The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

In The Spotlight - Lara Hyde (2016)  

Choreographer - SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Lara is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  We first met her and husband Robbie last year when they performed in Spamalot.  Here’s what she has to say about Actorsingers and her role as choreographer in Singin’ in the Rain.

What compelled you to want to work on this particular show? Listening to music from this show makes me spontaneously smile and drop whatever I'm doing to start dancing.

What do you get from theater that you don’t get from anything else you do? Theater gives me the most exhilarating adrenaline rush. While choreographing the production, I have loved the feeling of my brain being ripe with ideas, and then weaving these ideas together into a creative vision that will make both the performers and the audience feel something. For this production in particular, I'm usually aiming for giddy happiness explosions.

What was the most challenging part of bringing your craft to life for this show? Making sure that performers don't accidentally poke each other’s eyes out with their umbrellas or fall into the orchestra pit - it gets jam-packed when there are 35 people onstage! 

What are the 2-3 most interesting/noteworthy factoids about this production as it relates to your craft? The diversity of dance styles in this show is noteworthy, including tap, Charleston, smooth jazz, ballroom, acrobatics and slapstick physical comedy. As a choreographer, I've enjoyed researching 1920s-style movement through many hours of YouTube videos and creating movement that reflects these dynamics. Ever since I signed onto the show in September, I've been having these ideas pop into my head at all times of the day; while cooking eggs, drinking a cup of coffee, walking down the hall at work and even in the shower. In the process I've learned some important lessons, like the fact that my home ceilings are too low to dance inside with an umbrella and that it is very dangerous to tap dance in flip flops while holding a cup of coffee.

Who or what inspired you to be involved in theater? My mom inspired me to dance when I was a little girl. She was a dancer, too, so she was pretty thrilled when I really took to dance. Growing up I was primarily a ballerina, and also trained in jazz, tap and modern. Most recently, I danced with Urbanity, a contemporary dance company in Boston. Although I've always loved musicals, I wasn't involved in any musical theater myself until last year when I performed with the Actorsingers in Spamalot and choreographed Damn Yankees at a local high school. I'm embracing musical theater in this new chapter of my life and thoroughly enjoying the challenge - my goodness, it is difficult to sing and dance at the same time!

What do you like best about being involved in Community Theater? The COMMUNITY. When my husband and I moved to New Hampshire from Boston we didn't know anyone in the area. This inspired me to start "Operation Make Friends in NH," and together we auditioned for Actorsingers. I can say that our operation was immensely successful. I love how the Actorsingers community is multi-generational and inspires people to contribute their many talents create to create shows that are so much more than the sum of their parts.

What do you do for fun and work when you aren’t working in the theater? I teach Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition courses at Manchester Community College. Earlier this year, my husband Robbie and I launched a nutrition YouTube channel called Nourishable. Robbie is passionate about the audio and visual production to create a platform for me to share my expertise gained from my PhD in nutrition. Our goal is to create a source for accurate nutrition information in bite-size pieces to empower everyone to lead healthy lifestyles. Check it out at nourishable.tv. I also enjoy running marathons and going on cross-continent adventures with Robbie and our giant poodle in our trailer.  

Is there anything else about this production that you feel is interesting? This is my first time choreographing for Actorsingers and I'm having a blast!

Photo credit: Eli Akerstein, Urbanity Dance

Enjoy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN May 12 - 14, 2017 ! Tickets available here !

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:25:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight

Lonny Barnett - In The Spotlight  

Rock Of Ages
If the seedy Sunset Strip were to ever name names of its chief perpetrators and instigators, rising to the top of the list would be Alonzo "Lonny" Barnett.
Barnett is Manager, Promotions Director, head cook, and bottle-washer at L.A.'s infamous Bourbon Room. As right-hand man of music industry vet and proprietor Dennis Dupree, the two share a steaming passion for rock, booze, and raucous nightlife.
Helping drive his success at helming The Bourbon, Barnett is no stranger to L.A.'s music scene. Formerly a drummer for local dub-ska metal group Mutha' Funkers, Barnett now works with Dupree to use the Bourbon stage to help the rising stars of L.A.'s underground music scene rise to international fame. He is also the creative genius behind some of The Bourbon Room's most outrageous promotional parties, including "Naked Jello Wrestling Thursdays", Strip Cribbage, and "Teabag Tuesdays."
Despite the hectic schedule of managing one of L.A. busiest nightclubs, Barnett keeps one eye on future opportunities. He is currently studying at ITT Technical Institute to become a Certified Audio Engineer, and aspires to be a Foley Editor in the Adult Film Industry.
Come join Lonny is his final performance of Rock of Ages Sunday Oct 30 at 2 PM!
Tickets at Actorsingers.org or at the door of Keefe Center for the Arts!
Playing the part of Lonny Barnett is James Middleton, who lives in Londonderry with his family, when not rocking out he is a Quality Engineer with an addiction to game shows and bar trivia
Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:44:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Joey Primo - In The Spotlight  

Rock Of Ages
Joey Primo, born Joseph Howard Rubenstein, has devoted his life to his first true passion – hunting. On his 10th birthday, his father drove him through the remote woods of Oregon, handed him a Winchester Model 94, and showed him how to track birch stumps and twig trails to communal nesting grounds.

For the rest of his childhood, Joey and his father, Richard Rubenstein, would travel around the Northwest discovering new breeding sites and landing 55-pounders to stuff and mount in their Lane County summer cabin. “It’s always been about the search,” said Joey in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, “the way their tails echo through the pines when they slap the water, or the sight of a set of tracks as it disappears off the riverbed.”

At age 23, Joey moved to Los Angeles to sell his award-winning, diving-action 68-pounder at Zak’s Famous 24-hour Pawn Shop on Santa Monica Boulevard just off of 101. He hoped to attract A-list collectors to his father’s burgeoning taxidermy practice. To support his efforts, he picked up a bartending position at the legendary Dupree’s Bourbon Room, where he discovered his second true passion – rock and roll.

Music became a way for Joey to express his nostalgia for summers in the brush with his late father, who drowned tragically when a flash flood swept him into a 7-foot quaking aspen dam just months after Joey left for California. After the famous struggle at the Bourbon Room during Arsenal’s farewell show, Joey negotiated with Arsenal’s manager, a notorious taxidermy hobbyist, to replace Stacee Jaxx as lead singer.

His moving tribute to his father, Beaver Hunt, topped the BillBoard Hot 100 chart for eight weeks.

Come join Joey rock it in Rock of Ages Oct 28 - 30 ! Tickets available here !

Playing the part of Primo is Matt Kaiser who, when not on the stage can be found doing graphic design in Somerville and watching cartoons with his wife.

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:15:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Sherrie Christian - In The Spotlight 

Rock of Ages
 
Sherrie is from a little town called Paola, Kansas. A true Christian girl, Sherrie has high hopes and dreams of making it big one day with her name in lights, walking down the red carpet. She started acting at the young age of 5, with her first gig on camera as an extra in a Magna Doodle commercial. Since then her passion has expanded, but limited as just a small town girl.
She took classes at Southwestern, and when she isn't performing she serves as a waitress at the local diner. Her hobbies include baking with her mother, jamming out to her Madonna records and collecting snap bracelets.
Steady with her long term boyfriend of 9 years, Sherrie was devastated to have her heart broken when he uprooted, leaving her behind for another woman. She hopes one day to find a man who will sweep her off her feet and follow in this rad journey with her, making her heart skip a beat the way his once did.
She has one last chance to give her dreams all she has...with a full heart and open mind ..."she'll be alright tonight"
Come join small town girl Ashley fresh out of Kansas chasing her dreams in Rock of Ages Oct 28 - 30 ! Tickets available here !
 
Sherrie is also known as Ashley who can be found typically with an otoscope in one hand and her daughter Lucy in the other.
 
Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, October 24, 2016 8:44:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Ja'Keith Gill - In The Spotlight  

Rock Of Ages

 

Jakeith Gill was the lead vocalist with the boy band "Soul Glow" before the band dismantled due to creative difference. Jakeith went on to open his own talent agency "Two Star Entertainment" where he has produced such artist as "Second Additions" "Black Street Boy" and the female vocal sensation "LaQueesha Renée ".

Will you be the next untapped talent. You could be. Bring your head shots and resume to the show and ask for Jakeith.

Playing the part of JaKeith Gill is Paul Gauthier-Zayas who when not on stage can be found designing hair at "Hair Force " the salon on the move.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, October 24, 2016 10:37:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Stacee Jaxx - In The Spotlight 

Rock of Ages
 Bad boy rocker Stacee Jaxx, lead singer and front man for the multi platinum power rock juggernaut Arsenal, exploded on to the rock scene in 1984. With Arsenal's hard driving rhythms combined with Stacee's on stage sensuality and off stage exploits they quickly became rock fan favorites and tabloid regulars. Rumor has it that Stacee's demand for musical perfection while recording their third and latest album "I Want Your Cans" ruffled more than a few feathers among his band mates and nearly caused a split. It is said that Stacee went so far as to set a recently recorded guitar track on fire right in front of the guitarist because he "couldn't feel it in his crotch".
Little to nothing is known about Stacee's history prior to the band's breakout in 1984. Some claim he studied classical music at Berkley, some say he is in the witness protection program, others say he is a former field agent for the CIA. All inquiries into his past have proven completely fruitless. Perhaps we will never know the real history of this mysterious man of music.
Come join Stacee and his Rock Band  in Rock of Ages Oct 28 - 30 ! Tickets available here !
Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, October 22, 2016 6:37:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Justice Charlier- In The Spotlight  

Rock of Ages

 Justice Charlier grew up in a sleepy town in upstate New York with her parents and two brothers. A stellar student in high school, she was set to become an accounting major at SUNY Albany when the call of the West Coast became too overwhelming for her and she tossed it all in to follow her real passion: rock music. Much to her parents' dismay, she left home and never looked back.

Upon arriving in L.A., Justice found nearly immediate success as a backup singer. Using the stage name Maxine Diamond, she sang vocals on the Donna Summer hit album "Bad Girls", as well as The Alan Parsons Project's "The Turn of a Friendly Card". (Incidentally, this is where she first encountered Dennis Dupree...but what happens at TAPP stays at TAPP.) On the brink of fame and fortune, Justice's world seemingly came crashing down when the Sleazy Producer screwed her over for the starring role in "Xanadu", casting Olivia Newton John instead. She has since thanked him many times over by providing drinks on the house for life at the Venus.

Penniless, Justice tapped into her childhood interpretive dance training and turned to employment of the evening. She began a long tenure at Sheldon's Shangri-La on Sunset, where she used both her dancing and her financial acumen to mentor the other girls and help Sheldon get out of the red. Once he split the scene, she took over the establishment and changed the name in favor of her favorite Roman goddess - and the Venus Gentlemen's Club was born. She'd like her parents to know she made it in business after all!

Playing the part of Justice is Melissa Runde, who lives in Windham with her husband and three children and is a monthly columnist for the Nashua Telegraph.

Come join Justice at The Venus Club in Rock of Ages Oct 28 - 30 ! Tickets available here !

Posted by Evelynn Decker Friday, October 21, 2016 12:52:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Dennis Dupree - In the Spotlight 

Rock of Ages

Serving Up Dreams, on the Rocks

(Reprinted with permission courtesy of Rolling Stoned magazine)

Lying in the dark shadows of West Hollywood’s seedy Sunset Strip lies an unassuming club where stars are born, and dreams go to die. In its long history, The Bourbon Room has hosted an impressive roster of legendary musicians. Janis Joplin, The Doors, Cream, Velvet Underground, and Cream, among countless others have all rocked The Bourbon during their struggling formative years. Making it at The Bourbon meant critical exposure to A&R men from Capitol and Arista Records, whose after-hours booze and drug binges at The Bourbon are the stuff of legend.

Falling on hard times, The Bourbon was shuttered for many years before being purchased and reopened by music almost-was Dennis Dupree. Dupree, 47, is a long time vet of the L.A. music scene, with the battle scars to prove it. Despite a seemingly gifted talent for songwriting and storytelling, Dennis’ own music dreams fell far short. He and his band-mates, Dennis and The Penetrators, although proven to crank out insightful lyrics and soulful licks, only managed to reach #157 on the punk klezmer charts. A revolving door of drummers, perpetually overdosing bassist Mikki Quatro, and continual trips in and out of jail and rehab kept the talented group battling constant setbacks.

Dupree has since channeled his keen insights on reinventing The Bourbon, now a hotbed for L.A.’s burgeoning metal scene. Groups such as The Ramones, Van Halen, The Dead Kennedys, and all-girl rockers The Cunning Runts have all gotten a huge career boost from Dupree’s sage advice, exposure to industry giants, and the support of throngs of Bourbon regulars, themselves the seeming dregs of humanity.

In quiet moments of confidence, it becomes apparent that Dupree may be most proud of his influence and guidance on current supergroup Arsenal. Its wailing heartthrob lead singer Stacee Jaxx first entered The Bourbon in the late 70s. A down-on-his-luck kid on the streets, Dupree took him in as a barback, recognized the abundant unpolished talent in Jaxx, and mentored him to super-stardom. Despite Dupree’s invisible hand in their early song-writing, the whirlwind success of Arsenal and its seemingly endless road tour have put a distance between the relationship.

Dupree quietly rocks on, serving up hard liquor and hard rock nightly at The Bourbon, helping launch dreams into the heavens, and drowning sorrows in a smoky highball glass, while keeping his keen eye trained for the next big thing.

(Dennis Dupree will be brought to life in Nashua by Mike Colena on October 28th-30th, when ActorSingers presents Rock of Ages at Keefe Auditorium)

Come join Dennis at The Bourbon in Rock of Ages Oct 28 - 30 ! Tickets available here !

Posted by Evelynn Decker Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:54:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Regina Koontz - In The Spotlight  

Rock of Ages!

Regina has fought for many causes. Everything from the Farm Crisis in Iowa to trying to legalize pot right in her home state of California. Regina gives credit for her drive and determination to her parents, they were the first to encourage her love of music as well as her love of social change. 

Her favorite protest songs as a kid were: ‘For What It’s Worth’ (Buffalo Springfield) Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones, and Morning Dew (The Grateful Dead). Though since she went to college as she is a recent graduate from Berkley, her taste in music has shifted to such bands including Twisted Sister, Europe and Pat Benatar.

Regina is incredibly excited to start her new job as city planner in the great state she grew up in. She plans to use all the knowledge she has gained to make change within the system. Fight the man from the inside. She can often be heard telling friends “Power to the Proletariat” Which are words Regina likes to live by. She insists it’s a phrase everyone should live by and loves to explain that the working middle class is who needs to speak out and let their voices be heard. 

Regina reminds us that the fight is never over, though she does not tell us exactly what fight she is referring to. She just insists that everyone must fight for the cause they believe in! Power to the Proletariat! 

Her latest protest can be seen on the stage in Nashua, New Hampshire courtesy of Actorsingers. She will be fighting for her cause October 28th, 29th, and 30th. 

Playing the part of Regina is Angèlica Forcier Rosenthal who, when not on the stage can be found teaching Music and Theatre.

Help Regina and her cause at Rock of Ages Oct 28 - 30 ! Tickets available here !

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Becca Urban (2015)  

Costuming Assistant Into The Woods

Using theater as a loose term, Becca was what she called a “Disney” kid since childhood. Growing up on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and all the rest.  She even went as Snow White for Halloween in a costume her mom had made for her. Becca got into doing improv around age 11, where she was a yogurt in a grocery store play, and then did true theater in high school.  Becca credits her friends as her inspiration for her getting into theater.  To her, they were shining stars on the stage, and not so shining backstage, so she signed up to support them, seeing all of the shows for free.  She says it just so happens that she became very good at “herding cats”.

Currently Actorsingers is the only theater group that Becca is involved with, but she also does Cosplay, Steampunk and roleplay as a hobby with friends on the weekends.  She is very excited to be a part of “Into the Woods| but her other two favorite shows are Almost Maine and a student written play from her high school of one act plays. What Becca enjoys most about being involved I community theater is that no one takes it too seriously.  Everyone is in it to have fun, put on a great production, and takes great pride in their work.

 When not doing costumes for “Into the Woods” Becca has an automotive back ground with engineering thrown in, but learned to love sewing about four years ago. She says that with lots of practice, she has honed her sewing skills and love to learn new things all of the time, usually out of necessity.  Becca’s dream is to be a lead costumer in a show that has many challenges.

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, November 1, 2015 8:09:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage
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