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Actorsingers and the
NH Community Theatre Association

Following is from Kim Cassetta and Larry Pizza (directors of our successful mainstage production of Aida in 2010) who will be directing our Festival entry in 2011:

We would like to have auditions on Wednesday July 20th and Thursday July 21st at 7:00.

The Play is Last Tuesday by Donald Margulies. We would be looking for:

1 Male- Married Father
1 Female- Married Mother
Person reading newspaper with voice over
Person with Headphones
Person on Phone
Train Conductor
Youthful Accident Victim

Rehearsal will be held on Thursday. With the caveat that we may add an extra rehearsal when needed.

We would also be extremely happy and eternally grateful to anyone who would like to volunteer for set building or stage crew.
New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
39th Annual Festival of Community Theatre
September 25-26, 2010

[webmaster note: need to put this in past tense, include any reports from people who were there]

Cheryl Stocks writes:

There will be 3 performance sessions at NHCTA festival this year. They are
  • Saturday Sept 25 starting at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday evening starting at 7:00 pm, and
  • Sunday Sept 26 starting at 1:00 pm
The performance slot for Heights is the 3rd show in the Sunday, Sept 26 afternoon session that starts at 1:00 pm.

Tickets are $10 for a session (3 or 4 plays), or $25 for all three sessions.

For those who don't already know: We do not get a specific starting time, and once our performance has started, the doors are locked and audience may not enter. So the safest way to be sure of seeing the show is to arrive by 1:00 pm and watch all the shows in that session. Also, they are changing the format for adjudication this year - all shows in a session will be adjudicated by the 3 adjudicators as a panel after the session is complete. Our session consists of 4 shows. The 2 Saturday sessions are 3 shows apiece.

We will also hold an open dress rehearsal at Actorsingers Hall on Thursday, Sept 23 at 8:00 pm. Note that Heights is approximately R-rated (language, subject matter).

The Actorsingers will present
by Amy Fox

Alec Eric Skoglund
Isabel Rachel Cerullo
Jonathan John Batchelder
Director Amy Friedman
Stage Manager Cheryl Stocks
Lighting Designer Craig Brennan
New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
38th Annual Festival of Community Theatre
September 13, 2009
The Majestic Theatre, Manchester

The Actorsingers presented
Check Please
by Jonathan Rand

Guy Eric Skoglund
Girl Cheri Birch
Guy's Blind Dates Rachel Cerullo
Girl's Blind Dates Joe Vago
Director/Producer Amy Friedman
Stage Manager Cheryl Stocks
Lighting Design Craig Brennan
Costumes Val Verge
Stage Crew Cheryl Stocks
Val Verge
Emily Coffill
Mayer Lipman

Actorsingers' Check Please won the following awards!

BEST STAGE CREW (Cheryl, Val, Emily and Mayer)
BEST ACTOR — Eric Skoglund
BEST ACTRESS — Rachel Cerullo
BEST DIRECTOR — Amy Friedman

Also, Lighting Designer Craig Brennan won the award for best lighting,
but that wasn't for his work with Check Please...
he also designed for Ghostlight Theater Company's Cuba Si!
for which he won the award.

New England Theatre Conference
New England Regional Festival
March 14-15, 2009
Rogers Performing Arts Center — Merrimack College — North Andover, MA

The Actorsingers production of
Vital Signs by Jane Martin
was presented

This production advanced from the
NHCTA Festival of 2008

Director Amy Friedman reports:

"Although we did not take home any trophies, we still fared well in recognition at the awards ceremony. The awards were like the NH Theatre Awards in that they had trophies for all the major categories and picked finalists in each category and gave the award to the winner.

We were top 3 finalists in 4 categories:

Best Ensemble
Best Director
Best Actress - Gina Carbello
Best Costumes

The Festival Winner was Arlington Friends of the Drama with How I Learned to Drive

Pat [Lawrence] was in another show, the musical The Mistress Cycle with Harvard Community Theatre, which took home awards for Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Lighting, Best Costumes and Best Makeup/Hair. I forgot to write it down but I think Pat was a finalist for Best Actress, she was great!

All four Actors in Nashua Theatre Guild's Dinner With Friends were finalists for acting awards and Craig Ciampa, who played Gabe, won for Best Actor."

After the Regional Festival, Vital Signs was presented again in Nashua on V-Day (April 4, 2009)
at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre, Court Street in Nashua
as part of a fundraiser for
Bridges Domestic and Sexual Violence Support.

New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
37th Annual Festival of Community Theatre
September 27-28, 2008
Amato Center for the Performing Arts

The Actorsingers Presented
Vital Signs
by Jane Martin

The Cast Gina Carballo
Holly Countie
Traci Flaherty
Melissa Groff
Sasha Kuftinec
Pat Lawrence
Jackie MacDonald
Erica Newhall
Cheryl Stocks
Betty Thomson
Man Prop Eric Skoglund
Director Amy Winograd Friedman
Stage Manager Molly Bruckman
Lighting Design Craig Brennan

The show took Second Place in the state festival and moves on to the regional festival, March 13-15, 2009, in Groton North Andover MA.

Cast member Cheryl Stocks was given an award for outstanding achievement in acting.

The work of the entire cast was complimented by judges and audience.
New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
35th Annual Festival of Community Theatre
Amato Center for the Performing Arts, Milford
The Actorsingers Presented
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
by Celeste Raspanti
based on the writings and drawings of the Children of Terezin Concentration Camp

Raja Brenna Galvin
Irena Sasha Kuftinec
Renka Jackie McDonald
Mother Nellja Allen
Pavel Beau Fisher
Father Mark Schwartzberg
Aunt Vera Cheryl Stocks
Erika Dana Angellis
Irca Heidi Fuller
Rabbi Dan Wells
Honza Kaleb Wells

The youth of Terezin concentration camp:

Dana Marie Angellis Natasha Rodriguez
Molly Bruckman Brittney Sousa
Jordan Friedman Nathan Schwartzberg
Julie Harris Brittney Sousa
Jonathan Rensler McDowell Madie Thompson
Jake Moskowitz Melissa Walant
Meghan O'Keefe

Director / Producer Amy Winograd Friedman
Stage Managers VJ Antonelli, Lauren Friedman
Lighting Design Craig Brennan
Sound Design Josh Friedman
Set Construction Tom Ritrovato
Costumes Amy Friedman, Sherry Thompson

I Never Saw Another Butterfly was named first runner up at the New Hampshire Community Theatre Association Festival. Ghostlight Theatre's production of One Flea Spare came in first and Milford Area Player's Production of I Hate Hamlet came in second. Those two plays will be representing NH in the New England Regional Theatre Festival in Concord in March. If either production cannot compete, we are next in line to compete in the regional festival.

Actorsingers won all of the technical awards at the festival. We won awards for Excellence in Sound, Excellence in Lighting, and Excellence in Costume Design. Josh Friedman was the sound engineer, Craig Brennan designed the lights and Amy Friedman and Sherry Thompson designed the costumes. The sets, designed by Amy Friedman and built and painted single handedly by Tom Ritrovato also received praise from the judges.

New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
31st Annual Drama Festival
March 2-3, 2002
Concord City Auditorium

Congratulations to all the cast and crew
for a wonderful performance that was
highly praised by audience and adjudicators alike.

Congratulations to AARON RITROVATO
who won the Stage Manager's Award.

Congratulations to JOANN DUHAMEL and SUE KOCZARSKI
who won an achievement award in Costumes.

The Actorsingers Presented
Unhappily Ever After
Book by Tim Kelly — Music & Lyrics by Larry Nestor

The Counselor Casey Elsass
Ms. Scribe Katie Farina
Prince Charming Joel Iwaskiewicz
Cinderella Alanna Vancor
Stepsister One Kristen Koczarski
Stepsister Two Ashley Gove
Stepmother Molly Gallaher
Prince Ling Aaron Chilelli
Sleeping Beauty Allison Duhamel
Pond Princess Andrea Wilson
Frog Prince Geoffrey McAllister
Rumpelstiltskin Bill Crockett
Little Bo Peep Emily Lovering
Little Miss Muffet Katie Tocci
Red Riding Hood Patrice Forrester
Snow White Sarah Wilson
Directed by Kathy Lovering

This was the first time that the Junior Actorsingers represented us at the NHCTA festival. Thanks to all the young people who worked so hard, and to the parents and friends who helped out. And thanks to Kathy Lovering who had the idea of competing with this show!

Congratulations also to these other Actorsingers who won awards in the 2002 Festival:

Jeff Caron (Directing, The Secret Garden)

Jeff Caron and Wendy Melillo (Set Design, The Secret Garden)

Tim GilPatrick (Acting, The Secret Garden)

Also, Lowell Williams wrote Feeding the Ducks, which won First Alternate Production

New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
30th Annual Drama Festival
March 18, 2001
Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth

The Actorsingers Presented
by Tad Mosel

Matt Gregg as Tony
Melissa Groff as Lora
Al Sprague as Ernst
Barbara Webb as Winifred
Directed by Chuck Emmons

An Adjudicators' Award
for Excellence in Acting

was given to

Matt Gregg

New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
29th Annual Drama Festival
March 12, 2000
Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth
The Actorsingers Presented
By Elaine May


Ted Rusomanis
Greg Tarsa
Wim Prest
and Pat Lawrence

Directed by Amy Friedman

New Hampshire Community Theatre Association
28th Annual Drama Festival
June 19, 1999
Adams Memorial Opera House, Derry
The Actorsingers Presented
Talking With...
By Jane Martin

Fifteen Minutes Barbara Webb
Scraps Alene Bonner
Audition Michelle Guerette
Rodeo Andrea Albright
Dragon Patricia Lawrence
French Fries Betty Thomson
Marks Bernadette Boardman
Director Amy Winograd Friedman
Assistant Director Michelle Guerette
Stage Manager Craig Brennan
Lighting Technician Josh Friedman
Costumes Alene Bonner
Crew Charles M. Emmons
Ellie Morrill
Barry Bonner
Program Barry Bonner

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Actorsingers' Talking With... took

and awards were given to

Barbara Webb
for Vocal Text Analysis
in Talking With...


for Thematic Introductory Sound
in Talking With...

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