The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

Crazy For You Direction Team Announced  

Show Dates May 15-17 2015
 
We are happy to announce the Crazy for You Direction Team!

Director  - Martha Daniels Holland

Music Director - Judy Hayward

Choreographer - Jan McTeague Gallagher

 

Stay tuned for audition information...

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, October 9, 2014 9:58:00 PM Categories: Main Stage

2015-2016 Mainstage Musical Survey  

Tell us what you want to see!

Now is your chance to have input into the Actorsingers upcoming Main Stage season!

We are looking for you to tell us which musical theatre productions you would like to attend and/or be a part of for the 2015-2016 season!

It's easy to help us pick our next season! Simply select 1-3 musicals from our 31 choices. That's it!

If you want to enter your own selections, that's great too but please make sure that your shows are available to Community Theatre companies before entering them. For example, Newsies is a great show but not available yet.

We'll tally the results and include your feedback into our discussions for our upcoming Main Stage Season.

This survey will close by October 1st.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:29:00 PM Categories: Main Stage Survey

Young Frankenstein Auditions 

Information Night to be held Sunday Aug 3rd 7 PM
 
Information Night

Sunday, August 3, 2014 7:00 pm

Meet the directors, hear their concepts for the show, ask whatever questions you have, then stick around afterward for a social gathering!

More information here

 

Audition Dates & Times

Sunday, August 10th from 6-10 pm
Monday, August 11 from 7-10 pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm (if needed)

Audition Details click here
Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, August 2, 2014 12:27:00 PM Categories: Auditions Main Stage

HIppo Best of 2014 

Thank you to everyone who voted - we are truly honored!

Readers’ Picks - ARTS

Best Live Theatrical Production - Best of Nashua

  •   Actorsingers "Les Misérables" November 2013

Best Art, Theatre or Classical Music Event - Best of Nashua

  •  Actorsingers Les Misérables November 2013

Read More at http://www.e-pages.dk/thehippo/345/

Posted by Evelynn Decker Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7:24:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Young Frankenstein Production Details 

Updated 14 Aug 2014 (cast list posted)

Congratulations to the cast of "Young Frankstein" and Thank You to everyone who came and auditioned!  The cast list has been posted.

Go to http://www.actorsingers.org/cast-lists.aspx and click on the yellow piece of paper taped to the door to see the cast list.

Rehearsals begin this Monday, August 18th -- details to follow via email.

 


Adapted for the stage from the movie of the same name, "Young Frankenstein" tells the story of Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen"), the grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

The comedy genius Mel Brooks (creator of the record-breaking Broadway sensation "The Producers") adapts his electrifyingly funny film of the same name into a brilliant stage creation, and The Actorsingers are pleased to bring you the New Hampshire premiere of this hilarious show!

Performance Dates

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 8 pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 8 pm
Sunday, November 9, 2014 @ 2 pm

 

Production Team
  • Director - Paul Metzger
  • Music Director - Judy Hayward
  • Choreographer - Donna O'Bryant Metzger
  • Producers - Brian Mehlman, Daryl O'Bryant
  • Assistant Director - Steve Harper
  • Technical Director - Dennis Schneider
  • Stage Manager - Steve Harper
  • Properties - Gretchen Gray
  • Set Designers - Don Smith-Weiss, Will McGregor, Paul Metzger, Dennis Schneider
  • Costumers - [Costume Lead Available], Lindsay Vago, Beth Schwartz

 

Primary Roles

 

DR. FREDERICK FRANKENSTEIN
The eccentric grandson of an infamous mad scientist. He is the Dean of Anatomy at New York's best university.
Male, 30-45 yrs old, Range: Bb2 - G4.  Must dance well.

THE MONSTER
The large, misunderstood creation of Frederick. A hopeless romantic.  Must be physically large and imposing, but also needs a sweet side and good comic timing.  Has dialogue and a song as well.
Male, 30-40 yrs old, Range: D3 - Bb4.  Some dancing, must move well.

IGOR
Frederick's faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant.  Must have great comic timing and good dance skills.
Male, 30-45 yrs old, Range: C3 - G4.  Must dance well.

INGA
The not-so-bright assistant to Frederick. Young and sexy.
Female, 20-30 yrs old, Range: G#3 - A5.  Must dance well.  Needs to yodel.

ELIZABETH BENNING
Self-loving, naive, boisterous fiancee of Frederick.
Female, 30-40 yrs old, Range: F#3 - F5.  Must move well.

FRAU BLÜCHER
The proud housekeeper of the Frankenstein estate. Intense and stern.  She was the girlfriend of the original Dr. Frankenstein (the grandfather).
Female, 50-65 yrs old, Range: E3 - B4.  Must move well.

 

Supporting Roles

INSPECTOR HANS KEMP
The justice-driven, protective, steadfast town inspector.
Male, 40-50 yrs old, Range: A2 - F4

THE HERMIT
The lonely, poor, blind town hermit. Has a great solo and scene!
Male, 35-55 yrs old, Range: A2 - Db4

DR. VICTOR VON FRANKENSTEIN
Frederick's infamous grandfather and creator of the original monster. A proud and stubborn man.
Male, 55-65 yrs old, Range: B2 - F4.  Must dance well.

ZIGGY
The well-intentioned village idiot.
Male, 20-35 yrs old, Range: B3 - E4

 

Character Roles

There are 34 additional named character roles in this show, above and beyond the Principal and Supporting roles!  Many actors (possibly everyone) will get either a spoken or sung line in this show.  These additional named characters are:  Herald, Woman Villager, Male Villager #1, Male Villager #2, Male Villager #3, Male Villager #4, Male Villager #5, Student #1, Student #2, Student #3, Mr. Hilltop, Telegraph Boy, Steward, Purser, Seeing-Off Woman #1, Seeing-Off Woman #2, Shoeshine Man, Horse #1, Horse #2, Mordecai, Mad Scientist #1, Mad Scientist #2, Mad Scientist #3, Mad Scientist #4, Village Quartet (bass), Village Quartet (baritone), Village Quartet (lead), Village Quartet (tenor), Masha (Elizabeth’s Entourage, Nails), Sasha (Elizabeth’s Entourage, Makeup), Tasha (Elizabeth’s Entourage, Hair), Basha (Elizabeth’s Entourage, Wardrobe), Bob (Elizabeth’s Entourage, Astrologer), and Count Dracula.

In addition to the total of 44 named roles, there are Ensemble roles for Gravediggers, Villagers, Medical Students, Passengers, and Mad Scientists!

 

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals will begin on Monday, August 18th, at which time a full rehearsal schedule and scripts will be handed out.  Rehearsals, in general, will be:

Sundays from 6-10 pm
Wednesdays from 7-10 pm
Mondays from 7-10pm (for primary roles and smaller scenes)

Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:56:00 AM Categories: Auditions In the Spotlight Main Stage

Actorsingers Seeking Directors for Fall Show 2014 

Deadline Friday February 14th.

The award winning Actorsingers of Nashua, NH is seeking a Director, a Music Director, and a Choreographer for our fall show 2014 to be staged Nov. 7 – 9, 2014 at Edmund Keefe Auditorium in Nashua.  We are happy to announce the fall show will be The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein!

Interviews will take place in the evening on Wednesday, Feb 19th with the first interview slot at 7:30 PM. You may interview individually or as team.

 To set up an interview time please send resumes to Evelynn Decker at secretary@actorsingers.org  by the deadline Friday February 14th.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:20:00 PM Categories: Main Stage Seeking Directors

AUDITIONS FOR “THE MUSIC MAN” 

Feb 8, 9, 10 2014

 

ACTORSINGERS ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR “THE MUSIC MAN”

 The Actorsingers of Nashua will hold cast auditions for their upcoming production of Meredith Wilson’s THE MUSIC MAN.

An audition for children’s parts will be held on Saturday, February 8th from 2-4:00.  Adult auditions (ages 16 and up) will be held on Sunday February 9th from 6-9:00PM and again on Monday, February 10th from 7-9:00PM.  Call backs if needed will be held on Wednesday, February 12th.  All auditioners will be asked to prepare 16 bars of any song and will be asked to learn a short dance audition.  Those auditioning for named roles will also be asked to do a reading from the show.

The auditions will be held at Actorsingers Hall, 219 Lake Street in Nashua.

The show will be held on May 9, 10 and 11 at the Keefe Auditorium at the Elm Street Middle School in Nashua.

 For more information on the auditions or the show, please visit http://www.actorsingers.org/music-man-insider.aspx

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:20:00 PM Categories: Auditions Main Stage

In the Spotlight Cheryl Stocks 

Producer for Les Misérables

Cheryl Stocks

Cheryl Stocks, the Producer for Les Misérables, grew up near Chicago, Illinois. Cheryl has done shows with Actorsingers for over 10 years, and has also worked with several other local groups.

 A show this massive needs a producer firmly committed well in advance of auditions.  She states “I knew I had the time available to devote to it and the Actorsingers membership to back me up on all the aspects of producing about which I am clueless.  I also knew I ‘had to’ be a part of this production (the gravitational force of Les Mis is incredibly strong), and auditioning wouldn't guarantee being a part of it, but producing would put me right in the midst of it.”

Actorsingers auditioned 144 people for Les Misérables and ended up casting an extremely talented 44.  Cheryl goes on to say “I've lost track of how many pounds of Twizzlers we've gone through - at least 30.  We are thrilled to be performing  for more patrons than every Actorsingers show since spring of 2006, tracking closest to our 2008 production of Beauty and the Beast (what is it about these French shows??).”

What does Cheryl experience from theatre that is different from anything else she does?  “Interactions with theater people - creative, emotional, needy, exasperating, dedicated, funny, and always ready for a hug,  creating something amazing out of nothing, in a ridiculously short time, with an inadequate budget and an extraordinary team, the thrill of the opening night performance and the reaction of that first audience.  Oh, and on rare occasions, I get to fly!”  

Cheryl found the most challenging part of producing is there is never enough time and of course seven months of sleep deprivation!

When asked about her earliest theatre memory she replies, “Theater is ephemeral.  Once I walk out the door I forget it all.”

Cheryl used to be a software developer but thinks she’s retired now.  She also sings.
 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Friday, November 15, 2013 3:25:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In the Spotlight Dennis Schneider 

Technical Director for Les Misérables

Dennis Schneider plays several roles in the Les Misérables production including Technical Director and co-production designer, co-set designer, co-lighting designer, co-video designer, stage weapons, master carpenter and truck driver. He has been part of Actorsingers Tech since 1983 – this is his 53rd show!

Dennis teamed up with Will (our director) on the Actorsingers production of Chicago and thoroughly enjoyed that collaboration. They joined forces once again and worked on the Les Misérables production concept for most of the summer.

 “Les Misérables is a very difficult work to bring to life. It requires an amazing cast and the production design has to enable it to be staged so that the story is told well. For me, the biggest challenge was organizing the design teams to bring the needed combination of art, craft, and engineering required to take our very original and very aggressive production concept through the detailed design process -- and make it all work so the audience never knows how complex it is! This production is the first time we have divided up the set design and build into several teams – each one working independently. Making all those elements match up – to the inch! – was no small challenge. “

“The first set drawing was created on August 9 – and the full design team updated and revised the drawings nearly 40 times. All of our specialties – Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Sets, Costumes, Makeup, Video, Special Effects/rigging, and atmospherics – have to come together! The full tech team’s largest challenge is making all of these moving parts and technology work seamlessly to combine with the director’s staging, and our terrific actors and musicians so each audience experiences the best we can all deliver.” 

Another interesting aspect of the show is “It cannot stop!  The music drives everything– as it should.”

This production’s very challenging design required the Les Misérables technical team to install:

  • over 34 wireless microphones
  • a concert-class sound mixing system,
  • a professional moving light control console,
  • 100 stage lights, 4 intelligent lights, a 10,000 lumen video projector,
  • 1 600 lb bridge, and 1 155-lb “surprise”
  • The video system alone required nearly 1,000 feet of cabling.
  • Nearly a mile of cable was installed for the lighting design.
  • The set is 22’ tall – and lot of it moves!”

Now that’s a lot of technology!

Dennis is proudest of his work on Actorsingers’ Ragtime (sets, lights, flying), Cats (sets, lights, flying), Jesus Christ Superstar (lights), A Chorus Line (Actorsingers and professionally, the Palace Theater.) He also has been TD and Stage Manager for the NH Theatre Awards I and II, lights for Stagecoach Productions Parade and Wit, and Manchester Community Theatre Players’ production of Fiddler on the Room.  He is a 6-time recipient of NH Theater Awards (lighting, sets, and technical excellence) in both professional and community categories. He also chairs Nashua’s Auditorium Commission – which oversees the Keefe Auditorium.

What does Dennis get from theater that he doesn’t get from anything else he does?  “The joy that most performers get from audiences – and time with my wife!  Kerry’s an actress and since we met (in college) she was on stage and I was “backstage” (I did her lighting lab work since she’s afraid of heights).”

Dennis grew up in Forest Hills (a neighborhood in Queens/New York City) and he remembers his family saw “everything” on Broadway for decades.  His earliest theatre memory was seeing the original production of Peter Pan on Broadway. “I was nearly 4.   I was hooked. (pun intended)”

When Dennis is not volunteering on shows he works in the healthcare technology industry with a focus on infused medication safety and hospital pharmacy operations.  He enjoys making patients safer! Outside work, Dennis and his wife Kerry try to spend as much time with their children and grandchildren as they can.  He is also a pilot.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Friday, November 15, 2013 9:14:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In the Spotlight Gretchen Gray  

Co-Stage Manager and Assistant Properties Mistress for Les Misérables

Gretchen Gray

Gretchen Gray, who is Co-Stage Manager and Assistant Properties Mistress, also refers to herself as crazy lady in this production. She was born in New Jersey but is living Southern NH now.

Why did Gretchen want to work on Les Misérables? “It is one of my favorites and a wonderful thing to be a part of both with the production team and as an Actorsinger. I was part of the play reading committee that proposed it for this season.”

Why does Gretchen work behind the scenes in theatre? “Oh gosh, a wonderful creative outlet and the joy of working with fun people who are from many different walks of life but share a passion for creating a really good show.”

Gretchen as worked on oodles of other shows both with Actorinsgers and with other groups, but never on stage, only backstage.

The most challenging part of working on this show for Gretchen was learning how to be a stage manager!

This is the fourth time that Gretchen has worked on a Les Misérables production.  She states “I have a collection of props specifically for Les Mis and it was actually pretty easy to draw from them for this production, but it is always great to reimagine a scene and make it different from the last time working on it.  Every production is different, same characters, but it can be presented differently.”

Gretchen’s earliest theatre memory “was going to see Hair in San Francisco with my mother in 1970.  My father was so annoyed that she took me and I did not understand why until I was an adult and read the lyrics.  It all went completely over my head at the time.”

When Gretchen is not working on Theatre productions she enjoys hanging out with the family at the lake!

Gretchen is thrilled to be working with an amazing group of talented people that we have been able to pull together both onstage and backstage. She says “This group is top notch! It has been a great ride!  Enjoy the show!”


 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:03:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage
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