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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

 

 

 

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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.

Follow up NH Theatre Awards   3 comments

This year’s NH Theatre Awards will likely been the last awards show I will be attending. Matt&I discussed it recently and decided that the tickets are too expensive and it is not that worth it to spend so much money on tickets if we have to sit through an awards show where mostly tge same companies win everyone. I have also not been very happy with tge recognition the PTA plays have gotten over the past couple years… I was very happy to find out a few weeks ago that clearly I was not alone in feeling that way.  I was originally planning to write a letter  to the NHTA Board of Directors but I won’t have to worry about that.

Wondering why? Here’s the reaason.

Through a recent  telephone conversation  I discovered PTA plays were not getting the respect they deserved from the theatre awards. I especially felt angry after last year’s awards show that Seussical did not get the recognition it deserved aside from Sophie’s best actress win for playing Gertrude. She told me that the Board of Directors of the PTA felt it is not in the  mission statement of the PTA to participate in the theatre awards as the main purpose of the PTA plays is to raise money for the Amherst Schools.


That being said I am happy and relieved that after CATS the PTA plays are  not going to be adjudicated anymore.

Are you still left  wondering why? Here is my reasoning.

I always felt that the NHTAs were way too political and that there was way too much favoristism.  Sure groups like Peacock Players and the New London Barn Playhouse have amazingly talented people in their companies. I have no disrespect for either company at all. I go to their shows  often and the work they do consistantly impresses me.

However awards shows get very anticlimactic and also quite dull if the same people win time and time again. That is where I feel the system is flawed and there is too much favoritism and politics involved.

To me winning awards should not be what being involved in theatre is  or should be about. It should be about working together toward the goal of putting on  a show that audiences will enjoy and that the actors enjoy putting the show on have a good time doing it.  The awareness that the adjudicators are in the audience for me sucked the fun out of being in the show for the past couple years. We are sometimes already stressed out enough as performers and knowing that we are being judged adds extra stress that we don’t need.

Through this conversation  I recently had and realizing the PTA  Board Of Directors is on the same page made me feel a lot better. Because in th end  they are right what the NHTA stands for and what the PTA stands for as a company do not jive..at all whatsoever.
I have many things to be thankful for this Thankgiving and  this piece of mind is certainly one of them. I can also not state enough how thankful I am to be part of this company of actors who have become like a family to me over the past four years…each person who I continue to learn things from as time goes along. Thank you all for everything you do for me. I love all of you immensely you have absolutely no idea.


This the picture from the finale of Mary Poppins. Many of my PTA co-stars were in this show and one of my co-stars Kevin Linkroum directed it. The opportunity to get to work with the people  I love during the off season is truly fantastic. What a truly wonderful new tradition for the Amato Center to have.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgivig. Enjoy all the turkey!

 

This has been edited as  references to specific people were removed.

Posted November 21, 2015 by theatretechdiva in Amherst PTA, New Hampshire Theatre Awards

Happy New Year   Leave a comment

I think  I need to take  a step  back for a second  reevaluate  how often  I will be updating this blog.  I am making more use of the Facebook page as a place to post reviews so  I question  I am going to keep the physical  blog up much longer.   I will try  very  hard to update this blog at least once a week… twice  if  I go see a show and write a review.  I will also try to  review shows right away  after I see them   instead of waiting so long   between entries…  I  do despise keeping you all hanging.  Deepest  apologies for that.

Leading up to Saturday’s  NHTAs I have been  doing a top 20 countdown of favorite songs from shows  I have seen in the  past year.  Some songs are from shows  that didn’t get nominated ( these are the snubs  I feel)

Videos  I have posted so far:

The countdown should  wrap up by  Thursday or Friday and the top 6  songs will be revealed  in my wrap up entry about the NHTAS  (Naturally you will see the videos on  Facebook  before then.)

#20  King Of New York   from Newsies     This was one of my favorite numbers from  the all dance production  of Groovin on  The Go  that  Jenn Brisebois directed for her senior  project.    I must remember to rent this movie again/    I have  not seen in  awhile.

#19  Too Darn  Hot   from  Kiss Me Kate     This show was not too long ago at the beginning of  December and was put on  by Stagecoach  Productions.     This show was directed   by  Joel  Iwaskewiz  Chreographed  by  Laura  Iwaskewiz and   music directed   by   the thrice nominated  Judy  Hayward.   This song  definitely  had me snapping a long.   I  like to introduce myself to a new show every year and this  one was one of my  favorites

#18 and  #11 Disneyland and Smile  from Smile The Musical    I do  admit that most of this countdown mostly   does a huge amount of  sucking up to   Riverbend Youth Company and Actorsingers.  These two   are from  Smile  The Musical which was last spring’s  Riverbend Youth  Company  production.   I really  thought what made this show so unique is that is so unknown by  a lot of people which made all the more  fun to see.  A weclcome  change from shows that are done all the time such as Sound  Of  Music

#17  Attitude  Dance      Diversion #1 away from   showtunes.   One  thing    I really enjoy about  the  Jazz Nights at Souhegan is  the fact that   so many  jazz bands from many   different local schools perform.  This particular  song  was performed by   the  jazz band from   Manchester   High  School   West.

#16 and #13   Good  Night  My Someone and  Shipoopi    from  The  Music  Man   It was a  toss up between  Good Night My  Someoone and Til  There  Was You  two utterly  fantasic love songs… I am a  helpless  romantic  what can  I say?  Shipoopi is   such  a fun  dance  number!

#15  Bend And Snap    Hands  down my favorite song from  Legally Blonde The Musical. This dance number was so fun to watch  and it’s hilarious to  boot

#14   Interplanet Janet  School House Rock  Jr   It was great to see this play after not  seeing it in such a long time.   I saw the  full version back in 1998 when the PTA  did.      My other  favorite songs from the show were   Do The Circulation,  UnPack Your  Adjectives and  Conjunction Junction.

#12  Minister’s Cat  Scrooge  The Musical    This  was a  very  fun scene and this song was a lot of fun.  The next song from Scrooge is in the top 5 but  I will  not tell you which one it is!

#10   Anything Goes  from Anything Goes       I love the  Riverbend Alumni Shows because it always fun to see the alumni come back during the summer and work with the current  high school students.   I have seen Anything  Goes  two other times but this was definitely my  favorite performance of it.  Anything  Goes   was  definitely  my favorite number in the show and deserved the standing ovation it received.

#9   Fairytales  by Alex  Preston    American Idol fever swept through Amherst/MT  Vernon as Mt Vernon’s own  Alex  Preston   took the show  by storm with his unique sound.    All his music is amazing and I can’t wait until his EP comes out.

#8   Translyvania Mania  Young  Frankenstien    Loved this song.. the music was catchy and  I wanted to get up and  dance along to it.

The biggest change you will note in this blog is  newspaper articles.   Right now  I am  taking a break from  doing PR for theatre shows while  I  help my  mom promote her new book which is about me  growing up with a disability and being bullied.   I am also taking this time   to reevaluate weather or not  I still want to  PR.    Over the past  couple years  I’ve found  that   I work  hard to  write articles and sometimes they  not  get published in the newspaper.  While there have  been some occasions  where space has been an issue  it just gets so frustrating that  I spend so much time doing interviews and then my  work does not get  published.   Other times it does get  published  but it doesn’t get name credit which   also perturbs me.   I know this probably is not a good selling point  for  wanting to do publicity  stuff with other theatre companies ( I am not only talking about PTA either) but   I just feel like it’s a lack of respect for the  hard work I  do to not get name credit in the paper.    I may change my mind about doing PR by   the fall but we will see what happens with that.

One goal  I’ve set for  myself is to try  something new  with backstage work.  That  is already  going to be  accomplished because I am  Assistant  Sound Designer for the PTA play CATS.    Initally  I was not even excited about doing CATS  because  it’s not my favorite show ever but  I can’t wait for this new experience!   I also want to try assistant stage managing eventually or something new in the  front of house or production team capacity.  We’ll see what happens with that.

Stay  tuned  for my theatre awards wrap up later this weekend!!    Also enjoy the  Super Bowl!    Go  PATS!

Happy New Year everyone.  Be safe in the storm!

New Hampshire Theatre Awards Nominated   Leave a comment

Full  List of Nominees for NHTA top 10 can be found here   http://www.nhtheatreawards.org/finalist-list.aspx

What a delightful early Christmas present to find out that Seuessical was  nominated for 7 New Hampshire Theatre Awards!   So  blessed to be part of cast and production team made  up of so many talented people.   Blessed also to  be part of the New Hampshire theatre  community and see so many amazing shows through out the year.  Congratulations to all theatre companies throughout the state  who were nominated.  :Looking forward to January 31st and finding out who wins.

A year in review

March:

Beyond Therapy  Milford Area Players

Best  Production Drama Comedy

Best Director  Vick Bennison

Best Actor Kevin Linkroum

Best  Actress Sarah Lord

Best Supporting Actress Amy Agostino

April

Seussical

Best Production   Community

Best Director Robin Lacroix

Best  Actor  Jonathan Edelbleut     Cat In The Hat

Best Actress Sophie Linkroum    Gertrude McFuzz

Best Supporting Actress  Ashley Hughes Swanson  Mayzie

Best  Costume Design  Paula Troie

Best Set Design Mike McKnight

May  

The Music Man Actorsingers

Best Production Community

Best  Actor Michael Coppolla as Harold Hill

Best Actress Caity Glover as Marian Paroo

Best  Music Director   Jed Holland

Best Choreographer  Martha Daniels Holland

July

Legally Blonde The Musical  Teen Actorsingers

Best Production Youth

Best  Actress Youth Susan Dudka as Elle Woods

Best  Actor Youth   Sean Fitzgerald as Emmett Foresst

Best Supporting Actress Youth  Jill Tokac as Paulette

Best Chreograpgher   Brinttey  Lynne Stanley

November 

Young Frankenstien  Actorsingers

Best Production

Best Director  Paul Metzger

Best Musical  Director  Judy  Hayward  (also nominated for Kiss Me Kate and Jesus Christ Superstar with Stagecoach Productions)

Best  Actor   Marc  Murai

Best  Supporting  Actor   Eric Skoglund and Stuart Harmon

Best  Actress Sarah Souter

Best Supporting Actress Rachel  Cerullo  &  Mia Beradi

Best Choreographer   Donna O Bryant Metzger

Best Costume Designer   Lindsey Vago

Best   Sound Design   Mike O’Keefe

Best Lighting Designer   Craig Brennen, Dennis Schnieder, Rick Brooks

December 

Kiss Me Kate  Stagecoach Productions

Best Production

Best Actress  Sarah Murai

Shows that should have gotten nominated:

Almost Maine Peacock Players

Schoohouse Rock Jr  Actorsingers Youth

Smile Riverbend Youth Company

Little Shop of Horrors   Riverbend Youth Comapny

Passion For Dracula Milford Area Players

Scrooge The Musical Riverbend Youth Company

The Producers   Palace Theatre

Some thoughts   Leave a comment

 So   this has been a very busy winter for me.  I will actually be very happy to  relax once Seussical is over.  I think I sort of over committed myself to doing too many publicity projects at once and my head was spinning for quite awhile.  Aside from helping the PTA with publicity for Seussical  I also helped promote the Nancy O Fund St Patrick’s  Day fundraiser Windham Actors Guild and volunteered at AMS in February to help teach the middle school Theatre department  kids about interviewing people and writing articles.  While I am certainly happy to help out as many people as I can with doing publicity next year  I think  I need to  spread my time out  more evenly so  I don’t have so many deadlines piling up on each other at once.   System overload!    All of it is worthwhile in the end of course.  It’s just a matter of learning to balance things out better for the next time.

 

Seussical is really coming together. Sunday  we had a run through of Act II.  I am excited to be doing full run throughs next week…especially with props and sets.     The costumes look fantastic!  I am in Who family #6… pink!!      I think my favorite songs in Seussical  are  Notice Me Horton, All For You and  Solla Sollew.    I am usually really good about updating this blog during the rehearsal process  but  things have been pretty busy between  work. rehearsals, practicing music and dance outside of rehearsals and job searching.      After the show is over I am looking forward to going to California.  My sister’s documentary Following Flame is nominated for an Emmy in the category for  college documentaries.  I  am so excited!!  🙂

 

I  missed the adjudicator training for the NHTAS.   Oh well, next year.   I always seem to have schedule conflicts when the trainings happen and the weather did not really help too much either.  While I think  being an adjudicator would be a very interesting experience for me  there’s something  that kind of  nags at me about that whole process.    I have gone to the awards for five years now.. my first time going was in 2009 and I always enjoy going.   I sometimes feel the NHTAs are too political. This can get very annoying.    Granted there are so many  theatre groups in this state  made up of  talented actors and technicians. I am happy to know so many talented people both youth and adult as   I have been  involved with a few different companies  over the years.     I guess  I am still trying to understand how the adjudication process works but   I definitely think there is a lot of favoritism going on  which makes things  sort of unfair for certain companies. I’m sure I mustn’t be alone in feeling this way.   Maybe I’m just a little bit bitter because  I was hoping the PTA would do better this year.  I am happy for the people who did win though!    🙂    Also   while   I certainly am happy that our shows get the recognition that they do by the NHTAS I sometimes feel that we are put under extra pressure  because the show is being adjudicated.  That kind of sucks the enjoyment out of things  to a certain degree.  Not going to lie. 

For the most part  though  I can’t really complain that much..  I love the PTA plays.  🙂

 

To make reference back to my post from last year that  was short reflection  about going to  the Strictly  Music Show at Souhegan.   I have thought a lot about  that experience more recently.  It was really   eye opening for me because it made me realize that while Souhegan is my home base   I don’t really know  a huge majority of kids who still go there.  As the years progress forward and I get older   I realize sure those concerts were fun to go in high school but now its weird because   last year Sonya and I were the only non- high school kids at that concert.    As much  as I hate to admit it  I kind of feel the same way when  I go to plays at SHS.  The small amount of kids  I know in the theatre department have either done shows with Riverbend Youth Company or have been in PTA Plays with me.   Going to the shows is not really a problem for me. The shows are still great and enjoyable.  The current group of kids is continuously  impressive with their talent.   No complaints there. Generally speaking  it’s just odd for me to go to anything at Souhegan because I’m so much older than a lot of the kids who go there. I’m like a fish out of water.   Many of this year’s seniors were in 2nd grade when  I was a senior.  Aside from the kids  I know from the play most of the kids  I know who are seniors are siblings of my sister’s friends.    I go to sports game to mostly support kids  I know from the play who play  sports.  As the years go by  I’ll start to know less and less kids at Souhegan and I’ll feel even more and more out of  place at  these events. Will that mean  I’ll stop going to them?  I’m not sure yet.  It’s quite likely

 In 10 or 15 years this won’t make too much of  a difference. Right now though it’s something I think about a lot.