Welcome 2018   Leave a comment

In the past  I often forgot to post reviews  right away because  I  have too much other stuff going on.   To eliminate that problem what  I have decided to  do is  multiple reviews in the same post.

To start off 2018   Matt and  I saw   two shows at  Peacock Players, 2 at the Majestic Theatre and today we  saw  the Dance Show at the Amato center.

The weekend of January 12 and 13th  we saw the Technical  Difficulties   Improv Show and  the Spotlight  Musical Theatre Performance  at Peacock Players.     We  enjoyed both performances  immensely.  Our favorite songs in the Spotlight Musical Theatre performance  were I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out  Of My Hair from South Pacific,  Move On from Sunday In The Park  With George,  Matchmaker  Matchmaker  from Fiddler On The Roof, Ten  Minutes Ago from   Rogers and Hammerstien’s Cinderella, Sue  Me and Marry The Man Today from   Guys and Dolls and No One Is Alone from  Into The Woods. Congrats to everyone in  Technical  Difficulties  and Spotlight  Musical Theatre  Troupe  for awesome performances.

This year  for a  bit  of variety in our viewing schedule we got  season  passes to the  Majestic Theatre which started off with two  Dinner Theatre performances  called  Elvis   Has Left The Building  and  Are We There Yet?   Both of these performances took place at  Executive Court  Banquet Hall in Manchester which was an intimate setting with delicious food and a great atmosphere.   Elvis Has  Left  The Building  is  a  comedy  and the basic story  is that Elvis Presley   disappears and his manager   gets  two people to  replace him. This   cast consisted of  Allan  McPherson, Daniel Scheyes, Jonathan Kaplan  (who  aside from  performances at the Majestic  has also been  on All  My Children if there are any soap opera  fans  who read  this blog)Liz Ronai Fontanella and Sierra   Jones.     Are  We There Yet?  is a musical comedy that is very similar in style to  I Love You, You’re Perfect  Now Change  but instead of focusing on  romantic  relationships it focusses on family dynamics.  This  cast  consisted of  Aly Holmes, Bruce Williams, Catherine  Denehy  and  Sam Pazinci.   Favorite  musical  numbers included  Baby Rap,  Batting Zero, Cause  I’m The Mommy, Cha  Ching, Your  Parents  Push Your Buttons, I Deserve  It, I  Know She’s  Out There   and  Enjoy The Ride.

Elvis Has  Left The Building  was performed January 19-21st and  Are We There Yet was performed  February 2nd-4th.

 

I love the tradition   at the Amato Center  every winter that they do  an all dance production.   It adds great variety to Riverbend Youth Company’s season.    It initially started off as someone’s senior project…  I can’t remember whose senior project it was  though.    This year’s theme for the dance show was Off The Page  and the dances were inspired by  books which I thought was a very  cool theme.. and now  I want  read to read some of the books that  the  dances were based on. Favorite numbers included  Where The Wild Things Are,   Strange     Case  Of  Dr. Jekyll and Mr.  Hyde,  Harry  Potter, Winnie The Pooh, If I Stay, Perks of Being A Wall Flower and   The Outsiders.

Off The Page  was  directed by  Meg  King and choreographed  by   Meg  King,  Madison Calabria and  Nicole  Jutras.       It was performed at the Amato Center  February 2nd-4th.  Congratulations to all  involved  on a fabulous show.

 

 

My  next will include reviews of the following shows:

  •  Complete Works  Of William Shakespere  Abridged  Peacock Players
  • Peter Pan  Junior  Riverbend Youth Company
  • SHS  Pops Concert

 

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2017 Theatre And Music Viewing Wrap Up   Leave a comment

Wrapping up my theatre viewing schedule for 2017! Please refer to separate posts for reviews of Lion King Jr,Annie, SVC Messiah Sing & SVC Holiday Concert. SVC Messiah Sing And Holiday Concert Reviews can be found on Souhegan Valley Chorus Facebook page.

November 16th Matt and I went to Milford High School to see their fall play The Foreigner. This is a comedy play by Larry Schue. I previously worked backstage for it at theAmato Center in 2009 with Milford Area Players. Notable Performances were by Lily Ayotte,Benji Muhic,Michael Knowels and Ashanti Maronite. I also wanted to note that if high school productions were nominated for NH Theatre Awards then the set design would get a nomination because it was gorgeous. The Foreigner ran at Milford High School November 16-18 and was directed by Brad Craven.

Our travels next took us to Paris via The Community Players Of Concord Production Of Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. It was my first time seeing a show at this theatre and I was absolutely blown away. Notable performances were by Darik Velez ( Quasimodo, NH Theatre Awards Nominee for Best Actor in a Community Musical), Laura Iwaskewiz ( Esmeralda, NH Theatre Awards Nominee for Best Actress In a Community Musical)

Favorite Musical Numbers included Out There, Rhythm Of The Tambourine And God Help The Outcasts

Hunchback Of Notre Dame was directed by Bryan Halperin and J Alward, Music Directed by Troy Lucia and Jillian Strong and Choreographed by Nora McBurnett. Great job to cast crew and production team! This show was performed at Concord City Auditorium November 17-19th

Review Contributors Abby Majore, Laura Majore, Jan Scagnelli, Matt Smith

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a holiday classic based on the children’s book by Barbara Robinson. This was a play that had music in it during the Christmas Pageant scene which featured Rachel April on the flute during Joy To The World. Notable Performances were by the the Herdnan Children Who were played by Maddox Hang, Colie Toupin, Gabe Tenison, Zachary Elmer,Jacob Toupin & Willa Audrey, Kyra Whitehead ( Beth Bradley), Sarah Riseman (Alice Wendleken),Grace St. Jean ( Mrs. Mccarthy), Grace Goolsby (Mrs. Armstrong) and Olivia Rolatini ( Mrs Bradley)

Best Christmas Pageant Ever ran at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts December 8th-10th and was directed by Laurie Toupin& Genevieve Steadman.

Guest Reviewers Matt Smith and Tim Webster

On Monday December 18 & December 21st Matt Sonya and I went to the Souhegan and Milford High School Holiday Concerts. Lots Of wonderful holiday music was performed. Favorite choral Numbers included All I Want For Christmas (SHS Men Solo by Christos Nassaipolplous), Believe ( MHS Advanced Vocal Studies) Hodie Allueuia ( SHS Women),Nutcracker Jingles ( West Street Beat),White Winter Hymnal (SHS Acapella), Once Upon A December (MHS Mixed Chorus),Baby It’s Cold Outside (MHS Advanced Vocal Studies Solos: Kali Bogdzewiz And Max Maoleny) Grown Up Christmas List ( SHS Chorus,Solo Eva Breswedorf) and A Very Very Merry Christmas ( MHS Mixed Choir)

Favorite Band Numbers included Hall Of The Mountain King ( SHS Brass Quintet), A Percy Grainger Suite ( SHS Band),Toccata For Band ( MHS Band), Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (NH Brass Quintet- It was so much fun to perform with them in our chorus concert for SVC and also at Brookside Community Church in Manchester),Feliz Navid (MHS Band) & Sleigh Ride ( Souhegan Band and Choruses)

The Souhegan Choruses are directed by Kim Whitehead.

The Milford Choruses are directed by Jennifer Erdody & accompanied by Kim Whitehead.

The Milford High Band is directed by Brad Smith,

The Souhegan Band is directed by Carl Beneviedes.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a great start to 2018!

Peacock Players Day   Leave a comment

On November 12th Matt Danielle and I went to see Lion King Jr At Peacock Players. I was excited to see this for a few reasons:I have heard the Broadway version is amazing and have yet to see it; Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies and Shadiwkwnd was in the all Dance show at the Amato Center a few years ago and I thought the Choreography that number was amazing.

Notable Performances were by Aaron Truex ( Simba),Sam Ogden ( Young Simba), Ben Morton ( Scar),Abigail Gianetti ( Young Nala she also stole the show as Annie in Annie), Lexi Jones-Guilmette ( Nala) and Jeremy Parrot (Mufasa}. Favorite musical numbers included I Just Can’t Wait To Be King; Shadowland;He Lives In You; Can You Feel The Love Tonight And Circle Of Life.

The Lion King Jr ran at Court Street Theatre November 10-19th and was directed by Andrea Underhill, music directed by Sarah Evans and choreographed by Christina White.

Annie is one of my favorite musicals of all time. It is one of the most perfect musicals to see during the Christmas season. As noted above Abigail Gianetti stole the show as Annie. All of the other leads were fantastic as well including Alex Nick ( Daddy Warbucks), Caitlin Johnson ( Grace Farrell), Andrea Cashin (Lily St.Regis), Mark Colley ( Bundles/ President Rossevelt) and Avery Ouellette ( Miss Hannigan) Favorite Musical Numbers included You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, Tomorrow; NYC And Easy Street. I also wanted to note that the harmonies were beautiful in Cabinet Tomorrow.

Annie was directed by Keith Weirich, Musical directed by Henry Kopcynskie III and choreographed by Christina White.

Congrats to all involved in Lion King Jr and Annie on wonderful performances & to all involved in Grease; Heathers The Musical and Peter And The Starcatcher on your NHTA nominations!

Stay tuned on Wednesdayfor my 2017 Theatre And Music Wrap Up Post! Merry Christmas everyone.

Actorsingers Day   Leave a comment

As of today I will be caught up with my back log of theatre reviews! Woo hoo!

 

Today isActorsingers Day. I will be reviewing three shows.. let’s begin!

Back on July 16th Matt Patty and I saw Jesus Christ Superstar. I first heard of this show when I sang a song from it I Don’t Know How To Love Him for an audition for You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown with Stagecoach Productions in. 2013. I still think that song is beautiful. I am usually not a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals but I really enjoyed the rock vibe of this one. Notable Performances were by Leah Abraham (Rose Carboneau), Sam Cohen (Pilate),Kellie Loghlin ( Mary Magdalene ),Bailey Jameson (Jesus) and Joel King (Judas). In addition to I Don’t Know How To Love Him include Hosanna;King Herod’s Song;Everything ‘s Alright & What’s The Buzz?.

Jesus Christ Superstar was performed at Court Street Theatre July 14th-16th and was directed by Angelica Rosenthal,musical directed by Jesse Drake and choreographed by Logan Higgins

The Wild Party was this summer’s Fringe Production. I had never heard of the show prior to auditions and auditioned on a whim. The show was set in 1920s during prohibition. The songs were a good mixture of fun and emotional. Notable Performances were by Caity Glover (Queenie) Julie Harris (Mae), Joey T ( Burrs), Colin  Malette  (Black), Erik Shaffer  (Eddie) and Lo Dillon (Madeline)    Favorite Musical Numbers included  What A PartyRaise The Roof, I’ll Be Here, Two Of A Kind, The Juggernaut  ( this was the dance we learned at the audition and it definitely pushed my comfortable limits), An Old Fashioned Love Story and Poor Child.

The Wild Party  ran August 25th-27th at the Court Street Theatre and was directed by  Beth Schrwartz,  Choreographed by  Jay Vonhandorf and music directed by  John Carey.

Review Contributors    Joanie O’Connor, Matt Smith, Laura Vitale

I like to introduce to  a new show every once in awhile and The Drowsy Chaperone  easily became one of my new  favorite musicals.  It is dubbed as “A Musical within a Comedy.” and that could not be  more true.  I was laughing the whole time.   Many of the lead actors were new to Actorsingers and  they were a nice addition to the group. Characters that kept me laughing were Ed Seigel (Adolpho), Martha Daniels Holland (Lady Tottendale),  Glen  Grimard (Underling), Christopher Szczerba   (Man In Chair) and Matthew Zielonko (George).  Other notable performances were by  Erin Maitland (Drowsy  Chaperone), Eliza Baxter (Janet Vandergraff),  Mia Beradi (Kitty) and  Dylan Mahalingna  (Robert)    Favorite musical numbers included Show Off, Love Is  Always Lovely In The End,  I Do I DO   (In The Sky), As We Stumble Along and Toledo  Surprise.

The Drowsy  Chaperone   ran  at  Keefe Auditorium  November 3rd-5th and was directed by  Lance Arnold, music directed by  Karina Allayne and choreographed by Logan Higgins.

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Danielle Poirier, Matt Smith

An important note:  Reviews for the Souhegan Valley Chorus  Messiah Sing and Holiday Concert will be posted on the Souhegan Valley Chorus Facebook page.  Please look for those reviews  there  on or around December 15th.

 

The following shows will be reviewed next:  Lion  King JR  and Annie performed by  Peacock Players.      That entry should be posted Saturday afternoon!

Posted December 7, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Actorsingers

Top 45  Favorite Songs of 2017   Leave a comment

Top 40 Favorite Songs of 2017

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

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

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

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

3. Grow Old With You The Wedding Singer

4.  Notice Me Horton Seussical

5. **Vanilla Ice Cream She Loves Me

6. Bring On Tomorrow Fame

7. Folsom Prison Blues Million Dollar Quartet

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

9. NYC Annie

10. Over The Rainbow Wizard Of Oz

11. Turkey Lurkey Time Promises Promises

12. Be Like Meryl Streep Fame

13. Move That Thang The Wedding Singer

14.+How Can I Keep From Singing

15.**12 Days To Christmas She Loves Me

16*Hark The Herald Angels Sing

17. God Help The Outcasts Hunchback Of Notre Dame

18.++Bali High South Pacific

19.Merry  Old Land Of Oz Wizard Of Oz

20. Heaven Help Me /I’M Free Footloose

21. We Go Together Grease

22. +L O V E

23. King Of New York Newsies

24.  Desert Island Top 5 Break Ups High Fidelity

25. Breaking Free High School Musical

26. Evermore Beauty And The Beast Live Action Movie

27  Pulled  The  Addams Family

28. Santa Fe Newsies

29.*Carol From An Irish Cabin

30 The Juggernaut The Wild Party

31. +++Jersey Boys Medley

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

33. Bushel And A Peck Guys And Dolls

34. Can You Feel The Love Tonight  Lion King Jr

35. Show Off The Drowsy Chaperone

36. Walk The Line Million Dollar Quartet

37. Summer Nights Grease

38.++The Wizard And I  Wicked

39   Crazier Than You  The Addams Family

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

41. Out There The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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

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

44. As We Stumble Along  The Drowsy Chaperone

45. Wouldn’t It Be Loverly My Fair Lady

Posted November 27, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized

Catching Up   Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Matt Smith and Sonya Walcott

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

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

Review Contributors: Patty Helbig, Matt Smith

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

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

The Addams Family  was performed at the Amato Center November 3-5. It was directed by Robin Lacroix , music directed by Christie Conticchio and Choreographer by Elice Cunningham.

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

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

 

 

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Loving RYC    Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

Posted August 20, 2017 by theatretechdiva in Uncategorized