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Remembering Dan.   Leave a comment

“So  I say  thank you for the music

The songs I’m singing

Thanks for all the  joy they’re bringing

Who can live without,  it  I  ask it in all honesty

What would life be?

Without   a song or  a dance what are we?

So I say thank you for the music, for giving it to me.”

~ Thank You  For The Music  Mamma Mia

 

 

I have been having so much trouble coming up with the words to properly capture  how I feel  about  Dan Wolaver passing away.  I couldn’t speak at the services today because  I did not feel  I was ready to talk yet about how much he has meant to Matt and I.   Listening to the song  Thank You For The Music from Mamma Mia   (quoted above) finally allowed me to gather my thoughts.

I joined  SVC in  Fall 2014 and Matt joined the following  fall semester in 2015.   Everyone   was very welcoming to us  especially  Dan.    We both have found a second family  within the chorus and are so happy for all the friendships we have made.  Dan’s guidance  was  very important to both of us.  The last time  that that I saw him  he came over to my apartment with  suggestions for songs we could use for  future duet auditions and also gave us  an arrangement of  I’m  A  Believer from Shrek The Musical that can be used as a quartet.    Unfortunately we could  not audition for the  Showcase since we will be going to   at a wedding  but we are planning to audition for the Milford Pumpkin Festival talent show in September. Name of quartet is to be announced but of course it will be  a Shrek related quartet name.    Our audition and performance if we get chosen will be  dedicated to Dan’s memory.    Dan also  put a poem  I wrote  called Angels On My  Shoulder to sheet music which  I hope to be able to perform at some point.  Matt  also  added that  Dan got  him involved with reading music and what  the terminology meant and is  grateful for that.

 

So yes indeed, Dan  thank you for the music and all you have done for SVC.   Everyone in SVC will miss you very much but  I think Matt and I will miss you the most of all. We love you.

SVC Concert Review   Leave a comment

This review has been posted to the Facebook page for the blog but I can’t seem to figure out how to also share the review to the SVC Facebook since I  don’t administrate that page and my page can’t link up to it.

 

This semester’s theme was Director’s Choice  selected by Jennifer Erdody  from songs that have been done for past semesters of SVC and also with her choruses  at Milford High School.    Of course  being the journalist that I am  I asked people as they  were coming out  of the theatre what their favorite songs were. For Good seemed to be a popular choice as that is one of my favorite songs too. Some people could not choice a favorite.  Besides   For Good  I also liked the  Jersey Boys Medley,  L-O-V-E, How Do  I Keep From Singing? ( the concert’s title track)  and Spirit  Eternal.    I also won play tickets to the Milford Area Players fall show in the  Silent  Auction which was an added bonus.

Our concert was dedicated  to the memory of Dan Wolaver and  Gerry Katz who died in February.   Though  I was laughing  at the funny memories that were being shared  I also wanted to cry because I am going to  really miss Dan and  Gerry a lot.   That’s why I got especially choked up during For Good because knowing them definitely has changed  me a lot and I’m sure other members of the chorus feel the same way. Dan’s services  are on Saturday afternoon and  I think that’s going to be really hard for me.  I know he wouldn’t want me to be sad though and neither would Gerry.

Another great SVC concert.   I love everyone in this group so very much!   I can’t wait to come back in the fall after taking the semester off.

Posted May 17, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Souhegan Valley Chorus

Updated Viewing Schedule   Leave a comment

Since I have seen so many plays recently  I decided not to see Chess at Windham Actors  Guild  I am plan to see their fall show though.

 

April 28th   Arsenic and Old Lace Nashua Theatre  Guild

April 30th  Mary Poppins Street Car Company

May 5th   Sesussical The Musical   Riverbend Youth Company

I just wanted to let people know that Seussical will be my final show that I will be helping    Riverbend   with publicity for.    I have had a long run and great  experience and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know  the kids  I have interviewed for various articles over the years.    The reason  I have to take  a step back is because  I have realized recently that scheduling becomes way too difficult for doing interviews especially when  I am doing the PTA play at the same time.    Trust me,  I am not going far away because  I will still be involved in the shows in other ways. I  have recently gotten new duties at  my job where I am writing articles for the Plus Company Newsletter and more of my focus needs to be directed toward that.  I am also taking a step back from doing PTA publicity once  Wizard Of OZ ends for similar reasons.

May 6th SVC  Concert Director’s  Choice

I went to watch the rehearsals tonight and also on February 26th and  I am so excited to see how everything comes together.   Missing my SVC friends and can’t wait to return in the fall!

May 13th  Singin  In The Rain Actorsingers

May 19th Grease  Peacock Players

 

Summer  Viewing Schedule is still being determined at this time.

 

 

I have decided to  challenge myself a little bit more and audition for the Actorsingers Fringe Show  The Wild Party on June 5th.  I am  very excited  because it has been awhile since  I have auditioned for a show with Actorsingers.    Looking for audition song recommendations if anyone has any.   I also plan to work backstage for  The Friends Of The Amato Center show  Fiddler On The Roof.

 

 

Posted April 5, 2017 by theatretechdiva in auditions

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

A time of reflection   Leave a comment

Saturday afternoon  I was hit with the sad news that  Dan Wolaver from Souhegan Valley Chorus passed away.   I am  still trying to process  everything as   I am sure everyone else in the chorus is. I have been in SVC  f0r 3 years and  he along with everyone else was so welcoming when  I first joined.   SVC  has become a family to me and what makes me the most sad about Dan’s passing was that he was the president of  our chorus and such a vital member of the group.    He has really done so much for us and  I am going to miss him a lot.  I think all of us will.  He recently helped  me out with putting  my spoken word piece Angels  On My Shoulder to sheet music and  I was deeply appreciative of him   for  helping me out with that.  I hope to perform that song at some point  but  I don’t know when that will happen.

 

Rest in Peace Dan.

Posted February 14, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Non-related ranting

I love RYC a bushel and a peck   Leave a comment

Before I start my Guys and Dolls review let me go back in time  a little bit.  The   third show that I did backstage work for at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley was Guys and Dolls Jr in  January 2011. I ran the spotlight and learned a lot from that experience.  Since then  I have been involved with several shows at the Amato Center and with the Amherst PTA. My current show Wizard  Of Oz is my 17th production overall and my 6th with the PTA (see list at the bottom)  Things came full circle for me when  I did publicity this year and also it has been awesome to help out with this show since  Patrick  O’Mara who played Nathan Detroit  in the 2011 show co-directed the current productions with  Katie Hammes.     I was blown away by the talent 6 years ago and still continue to be amazed today by how amazing these kids are.

On to the review:

Guys and Dolls is  a story  (at least from my  point of view) about    romance amidst gambling.  The two  couples  that the story   focusses around are   Adelaide (who apparently doesn’t have a last name)  and Nathan Detroit (Cassidy White and Zac Barnaby) and Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown  (Joe Solari and Katie Giannakopolous)  Giannakopoulous was a stand out as Sarah Brown  in her second  Riverbend performance after making her debut in November’s  West Side Story as the Somewhere  soloist.   Notable musical numbers included Marry The Man Today,Bushel and A Peck, Sue Me Luck Be  A Lady, More  I Cannot Wish You,  Adelaide’s Lament and  Sit  Down  You’re Rockin The  Boat.  Other notable performances were by   Cassidy White (Adelaide), Doug  Pedroza  (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Joe Guzman  (Big  Jule), Bryan Whittier (Arrivide Abernatnhy)  and  Nicole Sprague  (General Cartwright)   The set design  by Ben April was fantastic and was the choreography by   Meg King.

Guys and Dolls   has one more performance this afternoon  at 2:30pm at the Amato  Center.   Don’t miss this  show and it is a good way to beat the winter blues.  You’ll regret it if you miss this fabulous show.     The show was co-directed by   Patrick O’Mara and Katie Hammes, Music  Directed  by  Karina Bertrand and Choreographed by Meg King.  Costumes were designed  by  Julia  Bucklin.

 

 

 

As mentioned above  Wizard Of Oz is my 16th overall production  here is a break down of my history

2010-    Riverbend Youth  Co Annie Jr ( Props)  and   Riverbend School Of Theatre Arts The Man Who Came To Dinner ( Sound Design)

2011-   Riverbend Youth Company  Guys and Dolls Jr  (Spotlight)   & Wizard  Of Oz  (props) and  The Music Man  Amherst PTA (Ensemble)

2012  Oklahoma  Amherst PTA  (Ensemble and Publicity) and It’s A Wonderful Life   Riverbend/MAP Holiday Show (Mrs. Hatch and various ensemble )

2013  Princess  K.I.M. The Musical  (Publicity), Meet Me  In St Louis   Amherst PTA  (Scene Changes and Set Painting)

2014   Seussical The Musical Amherst PTA   ( Who Ensemble and  Publicity),  Holiday  One Acts  (Miss  Kosmo and Wiseman #3)

2015  CATS  Amherst PTA  (Sound Design), Mary Poppins   Friends Of The Amato Center (Ensemble)

2016  Shrek The Musical Amherst PTA (Villager, Skeleton, Moon),   Oliver  Friends  Of The Amato Center (Ensemble)

2017    Riverbend Youth Company    Guys and Dolls Jr  & Seussical  The Musical  (Publicity),  Amherst  PTA  Wizard  Of OZ  (Munchkin and Ozian Ensemble and Publicity) Fiddler On The Roof Friends Of The Amato Center  Publicity and  backstage work TBA (Additionally   I am also helping out with publicity for   the Souhegan High School  musical Footloose.)

 

 

 

Posted February 12, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Riverbend Youth Company