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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!

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Posted December 7, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Actorsingers

Top 45  Favorite Songs of 2017   Leave a comment

Top 40 Favorite Songs of 2017

Several of these songs have been in previous countdowns throughout the year. They are listed in  no particular order.

Key **PBS Great Perfirmances ++SVC Spring Concert +++SVC Showcase *SVC Holiday Concert

1. You’re Never Fully Dressed With Out A Smile Annie

2.Get Me To The Church On Time My Fair Lady

3. Grow Old With You The Wedding Singer

4.  Notice Me Horton Seussical

5. **Vanilla Ice Cream She Loves Me

6. Bring On Tomorrow Fame

7. Folsom Prison Blues Million Dollar Quartet

8.++ I Know It’s Today Shrek The Musical

9. NYC Annie

10. Over The Rainbow Wizard Of Oz

11. Turkey Lurkey Time Promises Promises

12. Be Like Meryl Streep Fame

13. Move That Thang The Wedding Singer

14.+How Can I Keep From Singing

15.**12 Days To Christmas She Loves Me

16*Hark The Herald Angels Sing

17. God Help The Outcasts Hunchback Of Notre Dame

18.++Bali High South Pacific

19.Merry  Old Land Of Oz Wizard Of Oz

20. Heaven Help Me /I’M Free Footloose

21. We Go Together Grease

22. +L O V E

23. King Of New York Newsies

24.  Desert Island Top 5 Break Ups High Fidelity

25. Breaking Free High School Musical

26. Evermore Beauty And The Beast Live Action Movie

27  Pulled  The  Addams Family

28. Santa Fe Newsies

29.*Carol From An Irish Cabin

30 The Juggernaut The Wild Party

31. +++Jersey Boys Medley

32. ++Somewhere That’s Green Little Shop Of Horrors

33. Bushel And A Peck Guys And Dolls

34. Can You Feel The Love Tonight  Lion King Jr

35. Show Off The Drowsy Chaperone

36. Walk The Line Million Dollar Quartet

37. Summer Nights Grease

38.++The Wizard And I  Wicked

39   Crazier Than You  The Addams Family

40.  Love Is Always  Lovely  In The End  The  Drowsy Chaperone

41. Out There The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

42. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King  Lion King Jr

43. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face My Fair Lady

44. As We Stumble Along  The Drowsy Chaperone

45. Wouldn’t It Be Loverly My Fair Lady

Posted November 27, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Catching Up   Leave a comment

I have fallen really behind on reviews.. and for this   I apologize.   My life is so crazy.

In July Matt and I saw Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at Interlakes Summer Theatre on  July  8th and  High Fidelity   at the  Majestic Theatre on   July 29th.   Both shows added   variety to  Season  Of Favorite Shows  line up… it’s good to  see a new show every once in awhile.    Both  shows had a lot of fun songs.    Favorite songs included   Go Go Joseph, Benjamin’s Calypso,  One More Angel In Heaven, Close Every Door,  Pharoh’s  Dream Revealed and Any Dream Will Do.   Notable performances were by  Rachel Wirz  (Narrator),Patrick Sharpe (Pharoah) and Corey Cline( Joseph).  The whole  cast was incredibly talented.  Joseph   ran July 5th-16th at Interlakes Summer Theatre in Meredith  NH   and was directed and choreographed by  Micheal Stoddard  and musical directed by   Adam Rinner.     I had actually never heard of the  High Fidelity movie before seeing the play  so  it was totally new to  me.     Notable perfomances  were by  Elliot  Owens ( Rob Gordon), Cady Hickman  (Laura),  Dale Byrd (Barry) , James Middleton ( Dick) Oliva Dube  ( Anna),    Jessica  Plummer  (Liz) and  Nicole  St. Croix  ( Marie Lasalle)    Favorite musical  numbers included  Desert  Island Top 5 Break  Ups, Laura Laura, It’s No Problem. Nine Percent Chance  and Saturday  Night  Girl.

High Fidelity was directed by  Mike  Wood, Choreographed by  Jen Sassek and   Music Directed by  Keith Belanger  and  ran at the Majestic Theatre in Manchester July 28-30th.

On August 13th we went with Cooper to see Newsies at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick Maine. Beautiful location! Newsies is one of my favorite Disney musicals and it was my first time seeing it on Stage. The set design was really gorgeous. Notable Performances were  by  Matt Frachuer ( Jack Kelly),Blake Stadnick ( Crutchie), Justin Schumann ( Davey), Timothy Woodward Junior ( Les),  Angela  Grovey'( Medda Larkin) & Kate Farhner (Katherine). Favorite musical numbers included Santa Fe, The World Will Know, Seize The Day Watch What Happens  and Something To Belive In,

Newsies was performed at Maine State Music Theatre August 9-26th.

My Fair Lady is a classic musical by Lerner & Lowe set in the 1900s.  It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle who goes toProfessor Henry Higgins for lessons on etiquette and how to be a lady. The music is good mix of romantic and comedic pieces.  The costumes by Mary’s Closet wee outstanding. Notable Performances were by Sophie Linkroum ( Eliza Doolittle), Stephen  Koch (Alfred Doolittle),  Michael Coppola ( Henry Higgins), Mark Schrwatzberg ( Colonel Pickering), Patty Thomas ( Mrs. Pearce) & John Rodgers (Freddy Eynsford Hill) Favorite Musical Numbers included Get Me To The Church On Time, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly ( The Quartet was amazing), On The Street Where You Live, Without You, I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face  and  I Coukd Have Danced All Night.

My Fair Lady was performed at the North End Montessori School in Manchester October  13-15th and 20-22nd and was directed by Kevin Linkroum,Music Directed by Ken Grinnell & choreographed by Loren Hallet. Great job to the cast,crew and production team on a Fabulous show!

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Matt Smith and Sonya Walcott

Run For Your Wife is a British farce about a taxi driver  who  is married to  two different  women. The set was creatively designed so the apartments were on either side but the other people did not see each other. There was so much off the wall humor in this play. I was laughing pretty much the whole time. Notable performances were by Roger Hurd ( Sydney),Maine Cherry {Barbara Smith) Kristhyra Widmere Fairbanks ( Mary Smith)and Phil  Maiewski  (Bobby Franklin)

Run For Your Wife was performed at the Amato Center  October 13-15 and 20-22nd And was directed by  Tom Partridge and Diane Cobb.

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Matt Smith

The Addams Family was a hauntingly fantastic  Halloween treat and the talented performers in the Riverbend  Company Group did fabulous  as always. Tracey Hickey was  amazimg in her debut as Wednesday Addams. One fellow reviewer stated that she could be headed to Broadway someday. Other notable Performances were by Max Maloney ( Lurch), Landyn Byrd ( Pugsley), Renee Merchant (Grandma Addams), Doug Pedroza ( Uncle Fester) and Sean Corrigan (Gomez)

Favorite Musical Numbers include Pulled,Happy Sad, The Moon And Me, What If #2, When You’re An Addams,Just Around ztThe Corner & Crazier Than You.

The Addams Family  was performed at the Amato Center November 3. It was directed by Robin Lacroix , music directed by Christie Conticchio and Choreographer by Elice Cunningham.

Review Contributors: Kerri Goolsby, Patty Helbig, Jen Roy, Matt Smith

Coming Soon: Actorsingers Day entry which will cover Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wild Party and The Drowsy Chaperone

 

 

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Loving RYC    Leave a comment

There is a lot of ground to cover with these reviews so I am going to divide things up by Company. We’ll first start with Riverbend Company which recently put on The Wedding Singer and High School Musical.
The Wedding Singer  is one of my favorite Adam Sandler movies so I was so excited when I heard the Riverbend Alumni Company was doing it. The Alumni Company was first started in 2010 and is comprised of current high school students and college kids who are home from the Summer. Past shows included The Producers,Damn Yankees,Rogers And Hammerstien’s Cinderella, Anything Goes, Shrek The Musical and Into The Woods.  Did you  also know that Alyssa Lederhos who played Julia is a distant cousin of Drew Barrynore who played Julia in the film? I just found this out myself the night of the performance and thought it was a fun fact to share. Notable Performances were by Matt Katsiganis ( Robbie Hart), Jill Tokac ( Holly). Alyssa Lederhos ( Julia), Ethan Reeves ( Sammy) & Annabelle Meysynski ( Rosie) Favorite Musical Numbers were. it’s Your Weddung Day,Grow Old With You, Somebody Kill Me,Come Out Of The Dumpter, Awesome, Saturday Night In The City and  Move That Thang.

Wedding Singer was directed by Megan Dillon, musical Directed by Kim Whitehead and choreographed by Meghan Mcknight, it ran from August 4-6 at the Amato Center  For The Performing Arts! Great job to cast,crew and production team.

Contributors to this review:  Kerri Goolsby,Patty Helbig, Jen Roy, Matt Smith, Sonya Walcott 
Next up is High School Musical which had its opening night performance last night.  There are lots of high energy  numbers in this piece but also a great mix of ballads.    For some reason I thought of Summer Nights from Grease during the opening number Start Of Something New  because  for some reason the similarities can be drawn since Danny & Sandy & Troy & Gabriella both meet during school  vacation and also quite similarly Sandy and Gabriella are both the new girls in school trying to find where they fit in.   Notable Performances were by Evmorfia Alton ( Gabriella Montez),Ryan Quinlan ( Troy Bolton),Ellie Noble ( Ms. Darbus), Adani Dugnay Webster( Taylor Mckessie), Garret Robinson ( Ryan Evans)’ Mackenzie Ozaroff ( Sharpay Evans) and Brennan Parker ( Kelsi Neiksrn) Favorite Musical Numbers included Breaking Free, Start Of Something New, Bop To The Top,What I’ve Been Looking For ( Reprise) Stick To The Status  Quo and I Can’t Take My Eyes Of You.

High School Musical has one more performance this afternoon at  2:30pm at the  Amato Center For  The Performing Arts. It is  directed by Anna Quinlan, music directed by Kacie Leach and choreographed by Lily Ayotte
Contributors to this review: Jeff Hayward, Danielle Poirier, Matt Smith

Posted August 20, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Stress Management   Leave a comment

Have  a little reprieve from seeing shows for a couple weeks.   Time to reflect.

Last  night  I went to  a class at Catholic  Medical  Center about  Mindfulness and Stress Relief  techniques with  Matt and Jeff.   Patty suggested it  to us and  I am so glad she did.   I have had my  share of stress and anxiety in the past  ten months or so  I  definitely needed new methods on  to manage it better.

We  got  a sheet on feeling  vocabulary at the seminar and here are some words that  stood out to me  on this list.

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Aggravated and mad:  Mostly at myself for how I handled the situation of a friendship ending and how  I handle rejection from failed auditions. Example  of failed audition: When  I did not do well at the audition for Souhegan Valley Showcase last year or just how   I deal in general with   rejection when I fail an audition such as in the past when  I’ve auditioned for  Stagecoach Productions and Actorsingers.

 

Nervous: Because I thought how  I was acting  was affecting  how a certain person thought about me.

Now  I know this  was sort of ridiculous because I know this person  likes me. Was she mad at me? Nope.  I have no idea why I thought she would’ve been.

Sad: Especially because Dan and Gerry passed away and   I have constantly been thinking of how much  I miss them.  My  dog was put to sleep on Thursday too.

Anxious: See above notes about a friendship ending.

Unfocused: Because of all the feelings  I mentioned above which  I why I had to  take a break from SVC this semester and just focus on Wizard Of Oz. Last year  I realized   a huge part of my problem that  I was being  pulled in too many different directions between chorus,   the play and SVC  Board Of Directors.

Frustrated: Because tech week can be stressful and  I lost my cool a few times during Wizard Of Oz.

Grateful:     High School graduation has passed.  I have actually been kind of sad because  I am going to really   miss  Naomi and Matt next year as they are the two  kids  who are graduating  who  I’ve grown the closest to.  I know that they will meet amazing new people on their journey to their next chapter and can’t wait to hear where it’s going to take them.   I am also  grateful for my friends and family who helped me through my stressful time as I dealt with all these various emotions.

 

During the class  I was able to take  a  step back and reevaluate things.   I realized that all this negativity gets me nowhere  especially since  typically I am  a really  positive person .  Time   to turn the negatives into positives.   The 1st part of 2017 has been  a learning  curve and a time for growth and change for me. Here’s  to the next six months being  more happy!

 

Thank you again  Patty for recommending this class.  It was incredibly helpful.

 

 

Catching Up   Leave a comment

 

Post show  pictures from   Million Dollar Quartet.

 

After being so busy for the past couple weeks I  finally have a bit of time to sit down, catch my breath and  catch up on  reviews.

Dateline: April 30th

Matt   Patty and I went to  Meredith to see Mary Poppins  at Streetcar Company.  Very familiar with this venue as it the same theatre we go  see plays at every  summer to see shows  at  Interlakes Summer Theatre.     Was happy to introduce myself to  Streetcar Company.  Notable performances were by  Emily Getchell Lacey  ( Miss Andrew), Chris Fernandez  (Bert),  Rodney  Martell (George  Banks), Meredith  Imbimbo ( Winifred Banks)   Isabella Contrell ( Jane Banks) Jesse Powers  (Michael Banks)  Lena  Luongo (Mrs. Brill)  Frank Stetson  II   (Robertson Ay) and Kelli  Powers (Mary Poppins)

Favorite Musical  Numbers included Let’s Go Fly A  Kite, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,  Jolly  Holiday, Being  Mrs. Banks, Spoonful of Sugar and Step  In  Time.

Mary  Poppins  ran  April 28th-30th at  Interlakes  High School in Meredith and was directed by  J.  Alward,  Music Directed   by Phil Breton and  choreographed  by Erin  Lovett  Sherman,Kelli Powers and  Joan Frates. Congrats to the cast, crew and production team  on a wonderful performance.    I look forward to seeing many more shows at the Streetcar Company.

Dateline:   May 19th

Sonya, Matt  Joanie and   I went to the SHS Spring Concert.   I also leave  the concerts feeling impressed and blown away by the talent of the current crop of musicians at Souhegan.    Notable performances  were  Rock Around  The Clock  (Acapella Singers), Amazing Grace, The Storm  IS Passing Over,  Cantar! , River Song (conducted  by Naomi Cohen),  Boogie  Woogie Bugle Boy ( Helen St Cyr, Maddie  Gillespe and Becca  Hall) and Nothing  Gonna Stumble  My Feet  (Concert Choir), Resound  (Handbells,  Conducted by Naomi Cohen), Bridgewater Breeze,  Jump  Jive and Wail and The River  Flows In You  (  Alissa   Reitter   Flute   Ben Carnick Piano    (Concert Band)  Great job to all and congratulations to all the seniors in band, choir, Acapella and  Handbells. Wishing all of you all the best in your next chapter.

Date  Line  June 2nd

I was first introduced to Fame last year during SVC showcase when  Jenn Erdody  sang  Out Here  On My Own.. before that  I had never heard  of the   movie or musical FAME.   When I found out  Manchester Community Theatre Players was doing it this summer  I was  very excited and  it’s  easily one of my new  favorite shows.     This show  follows the trials and tribulations of a group of students  at  performing arts  high school in New York City  throughout  their four  years of  high school and seemed to be  amazingly appropriate for the current  graduation season.

Notable performances were by   Lauren  Fohlin  (Carmen), Keisha  Johnson   (Serena),   Max Maloney  (Nick),  Rochelle  Neveau  (Jackie),  Laura Millar  (Miss Sherman) and Kendra Lynn  Swan  Thayer  (Schomolo)

Favorite Musical Numbers included  Bring  On Tomorrow,  Jackie’s Rap, The Teacher’s Argument, Think Of Meryl Streep,  Let’s  Play A Love Scene and Fame.

Fame  ran at the   North End Montersorri School  in Manchester and was directed by Steve Short, music directed by  Karina Allyane and choreographed by  Loren Hallet

 

On June 9th  Matt and  I  met up with  Patty, Collin  Moore and Laura  Vitale at  The Palace Theatre to see Million Dollar Quartet.     Denise Sprague and Kerri Goolsby contributed to this review as well.    Notable performances were by    Benjamin Van Diepen (Jerry  Lee Lewis), Lauren Wright  (Dyanne) and  Colin Barkerll  ( Johnny Cash) but  oh my  the whole cast was  talented!!     Favorite musical numbers  included  Fever, Great Balls Of Fire,  Long Tall Sally  (  I thought that song was by  Little Richard), all  Johnny Cash songs, Let’s Have A Party and Whole Lot OF Shakin!

Million Dollar Quartet ended its run this afternoon at 2pm.    I am looking forward   very much to next years season at  The Palace Theatre!

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.