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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The following article will not be published in local newspapers until after the PTA play is over.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

15th Annual NH Theatre Awards   Leave a comment

Shows  I saw or performed in   during 2016 that were nominated  for NH Theatre Award

Full List of NHTA Winners can be found here: http://nhtheatreawards.org/results/

Actorsingers

Spamalot

Best Costune Design  Allison Sklarz  Top 10

Best Lighting  Design   Mike O’Keefe  Top 10

Best  Musical  Direction     Judy Hayward   Top 10

Jessica Dee  Top 3  Best Supporting Actress   Lady Of The Lake

Colin Malette  Top 3  Best Actor  Patsy

Mike  O’Keefe   Best Sound Desinger Top 10

Joe Paoni     Best Actor   as Drew   Top 10

Britney Lynne Stanley  Best Choreography  Top 10

Rock  Of Ages

James Middleton  Best Supporting Actor  Lonny  Top 10

Melissa Runde    Best Supporting Actress    Justice Charlier  Top 10

Best  Costume Design  Allison Skalarz  Top 10

Ashely Swanson  Best Actress  Top 10

 

New London Barn Playhouse   Shrek The Musical

Matt and I adjudicated this show  for  a regional theatre award   The Moss Hart Award at the  end of July.   I was very happy to see that  the people  that I  reviewed so highly in my   adjudication for the Moss Hart Award  won New Hampshire Theatre Awards.  That was a very proud  New London Barn Playhouse Alumni moment for me.  I am always so impressed every year when  I go up there to see what  the current interns are working so hard on.    All awards on  by  both  actors  and  production team were well deserved.

 

Amherst PTA  Shrek was nominated for 8 awards last night.  I was  so incredibly   blessed  to have been among the cast of so many talented people many who  I have worked alongside on stage and backstage for  the past several years.   Eric Skoglund  won for best supporting actor for  playing  Lord Farquaad and  I was so excited and  happy for him  when  I heard his name  called.  He really deserved that award.   It was  my first year working with him and he was awesome to work with.  I also was honored to perform on stage  at the awards show  in Ballad  Of  Farquaad  number…it was a new experience for me  and admittedly   I was nervous because it was my first time performing in the NHTAS.   Overall it was  fun and  I was happy to be a part of it and perform with my  fellow Shrekkies one last  time to honor an amazing show that had so much personal meaning to me.

Last night was  a beautiful  celebration of all  community and professional  theatre productions around the state.   The president of the Theatre Awards said so eloquently  in  her closing statements  at the end of the awards show  how the theatre is a safe and accepting place for everyone.   I  could not agree with her more about that.  I feel like ever since I got involved with doing  shows with the PTA  six years ago I have found my home and my family.  These people  have watched me grow and supported me  in my craft….especially in this new experience with performing at the NHTAs.   A recent article  I read states that the Trump Adminstration wants to get  rid of the National Endowment For The Arts which  is money for theatre comes  from.  This makes me fearful about the future of theatre.

Congratulations to all top 3 winners and finalists. You are amazing and I am proud to know all of you!

 

Here is a link to the speech   I mentioned above.:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-granite-stage/you-are-the-storytellers-the-dreamers-you-are-the-players-who-say-this-stage-thi/1325032007553730

 

 

 

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.

Reviewing The Situation   Leave a comment

Yes, of course the title of this post  is also   a  title of song from  Oliver.  I will get to that in a second….

 

Since Shrek  ended I have been keeping busy with Souhegan Valley Chorus.  Matt and I did not perform in the spring concert   because of a conflict  with a family wedding but made up for it by singing in the   performance at Granite Square Apartments on May 24th.  The performance was then followed by the end of the semester potluck  at the Congreational Church  Parish Hall.      Souhegan Valley Showcase was last Saturday and that was a lot of fun. Our theme was  A Night At The Oscars and we sang songs from  movies  such as Annie. Lord Of The Rings, Beaches ( which  I rented from the library and will be watching tomorrow),James Bond and Pearl  Harbor.

Favorite Songs that we sang in  Chorus This Year

  1.  Nuttin  For Christmas
  2.  Wizards  In Winter
  3. 12  Day of Christmas     Straight Note Chaser is coming to Portsmouth  Music  Hall at the beginning of August!!
  4.  I Want A Hippopotmus For  Christmas
  5. I’ve Got  My Love To Keep Me Warm
  6. That’s Christmas To Me
  7. The Christmas  Waltz
  8. Comedy Tonight
  9. You Raise Me Up
  10. Lydia The Tatooed Lady
  11. I Love A Choral Medley
  12. The Deaf  Old Woman
  13.  I Want The Good  Times  Back      Can  I please just mention for one  second how  AWESOME    Rachel  Cerrulo is?  She’s awesome!  🙂
  14.  Taylor The Latte  Boy
  15.  Let’s Go To The Movies   Annie
  16. Under The Sea  The Little Mermaid
  17. Happy Working Song Enchanted
  18.  A Whole New  World Aladdin
  19. There You’ll  Be
  20.  The Wind Beneath  My Wings
  21. Cref Volant

I  Love SVC!

 

Post show depression  really hit me hard after Shrek and to top  things off  it was bought to my attention (which I am grateful for of course) that  I was  trying to plan to many events with  the  Shrek cast. Sometimes  I don’t  realize when I am getting to in people’s faces and   it was good to be made aware of it.

The reason why this  post is titled  Reviewing The Situation is because of the fact  that  I  find myself  constanly  reviewing  many different  facets of  certain situations.  Weather it’s how I handle  certain social situations or my budget.  Often   I try to overschedule  activities but  them    I realize that just leads to over exhaustion for me and the rest of my friends.  I am also  constantly reviewing  my show viewing schedule and sometimes budger and schedule does not allow me to see everything… Little Shop Of Horrors and Billy  Elliot  are fine examples.  Maybe  it’s because I have so many friends  who are in shows that I  want to support but then  I feel bad when  I can’t make it to the show.

willywonka candygrams for Curtains

Then there is the matter of buying candy grams at Riverbend Youth Company shows.  I try  to do this at every Riverbend Youth Company show  I go to.  I took my mom to see Curtains for Mother’s Day and when  I told her  how many candy grams I was buying  I instantly regretted  deciding to buy so  many…. sure they are only a dollar each but that adds up after awhile  I have to  reevaluate this situation especially hard since  I  really do not have  too much extra money to be spending to begin with and also since I know so many kids in the cast.. it’s  like  ugggh…

 

 

Thursday night was the DVD viewing  party for  Shrek at Jenn Fichera’s house.   It was a lot of fun and  it was refreshing to go swimming  especially after it has been so hot out.  The DVD  came out great as always and it was so great to see everyone.   On  July 9th we are going over Karina’s house and  I am so excited for that party.   It will be a great  way to see everyone before  I go away on vacation the following week. During which time  I will be not be on the internet.

 

I am in  Oliver with Friends OF The Amato Center (hene forth  the title of the Entry)  We have such a great cast and  I am so excited. Many of my cast mates from Shrek are in Oliver so  I am excited to work with them all again and meet new people too.  It’s going to be a great summer!!   Character development  fan fiction coming soon

 

Summer Viewing Schedule

6/30  Shana Stack

7/10   9 To 5  Interlakes Summer Theatre

7/24  Studio 2  at Stark Park  in Manchester

7/31  Shakespeare  In The Park  Romeo and Juliet   at Greeeley  Park

August  5th   Into The Woods Riverbend Youth Company  Alumni

August 12th   One  Flew  Over The Cuckoo’s  Nest  Milford Area Players

August 14th  Footloose Interlakes Summer Theatre

August 25th    She  Kills Monsters  Riverbend Youth Company Alummi

August  26th  Burt Bacharach  Concert in  Warner (family birthday outing)

August 27th   Bat Boy The Musical  Actorsingers Fringe Project

 

I am ushering at a majority of these shows.

Posted June 25, 2016 by theatretechdiva in Amherst PTA, Souhegan Valley Chorus

Shrek Article   Leave a comment

Shrek. A show with a Personal Connection

by Janine  Leffler

In  2013  I saw  Shrek  The  Musical at  Peacock  Players and  I remember leaving the theatre  that evening considering  how  I can connect the musical’s theme of  acceptance to my own life experiences. When I first found out this year’s Amherst PTA play was going to be  Shrek  I was beyond excited.  Once I was cast as a  Villager and Skeleton and later the Moon,  I was even more excited, especially to work with the directing team  Roger Hurd, Jenn  Fichera, Karina  Bertrand and Vouli Anthmidou.

 

How do  can I connect  the message of Shrek to my own life?  Gather round friends.  It’s story time.

 

I grew up with many disabilities and overcame a  lot of  challenges to get to where I am today.  I was bullied and treated unfairly all throughout school because I was different.   One specific incident in high school, thankfully, changed people’s mindset and things got easier for me.   I am now telling my story to children at schools in the community and encouraging them to stand up for  people who are different and encouraging those with a disability to stand up for themselves.     What makes us special makes us strong.

 

At the opening scene of Shrek we see Shrek and Fiona being sent away by their parents. Fiona to a tower and Shrek to a swamp …both at  7 years old.  In a way Shrek spends his  whole life being bullied  and running away from tormenters, which is why he feels he is better off alone.   When Fiona is rescued by Shrek she is first shocked at first to realize that he is not the handsome prince that she expected.  She later realizes how  much they  have in common  (music  cue:  “I Think  I Got You Beat”)   and that it is what’s inside  that matters, what not the material things treasured by Lord Farquadd .  It is Shrek’s heart and his love for Fiona that truly matters.

 

Which character is my favorite in Shrek?  Probably Gingy, played by Patricia  Helbig because he ends up inspiring the rest of the Fairytale Creatures to stand up  to Lord Farquadd.  “Freak  Flag”  is my favorite song and the one I can relate to the most because of all the experiences  I have had.

 

If anyone  were  to ask me  which character I can relate to the most from  Shrek  I think that would  be a more difficult  question to answer.   Throughout the rehearsal process as I have watched the leads Jennifer Erdody  (Princess  Fiona), Dale  Byrd  (Shrek),  James Middleton  (Donkey) and  Laura  Millar (Dragon) grow into their characters, I find myself relating to each character for different reason, however what ties  each  character to each other is the   bigger theme of wanting  to be accepted.

 

I would now like to take a moment to thank the directors for choosing this wonderful show.  I have really enjoyed being in it and I think because of the personal connection  I have to the story,  it is my favorite show I have participated in with the PTA….and that’s my story.

 

 

This  article will be in  local newspapers and on local  Patch  sites.

Posted April 5, 2016 by theatretechdiva in Amherst PTA, Uncategorized

NHTA predictions   Leave a comment

Did I post these predictions already? Probably. Will they come out accurate? Highly unlikely. Feel free to weigh in with your opinions in the comments. Full review  of the NHTAs tomorrow at one point or another.

All of these predictions  are in the community  category as I shaw no shows  in professional category.
Best Production Musical

Predicted Top 3

CATS Amherst PTA

Crazy For You Actorsingers

Into The Woods  Actorsingers

I am biased towards CATS obviously but it could really be anyone’s game here.  Putting bias aside though it would be great to see Stagecoach Productions take home a win or two this evening since they recently closed their doors.

Winner: Crazy For You Actorsingers

I did not see any shows in the Best  Production Youth Category so my best guess for a top 3 prediction would be  Chicago & Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players and The Wedding Singer Teen Actorsingers

Best Director

Crazy For You Actorsingers Martha Daniels Holland

All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions  Scott Severance

Sweeney Todd Community Players Of Concord Wallace J. Pineault

The only show I saw in this category is Crazy For You but  I have previously seen a show directed by Scott at Stagecoach and it was amazing. I did not see Sweeney Todd but Wally is fantastic in general.

Winner: Keith Weirch Chicago Peacock Players

Best Actor Drama Comedy  I am biased in this category only because A Midsumer Night’s Dream was the only show I saw  and Jakov did an amazing job.

Winner:   Kevin  O’Neil  as Willy Loman Death  of A Salesman M& D Productions

Best Actor Musical Community

Top 4

CATS Amherst PTA Gary Evans as Munkustrap

Crazy For  You Actorsingers Joel Iwakewiz as Bobby Child

Top 3

Into The Woods Actorsingers Joel Iwakewiz as The Baker

Sweeney Todd Community Players Of Concord Matt Mcgonagle as Sweeney Todd

Winner: Matt Mcgonagle   Sweeney Todd Community  Players of Concord

Most of the acting categories will have a top 4 instead of top 3 because there are just too many good performances to choose from and I need to achieve balance somehow. The balance referred to is either Sweeney Todd or any other show I did not get the chance to see but have seen performers in other shows with other company

It is hard to pick a winner.

Best Actresss Drama Comedy

Predicted Top 3

*Based on  prior nominations and or wins

*All My Sons Winnnipasaukee Playhouse Barbara Webb as  Kate Keller

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Milford  Area Players Caity Glover as Maggie The Cat

Death By Design Milford Area Players Amy Agostino as Brigid

It  is so hard to pick a winner between Amy and Caity because they were both fantastic.

Winner: Julianne Bronson  Linda Loman Death Of A Salesman M&D Productions

Best Actress Youth Top 3

Predictions are made based on previous performances I have seem then in.

The Wedding Singer Teen Actorsingers Emma Benson As Julie Sullivan. Top 3

Chicago Peacock Players Lillie Ellars as Roxie Hart

The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players  Elsa Keefe as Dorothy

Winner:  Gracie Kontack Velma  Kelly Chicago Peacock Players

Best Actress Top 3

*Based on prior  performances I have seen them in.

Winner  *All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions Mia Beradi as Natalie

Crazy For You Actorsingers  Laura Iwaskewiz As Polly Baker

Into The Woods Actorsingers Jessica Dee as The Witch
If I could predict a tie in any category it would be this one  as Laura and Jessica were both fantastic.

Best Supporting  Actor Musical Top 4

*Based on previous performances

*Big Fish Stagecoach Productions Stuart Harmon as Edward Bloom Senior)

Top 3 Crazy For You Actorsingers Colin Malette as Bela Zangler

Crazy For You Actorsingers Kevin Linkroum as Lank Hawkins

Into The Woods Actorsingers Colin Malette as Rapunzel’s Prince

AGONY!  How does one pick a winner? I hate so much that all my friends are pitted against eachother!

Winner: Elliot Owens   Dennis in All Shook Up  Stagecoach Productions

Best Supporting Actor Drama Comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Peacock Players Kurtis Beeten as Lysander and Mac Galinson as Demetrius

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Milford Area Players Glen Grimard as Big Daddy

Glen will win this one since Peacock Players is a dominant favorite in so many other categories.

Winner:

Did not see enough shows in Best Drama Comedy category in order  to make  a legitimate prediction.

Best Supprorting Actress Musical Top 3

*Based on previous performances

Crazy For You Actorsingers  Amy Agostino as Patricia Foder

Top  3 Crazy For You Actorsingers Sophie Linkroum as Irene Roth

*Big Fish Stagecoach Productions Anja Ward as Josephine Bloom

Winner:   Candace  Gonzoulas  Anita   West  Side Story  Majestic Theatre

Best Actor Youth

*Based on previous performances

A Year With Frog And Toad Actorsingers Youth Ben Morton as Frog   Oh! I really  hope he wins! He was fabulous!

Top 3 *The Wedding Singer Teen Actorsingers Nick Page  as Robbie Hart

Stephen Koehler Peacock Players The Wizard Of Oz  as Scarecrow/ Hunk

Winner: Rowan Ferrier J. Pierpoint  Finch How To Succeed  In Business  Without Even Trying RB  Productions

Best Supporting Actor Youth

* Based on Previous performances

*Chicago Peacock Players  Jakov Scwartzberg as Billy Flynn and Mac Galinson as Amos Hart

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players Brandon Felicano as Zeke/Lion

Winner: Dawson Ellis as  Leaf Cornboyer/ Carl Grunbuniere   25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  Winnipasaukee Playhouse

Best Supporting Actress Youth Top 2

*Based on  previously  seen performances

*Chicago Peacock Players  Gabriella White as Mary Sunshine

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players Gracie Kontack as Miss Gulch/ Wicked Witch

Winner:  Olivia  Dube Paulette Bonafonte  Legally  Blonde    Majestic Theatre
Tech Awards

The Best Music Director category  for a community production  is largely  dominated by Judy Hayward and Henry Kopcyznski II III.  I predict that Judy will win for Crazy For You and also win  in the professional category for Jesus Christ Superstar at Winnipasaukee Playhouse.  Winner in this category was Henry  Kopczynski  Chicago  Peacock  Players

Best Choreographer

*Based on previously seen performances

Crazy For You Actorsingers Martha Daniels Holland

Top  3/Winner *Chicago Peacock Players Valerie  Psonis Nelson

* The Wizard Of  Oz  Peacock Players Alyssa Dumas & Valerie Psonis Nelson

Vouli should have been nominated. I am mad that she wasn’t. 😓

This is a tough one to predict because Martha and Val are both great choreographers.

Best Coustume Design

*Based on previously seen performances.

Top 3 CATS Amherst PTA  Mary Selvoski Mary Jo Smith and  Laura Majore     Laura  Majore also won the Theatre Hero Award

Crazy For You Actorsingers Cherie Prior

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players  Maggie Mahony

 

As much as I want this to be a win for the PTA I wouldn’t mind if  the results tonight  were as such that we tied with Actorsingers because Cherie’s costumes were awesome too.

Winner: Alex Homola  Chicago  Peacock Players

Best Sound Design

A largely dominant category for Rich Loomer and I am hoping he wins for A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Peacock Players. He is also nominated for  All Shook Up  with Stagecoach Productions and Chicago & Wizard Of Oz with Peacock Players.  Rich  won for Chicago with  Peacock  Players

I was  disappointed CATS  was not nominated in this category.

Best Scenic Design  I did not see any shows in the category so thus  I  can not make accurate predictions, however I hope Wally wins.  Winner: Jim Webber Time Stands Still  Theatre Kapow

Best  Lighting Design  Peacock Players is dominant in this category with three nominations  however I hope Wally wins. Winner:  Tayve  Young Time Stands Stil  Theatre Kapow

 

In the professional theatre category  my  summer stock alma mater  the New London Barn Playhouse  got many top three nominations and several awards for their respective  performances of  The Mystery Of  Edwin Drood and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels



NHTA Nominations   Leave a comment

Let’s review for a moment past PTA nominations and results

Music Man 

7 nominations

3 top 3

Ashley  won for Best Actress

Oklahoma

8 nominations

4 top 3

Nick Hammes won for best supporting actor

Meet Me In St. Louis

4 top 10 nominations

Margaret got top 3 for best  actress 

No winners 

Seussical 

7 nominations 

Sophie  won for  best actress.
This year’s  nominations  were  announced yesterday. CATS got 3 nominations Best Production  Musical Community, Best Actor ( Gary Evans) and Best Costune Design (Mary Selvoski, Mary Jo Smith and Laura Majore). There were quite a few people from CATS who I felt were snubbed.

Top 3 Predictions

( all are in community category.)

Best Production

Musical

CATS Amherst PTA

Crazy For You Actorsingers

Into The Woods Actorsingers

Best Director

The only show I saw in this Category was Crazy For You.  I was bummed I could not see All Shook Up because it  was  the same weekend as CATS, like wise with  Big Fish as it was the same weekend as Into The Woods. Congrats to all who were nominated from both those productions.

Best Actress Top 2 

Drama/ Comedy

Caity Glover Maggie The Cat   Cat On A  Hot  Tin Roof MAP

Amy Agostino  Bridgid Death By Design  MAP

Musical

*Did not see this production; based on previous performances

Laura Iwaskewiz Polly Baker Crazy For You  Actorsingers

Jessica Dee Witch Into The Woods Actorsingers

*Mia Beradi  Natalie All Shook Up  Stagecoach Productions

Best  Supporting Actress 

Drama/Comedy

The only show I saw in this category was Death By Design. Kimberly’s nomination was well deserved.

Musical

*did not see this production ; based on previous performances 

Amy Agostino  Patricia Fodor Crazy For You Actorsingers

Sophie Linkroum  Irene Roth Crazy For You Actorsingers

*Anja Ward  Josephine Bloom Big Fish Stagecoach Productions

Best  Supporting Actor

Drama/Comedy

Kurtis Beeten Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream Peacock Players

Mac Galinson Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream Peacock Players

Glen Grimard  Big Daddy Cat On A Hot Tin Roof MAP

Musical

I am extremely biased in this category for the record.

Colin Malette Rapunzel’s Prince Into The Woods & Bela Zangler Crazy For You Actorsingers

Kevin Linkroum Lank Hawkins Crazy For You Actorsingers

Best Actor

Musical

Biased  in this category too

Gary Evans Munketrap CATS Amherst PTA

Joel Iwaskewiz The Baker Into The Woods and Bobby Child Crazy For You Actorsingers 

Best Actor Youth Top 2

Ben Morton  Frog A Year With Frog And Toad Jr Actorsingers

*Nick Page  Robbie Hart The Wedding Singer Actorsingers

Best Actress Youth Top 3

*Did not see performance; based on previous performances 

*Emma Benson  Julie Sullivan Actorsingers

*Elsa Keefe Dorothy The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players

*Lilllie Ellers Roxie Hart Chicago Peacock Players

Best Supporting Actor Youth Top 3

*Did not see performance; based on previous performances 

*Jakov Schwartzberg Amos Hart Chicago Peacock Players

*Mac Galinson  Billy Flynn Chicago Peacock Players

*Brandon Feliciano Zeke/Lion The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players
Tech Awards Top 3 Predictions

I did not see any shows in the  best scenic design  category but yay Wally was nominated for Sweeney Todd!!

Best Costume Design

*Did not see performance;based  on previous performances

CATS Amherst PTA Mary Selvoski;Mary Jo Smith & Laura Majore

Crazy For You Actorsingers Cherie Prior

*The Wizard Of Oz Peacock Players Maggie Mahony

Best Choreography 

Crazy For You Actorsingers Martha Daniels Holland

*Chicago Peacock Players Valerie Psoinos Nelson

*Wizard Of Oz Peacock  Players Alyssa Dumas & Valerie Psonios Nelson

Best Music Director

( This category is largely dominated by Judy Hayward and Henry Kopsyzinski III so my predictions are reflected as such… I also did not see most of these shows.)

*All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions Judy Hayward

*Chicago Peacock Players Henry Kopsynski  III

Crazy For You Actorsingers  Judy Hayward

 Best Sound Design ( CATS was snubbed for this one… I am mostly biased as I was assistant sound designer)

*All Shook Up Stagecoach Productions,A Midsummer Night’s  Dream Peacock Players & *Chicago Peacock Players  Rich Loomer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was nominated for best lighting. I did not see any other shows in this category so I cannot make accurate top 3 predictions.

Got any predictions ?  I am willing and ready to discuss what people thought of shows that were nominated and who you think will win. Congrats to all top 10 finalists. Looking forward to January 23rd.