Plays Thenardier in Les Misérables
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 5:00:00 PM
Don originally from Vandalia, Ohio now lives in Derry New Hampshire. Don Auditioned for Les Misérables because Thenardier was on his bucket list of Character Roles he always wanted to play! What was Don’s reaction when he was cast as Thenardier? “Amazement” Don enjoys theatre he feels it is “A release of creativity through collaboration and experimentation that can’t be matched anywhere else.”
Don has performed with Actorsingers in the past in Guys and Dolls, and Sound of Music. He also was in Titanic and Pirates of Penzance with Stagecoach, 1776 with MaMu Productions and Bedford Off Broadway as well as in Weird Romance with Not Your Mom’s Musical Theater.
Don sees his character Thenardier as a “survivor, doing what he has to. After all the best way to play a bad guy is to play them as heroes... of their story.” What is the most challenging part of bringing his role to life? “I play a bad guy. But he also has to be funny. Figuring out how to take a guy who does terrible things and make the audience love him for it.... that’s fun.”
What was Don’s earliest theatre memory? “High school auditions. Funny, audition anxiety hasn't changed much!”
Don is a freelance illustrator and his work can be seen at: www.artwanted.com/dkhiggins
Plays Cosette in Les Misérables
Monday, November 4, 2013 6:04:00 PM
Ashley is from Candia, New Hampshire and as a young singer, she grew up listening to the soundtrack (Original London Cast Recording), and it was one of the first professional theatre productions that she saw- either in Boston or New York. She has always wanted to play the role of Cosette!
Ashley recently performed in Chicago with the Actorsingers, and has performed with other area groups including Footlight Theatre, Manchester Choral Society, Plymouth State University, Majestic Theatre, and The Acting Loft. Ashley enjoys expressing creativity through theatre, and has a love for music and performing. She says “It's a unique environment where I get to share my passion with other artists. I'm fortunate to be part of such a talented community!”
How did Ashley react when she was cast? “I woke up very early in the morning and got the news... I was so excited that I couldn't fall back asleep!”
How does Ashley connect with her character Cosette? “I connect with her by imagining myself in her situation. She grew up without her mother or father, and abused by the Thénardiers. Around age eight she enters into a privileged albeit sheltered life with her caretaker, Jean Valjean. To me, she has to represent hope--both to Valjean and the audience. She stands for light and goodness in the midst of a lot of tragedy.” Ashley found the most challenging part in telling Cosette's story in the scenes where she has either very few lines or none at all.
Ashley’s earliest theatre memory was her first musical; she played the role of a dancing saucer in Beauty and the Beast. She was not happy when she found out.. she had wanted to be Chip (the teacup.) Years later, she performed in the same show as Belle!
When not on stage Ashley recently became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and will have three additional certificates by January 2014.
Playes Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables
Sunday, November 3, 2013 9:50:00 PM
Debra Buckley makes her Actorsingers debut in “Les Misérables.” She has performed in shows with New London Barn Playhouse, Newport Opera House, Community Players of Concord, SKIT (Sunapee Kearsarge Intercommunity Theatre and Majestic Theatre. She plays Madame Thenardier and stated she has had some true struggles in her life and that struggles tend to either harden the heart, or foster empathy for others. She went on to say Madame Thenardier and I responded differently. There has to be something human about her, something to which people can relate on some level. Maybe it's the fact that she stands by her husband despite his shortcomings, or maybe it's that she's a survivor, but there has to be something that allows the audience to like or understand something about her.”
Plays in the female ensemble in Les Misérables
Saturday, November 2, 2013 3:44:00 PM
Ruth resides in Hollis, New Hampshire and auditioned for Les Misérables as she loves the music and wanted the opportunity to sing it!
Ruth has sung with Actorsingers Holiday Stroll and this is her first main-stage production with Actorsingers, in fact this is her first community theatre performance in the area as all her prior performances have been in Tennessee and New Jersey.
When Ruth first found out she was cast she was both surprised and humbled! She was looking for challenging singing opportunities, and the chance to become someone different for a few hours!
Ruth is part of the ensemble and plays several parts, all of whom are poor and desperate to survive. She tries to imagine how she would feel and react if she could not feed her children and had no hope of things getting better until the students unveil their plan. What is her most challenging part of bringing her role to life? Not just trying to look poor and desperate but BEING poor and desperate!
Ruth’s earliest theatre memory was going to see The Barber of Seville, Carmen, and The Mikado with her mother and grandmother when she was very young.
What does Ruth do for fun and work when she isn’t working in the theater? She is a worship leader, vocalist, and bassist for the worship team at Trinity Baptist Church in Nashua, and also a recovery room nurse at Elliot Hospital.
Plays in the female ensemble in Les Misérables
Friday, November 1, 2013 5:14:00 PM
Kate originally from Portland, Oregon and most recently Clearwater, Florida, was an Air Force brat and also married someone in the Air Force. Kate and her husband like to say they are from pretty much everywhere, you name it and they have probably lived there.
Kate’s “FAVORITE SHOW EVER” has seen it 5 times - once on Broadway in the early 90's, the rest were touring companies throughout the years. The music is so stirring - gets her every time! Still brings tears to her eyes.
This is Kate’s first production with Actorsingers and when she found out she was cast as Old Woman #2 she jumped up and screamed “YES!!!!!” Her favorite characters have always been the "not so beautiful" ones. Crazy, blacked-out teeth, wild hair, a hunchback, Kate says “BRING IT ON!!” with this role.
Kate’s earliest theatre memory was when she played "Susie Snowflake" in the Christmas Pageant in 6th grade but then went the sports route in high school. She came back to the theatre game much later - did her first community theatre show when she was 28. She loved it so much she went back to school to get her Theatre (Acting) degree, than she decided her senior year in college she would like to direct so went back to school in the BFA program for Directing. Kate has been at it ever since!
When you ask Kate what she does for fun and work when she isn’t working in the theater? She’s likely to respond “There's something besides theatre??”
What does Kate get from theater? It’s the friendship and the bonding that develops through working on a show. There is no other collaboration like it. Whenever, or wherever she has moved over the years, all she had to do was audition for a show and BAM! Instant friendship! She looks forward to all the new friendships she will make in this cast!
in the Nashua Telegraph
Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:49:00 AM
Article about our upcoming production of Les Misérables in the 10/31/2013 Nashua Telegraph can be read here .
Tickets still available ticket info.
Plays Feuilly in Les Misérables
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:03:00 PM
Matt Kaiser is from Merrimack, NH. “Les Misérables” is his first theatre production out of college. He plays Feuilly, one of the student revolutionaries, and the hardest part of playing this role has been trying to imagine having such a devotion to a cause that you are willing to die for it. All of that pride, anger and hope has to come out in the songs that we sing.
Plays in the female ensemble in Les Misérables
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:25:00 PM
Kathy is from Chester, New Hampshire and auditioned this past August for Les Misérables as it was one of her favorite shows. She found out she was cast while on a golf course and was so excited she started jumping up and down, now that must have been a sight! Kathy has been performing in Actorsingers shows for over 20 years and plays an Old beggar in this production. She got the theatre bug in Kindergarten when she saw the Nutcracker and fell in love at that moment with the stage. Why does Kathy perform? She gets a personal satisfaction of making the audience happy.
Plays Young Cosette in Les Misérables
Monday, October 28, 2013 4:17:00 PM
Darcy is the 3rd generation of her family to participate in Actorsingers! Her grandparents Raul Gual and Sara Gual were involved as board members and on stage in the late 1960s. Her mother, Gillian Hinkle played in the pit orchestra for several shows and her brother, Robert Gual performed on stage with Actorsingers as a teen and again later as an adult.
Darcy loves the show Les Misérables and has performed on stage with Actorsingers in Stuart Little and Seussical. She was really excited to be cast in the show and even more excited that her friend Ben was cast too.
Darcy’s plays young Cosette when asked how does she connects to her character, she responds “I DON"T KNOW! Well, we are both dreamers!” She finds her most challenging part of bringing her role to life is not laughing because she knows they are really mean. What Darcy enjoys about theatre different from anything else she does is she gets to be someone else for a while.
Her earliest theatre memory is when she had to run to the back of the auditorium, in the dark, over and over again!
For fun when she isn’t involved in theater she is involved with soccer, drawing, oboe and First Lego League.
Plays in the female ensemble in “Les Misérables”
Sunday, October 27, 2013 9:19:00 PM
Laura Pierce is from Manchester, NH and plays in the female ensemble in “Les Misérables”. “Les Mis” has been on her bucket list of shows for a while so she looks forward to being part of the production. “Les Mis” is her fifth production with Actorsingers and she has also performed with Stagecoach Productions, The Majestic Theatre and Windham Performing Arts. Being a newlywed, she relates closely to her character in Act II and the fear of losing someone you love.