The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

In The Spotlight - Joel Iwaskiewicz 

Bobby Child in Crazy For You

 

My name is Joel Iwaskiewicz, and I play Bobby Child (who sometimes plays Bela Zangler) in Crazy for You.

I was born and raised in Nashua, NH, which is where my wife, Laura, and I now live.

I didn't know Crazy for You very well, but I could sing almost every Gershwin song in the show.  My wife's encouragement (she's done the show before and LOVES it) was also a driving factor.

I've previously performed in Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, and The Music Man with Actorsingers.  I've also appeared onstage with Peacock Players, StageCoach Productions, and other area groups.

I was thrilled to take on such a challenging role... and terrified to take on such a challenging role.Bobby Child is a performer at heart who is trapped in the lifeless world of banking and wealth management.  He has dreams of breaking free and finally letting his spirit out onstage.  I love Bobby's earnestness and his adoration for performers.  I can relate to the exuberance he experiences onstage and the admiration he has for people who create art on the stage.  I can also identify with Bobby's instant infatuation with the character Polly since she's played by a fellow actor I really admire. Bobby is a laundry list of challenges for me.  He tap dances.  He impersonates a Hungarian accent.  He constantly changes costumes (and facial hair).  Fortunately, tackling each of those challenges is endlessly invigorating.

I used to burn Broadway soundtracks from the library onto audio cassettes, and then I'd call my friends and blast the first chords of the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack over the phone.  I thought that was the funniest thing.

My job as a high school English teacher is full of surprises and leaves me feeling fulfilled every day.  I also enjoy cooking, writing, and watching Saturday Night Live.

There's this electric connection between actors and their audience that I've only ever experienced onstage.  It's like being plugged into multiple worlds at once.  My imagination is never more lively or engaged than when I'm acting in or watching a live show.  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, April 8, 2015 8:51:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Heather Armhold 

Follies Girls Entourage member in Crazy For You

HEATHER ARMHOLD is in our Spotlight today.  She will be appearing as part of the Follies Girls Entourage in our production of CRAZY FOR YOU. In her words.....

I performed in Crazy for You in High School and it was always my favorite show.  I performed in Young Frankenstein last fall with the Actorsingers. I love Actorsingers and couldn't wait to work with the group Again. “I was so psyched! I definitely jumped up and down when I found I was cast in the show.

I have also performed with StageCoach Productions and The Majestic Theatre.

Since the Entourage is not in the script, I got to invent my own character.  I am the Costumer Designer/Wardrobe for the Follies Girls who always wanted to be a Follies Girl but wasn't quite talented enough at dance.  I connect with this because while I love to dance, it takes me a while to catch on.

I think the toughest part of bringing this role to life is to think about how I would react to other characters.  Since the Entourage isn't in the script it's fun to figure it out as I go!

My earliest theatre memory - I was in my preschool's production of Nanny Goats at the age of 4!

I am originally from NJ, but currently reside in Hollis, NH.  I am a work at home mom.  I am an Independent Consultant with Jamberry Nails and with Thirty-One Gifts and Bags. I love to travel, spend time with my two kids (Carter 2.5 and Gabi almost 1), try new foods, and do fun crafts.

There is a huge release in getting to "be" someone else for a little while.  Also, I love my kids more than anything, but it's nice to have some adult time with friends!

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, April 6, 2015 12:09:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Crazy for You - Cast List 

CAST LIST

 

BOBBY CHILD     Joel Iwaskiewicz

POLLY BAKER    Laura Iwaskiewicz

BELA ZANGLER  Colin Malette

IRENE ROTH  Sophie Linkroum

LANK HAWKINS Kevin Linkroum

EVERETT BAKER (Polly's Grandfather)    Ben Pascucci

 LOTTIE CHILD  (Mother) Alice Pascucci

EUGENIE FODOR  Lizzie Krahenbuhl

PATRICIA FODOR   Amy Agostino

PERKINS (Doubles as Custus)   Phillip Laks

                 

THE ZANGLER FOLLIES GIRLS      

TESS    Jessica Dee

PATSY   Patrice Doherty

MITZI    Becca Tarr

ELAINE  Kathleen Meeham Goreham

LOUISE Tina Cassidy

SUSIE    Ashley Eason

BETSY    Emily Trubey

MARGIE Kathy LeClair

 

FOLLIES GIRLS ENTOURAGE           

Heather Armhold

Danielle Lepine

Lindsey Hedrick

Alexandra DeFelice

                 

THE DEADROCK COWBOYS         

HARRY (Bartender) Rich Rothbell 

CUSTUS Phillip Laks

JIMMY  Jacob Duby

                 

COWBOY TRIO 

MOOSE   Glen Grimard

MINGO    Jed Holland

SAM      Greg Ngugen

                 

CARD PLAYERS 

BILLY     Billy Pomerleau

WYATT Jacob Lavoie

JUNIOR    Logan Higgins

                 

DEADROCK CITIZENS     

Sarah Desaulniers

Brenna McGoff

 

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, February 9, 2015 3:48:00 PM Categories: Cast List Main Stage

Seeking Directors for Fall Show 2015 

Deadline March 6th 2015

The Actorsingers of Nashua, NH is seeking a Director, a Music Director, and a Choreographer for our Fall Show 2015 to be staged Nov 6-8, 2015 at Edmund Keefe Auditorium in Nashua.  We are happy to announce the fall show will be Into The Woods Book by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Interviews will take place in the evening on Thursday, March 12th with the first interview slot at 7:00 PM. You may interview individually or as team.

 To set up an interview time please send area of interest and resume to Evelynn Decker at secretary@actorsingers.org  by the deadline Friday March 6th 2015.  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, February 7, 2015 1:46:00 AM Categories: Main Stage Seeking Directors

Crazy For You Information  

In lieu of Information Night

Auditions on Sunday Feb 8 and Wednesday Feb 11 2015!  Audition times, and forms are posted here.

We'd like to introduce to you the team of people who've already begun the process of getting Crazy for You going. Several production meetings have happened and the set design is nearly complete!! We're so blessed to have some of the BEST people in the business working on our production. Here's our team so far:

 
 
Producer - Kathy Lovering
Director - Martha Daniels Holland
Asst Director - Dana Siegal
Music Director - Judy Hayward
Choreographer - Jan Gallagher
Stage Manager - Steve Pierpont
Tech Director - John McAllister
Lighting Design - Craig Brennan
Sound Design - Eric Hill & Mike O'Keefe
Set Design - John McAllister
Costume Design - Cherie Prior
Properties -Cathie Schofield
Program Design - Cheryl Stocks
Ad Chairperson - Chris Wenrich
Afterglow - Brian Mehlman
 
And that is just what we've started with! There are STILL MANY opportunities for you to help us put this GREAT show together, whether cast in the show or not. We would like to invite ALL people to be part of this amazing team. It's pretty much a guarantee that if you decide to work on this production, you'll have a lot of FUN and will share in the gratification that all your hard work will be worth it.
 
The following link will take you to the publisher, Tams Whitmark and will give you a description of the show:
 
 
We've already posted here on the website, the character descriptions of the roles in the show. 
 
As far as the audition process goes, we'll open the hall doors one hour prior to the start of auditions. We'll have audition forms available, or you can print one from the website. You'll sign in, get an audition number and learn the dance audition. There will be a 'jazz' style dance for all to learn and a tap audition for those interested in tapping. Please DO NOT go out and purchase tap shoes if you don't already have them. You can do the tap audition in character shoes or jazz shoes if you need to.
 
When filling out the audition form, please be honest and note what conflicts you'll have if cast in the production. It will be important information to know when getting the rehearsal schedule compiled. 
 
There will be readings for the different roles, available when you sign in. Please feel free to look over all parts you're interested in auditioning for.
 
When the auditions start, we will take the first 5 auditionee's to the top floor for the closed audition. Each person will have an opportunity to sing their 32 bars of music. PLEASE provide SHEET music. No CD's please. After each person sings, they'll do their readings and end with doing the audition dance together.
 
The following notes are from our Choreographer Jan:
 

Tips for Dance Auditions for Crazy For You

First of all, thank you for your interest in auditioning for Crazy For You! It’s a delightful show with many opportunities for dancing at various levels of ability. We will be incorporating some kind of movement in most of the numbers in the show, so there are many roles to fill!

In addition to the leads who all need to be able to dance, tap and sing, there are other character roles that we will be looking to fill:

Follies Girls (8-10)

These dancers need to dance, tap and sing well. They will perform more complex dance steps in the ensemble numbers and are featured in several other numbers on their own.

Ensemble Tappers (as many as are able)

These dancers will be included in ensemble numbers that have tap dancing involved (I Got Rhythm and Stiff Upper Lip). Their combinations will be simpler and will complement the Follies Girls’ rhythms to provide a fuller and richer tap sound.

Cowboys (8-10)

These men need to move well and be able to do at least some basic tap steps. They are featured in I Got Rhythm.

Dance Audition Tips

SMILE!  I want to see your personality shine through! The audience will be happy if you are happy, and you don’t smile with your feet, so “dance with your face”!

Go for it! I am looking for potential, not perfection. I realize that for some people, there is not enough time to learn a combination and perform it perfectly. But as long as I see that you are getting most of the steps and are able to recover quickly if you miss a step, you are showing me that you have potential.

Dance full out! If you play it safe and don’t do the steps fully and energetically, I won’t be able to see your true level of talent. I’d rather see you do it big and if you should make a mistake, think of it as an ”involuntary solo”, smile and just carry on! The audience doesn’t know the steps, so don’t let on that you made a mistake by making a face.

Have fun, good luck and I’ll see you at the auditions! I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Jan Gallagher

If you're unfamiliar with Crazy for You, go onto YouTube and search under "Crazy for You Musical" and you'll find a number of videos (some have the entire show). Watch those and try to familiarize yourself with the characters in this show. The music is Gershwin, and if you don't know Gershwin, please take some time to listen to it.

The end of Act 1 features a great tap number, "I Got Rhythm". Click on the link to get a sample of what our version will look like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSikczJhMuI

It's pretty spectacular!!! If you want to be part of this amazing production,we encourage all to come out and audition! We're hoping to cast approximately 40 people for the show.

 
If you have interest in helping with SET BUILDING, please contact: John McAllister at 603-882-5478 or john.mcallister@att.net
 
If you have interest in helping out with any other aspects of this production, please contact our Producer:  Kathy Lovering at bobkat31@comcast.net
 
Our Props Chair, Cathie, says she'd be happy to have assistance with props. There are many props in this show.
 
Likewise, many other aspects of this production need assistance, so please consider helping!
 
If you have any specific questions regarding the audition or the show, please contact the Director:  Martha Daniels Holland 603-860-4936 or marthdh@gmail.com
 
We look forward to seeing you at auditions!!! Break a leg but most importantly...HAVE FUN!!!!!
 
Thank you -
 
Martha.
Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, February 2, 2015 8:38:00 PM Categories: Auditions Main Stage

Crazy for You  

Audition Information

Auditions

Sunday February 8th 6-9 pm

Monday February 9th 7-9 pm

Wednesday Feb 11th starting at 7PM , please arrive at 6 PM to learn dance routine

Callbacks starting at 8 PM Feb 11th

Due to the storm and unsafe road conditions, the Actorsingers will NOT have auditions for Crazy for You Monday Feb 9th , we will hold auditions on Wednesday Feb 11th starting at 7 pm. Doors will open at 6 to learn a short dance routine, please note this will be the ONLY opportunity to learn the dance.

Due to time constraints everyone who is planning to audition must have learned the dance and be prepared to audition by 7 PM.

Some auditionee's may be asked to stay for callbacks on Wednesday Feb 11th , so please be prepared to stay longer.

Callbacks will start at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Callback list for those that auditioned on Monday will be posted on the website today (Feb 9th).

If possible please come prepared with your Audition form already filled out. (see below links).

Audition form (Word)                       Audition form (pdf)
What to bring/prepare:

          Music – be prepared to sing 32 bars of music from a show of similar style. Bring your own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

          Dance – wear comfortable clothing. Jazz shoes for basic movement. Character shoes if auditioning to be a follies girl. Tap shoes if auditioning for the tap number.

          Readings – cold readings from the script will be provided at the time of auditions.

*Please note, the hall will open one hour prior to auditions for auditionee’s to learn the dance portions of the audition. There are two dance auditions, a jazz and tap. Not all cast members will be required to learn tap.

 

Actorsingers age requirement: ages 16 and older may audition.


Rehearsals will begin Sunday February 15th and will be held on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday evenings.

More Information here.

Short synopsis of the show

CRAZY FOR YOU is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930′s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream! Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can’t Be Bothered Now, Bidin’ My Time, I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.

For a more in depth description of the show, please visit:  http://www.tamswitmark.com/shows/crazy-for-you/

 

CRAZY FOR YOU ‐ PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS

BOBBY CHILD – A New Yorker in love with musical theatre but is forced to work in

a bank by his controlling mother. He has been (reluctantly) engaged to Irene Roth

for 5 years, but falls instantly in love with Polly.

Leading Man, baritone, age appropriate to Polly as a love interest, and “alike”

enough to Bela Zangler for a “mistaken identity storyline. Involved in 12 songs

(many solos) ‐ needs to be a strong singer, actor, dancer including “Fred and

Ginger” type numbers with Polly.

 

POLLY BAKER – Only SINGLE female in Deadrock where she is the postmistress

and “all American girl”. The men adore her ‐ Lank Hawkins is always asking her to

marry him but she has no interest ‐ then falls for Bobby disguised as Zangler.

Leading Lady, mezzo, age appropriate to Bobby as a love interest and daughter to

Everett. Involved in 9 musical numbers ‐ needs to be a good singer ‐ actor dancer

including tapper, and ballroom.

 

BELA ZANGLER – Male supporting role, baritone, aged 35 – 65 but must be “alike”

enough to Bobby Child for a “mistaken identity storyline. Usually played with a

Hungarian accent. Zangler is an established New York musical producer and

theatre owner / manager of the Zangler Follies. He follows Tess, his dance

director, to Deadrock despite being already married. Zangler enjoys a very funny

drunk scene and duet with Bobby so needs to be a good character actor.

 

IRENE ROTH – Supporting mezzo role, age appropriate to be Bobby’s fiance.

Bobby’s domineering fiancée engaged to him for 5 years. Irene follows him to

Deadrock and finally accepts the fact that Bobby won’t marry her because he

loves Polly. Then Irene falls madly for Lank Hawkins whom she seduces with her

only song “Naughty Baby.” She needs to move well.

 

LANK HAWKINS – Supporting male role, aged 30 – 45, owner of the Deadrock

Saloon. No solos but sings in many of the chorus numbers. Lusts after Polly ‐

wants to buy the Deadrock theatre from Polly’s father. Has some very funny lines

of dialogue so must be strong character actor.

 

EVERETT BAKER – Male baritone, Polly’s father, age appropriate to be Pollys

father. Everett is always reminiscing about how lovely Polly’s mother was when

she performed in the Gaiety Theatre, Deadrock. Finally, he falls instantly in love

with Lottie Child when she arrives in Deadrock.

 

LOTTIE CHILD – Non singing female role aged 45 – 60. Lottie is Bobby’s business

orientated and controlling mother who gives him an allowance. She wants him to

forego his ideas of being in musical theatre and make a career in the bank . She is

a very bossy and overbearing woman.

 

THE ZANGLER FOLLIES: 8 or 10 strong dancer (must tap) / singers ( all parts) –

They are the house dancers for the Zangler Theater and collectively need to be

similar enough in age and dance ability to represent a dance “troupe” al la Busby

Berekley days. While each has their own unique personality, the two featured

Follies Girls are

TESS – Female follies dance director ‐ pursued by Zangler even though he is

married. Tess sings and dances with the other follies girls so must be a good

tapper.

PATSY – Female follies girl ‐ “dumb” blonde role . Patsy has a high pitched

speaking role and sings and dances with the other follies girls.

 

THE DEADROCK COWBOYS:

MOOSE, MINGO, SAM – All aged 18 – 55, all have small dialogue and form

the Cowboy Trio who have solo pieces and sing with the male chorus. Must

be able to carry harmony. Ideally need to be dancer/tappers to partner

with the follies girls.

HARRY, PETE, CUSTUS, JIMMY,BILLY, WYATT, JUNIOR—all aged 18 – 55.

Harry is the bartender, Billy, Wyatt and Junior are the card players. All these

men have lines of dialogue and need to be tappers and dancers to partner

the follies girls. All these men involved in staged gun fights for the tourists.

 

EUGENE FODOR – Male baritone, cameo role, aged 30 – 60, an English tourist

who with his sister is writing a guide book to the American West. He needs to be

able to move well. .

 

PATRICIA FODOR – Eugene’s English sister, cameo role soprano, aged 30 – 60 and

fellow tourist. Also needs to be able to move well.

 

ENSEMBLE – play crowds in NY, additional Deadrock residents / guests for the

new theater, roadies for the Follies when they travel to Deadrock (Costumers,

Crew etc.....)

 

All auditions and info night will be held at:

Actorsinger Hall

219 Lake Street

Nashua NH

Any specific questions you may have regarding the show, please email the director at marthdh@gmail.com

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, January 5, 2015 7:58:00 PM Categories: Auditions Main Stage

Actorsingers NHTA Top Finalists - 13th Annual  

Nominations Announced

NH Theater Awards Top Finalists

Congratulations to All Finalists!

 

Actorsingers nominations are listed below

 

BEST PRODUCTION - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

The Music Man – Actorsingers

Young Frankenstein – Actorsingers

 

BEST PRODUCTION - YOUTH

Legally Blonde the Musical - Actorsingers, Teen

 

BEST DIRECTOR - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Paul Metzger)

 

BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Michael Coppola as Harold Hill)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Marc Murai as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein)

 

BEST ACTOR - YOUTH

Legally Blonde the Musical - Actorsingers, Teen (Sean Fitzgerald as Emmett Forrest)

 

BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Caity Glover as Marian Paroo)    

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Sarah Souter as Elizabeth Benning) 

 

BEST ACTRESS - YOUTH

Legally Blonde the Musical - Actorsingers, Teen (Susan Dudka as Elle Woods)     

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Eric Skoglund as Igor)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Stuart Harmon as The Monster)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Rachel Cerullo as Frau Blucher)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Mia Berardi as Inga)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - YOUTH

Legally Blonde the Musical - Actorsingers, Teen (Jill Tokac as Paulette)

 

BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR – COMMUNITY

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Jed Holland)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Judy Hayward)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER - COMMUNITY

Legally Blonde the Musical – Actorsingers, Teen (Brittney-Lynne Stanley)

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Martha Daniels Holland)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Donna O’Bryant Metzger)

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Young Frankenstein – Actorsingers (Lindsay Vago)

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Don Smith-Weiss, Dennis Schneider, Paul Metzger Will McGregor)

 

BEST SOUND DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Michael D. O'Keefe)

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Rick Brooks, Craig Brennan, Dennis Schneider)

 

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Friday, December 19, 2014 5:03:00 PM Categories: Actorsingers Teen In the Spotlight Main Stage NHTA

2015-2016 Playreading Mixer and Social Event!  

Share Your Opinions
 
When:  Thursday, December 11th
Time:    7:00pm
Place:   Actorsingers Hall
 
Join us for a night of fun and festivities! We will be reviewing the 7 shows in consideration for our Main Stage 2015-2016 season. We'll also have snacks and drinks (courtesy of the Playreading and Social Committees) after the presentation and an opportunity to talk to the Playreading Committee about your thoughts and opinions. There may be some surprises!
 
It should be a fun night so make plans to attend!
Posted by Evelynn Decker Tuesday, December 2, 2014 2:58:00 PM Categories: Main Stage social event

Actorsingers participation in the AmazonSmile Program 

A very simple way to support your favorite non-profit organization

 

We are excited to announce Actorsingers participation in the AmazonSmile Program.

Many of us already use Amazon throughout the year or during the Holiday season, by shopping using AmazonSmile and selecting Actorsingers as your charitable organization we will receive quarterly donation checks from AmazonSmile foundation. A very simple way to support your favorite non-profit organization.

 

How does AmazonSmile work?

When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization, please select Actorsingers. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, you must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Actorsingers. You can support us by shopping at Amazon using this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7317528.

 

Actorsingers

 

Happy shopping and thank-you very much for selecting Actorsingers as your selected Charitable Organization!

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, October 13, 2014 11:40:00 AM Categories: Main Stage
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