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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.

Top 30 Favorite Somgs of 2015 & Top 10 Fave Songs from Stagecoach Production Shows   Leave a comment

Here is my top  30 list of favorite  songs from shows seen or performed in 2015.

Key: * SVC Spring Concert **SVC 1930s Showcase *** SVC Holiday Concert

1. Anything Can Happen Mary Poppins

2. No One  Is Alone Into The Woods

***3. Nuttin’ For Christmas

4. If I Can’t Love Her Beauty And The Beast Jr

5. Be Strong Princess K.I.M. The Musical

**6. Over The Rainbow Wizard Of Oz

7. Being Mrs. Banks Mary Poppins

***8. That’s Christmas To Me Pentatonix

9. Merry Old Land Of Oz Wizard Of Oz

*10. I’ll Be There Michael Jackson

11 Uptown Funk Marc Ronson f/ Bruno Mars  Art Of Dance. Also official theme song for the CATS cast because we had killer dance parties backstage to it.

12. Together Whereever We Go Gypsy

**13 Nearness Of You Ella Fitzgerald

14. Slap That Bass Crazy For You

15. America West Side Story

16  My Blanket and Me You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

***17 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

*18 Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

19. Freak Flag Shrek The Musical

*20.  We Are The World Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie

21 If I Were A Bell Guys and Dolls

22. Agony  Into The Woods

23. Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat CATS. Can’t wait to perform this at the NHTAs!

24. Happiness You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

25. Home Beauty And The Beast Jr

***26. 12 Days Of Christmas Straight Note Chaser

27. Memory CATS

28. Make A Move Shrek The Musical

29. Step In Time Mary Poppins

30. My New Philosophy You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Oh and also Stagecoach Productions is closing. Here is a list of  my top 10 favorite songs  from shows I have seen there.

1. Too Darn Hot Kiss Me Kate

2. Barcelona Company

3. Happiness You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

4. Getting Married Today Company

5.Climbing Over Rocky Mountain Pirates Of Penzance

6. Another Openin’ Another Show Kiss Me Kate

7. Ain’t It Good Children Of Eden

8. Beethoven Day You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

9.Poor Wanderin’ One Pirates Of Penzance

10. What I Did For Love A Chorus Line

NH Theatre Awards 13   2 comments

AH!   Here  we are again…   my  NH  Theatre  Awards Summary Entry.   Last night’s show was  great…. though  I have to admit sometimes  a bit  anticlimactic.  I love how the NHTAS  bring together all the different theatre companies from around the state.  I always try to make it a mission to try to get  to  some theatres  I’ve never gone to but my schedule does not allow it..  hopefully  this year  I’ll do a little research and see what shows are playing  where and then go.  This year   I  did not get  a chance to make  predictions  like I normally would.  I’ve actually had a  bad  track record of predicting things… in the past couple of years only 2  PTA predictions have come out accurate.  I  decided to try  out not going into the awards show with any  pre-conceived  notions of who would win… and yet somehow I end up disappointed anyway.

Shows  I saw this year that were nominated

Actorsingers

The Music Man   6 nominations   No  top 3  😦

Young Frankenstien   7 nominations     Top 3:  Music Director  Judy  Hayward  Best Supporting Actress  Top  3   Mia  Beradi and Rachel  Cerrullo     Winner:  Rachel   Cereullo    Best Supporting Actor  Eric  Skoglund

Stagecoach  Productions

Kiss Me Kate   5 nominations    1 Top  3   Best Actress  Sarah  Murai

Beyond  Therapy  Milford Area  Players   5  Nominations  1  top  3   Amy Agostino  Best Supporting  Actress

Let’s review  the past couple years of PTA nominations.   I see a bit a trend developing here.

Please note also that I am only listing the shows I have been involved with   I  am not sure of the stats for anything earlier than 2011.

2011   The Music Man  7  nominations 3  top 3       Ashley won best Actress

2012  Oklahoma   8  Nominations  3 top 3       Nick Hammes  won best supporting actor

2013  Meet Me In St Louis   4  Nominations   Margaret  got top 3 for best actress  No   winners

2014   Seussical    7  Nominations      Sophie got top 3 and  won for best  Actress.  So happy for her!!  I am disappointed that we weren’t quite  as successful in the other catergoies.   I understand the adjudicators have to make a lot of tough descions  when they are picking the  winners  but   I think  Seussical was  BY  FAR  the best  show that the PTA  has done in the past  10 years  (aside from  Annie  and Oklahoma which were my favorites for obvious reasons but there were lots of other great shows in between)   and was really overlooked  in a lot of ways..  maybe  I have  my own bias and the adjudicators  have theirs but that’s just  how   I feel.

Peacock  Players won  multiple awards for  Spring Awakening and The Addams  Family. Two shows  I wish  I had  seen.

Congratulations to  all top 3 nominees and winners!!

In general   I think  that  there is a lot favoritism in the  Theatre Awards and a lot of the same companies win  every year which puts other groups at  a disadvantage.    I am not sure how many people feel the same way.   I  also feel that   being  adjudicated  for the PTA  puts a lot of  extra  stress on us to do a  good  job  which  sucks the enjoyment out of being in the play.  I’ve  felt this way  for  awhile and wonder  how many of my  cast mates feel the same way.  Recognition is well and good  but  our focus should be centered on  putting on a good show for  the community and raising money  for the Amherst Schools   not winning awards.  Do  other people feel the same way or am   I alone in feeling like this?

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

Summer is here   Leave a comment

Summer has arrived.. still missing my PTA crew but looking forward to the karaoke party at Jasper Valley in August. I am sort of bummed because I found out about a month ago that they couldn’t get the rights to Beauty and The Beast so next year’s PTA play is going to be CATS. I think no matter what the show should be very fun to work on. So yes… let’s get jellicle. 🙂

Also congratulations to all the PTA seniors who graduated last night. I am so happy to have gotten the chance to know all of you in the past couple years and will miss working with you a great deal. Congrats class of 2014.

I ultimately decided not to audition for Sound of Music in Manchester because of distance. I will definitley go to see the show though. In between now and auditions I will be working backstage for the Riverbend Youth Company Alumni production of Anything Goes at the beginning of August. I am looking forward to trying something new this year and assistant stage managing. Right now I am deciding between auditioning for Young Frakentstien with Actorsingers and Kiss Me Kate with Stagecoach Productions. I am pretty used to auditioning for both of these companies by now so I know what to expect. Hopefully my luck will change this time around. I am also going to audition for the Holiday Show at the Amato Center. They are doing one act plays this year and that should be lot of fun. 🙂

My choir concerts for the YMCA Chorus are coming up on June 23rd and June 29th.   I do hope people will come.   We have a wonderful line up of Broadway tunes.    I have included a link below to   our poster which has all the information about showtimes and locations.
Voices_In_Harmony_June_23_adult_choir

I think the biggest challenge with promoting the Y  choir  is the fact that  Music and Art classes are not the first thing people think about when they think about the YMCA. When people sign up for classes they don’t immediately think  “Oh  hey,   I’m going to  join  choir or take voice lessons.”  The thing  most people associate with the YMCA is fitness.   This is why we seem to be running into issues with getting people to join the chorus.  Currently our choir  has 8 members and we are hoping to get more people to join for the fall semester that starts in September.   I think that being in this choir has really helped me to grow as a performer but at this point  I am ready to be part of a bigger performing group and sing more challenging songs.  This fall   I am planning to join the Souhegan Valley Chorus and  I am pretty excited.  For awhile  I will attempt to do  both choirs but if my schedule  ends up getting too confusing with too many overlapping rehearsals and performances   I may just stick with SVC.

 

 

Happy summer friends!!

Don’t forget to smile and dance the Shipoopi   Leave a comment

 2 show weekends.  Both shows end their runs today and they were fantastic. 

Friday night  I took my mom to see Smile at the Amato Center for a Mother’s Day present.  I make it a goal to try to introduce myself to a new show and I was happy that I chose this one.  This is set in 1985  at   the Young American Miss Beauty Pageant in Santa Rosa California.     What was great about this show is that it’s not very well known and not really done a lot by other theaters so it was a welcome change of pace for me then seeing a show that is done more frequently such as Grease,Chicago or Annie.   This show was a great mix of  funny and touching moments.  Standout performances were by  Alyssa Lederhos, Max Barnaby,  John Sheridan, Meghan McKnight and Nicole  Sprague. Congrats to cast crew and production team on a wonderful show!! 

Smile ran at the Amato Center May 8th-11th and was directed by Elizabeth Moore, music directed by Brian Moore and choreographed  by  Liz Calabria. 

Last night I saw Music Man at Actorsingers with Sonya and Matt.  I had to refrain from making too many comparisons to the production  I was in  with the Amherst PTA   3 years ago.   Like most  Actorsigers shows this  cast  was comprised of a diverse group of talented people.  Aside from the   Quartet and the Pickalittle Ladies  standouts were  Cayden  Plummer as Winthrop Paroo,  Andrew Holland as Tommy Diljas, Katie Tocci as Zaneeta Shinn.  My favorite musical numbers are Shipoopi. Til There Was You, Goodnight My Someone, Gary Indiana  and  My White  Knight.    The chase scene at the end of the play always seems to strike me as  a very emotional scene because  it is when  the realization comes to light for everyone in the audience that Marain and Harold are in love with each other.   

Great job to everyone in  Music Man on  a wonderful production.

Music Man  ran at Keefe Auditiorium at Elm Street Junior High School in Nashua from May 9th-11th  and was directed by  Kathy Lovering, music directed by  Jed Holland and  choreographed by Martha Daniels Holland. 

 

Still searching for song suggestions for my fall auditions.  I have more time to prepare then  I thought because  all the auditions are in August and September.  I have a feeling some auditions may overlap.  Sound of Music auditions  have not been announced yet but are at the end of August.  Young Frankenstien auditions are August 10th and Kiss Me Kate auditions   are sometime in early September.  Most likely I am going to audition for  ensemble for Kiss Me Kate and Young Frakentstien.   I am an alto but can  sing some  soprano parts. Thanks Friends!