The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

In The Spotlight - Katie Tocci  

Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man

Katie Tocci from Nashua plays Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man. Katie auditioned for the show because I hadn’t been in a production in many years and missed doing shows like crazy! This is just such a fun show and I was so excited to audition for a chance to be a part of it!”

Katie joined Actorsingers at the age of seven, after coming to see a production with her family.After my first show, I was hooked! I participated in most of the kids and teen productions from 1997-2004 including the infamous “Pasta Shows!” I have also choreographed several of the children’s productions. In 2007, I was a member of the Female Ensemble in "Oklahoma." Actorsingers was where I grew up. It is so nice to be back home again! Theater brings me so much joy. It is nice to be able to escape to a make-believe world where singing in the middle of a crowded street or dancing in the middle of a library is expected! I am at my most confident, my most happy, and my most inspired when I am doing shows!”

How did Katie react when she was cast? “I found out that I was cast as Zaneeta from my mother. It was about 6:30 am on a snowy morning when she ran into my room screaming, “Congratulations!!!” I originally thought that she meant “Congratulations…it’s snowing…we have a snow day!!” After I woke up and I realized she meant that I was cast in "The Music Man", I immediately had to go to the website and see for myself. Much screaming and dancing commenced after that!!”

Katie’s character Zaneeta Shinn is the “oldest girl” of Mayor and Mrs. Shinn. She is a giddy school girl who has a thing for the bad boy in town, Tommy Djilas, whom her father does not approve of.  How does Katie connect with Zaneeta ? “I, and I think any girl who has done something her parents wouldn’t approve of one time in her life, can connect with Zaneeta! I think the most challenging part of bringing Zaneeta to life is capturing the perfect, “Ye Gods!” for every emotion!”

What was Katie’s earliest theatre memory? “My earliest theater memory dates back to my very first show, “I Swear I Saw a Dragon.” I can remember learning my line, “Pete’s dragon wrecked the school!” but being too mousy for anyone to hear so it ended up being a three person line!”

Katie loves “spending time with my family, friends, and my boyfriend. They are my fun! I am also kept very busy by my amazing little first graders who I love going to work for every day!”

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, May 1, 2014 4:42:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight

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

WINE TASTING PARTY 

Saturday, April 26th 7 pm

Join the fun for a wine tasting party. We will have 4-5 tables set up with various wines and snacks. Bring your friends for a fun night out of tasting and learning about wine!
Free for members of Actorsingers and for non-members, you can pay for a year membership for $10 and then come to all our events/auditions/parties for FREE!
So please send this invitation to your friends and join us for some fun! Bring your own glass if you want to! 

This is an adult event 21+


Place:  Actorsingers Hall   219 Lake Street Nashua, NH
Date:   Saturday, April 26th
Time:   7pm
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:31:00 PM Categories: social event

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
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