The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

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

In The Spotlight - Mia Berardi (2015) 

Cinderella in Into The Woods

Mia’s very first memory about musical theatre was being cast in “Gypsy”, her first musical show, in Keene, NH. She remembers opening night being super exciting. Seeing all of the grown up ladies putting their makeup on and doing their hair Mia her first rush of adrenaline and excitement. It was a magical moment, and one that she still feels every opening night of each show she is in.

Mia first performed in her first play in second grade. Her parents said was the only one who knew every single one of her lines, and the lines of her castmates!  She would even whisper the lines that were forgotten into the ears of the other characters onstage, to keep the show going. Her character in that show just happened to be a princess!

Mia credits her dad as her inspiration for getting into theater, as she says he was the theatre nerd in the family so he was the one that inspired to pursue it all. Her dad always made the most out of the parts he was given and Mia strives to do the same with every role she plays. Most of her shows have been with Actorsingers, but one of her most favorite shows ever was with Stagecoach Productions.

Her top three show are: “Legally Blonde”, “All Shook Up”, and “The Crucible”.

What Mia loves the most about being in Community Theater, are the people you meet. She says that she has met many amazing people that she happily calls friends. Mia has a B.A. of Fine Arts in Theater Performance, which is exactly what she loves to do. Any aspect of the theatre is what her heart and soul love. When not pursuing her passion, Mia loves to bake and make ring-bearer pillows. That may be super random, she says, but it is a lot of fun. Her dream roles are to play Millie, in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, and to perform in “Jekyll and Hyde” as Lucy Harris, again.

Last, but certainly not the least, come see “Into the Woods”!!!!

Show Dates November 6,7,8 Tickets available here

Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, November 1, 2015 7:40:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

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
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