The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

In The Spotlight - Shira Grossman  

Youth Ensemble in The Music Man

Elzashira "Shira" Welin Grossman makes her onstage debut in the Youth Ensemble in The Music Man!

Last summer Shira attended Camp Runoia in Maine. “I participated in a play written by camp staff as the personification of “Age” and I had so much fun. After that taste of theatre I wanted to try out for a show and The Music Man was one I knew and loved.”  Shira was very excited to see her name when the cast list was posted.

How does Shira connect with her character? “I am part of the ensemble, and I’m one of the kids in the town.  I like hanging around with the other town kids just like I like hanging around with my friends.”

What was Shira’s earliest theatre memory? “When I was 4 years old, I got to go back stage and see the “Beast” before and after his make-up. I also remember the long staircase in that production of Beauty and the Beast. ”

Shira enjoys playing with friends, gymnastics, turning cartwheels, violin, skiing, dance, and reading.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:58:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - Pam Thornhill 

Pick a Little Lady (Mrs. Gardner) in The Music Man

Pam Thornhill, from Nashua, plays Mrs. Gardner, one of the Pick a Little Ladies in The Music Man.

Pam has performed on stage since Jr. High School, becoming an Actorsingers member in 1976 for several years, including serving as V.P. on its Board of Directors. Pam has performed with many theatre groups in the area, including Nashua Theatre Guild, where she played Louisa in The Fantasticks and won the NHCTA Best Actress award.“ I feel that I was given a gift to bring moments of joy to others and to myself. Musical theatre feeds my soul and allows me to be totally myself without judgment - to be of like mind and like kind with others who share the same passion is wonderful for me.”

Pam’s earliest theatre memory was going to NYC on the train with a friend at the age of 14 to see a matinee of Mame.

Pam finds the most challenging part of her role as a Pick a Little Lady is “acting snobby and hoity-toity” but is able to connect to the character “by remembering my French-Canadian grandmother from Nashua who would gossip with her other French-Canadian lady friends.

Pam is a marketing communications professional for a large security company.  She enjoys anything musical, reading, entertaining, and spending time with friends and family. “I am an adventurous sort, so I am up for just about anything!”

Posted by Evelynn Decker Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:01:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - Heidi Guidmore 

Dancing Ensemble in The Music Man

 

Heidi Guidmore, from Nashua, is a member of the Dancing Ensemble in The Music Man and this is her first production ever!  She auditioned for Music Man with the love and support of her boyfriend Cam Morin, who is also in the Dancing Ensemble.  When Heidi was 6 years old, she went to see her first musical with her grandmother, and, you guessed it: they saw The Music ManThe Music Man has always held a special place in Heidi’s heart, and she is performing in memory of her Grandmother.  Heidi has always wanted to do a theatrical production, and being cast in The Music Man is a dream come true! Heidi was ecstatic to be cast - after auditioning on her twenty-first Birthday and finding out that night she was cast, “it made my birthday that much more special!”

 

Heidi’s love for theatre and musicals started at a very young age, performing at Rosita Lee Dance Center and Showcase Performing Arts Center, where she danced and nationally competed for 18 years. Heidi’s earliest theatre/dance memory was when she was in her first ballet performance to a dance called Snow Babies.  “ I was in this white feathered costume and my mom had me wear one of my dad’s giant button up shirts so I wouldn’t get my bright red lipstick all over it.” 

 

Heidi feels honored and blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful cast and crew. “I get the joy of performing on-stage and the thrill of pure excitement from doing what I love - the big musical numbers are like magic!  I am so excited to be a part of the Music Man production! “

 

Heidi is currently a junior at Rivier University, majoring in Early Childhood Education/Special Education and Human Development, and she will be graduating in 2015.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, April 28, 2014 2:42:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - John Potelle 

Plays Oliver Hix in The Music Man

John Potelle, from Milford NH, will be performing in his very first theatrical production ever! It’s The Music Man May 9-11.  

John plays Oliver Hix, a member of the School Board who leads a very mundane life until he discovers he can sing Barbershop!  Recently, in real life, John also started a Barbershop quartet, Perfect Fourth, and he finds it very eye-opening. Singing quartet four part harmony is a real rush! There's nothing like it!
 

What does John find the most challenging part of bringing his role to life?  “As this is my first show, everything is a challenge; from learning lines, to singing with choreography. Singing barbershop is the easy part!”

 What was John’s earliest theatre memory?  “I was a very shy kid, but I remember my whole 6th grade class being forced into a "production" of Swinging on a Star, complete with props. But a much better memory is an 8th grade English class trip to Boston (from central Maine) to see a production of West Side Story - amazing...”

When asked what do you get from theater that you don’t get from anything else you do, he replies “I'm about to find out!”

When John isn’t performing with his real life Barbershop quartet, he works by day in the computer and technology field. But his real love is music - jazz, Broadway and classical.  He also plays guitar and saxophone.  Currently he sings tenor in several groups: Souhegan Valley Chorus in Milford, NH; the Valleyaires; the barbershop quartet Perfect Fourth; and St Patrick's Church Choir.
 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:48:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight

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

Congratulations School House Rock JR 

What a great run this past weekend

Bravo to the cast and crew!

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, March 10, 2014 10:24:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight

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

New Hampshire Theatre Awards 12  

Winners

Congratulations to all the New Hampshire Theatre Groups putting their heart, soul and talents into live theatre for audiences across the state! The 12th annual New Hampshire Theatre Award winners were announced Jan 25th 2014 at the Stockbridge Theatre applause to all! The winners are listed here

Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:32:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight

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
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