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Top Favorite Songs from shows seen or performed in 2018   Leave a comment

Top 40 Favorite Songs from shows seen or performed in 2018
Songs are not listed in order in which performances were seen.
*SVC Spring Concert
&Plus Company Musical Theatre Cabaret

**SVC  Holiday  Concert

1. Under The Sea The Little Mermaid

2. Some Things Are Meant To Be Little Women

3. A Lot Of Livin To Do Bye Bye Birdie

*4 Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story Hamilton

5.  No Time At All  Pippin

6.Something To Believe In Newsies

7. We’ve Got To Stick Together It’s A Wonderful Life The Musical
8. Writing Down The Story of My Life Junie B. Jones
9. One Step Closer The Little Mermaid
10. 10 Minutes Ago R & H Cinderella
11. Fly To Your Heart Peter Pan JR
12. Lullaby  Of Broadway   42nd Street
13.  Manhunt   Flashdance
14. Shoeless Joe From Hannibal MO Damn Yankees
15. Kiss The Girl  The Little Mermaid
*16 The Whistling Gypsy
17. Benjamin’s Calypso Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
18. The Life  I  Never  Led Sister Act
&19. Almost There The Princess And The Frog
20. There’s Music In You R&H Cinderella
**21.  We Need A  Little Christmas  Mame
22. What Makes The Brave Man Brave Peter Pan Junior
23 Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield Off The Page An All Dance Production
24. Corner  Of The Sky  Pippin
25. One More Angel In Heaven Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

26. Kickball Tournament Junie B. Jones
27. Still Hurting The Last 5 Years

28. Two Lost Souls Damn Yankees

29.The Wheel Tuck Everlasting

30.Astonishing Little Women
31. Go Into Your Dance 42nd Street

32 Stepsister’s Lament R&H Cinderella

33  The Turtle Tango  Alice  In Wonderland

34  The Palace  Music  Hall  Alice In Wonderland

35.  Be The Hero   Big Fish

36. Red White  And  True Big Fish

&37 Once Upon A December Anastasia

38 My George Bailey It’s A Wonderful Life The Musical

**39. African Noel

40 Bless You George Bailey It’s A Wonderful Life The Musical

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Posted December 16, 2018 by theatretechdiva in Amherst PTA, Uncategorized

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   Leave a comment

Another crossover  post for   the Rechoired   Reading  Blog since Meet Me  In St. Louis was the PTA play in 2013 and this week’s featured song in my  Songs Of Christmas Past  series  is   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.   The song was written by  Hugh Marti n and    The setting for this scene is on Christmas Eve when  Tootie  the  youngest Smith child is  upset because this is their last Christmas in  St,  Louis.  This song   was sung by  Judy Garland  in the movie version which  came out in  1944.     In the play Esther Smith was played  by Margaret  Windler and Tootie Smith was played by Ashley Ross.       Earlier in the show the  Mr. Smith who was played by Roger Hurd finds  out he has gotten a promotion at  his  job    and the  family will have to move to New York.    Naturally this upsetting for the rest of the family especially with the   Worlds Fair coming up in the spring.   I mentioned in my    post about R &H Cinderella that MMISL  is not my  favorite play and here is why..   basically  the  whole base  of the story is that the family is going to move and then they do not end  moving.    There is a marriage  proposal at the end of the show  for the oldest Smith daughter  Rose  who was played  by  our  SVC director Jenn Erdody.

Did you know that  the  lyrics of this song  had to be changed from the original  version to fit the  movie?   Judy Garland   and other people on the films directorial did not like them that they though they were too depressing. I have posted the original lyrics below

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
It may be your last
Next year we may all be living in the past
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Pop that champagne cork
Next year we may all be living in New York
No good times like the olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us no more
But at least we all will be together
If the Lord allows
From now on, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

Do  you blame Judy Garland for feeling this way?   I do not.. not in  the least  bit!  If  I had been  in her shoes  I would have wanted the lyrics  changed too.

Frank Sinatra came out with a modified  version of this song in 1957 which is the version   I am  much  more familiar with.   The lyrics were changed to    hang  a  shining  star  upon the highest bough.   Other variations  of this song  have been performed  by  Bing  Crosby, Doris Day,  The Pretenders,  James Taylor and   Luther Vandross.  A more recent version by Sam Smith  was performed in 2014.

SVC performed  this  song   in   our 2014  Christmas In Hollywood    Concert with solos by  Naomi Cohen and Bryan Higgs.

 

Adversity   Leave a comment

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Elizabeth  Kubler Ross

I rarely get personal on this blog.. in fact  I try to avoid it since it supposed to be  professional.    I’d like to step away  from that for a second though.

Note: Names have been omitted from this blog post.

Today I have chosen to talk about adversity. I’ve overcome a lot of it to get to where I am today.   The end of last   year  and beginning of this year I  overcame my  fair share of  it and it relates to theatre and music.

In  November   there was a shake up among the  ranks for the original directors of the production were let go.It was  appropriately    refered to as Mermaidgate.  The  Board of Directors  of the PTA let them go  because of creative differences. The Board never offered an explanation or apology which I find to be frustrating. The thing that bothered me the most and still bothers me is how  the PTA Board of Directors was so deceitful  and dishonest in what they  did  to Sue and Pam.  There were many people who did not audition  because of what happened..  essentially splitting apart a family.

Despite the reservations that I had   I decided to audition.  The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite  Disney movies of all time and I did not want to pass up my shot to  be in this play. I am so glad that  I did.      This show  was so much fun to be  a part of . They always are.  We had an  amazing cast.    It was great to meet new people too. This was my absolute favorite show out of the ones   I have done with the PTA. I already miss the show and everyone in it very much.     Best way to beat post show depression? Watch DVDS of past shows that I borrowed from John Sauter.  I need some new fan fiction plot line ideas after all!

Right  now though I am at  a crossroads.    Because of what has happened  I am not sure if  I can continue to be a part of a group where the board  does not have respect for the hard work that was  put into the production. I   have a lot of respect for everyone in the PTA group and so much love for everyone too.    I really hope that  there will be a new  Board Of Directors instated  that will be able to start over   fresh with the PTA play  put creative differences aside and focus on the main goal of  the  play which is to raise money for the Amherst Schools. .   What happened definitely left a bitter  taste in my mouth.  I am glad I was able to put that aside and still enjoy the play with an awesome  group of  people that has become like a second family to me since 2011.

The  next  example of overcoming adversity   has to do with Souhegan Valley Chorus.   It is no secret that  I have had issues with getting along with my chorus director for the past couple years.   I have a lot of respect for my director and she knows that. I struggled for awhile with   focusing in chorus.  I was upset at myself for a long time and this really  distracted my enjoyment in chorus and having fun. I  also openly admit that I didn’t  really want to disclose my disabilities because  I did not think they would outwardly affect my singing.   This was a factor in me not feeling included as well.   We had a special meeting on  February 13th about inclusion.  That helped  me to feel a lot better.   I guess  I was afraid to disclose my disabilities to everyone because   I didn’t think that it was necessary to do that.    Singing is a passion of mine and it has been for many years.  My  vision  impairment definitely  had a negative impact on my performance though I think.. maybe I would have been able to get  help if  I had mentioned something sooner. Lesson learned.

These are two examples of how  I have overcome adversity  recently.  I have  learned a lot of lessons from these experiences.

Guest Reviews  Coming Soong

The Little Mermaid   Amherst PTA   Laura Vitale

Anything Goes  Pinkerton Players   (Pinkerton Academy Spring Musical)   Christie Conticchio

Update:  I decided to step away from chorus for the next semester so I can focus on the musical theatre cabaret I am doing at work.  I also need to refocus my mindset so I can actually start enjoying chorus again and work past all the anxiety I have been dealing with & focus on wedding planning .I am hoping to return in the spring. As for the PTA play next year’s  show is Mulan Junior which be  a show for 8-18 year olds. I might work backstage or take the year off so I can go watch  the show.

 

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Guest Review Willy Wonka Jr   Leave a comment

Thank you to Jeanie Walton for this review of Willy  Wonka Jr performed  by AMS Theatre Club.

Review: AMS Willy Wonka Jr

If you are looking for a wild adventure, complete with beauty, magic, and eerie mystical fun: Amherst New Hampshire’s Middle School play Willy Wonka Jr. will not disappoint! Director Jenn Fichera brings this play vividly to life, as detailed, glowing costumes and stage sets burst into your view with every scene.

Jack Vore’s version of the infamous Willy Wonka perfectly captures the character who looms over everything. He brilliantly displays a reclusive character, simultaneously showing a tender side while somehow being “stranger-danger” creepy all at the same time. Many on broadway have not done a better job in capturing the many layers of this iconic lead role.

Grandpa, played by Jenn Koruc is enthusiastic and hilarious, and perfectly nails this character’s sense of charm, curiosity and propensity to get into trouble. Her natural talents and gifts in performing, ignite the characters around her, and the scenes she is in literally lifts the audience into the world of Charlie Bucket.

The casting for this play is superb. Each character brings out the very essence of who their character truly is, and they do it with flair, originality, and talent; from the sincere and hopeful in Charlie; played by Charlie Powers, the southern charmless in Violet, played by Sophia Dube, the never-ending gluttonous nature of Augustus Gloop, played by Miles Biskovich, the distracted and disrespectful Mike TV played by Taylor Ciotti, and the “deliciously bossy” and incredibly spoiled Veruka Salt played by Autumn Fichera, all literally, set the stage on fire with their talent. Each of these characters, and the kids who flawlessly play their parents, perform their roles seamlessly, and with energy that set the stage aglow with humor and severe warnings on who you do not want your children to grow up to be!

The middle school children who played parents, and grown ups were so believable it was difficult to remember that everyone in the play was actually only in 8th grade or younger. The voices between children who played boys-and sometimes sang high, and girls who played men-who sometimes sang low, helped to set an illusion to the play that fit the bill of weirdness and unpredictability that left the audience in awe.

The ensemble cast, including the children and many oompa loompas, can not be applauded enough. Their amazing focus on detail, and ability to always stay in character added an air of magical eeriness that leaves the audience transfixed into a realm that does not release you until the last curtain call. A truly magnificent performance by all! Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and to Jenn Fichera (Director) Kim Whitehead (Music Director), Lauren Hallet (Choreographer) and Sharon April (Producer) for producing a wildly entertaining version of Willy Wonka Jr!

 

Posted March 18, 2018 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Posting Schedule Update   Leave a comment

Greetings Readers-

Wanted to announce  a  change in my posting schedule so people are not left hanging by a thread waiting for an update.

Due to my schedule with Little Mermaid  rehearsals getting busier  I have decided to combine my February and  March  reviews in to one post which will be posted on March 25th.

The combined  entry will  combine the  reviews for the following shows

  Complete Works Of William Shakespeare Abriged Peacock Players
Peter Pan Junior Riverbend Youth Company
Beer For Breakfast Majestic Theatre
Rogers and Hammerstien’s Cinderella Souhegan High School Spring

Due to scheduling we will not be going to the SHS Pops Concert on Feb 22nd. We will be going to the Spring Concert on May 16th instead.

Posted February 17, 2018 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

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

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