers Day   Leave a comment

As of today I will be caught up with my back log of theatre reviews! Woo hoo!


Today isActorsingers Day. I will be reviewing three shows.. let’s begin!

Back on July 16th Matt Patty and I saw Jesus Christ Superstar. I first heard of this show when I sang a song from it I Don’t Know How To Love Him for an audition for You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown with Stagecoach Productions in. 2013. I still think that song is beautiful. I am usually not a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals but I really enjoyed the rock vibe of this one. Notable Performances were by Leah Abraham (Rose Carboneau), Sam Cohen (Pilate),Kellie Loghlin ( Mary Magdalene ),Bailey Jameson (Jesus) and Joel King (Judas). In addition to I Don’t Know How To Love Him include Hosanna;King Herod’s Song;Everything ‘s Alright & What’s The Buzz?.

Jesus Christ Superstar was performed at Court Street Theatre July 14th-16th and was directed by Angelica Rosenthal,musical directed by Jesse Drake and choreographed by Logan Higgins

The Wild Party was this summer’s Fringe Production. I had never heard of the show prior to auditions and auditioned on a whim. The show was set in 1920s during prohibition. The songs were a good mixture of fun and emotional. Notable Performances were by Caity Glover (Queenie) Julie Harris (Mae), Joey T ( Burrs), Colin  Malette  (Black), Erik Shaffer  (Eddie) and Lo Dillon (Madeline)    Favorite Musical Numbers included  What A PartyRaise The Roof, I’ll Be Here, Two Of A Kind, The Juggernaut  ( this was the dance we learned at the audition and it definitely pushed my comfortable limits), An Old Fashioned Love Story and Poor Child.

The Wild Party  ran August 25th-27th at the Court Street Theatre and was directed by  Beth Schrwartz,  Choreographed by  Jay Vonhandorf and music directed by  John Carey.

Review Contributors    Joanie O’Connor, Matt Smith, Laura Vitale

I like to introduce to  a new show every once in awhile and The Drowsy Chaperone  easily became one of my new  favorite musicals.  It is dubbed as “A Musical within a Comedy.” and that could not be  more true.  I was laughing the whole time.   Many of the lead actors were new to Actorsingers and  they were a nice addition to the group. Characters that kept me laughing were Ed Seigel (Adolpho), Martha Daniels Holland (Lady Tottendale),  Glen  Grimard (Underling), Christopher Szczerba   (Man In Chair) and Matthew Zielonko (George).  Other notable performances were by  Erin Maitland (Drowsy  Chaperone), Eliza Baxter (Janet Vandergraff),  Mia Beradi (Kitty) and  Dylan Mahalingna  (Robert)    Favorite musical numbers included Show Off, Love Is  Always Lovely In The End,  I Do I DO   (In The Sky), As We Stumble Along and Toledo  Surprise.

The Drowsy  Chaperone   ran  at  Keefe Auditorium  November 3rd-5th and was directed by  Lance Arnold, music directed by  Karina Allayne and choreographed by Logan Higgins.

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Danielle Poirier, Matt Smith

An important note:  Reviews for the Souhegan Valley Chorus  Messiah Sing and Holiday Concert will be posted on the Souhegan Valley Chorus Facebook page.  Please look for those reviews  there  on or around December 15th.


The following shows will be reviewed next:  Lion  King JR  and Annie performed by  Peacock Players.      That entry should be posted Saturday afternoon!

Posted December 7, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Actorsingers