The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

In The Spotlight - Catherine Andruskevich (CZA) (2015) 

Co-Producer Into The Woods

A life member, former Miss N.H., past president and board member, CZA as she best known, is one of Actorsingers most prominent people. Her first memory of musical theater was listening to her parent’s recordings of musicals when she was a young child.  Her mom would tell people that she was born a performer and she would sing for company. Her first show was as a junior in high school in NY, in the ensemble of “Bye,Bye Birdie”. After her family moved to Nashua, CZA got together with some of her classmates to form the first drama club at the then Mount St. Mary High School with Stan Perry, a well-known local actor, as their mentor. She has been a member of Actorsingers since 1970, as well as Nashua Theatre Guild, and the former New Thalian Players, MADCO, and several others.

CZA’s top three favorite roles include Kate/Lilli: “Kiss Me Kate”, Marsineh: “Kismet” and Woman 1: “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.” The best things about being involved in Community Theater are performing, sharing the work and fun of getting a show “on the boards”, the response from the audience and the many lifelong friendships that have lasted for several decades.

After many years performing and working backstage in virtually every capacity, CZA took the plunge in 1984 and directed her first Actorsingers main stage musical, “The Sound of Music,” and in ensuing years also directed “My Fair Lady,” “Damn Yankees,” “Fiddler on the Roof” (her fav so far), and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”  She has also directed non-musicals for the Nashua Theatre Guild and MADCO, including favs “Steel Magnolias,” “Wait Until Dark,” and “Twelve Angry Jurors.”

Other theatrical elements in her background include theatre reviewer for the Manchester Union Leader, covering Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the American Stage Festival. She also formed Onstage Productions at the former Mt. St. Mary High School and Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, where she taught all aspects of theatrical production and performance to the students for five years.

CZA is a professional executive assistant, which she has been doing since high school (a career chosen by her father). She is the most avid cheerleader of her son, Carl Andress, a playwright/director/actor based in NYC. A favorite pastime is seeing as much live theater with her friends as she can afford and then critiquing the performances with them.  She would love to get back to directing both musicals and plays. Her dream roles would be to any juicy characters in either a musical or play at this stage of her life.

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:06:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Catherine Dennehy (2015) 

Stepmother in Into The Woods

Catherine has always enjoyed singing, however never was involved in theater until high school. One of the first shows Catherine saw on Broadway was Rent when she was fifteen. The other was Showboat... She fell in love with theater and has been hooked ever since. Unless you count being a sheep in the Christmas pageant in kindergarten, her first show that she was in, was "Into the Woods" in High School where she played Cinderella, and she have been hooked ever since. It was Candace Gatzoulis, who is playing Rapunzel that got her back into theatre, after a long hiatus.

Catherine belongs to the Majestic Theatre in Manchester NH. She has performed and choreographed many shows for them. This summer she was in the role of Consuela in “Westside Story”. This is Catherine's first Actorsingers production and she looks forward to many more.  Her show is "Guys and Dolls" where she played the role of Adelaide.  She also loves the powerful music and dancing in "Aida" which she was in the ensemble. Her third favorite show that she has done was "SUDS" where she played the role of Dee Dee, a quirky guardian angel.

Catherine enjoys meeting new people and working with different actors. She also appreciates working with different directors, who push her to become the best actress she can be. When not doing Community Theater, Catherine is a physical therapist at Northeast Rehab in Nashua where she specializes in traumatic brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. She also is the director of the Miss Londonderry/Manchester scholarship program, a preliminary for Miss New Hampshire. The dream roles that she would love to play the role of Aida in "Aida" as well as Velma Kelly in "Chicago".

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:57:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Candace Gatzoulis (Glickman) (2015) 

Rapunzel in Into The Woods

At the age of 10, Candace auditioned for a youth audition company called “Broadway Review” showing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, and got cast even though it wasn’t a Broadway themed show. She fell in love with theater seeing “Beauty and the Beast and since then, has always wanted to play Belle, as does her very young daughter! Candace owes her inspiration to theater to her parents, who found the Broadway Review audition. Her mom took her to her very first voice lesson in preparation for the audition, and have supported her throughout her theatrical ups and downs and taught her to never give up and to keep working hard.

Candace has performed, directed and choreographed several productions with the Majestic Theater since 1997, most recently portraying the role of Anita in ”West Side Story”. She has also performed in a professional Palace Theater production, as well as Plymouth State University, Acting Loft, Milford Area Players and Players Ring.  This is her first Actorsingers production of which she is most excited to be part of.

Candace loves the collection of people who truly love what they are doing in being part of community theater and finds being around such passion and creativity most inspiring. Her top three favorite roles are: Cathy: Wuthering Heights: The Musical, in the North American Premier, Della in “Gift of the Magi”, and Anita in “West Side Story”.  She holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from UNH-Manchester, and started out wanting to be a television broadcaster or talk show host. She interned for WGIR as an on-air VJ for Rock 101, which lead to her true passion which is theatre education, receiving a Master’s degree from Emerson College and is now the Performing Arts Instructor at Hampstead Academy, and also teaches private voice and acting.

When Candace isn’t teaching or performing, she loves to spend time with her husband, Teri, and daughter, Kyla, hanging out by their pool, going for jogs/walks, playing soccer together and watching rainy day family movies! She especially loves accompanying Kyla on the piano as she sings “Naughty” from Matilda: The musical.

After spending many years behind-the-scenes directing and choreographing, Candace is very excited to be performing onstage again, and is most thankful for the support from her husband and daughter to get back onstage more consistently.

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:38:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Joel Iwaskiewicz (2015) 

The Baker in Into The Woods

Joel is no stranger to the stage, especially in the Nashua area. His first musical audition was “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, which his mom thought it would make sense for him to sing something he knew. By the end of his audition, he was gasping for air, but that lead him to be cast in Peacock Players “Doctor Doolittle in seventh grade. After that, Joel was hooked.

Joel used to write plays for his Lego figurines and Star Wars action figures, so he was quite sure that his parents signed him up for acting classes in the desperate hope that his hobby would lead to friendships with humans vs.  action figures, and they were right. He loves working with both Actorsingers and Stagecoach Productions, and has had the privilege of working with other NH theater groups as well.

Among Joel’s favorite roles, the include climbing the barricade in two different casts of “Les Miserables”, and “Bat Boy”: New Thalian Players, which was whacky fun. But nothing is more special to him than dancing with his wife Laura, in the Actorsingers production of “Crazy for You”, where he played the leading role of Bobby, and Laura was the leading role of Polly.

Joel says that he loves being a part of such a vibrant, ambitious and caring community of artists, storytellers and risk-takers, which is what community theater is all about. Joel teaches high school English and loves to read and write in his spare time. He and Laura love to cook, travel, and purchase art together, and he gets a great kick out of playing soccer, watching Jeopardy and competitively predicting the Oscars. He would be over the moon to play the role of George in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sunday in the Park with George”.

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:32:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Dan Pelletier (2015) 

Director - Into The Woods

Dan is the director of Into the Woods.  His first memory about musical theater is going to see the musicals at Prescott Park with his family when he was really little. He says his first show was Annie but doesn’t recall Annie having a helicopter in it. Not counting his school performances, such as being a tree in Goldilocks (that counts) was in the 8th grade at age 14 as part of the  ensemble of the Palace Theater’s production of Footloose.

Dan became inspired to do theater as by his friends who all getting into it and he followed them. He has always been a performer, and the production of Footloose changed how he looked at theater. It made him take it more seriously and then fell in love with the art form. He works with many different theater groups around the state including The Palace, Majestic, Windham Actors Guild, Cue Zero and Little Church Theater.  Into the Woods in Dan’s first Actorsingers production. His top 3 favorite shows performing are Avenue Q, Fiddler on the Roof, and Footloose. He has directed Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde.

Dan finds it very rewarding when working on a show with the right group of people, and everyone starts working harder and pushing themselves further, not only because they are looking forward to getting applause and praise, but seeing how hard everyone else is working and matching the energy and enthusiasm that the rest of the cast has. When everyone is working to make everyone else look better, that's when we have truly magical shows.

Theatre IS Dan’s life, and he holds a degree in theatre from UNH and wants to eventually work full time professionally for a large regional theater, preferably as the Artistic Director. In his free time, Dan enjoys comic books, football, and pro wrestling. His dream role is to play Orin Scrivello, DDS in Little Shop of Horrors and he also wants to direct this show as well.


Stephen Sondheim is the single greatest theatre artist in American history, and Dan’s hope is that everyone will all come out to see this beautiful show. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you might just learn something too. He says that he has never assembled 20 more talented people in a single room before, so you won't want to miss the fruits of their labors.

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, October 25, 2015 6:55:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Darik Velez (2015)  

Cinderella's Prince and The Wolf in Into The Woods

Darik Velez will be playing Cinderella's Prince and The Wolf in  Into The Woods.  His first memory of musical theater was is sitting by the kid running the spotlight for a high school production of Anything Goes that my older sisters were in. He wanted nothing more than to grow up to run the spotlight. He eventually ended up on stage and still has yet to make it to the lighting booth. His first part was age 6 as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing…..and was hooked after that. Darik credits his music teachers, siblings and director of his first real show in the 9th grade as his inspirations to do theater. He loves how you can express deep emotions through acting and song. After an absence, he has just returned to musical theater in NH and has performed with Stagecoach productions. This is his first show with Actorsingers. 

Darik's top three favorite shows and roles are Big River (Huck), The Fantastiks (El Gallo) and Children of Eden (Adam). He loves being part of the creative process allowing for great experiences to happen with people whom he might not have otherwise met. His other interests when not doing theater are astronomy and physics, and keeping with his two children (ages 8 and 5). He also plays ice hockey and is always on the lookout for activities to focus his energy on things like archery and pumpkin carving.

His dream roles are to play John Adams (1776), Chris (Miss Saigon) Chess (either part) Che (Evita) Mark (Rent) and Don Quixote in Man of LaMancha.

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, October 25, 2015 10:58:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Audition Information - Into The Woods (2015) 

Audition Requirements for Into The Woods

 

Audition Dates and Times

August 16 (1-4 PM) doors open 1 hour before

August 17 (7-10 PM) doors open 1 hour before

Callbacks August 19 (7-10 PM)

 

Auditions will be held at

Actorsingers Hall

219 Lake Street Nashua NH

Directions

 

Into The Woods Show dates

November 6-8 2015 @ Keefe Auditorium Nashua NH

 

Rehearsals

Sundays 6-10 , Mondays 7-10 , Wednesdays 7-10

First rehearsal Sunday Aug 23rd

 

Audition Form

Word form

PDF form

 

Audition Requirements

Must be 16 or over to audition.

Each person who auditions must sing two of the below cuts we've provided, the cuts can be from the same character or two different characters. A short audition dance/movement piece will be taught. Sides will be provided for readings.

Cuts

Baker

Baker

Baker's Wife

Baker's Wife

Cinderella

Cinderella

Jack

Jack's Mother

Jack's Mother

Little Red Riding Hood

Narrator

Prince

Prince

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Witch

Witch

Wolf

 

Call Backs

Callbacks August 19 (7-10 PM)

If you are called back for a character that you didn't originally sing for at auditions, you may be asked to sing the provided audition cut for the character you are called back for. 

Call-Back cuts

Our Little World (Witch/Rapunzel)

It Takes Two (Baker/Baker's Wife). 

 

Character Breakdown
 
Narrator - An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.
Male, 50-65
Range: G2 - E4
 
Cinderella - A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
Female, 20-30 yrs old
Range: G3 - G5
 
Jack - The feckless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.
Male, 16-25 yrs old
Range: B2 - G4
 
Jack's Mother - Browbeating and weary, Jack's protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.
Female, 50-65 yrs old
Range: Bb3 - Gb5
 
The Baker  A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles.
Male, 35-45 yrs old
Range: Ab2 - G4
 
The Baker's Wife - Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors.
Female, 35-45 yrs old
Range: F3 - G5
 
Cinderella's Stepmother - The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.
Female, 40-50 yrs old
Range: A3 - F#5
 
Florinda And Lucinda  - Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella.
Female, 25-35 yrs old
Range: C4 - Ab5
 
Cinderella’s Father – Distant and uncaring. More looking for ways to move up the social ladder. 
Male, 40-50
 
Little Red Ridinghood  - A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive.
Female, 16-20 yrs old
Range: Bb3 - F5
 
The Witch - Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.
Female, 35-55 yrs old
Range: F3 - G5
 
Cinderella's Mother  - Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.
Female, 40-55 yrs old
Range: E4 - F4
 
Mysterious Man -  A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.
Male, 50-65 yrs old
Range: G2 - Eb4
 
Wolf - Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.
Male, 30-35 yrs old
Range: Bb2 - Gb4
 
Granny -  Little Red’s grandmother, vengeful about her altercation with the wolf.
Female, 50-65
Speaking
 
Rapunzel  - A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.
Female, 20-30 yrs old
Range: B3 - A5
 
Cinderella's Prince  - Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.
Male, 30-40 yrs old
Range: B2 - F4
 
Rapunzel's Prince - Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.
Male, 30-40 yrs old
Range: C#3 - E4
 
Steward - Cinderella’s Prince’s right-hand man. Snobbish and decietful. Takes bold action when needed.
Male, any age
 
Giant (Voiceover.) - The Giant's wife is an angry and vengeful 'monster.' She is seeking restitution for her loss.
Female, 40-60 yrs old
Speaking Role – 
 
 
Notes: The following roles will most likely be played by the same performers
Narrator/Mysterious Man
Cinderella’s Mother/Granny/Giant
Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince
 
Also, we will be needing two females to play the small parts of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, who we would also like to be our puppetears and female swing/understudies. 

Audition Questions

e-mail Corresponding Secretary

 

Show Synopsis from MTI web site

Into The Woods


Book by  James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim


2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG-13
Licensed Version (2009)

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The TONY Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into The Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.

 

Into The Woods
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIShows.com

Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, July 26, 2015 12:55:00 PM Categories: Auditions Main Stage

Seeking Directors - Spamalot for Spring 2016 

Actorsingers of Nashua, NH is happy to announce the spring show will be Monty Python’s Spamalot, Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John DuPrez and Eric Idle.

The award winning community theater group is seeking a Director, a Music Director, and a Choreographer for our Spring Show 2016 to be staged May 13 – 15, 2016 at Edmund Keefe Auditorium in Nashua.

Interviews will take place in the evening on Thursday, Sept 10th with the first interview slot at 7:00 PM. You may interview individually or as team.

 To set up an interview time please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sarah Desaulniers at secretary@actorsingers.org  by the deadline Thursday, September 3rd.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:46:00 PM Categories: Main Stage Seeking Directors

In The Spotlight – Glen Grimard (2015) 

Moose in Crazy For You

Glen Grimard is in our Spotlight today.  He will be appearing as Moose one of the Cowboy Trio in our production of CRAZY FOR YOU. In his words.....

I auditioned for this show because I am a long-time friend of the first time director and I wanted to do my part to ensure her success.  I went to see a high school production of the show in 2012, when my nephew appeared as a "cowboy" and I was re-introduced to the songs and the book of the show.   The book of this musical is smartly written comedic dialogue.  The classic tuneful songs that are dropped in amongst the scenes are just an added bonus.   I was in the cast of the original Actorsingers production back in 1996.  I wanted to be in the current production because I have improved my stagecraft skills since then and I wanted the opportunity to make my part of this musical better than it was in 1996.  

I’m proud to boast that in May of this year, I mark my 20th anniversary of becoming a member of Actorsingers.  My involvement with the group actually started with the auditions for “Into the Woods” in September 1994.  I wanted to be in that production so badly, but I must have really stunk because I remember the audition form offered the “auditionee” the opportunity of being a tree in the production.  I checked off every box on that audition form, but I didn’t get cast.  I wasn’t even good enough to be a tree!  [I’m glad Barbara Walters is not supplying the questions for this interview – I wouldn’t know what to say if she asked “What kind of tree are you?”]   But I was cast in the very next show that I auditioned for – “They’re Playing Our Song” – and even though I was forced to leave that production due to a physical injury, I’ve been fully invested in the organization ever since.

I have performed with other groups in the area such as Music & Drama, New Thalian Players, Nashua Theatre Guild, Majestic Theatre Trust, Stage One, Colonial Chorus, Burlington Players and StageCoach Productions but I’ve always identified mostly as being a member of Actorsingers.

I was relieved when I found out I was cast.  It’s always a tough interval of time to live through when you’re waiting for the cast list to be revealed.  And then when I saw the name of the character I would be playing, I laughed and suddenly became impatient to get started rehearsing!

I play Moose and this is the same character I played in 1996.  When I found out that I would be playing Moose again, I pulled out a photograph I have, which was taken while I was in costume and on stage in the 1996 production.  I began thinking about the way my acting has matured since 1996 and how that would make Moose in 2015 different.  It’s actually easier bringing the role to life at age 47 than at age 28, because of all that I’ve learned and practiced in the realm of acting since then.  Looking at the picture from 1996, I knew I wanted the character to wear a similar costume and I started growing my facial hair to match.  I watched Actorsingers’ archival footage from the 1996 production and I noted the pitch of the voice I used and that helped me step back into the role.  Moose in 2015 is a lot different from the man he was in 1996 and I’m lucky that I get to show those changes in this production.

My earliest theater memory is performing in a talent show at a campground in Sebago, ME.  I was 11 and I got up on stage and sang “Babe” by Styx, unaccompanied.  I remember singing the song to the musical accompaniment playing in my head – but there’s like a 15 second instrumental part in the middle of the song and when I stopped singing, the audience started clapping.  But it wasn’t the end of the song.  Why didn’t they know that I wasn’t done singing? [I can laugh about it now – but it was so disappointing then.]

I work in a call center in Tewksbury, MA and I’m responsible for providing professional responses to incoming customer email inquiries.  When I’m not working or working on a show, I like being audience to theater performances.  I like to camp and hike.  I like watching TV and writing letters for snail mail correspondence with friends. And I like playing games with friends.

I get a lot from theater. 

Friendship. 

Acceptance.

Fellowship.

Approval. 

Creativity

Challenge

Commitment

Confidence

And no one gives {{{hugs}}} better than show people!  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:57:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Into The Woods Direction Team Announced  

Show Dates Nov 6 - 8 2015

Actorsingers is happy to announce the Direction team of our Fall Production of Into The Woods!

 

 

Director –  Dan R Pelletier
Music Director – Amanda Morgan
Choreographer –Danielle DiPasquale

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned to Actorsingers website for audition information later this summer. Show Dates Nov 6 - 8 2015

 

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:53:00 AM Categories: Main Stage
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