The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

2014 NH Community Theatre Festival  

Auditions Announced

Actorsingers to Hold Auditions for NH Community Theater Festival June 12 at 7pm at the Hall. This years entry will be two short plays and will include acting fun for both men and women.

Drive Angry:  Two young men discuss life and what really just ticks them off as they drive through the urban landscape.
Cast:  Rex the Mex:  late teens to early 40's, Chemo-Boy:  late teens to late 20's Run Time:  maximum 20 minutes

Meow:  Two middle aged women at a restaurant discuss how they fit in their office work place.
Cast:  Two women, late 30's to early 60's, One young woman, late teens to early 30's,  Run Time:  maximum 30 minutes    

If you'd like to audition yet don't think that you meet the character descriptions, don't let the character descriptions for any role deter you.

Rehearsals will be held twice a week at a time mutually agreeable to the participants.  The Festival will be held at the Concord City Auditorium in Concord on the weekend of Sept 21.  If the pattern from previous years holds, the technical rehearsal (our chance to get on the stage and run the play) will be on Friday evening and the performance will be sometime on Saturday.    

For questions/more information, contact Director Chuck Emmons at willwonder2001@yahoo.com or through FB or home answering machine 603-891-0734  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:52:00 PM Categories: Auditions NHCTA

Nominations 2014/2015 Board of Directors  

Vote at the Actorsingers Annual Meeting, June 9, 2014*

*Kathy LeClair- President

*Tom Ritrovato – Vice President

*Dave Miller – Treasurer

*Evelynn Decker - Corresponding Secretary

*Gretchen Gray - Recording Secretary

 Amy Agostino – finishing 2nd year of 2 year term

 Lindsay Vago – finishing 2nd year of 2 year term

Tony Breen – finishing 2nd year of Gretchen Gray's 2 year term

*Bill Cote – new 2 year term

*Carol Gorelick – new 2 year term

*Lizzie Krahenbuhl – new 2 year term

 Donna O’Bryant Metzger – President ex-officio

 

* There will be a vote taken for all Officers and for 3 new 2 Year Term Directors 

Thank you to the Nominating Committee chaired by Lindsay Vago. To those who have finished serving on the Board: Donna O'Bryant Metzger,  Cheryl Stocks, Catherine Andruskevich - The Actorsingers thank you for your time, dedication and patience.

Voting will take place at the Actorsingers Annual Meeting, June 9, 2014 - 219 Lake St., Nashua

Meeting starts at 7 PM social starts at 6:30 PM

Nominations to The Board can also be made from the floor for any position with the following stipulations: 1. Anyone who is nominated from the floor and not present at the Annual Meeting must submit a letter stating their willingness to accept a nomination. 2. Anyone nominated for President must have served on The Board within the past 10 years. 3. All who nominate and accept must be voting members: 2 consecutive years of paying dues and actively involved in one Actorsingers sanctioned function per year.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, May 19, 2014 7:17:00 PM Categories: Meetings

Legally Blonde Auditions  

May 16 - 17 2014

 

Audition Information

Ages 13 - 19

(Must be 13 by opening day and must be no more than 19 on opening day)

Audition form here.

Auditions will be:

  • Friday May 16th  6-9 pm
  • Saturday May 17th 10 am -1 pm
  • Call backs Sunday May 18th 9- 11 am

Auditions will be at Actorsingers Hall 219 Lake Street Nashua NH

Teens interested in auditioning should prepare a 16 bar cut of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best demonstrates tone and range.  Please bring sheet music. Please be prepared for a range check if asked to do so.

Those who audition should also be prepared for cold readings from the script.

The hall will be open an hour before auditions begin, to learn the audition dance.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:36:00 PM Categories: Auditions

Congratulations  

To the Cast & Crew of The Music Man

Bravo 3 great performances!

May 9 - 11 , 2014

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:24:00 PM

In The Spotlight - Jenn Morton and Michelle Morrison 

Co-Producers The Music Man

Jenn Morton and Michelle Morrison are co-producers for The Music Man. They just started producing Actorsingers youth shows a few years ago, and we are grateful they volunteered to take on producing a main-stage show! 

 

Jenn and Michelle became involved in Theatre because their children wanted to be in shows. Community theater is a great opportunity for families to work on something together, so they jumped in to help whenever there was a need. They want everyone to know that no prior theater experience is necessary. If you think this might be fun, give it a try! We are glad they did, because they have become valuable production resources for Actorsingers! Jenn and Michelle have made many friends and laughed often with Actorsingers pals. When they are old(er) and gray(er), some of their favorite memories will be of music and laughter that filled the rehearsal rooms and stairways of Actorsingers Hall.

 

They say “The best part of working on a show is getting to know the people involved. The cast members are very talented & have a wonderful time together. And just as important as the cast are the behind-the-scenes volunteers. The many hours and hours that it takes to coordinate every little piece of the show… publicity, the set, the costumes, props, lighting, sound, tickets, concessions, program… many people are spending time & energy thinking about those things and working hard to make sure every piece fits into place, like a giant puzzle.  Then, it all comes together during Tech Week (really, it does!) and you breathe a sigh of relief and have fun!”

 

By day, Michelle works as an account manager in corporate America, and Jenn is a home schooling volunteer-a-holic who works part time at the Nashua Public Library. They both love spending time with family & friends, as well as taking care of their pet menagerie, which includes chickens they inherited with their recently purchased home.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, May 8, 2014 6:37:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - Kathy Lovering  

Director The Music Man

Kathy Lovering, from Nashua, is the Director of The Music Man. The Music Man is one of Kathy’s favorites and she is thrilled to be turning the pages from the script to an on-stage show!  In fact the first show Kathy saw as a child was when her parents took her to see an Actorsingers production of The Music Man in 1975.  This is the third time that Actorsingers is bringing this wonderful show to the stage, first in 1975, again in 1987, and now, on May 9, 10 and 11 in 2014. “We wanted to do a classical musical that showcases music that everyone is familiar with, and makes you feel good as you leave the theatre.  It has all the elements of an uplifting and fun show that we know will be a crowd pleaser.” 

The 67 member cast brings some interesting statistics to the show in addition to their performing talents. There are also many coincidences in this production of The Music Man.  Two sisters, Marilyn Valentine and Sandra Metaxotos, are performing in this production, in honor of their late sister, Rebecca, who performed the role of Marian for Nashua High School.  Their niece Lindsay Murch and Sandra’s daughter Chloe are in the ensemble. There are nine families in this show, which is a record for the most families in any Actorsingers production. 

Director Kathy Lovering and Marilyn Valentine (Widow Paroo) were classmates at Nashua High School. Music director, Jed Holland, met his wife, Martha Daniels Holland, in the second production of The Music Man, and all 5 of their children are involved in this show.  The second production of The Music Man was directed by the late John Liljeberg, whose wife Raelene is the costume mistress for this production. John was an assistant director for the Nashua High School band for many years, and Kathy Lovering and Jed Holland were in band together during that time. With so many coincidences in this production, the third time staging The Music Man is a thrill for all involved, and we hope audiences go out and enjoy the show!

What is the most challenging part of bringing this show to life?  “It’s a huge tech show, huge cast, and it's a period piece which is always a challenge.”

Kathy has been with Actorsingers since 1977, and in addition to directing main-stage shows, she has directed Junior Actorsingers and Teen Actorsingers shows, as well as a few shows at Nashua High South and the Nashua Senior Center.  Kathy has served on the Actorsingers Board of Directors as president, secretary, vice-president and director. Actorsingers has presented Kathy with the Penny Award, the Life Member Award, and the Actorsingers Hall of Fame Award.

Kathy makes her livelihood as an insurance agent “which is not fun!” She also likes gardening and restoring furniture.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, May 5, 2014 11:06:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - Jed Holland & Martha Daniels Holland 

Music Director & Choreographer The Music Man

Jed Holland is the Music Director and Martha Daniels Holland is the Choreographer for the upcoming production of The Music Man May 9-11. They are thrilled to be working together with this large cast of 67 very talented adults, teens and children! The Music and Choreography is so much fun in this production, including the much loved songs "Ya Got Trouble", "Goodnight, My Someone", "Seventy-Six Trombones", “My White Knight” and “Shipoopi”.

Jed has been involved with Actorsingers since 1981, where he has enjoyed many productions in and out of the Orchestra Pit. Martha has been involved with Actorsingers since 1987, where she met Jed in that year’s production of The Music Man. Jed was playing the piano and she was one of the teenage chorus dancers, and now they are happily married with 5 children. In fact all of their children - Andrew, Becca, Mike, Mary and Christopher - are involved with this production of The Music Man, which makes this production very special for them! They are also excited to be working with their Chilean exchange student Ismael as one of the dancers in this show.

 Since Martha’s appearance in her first show, The Music Man, in 1987, theatre has had such an impact on her that she has been involved in nearly all Actorsingers productions, in one way or another, ever since! Martha takes great pleasure in choreographing shows, but still enjoys being onstage occasionally. Jed loves Music Directing and especially loves working on shows with Martha and the entire family!

 Martha has served as past Actorsingers Vice President and board member. Jed served as the original Actorsingers webmaster and performed that duty for many, many years. Jed is a past unsung hero recipient, Martha is a past Actorsingers Wall of Fame recipient, and both Martha and Jed have received lifetime membership awards.

 By day, Jed is a software engineer, and Martha is a full-time Realtor with RE/MAX Properties and loves her work. For fun, they experience great joy spending time with their family and friends and of course going to see all the live theatre they can!

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, May 5, 2014 10:37:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - Michael Coppola 

Harold Hill in The Music Man

Michael Coppola plays Harold Hill in the upcoming production of The Music Man. Michael lives in Portsmouth, NH with his partner Ron Levesque.  He grew up in the small town of Rowley, MA and has lived in Miami, Newburyport and Epping in between.

Harold Hill is one of Michael’s favorite roles “ I love the whole look and feel of the show - it’s a fun show and a fun time.”  Michael’s  first A/S show was Oklahoma - Curly, then he was in The Producers - Leo Bloom, and then Chicago - Billy Flynn.

Michael has performed in over 100 shows with just about every group in southern NH and the seacoast area. “There are a few out there that I have not had the pleasure to work with, but I'm sure that day will come!”

What was Michael’s reaction when he was cast? ” I was very happy :) I'm not getting any younger and, well, eventually you gotta start playing the older roles.”

Harold is a travelling salesman who makes a living by swindling people and then skipping town. “In real life I am a Real Estate Broker - hmmmmm :)  Not that I've ever swindled anyone or skipped town - just saying. If you need to buy or sell a house ..... call me ;)”

“I think the most challenging part of this or any role in a period piece is keeping the character true to the time period. Whether it is language, body movement, etc., you don't want the audience to watch and think ‘oh look it’s Michael playing a part in a show’.  The best compliment is when the audience says, I forgot it was even you up there :) That’s when you say to yourself - I did it right.”

The Music Man was the first live show Michael ever saw, with his Mother and Grandmother.  “There was a travelling show and it came to our high school - I'm guessing I was probably about 13 years old or so. They had a complete band and everything. It was just very captivating. “

Why does Michael do theatre?  “Well,  where else can you be a travelling salesman one month, maybe a mass murderer a few months later, then become a fairy tale character, a baseball player, a gambler, a loving husband, a hated father, a roller-skating bride groom ..... You get the idea.  It’s truly the best way to express yourself creatively that I know, while giving something to others, might they be looking for a laugh, a cry, something thought provoking or just a few hours away from reality.”

As mentioned above, Michael is a real estate broker and has been since 1991. “When I have any free time, I enjoy spending it with friends, playing games, cooking, travelling - you know, the basic stuff lol - I'm not a triathlete or a skydiver or anything interesting like that.”

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, May 5, 2014 12:01:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - Caity Glover 

Marian Paroo in The Music Man

Caity Jeanne Glover, from Manchester, plays Marian Paroo in The Music Man, her very first show with Actorsingers!  Caity has always wanted to play Marian since she sang ‘Till There Was You” in a middle school concert, “When the opportunity presented itself to audition, I couldn’t pass it up!”

When Caity found out she was cast as Marian “ I screamed! And it was very early in the morning so I woke up my roommate, oops!“            

Marian is the town librarian, and the music teacher. “I connect with Marian because although she gives off a cold persona, she is smart and strong and hopeful.  And she wishes on the evening star, which is something I have done many times in my life. J “

Caity finds the most challenging part of bringing Marian to life is making the portrayal of her unique. She has a clear idea about what motivates Marian, “and I see her as so much more than just a ’stuck up librarian’”.

Caity’s earliest theatre memory was when she was 10 “my mother thought it would be a good idea to get me involved in theatre because I was a chatterbox who was always singing and dancing. My first show was a musical about Robin Hood and I played one of his merry men. And that was it; I was bitten by the acting bug and haven’t stopped performing since!”

Caity has worked with many area theatre groups including StageCoach Productions in Nashua, Milford Area Players, Nashua Theatre Guild, and most recently The Community Players of Concord.  “Being involved in theatre makes me feel like I never really have to grow up; I love the ‘play’ aspect of it.”

When Caity isn’t on stage she is a call analyst for a nurse coaching hotline. For fun she enjoys bike riding, baking, watching the Bruins, and she is obsessed with theme parks and roller coasters!!

Posted by Evelynn Decker Sunday, May 4, 2014 9:52:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight - Craig Plummer  

Marcellus in The Music Man

Craig Plummer, from Brookline, NH, plays Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man.

Craig describes Marcellus as ”a former compatriot of Harold Hill (or, as I refer to him, Gregory) who is a sort of loveable, bumbling, faithful sidekick character.  I feel that I have a lot of Marcellus in me and look forward to bringing that out on stage. The biggest challenge for me is truly being Marcellus and not just being myself on stage.  I have always loved to sing but doing so while trying to be someone else is a whole different level.  Hopefully my enthusiasm and connection to the part will shine through.”

Why did Craig audition? “I love to perform and the role of Marcellus seemed like a perfect role for me to audition for.  I also wanted to have the opportunity to perform on stage with both of my kids.  The opportunity to be involved with something that we all enjoy so much is a true joy!  I was overjoyed to not only be cast in the show, but to be cast in the role of Marcellus.  I hope to bring an "exuberant goofiness" to the role!”

Craig is no stranger to the stage “I had the good fortune to be in Annie with the Actorsingers a couple of years ago, and participated in a show called Midsummer's Magic, put on by Stagecoach 2 summers ago. I also had the good fortune to be portraying Thomas Jefferson in 1776 last summer with Bedford Off Broadway.  Where else in my life do I have the opportunity to get on stage and do what I love to do for a crowd of people?  The thrill of performing and hearing the audience laugh and applaud is unmatched in other parts of my life.”

What was Craig’s first memory of theater? “I had the role of one of the Trolls in The Hobbit in elementary school.  Some might say typecast but I vehemently disagree :-)”

Craig owns his own business doing college advising for families in the Southern NH and Northern Massachusetts areas. “ I am fortunate that my work is a joy to me, and that I get so much out of helping the families with whom I work.  For fun, I am an avid golfer and am working toward participating in more road races as a runner.”

Posted by Evelynn Decker Friday, May 2, 2014 5:23:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight
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