The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

Nominations 2015/2016 Board of Directors  

Vote at the Actorsingers Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015*

 

Nominations for the Slate of Officers of the Board of Directors 2015/2016 *

 

* There will be a vote taken for all Officers and for 3 new 2 year term directors 

 

* Kathy LeClair- President

* Chuck Emmons – Vice President

* Dave Miller – Treasurer

* Sarah Desaulniers - Corresponding Secretary

*Gretchen Gray – Recording Secretary

*Katie Tocci – new 2 year term 

* Craig Brennan – new 2 year term

* Cheryl Stocks – new 2 year term

   Bill Cote – second year of 2 year term

   Carol Gorelick – second year of 2 year term

   Lizzie Krahenbuhl – second year of 2 year term

   

Thank you to the Nominating Committee chaired by Kathy LeClair. To those who have finished serving on the Board: Donna O'Bryant Metzger (ex-officio), Tom Ritrovato (Vice President), Evelynn Decker (Corresponding Secretary), Amy Agostino (Director), Lindsay Vago (Director), Tony Breen (Director) . The Actorsingers thank you for your time, dedication and patience.

Voting will take place at the Actorsingers Annual Meeting, June 8, 2015 - 219 Lake St., Nashua

Social 6:30 PM Meeting starts at 7 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.

The Next Regular Board Meeting will be Tuesday, June 2 at The Actorsingers Hall.

The Actorsingers hold two business meetings a year, one in January and one in June. We encourage all members to attend these important meetings. This is your chance to be heard and express opinions on matters of relevance to the organization. We need to have as many members as possible attend in order to establish a quorum (25% of the active membership). This is so we can vote on issues brought to the floor as well as the Slate of Officers who will serve on the Board of Directors for 2015/2016. Our theatre group would not exist if not for the dedicated volunteers who give of their time and energy. Please become one of them and plan on attending the meeting…and, of course, socializing! It is also at the Annual meeting that Awards, including Scholarships and Life Membership for distinguished service to the organization, are presented. Come show your support on Monday, June 8! See you there.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, May 30, 2015 11:51:00 PM Categories: Meetings

In The Spotlight – Glen Grimard (2015) 

Moose in Crazy For You

Glen Grimard is in our Spotlight today.  He will be appearing as Moose one of the Cowboy Trio in our production of CRAZY FOR YOU. In his words.....

I auditioned for this show because I am a long-time friend of the first time director and I wanted to do my part to ensure her success.  I went to see a high school production of the show in 2012, when my nephew appeared as a "cowboy" and I was re-introduced to the songs and the book of the show.   The book of this musical is smartly written comedic dialogue.  The classic tuneful songs that are dropped in amongst the scenes are just an added bonus.   I was in the cast of the original Actorsingers production back in 1996.  I wanted to be in the current production because I have improved my stagecraft skills since then and I wanted the opportunity to make my part of this musical better than it was in 1996.  

I’m proud to boast that in May of this year, I mark my 20th anniversary of becoming a member of Actorsingers.  My involvement with the group actually started with the auditions for “Into the Woods” in September 1994.  I wanted to be in that production so badly, but I must have really stunk because I remember the audition form offered the “auditionee” the opportunity of being a tree in the production.  I checked off every box on that audition form, but I didn’t get cast.  I wasn’t even good enough to be a tree!  [I’m glad Barbara Walters is not supplying the questions for this interview – I wouldn’t know what to say if she asked “What kind of tree are you?”]   But I was cast in the very next show that I auditioned for – “They’re Playing Our Song” – and even though I was forced to leave that production due to a physical injury, I’ve been fully invested in the organization ever since.

I have performed with other groups in the area such as Music & Drama, New Thalian Players, Nashua Theatre Guild, Majestic Theatre Trust, Stage One, Colonial Chorus, Burlington Players and StageCoach Productions but I’ve always identified mostly as being a member of Actorsingers.

I was relieved when I found out I was cast.  It’s always a tough interval of time to live through when you’re waiting for the cast list to be revealed.  And then when I saw the name of the character I would be playing, I laughed and suddenly became impatient to get started rehearsing!

I play Moose and this is the same character I played in 1996.  When I found out that I would be playing Moose again, I pulled out a photograph I have, which was taken while I was in costume and on stage in the 1996 production.  I began thinking about the way my acting has matured since 1996 and how that would make Moose in 2015 different.  It’s actually easier bringing the role to life at age 47 than at age 28, because of all that I’ve learned and practiced in the realm of acting since then.  Looking at the picture from 1996, I knew I wanted the character to wear a similar costume and I started growing my facial hair to match.  I watched Actorsingers’ archival footage from the 1996 production and I noted the pitch of the voice I used and that helped me step back into the role.  Moose in 2015 is a lot different from the man he was in 1996 and I’m lucky that I get to show those changes in this production.

My earliest theater memory is performing in a talent show at a campground in Sebago, ME.  I was 11 and I got up on stage and sang “Babe” by Styx, unaccompanied.  I remember singing the song to the musical accompaniment playing in my head – but there’s like a 15 second instrumental part in the middle of the song and when I stopped singing, the audience started clapping.  But it wasn’t the end of the song.  Why didn’t they know that I wasn’t done singing? [I can laugh about it now – but it was so disappointing then.]

I work in a call center in Tewksbury, MA and I’m responsible for providing professional responses to incoming customer email inquiries.  When I’m not working or working on a show, I like being audience to theater performances.  I like to camp and hike.  I like watching TV and writing letters for snail mail correspondence with friends. And I like playing games with friends.

I get a lot from theater. 

Friendship. 

Acceptance.

Fellowship.

Approval. 

Creativity

Challenge

Commitment

Confidence

And no one gives {{{hugs}}} better than show people!  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:57:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

Into The Woods Direction Team Announced  

Show Dates Nov 6 - 8 2015

Actorsingers is happy to announce the Direction team of our Fall Production of Into The Woods!

 

 

Director –  Dan R Pelletier
Music Director – Amanda Morgan
Choreographer –Danielle DiPasquale

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned to Actorsingers website for audition information later this summer. Show Dates Nov 6 - 8 2015

 

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:53:00 AM Categories: Main Stage

American Idiot 

Audition Info
AUDITIONS FOR AMERICAN IDIOT!
 
Dates:  Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th (7-10 PM) (doors open 1 hour early to learn audition dance)

Callbacks: Saturday June 6th @ 6 PM

Place: Actorsingers Hall - 219 Lake Street, Nashua, NH
 
Requirements for Auditions:
 
Age:  Must be at least 20 years old and/or look to be under 40 years old.
Character age ranges are generally 20-30 years old (see descriptions below).
 
Dance requirement:  This is a very high energy show. A dance audition will be required. Arrive 1 hour prior to the start of auditions to learn a short dance combination. It will also be taught throughout the evening. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move easily in.
 
Vocal requirement:  Be ready to present a song in the style of the show (not from the show) that best represents your style and range - approximately 32 bars. Bring either sheet music (accompanist provided) or backing tracks on a CD to sing with (no vocals).
 
Drama requirement:  Since this is a completely sung thru musical. You will be required to act your audition song. This means that you need to put some genuine feelings into the song you are presenting. Think about the words and meaning....show your ability to "sell the song".
 
Rehearsals:  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 7-10pm
 
Show dates: Friday August 28, Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30
Just added Thursday Sept 3, Friday Sept 4 and Saturday Sept 5
 
Character Descriptions
 
**Being able to play guitar (or learn) is a requirement for these characters.

**JOHNNY The self-proclaimed "Jesus of Suburbia." Bored of his do-nothing, go-nowhere existence, he takes off for the city to get a new lease on life. He wages an inner war between a budding love for Whatsername and growing dependency on St. Jimmy and drugs. Male, 20-30 yrs old. Range: B2 - B4

**TUNNY Johnny's friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army. He travels to the Middle East. A dreamer who is easily swayed, first by Johnny's ideas and then by patriotism and the American Dream. Male, 20-30 yrs old. Range: D3 - B4

**WILL Johnny's friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships. Male, 20-30 yrs old. Range: C#3 - A4

ST. JIMMY Johnny's alter ego. Known as the "city badass." An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to drugs and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername. Male, 30-40 yrs old. Range: C3 - F#5 

WHATSERNAME A girl in the city who falls for Johnny. A rebellious activist who is willing to follow Johnny to the ends of the earth, but fights to have him embrace their authentic relationship rather than pursue his addiction. Female, 20-30 yrs old. Range: F#3 - D#5

HEATHER A girl in Suburbia and Will's girlfriend. She discovers she is pregnant but has difficulty telling her boyfriend of the news. Once she settles down with him, she struggles to maintain their relationship with his despondency and eventually leaves him. Female, 20-30 yrs old. Range: A3 - E5

EXTRAORDINARY GIRL A girl in the Middle East who appears as a sexual hallucination to injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war. Female, 20-30 yrs old. Range: Bb3 - E5  

ENSEMBLE:

THE MEN (THEO, DECLAN, CHASE, BRIAN, BEN, ANDREW, MIGUEL, GERARD and JOSHUA)

THE WOMEN (ALYSHA, LIBBY, LESLIE, REBECCA, MARY, CHRISTINA, CHELSEA, ASHLEY)

Visit the show page 

 
Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:21:00 PM Categories: Auditions Fringe Project

American Idiot - Information Night  

May 27, 2015 7 PM

Join the Production Team of AMERICAN IDIOT for a night of information and Green Day fun on Wednesday, May 27th at 7pm at Actorsingers Hall. 

 

We'll be discussing the show and audition expectations, listening to some music and showing the documentary "Broadway Idiot". We'll supply the popcorn, you supply the enthusiasm and beverages! It should be a great time so please consider joining us whether you want to audition or just help on the production....we'd love to see you! 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, April 20, 2015 3:06:00 PM Categories: Fringe Project

In The Spotlight - Joel Iwaskiewicz 

Bobby Child in Crazy For You

 

My name is Joel Iwaskiewicz, and I play Bobby Child (who sometimes plays Bela Zangler) in Crazy for You.

I was born and raised in Nashua, NH, which is where my wife, Laura, and I now live.

I didn't know Crazy for You very well, but I could sing almost every Gershwin song in the show.  My wife's encouragement (she's done the show before and LOVES it) was also a driving factor.

I've previously performed in Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, and The Music Man with Actorsingers.  I've also appeared onstage with Peacock Players, StageCoach Productions, and other area groups.

I was thrilled to take on such a challenging role... and terrified to take on such a challenging role.Bobby Child is a performer at heart who is trapped in the lifeless world of banking and wealth management.  He has dreams of breaking free and finally letting his spirit out onstage.  I love Bobby's earnestness and his adoration for performers.  I can relate to the exuberance he experiences onstage and the admiration he has for people who create art on the stage.  I can also identify with Bobby's instant infatuation with the character Polly since she's played by a fellow actor I really admire. Bobby is a laundry list of challenges for me.  He tap dances.  He impersonates a Hungarian accent.  He constantly changes costumes (and facial hair).  Fortunately, tackling each of those challenges is endlessly invigorating.

I used to burn Broadway soundtracks from the library onto audio cassettes, and then I'd call my friends and blast the first chords of the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack over the phone.  I thought that was the funniest thing.

My job as a high school English teacher is full of surprises and leaves me feeling fulfilled every day.  I also enjoy cooking, writing, and watching Saturday Night Live.

There's this electric connection between actors and their audience that I've only ever experienced onstage.  It's like being plugged into multiple worlds at once.  My imagination is never more lively or engaged than when I'm acting in or watching a live show.  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, April 8, 2015 8:51:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Heather Armhold 

Follies Girls Entourage member in Crazy For You

HEATHER ARMHOLD is in our Spotlight today.  She will be appearing as part of the Follies Girls Entourage in our production of CRAZY FOR YOU. In her words.....

I performed in Crazy for You in High School and it was always my favorite show.  I performed in Young Frankenstein last fall with the Actorsingers. I love Actorsingers and couldn't wait to work with the group Again. “I was so psyched! I definitely jumped up and down when I found I was cast in the show.

I have also performed with StageCoach Productions and The Majestic Theatre.

Since the Entourage is not in the script, I got to invent my own character.  I am the Costumer Designer/Wardrobe for the Follies Girls who always wanted to be a Follies Girl but wasn't quite talented enough at dance.  I connect with this because while I love to dance, it takes me a while to catch on.

I think the toughest part of bringing this role to life is to think about how I would react to other characters.  Since the Entourage isn't in the script it's fun to figure it out as I go!

My earliest theatre memory - I was in my preschool's production of Nanny Goats at the age of 4!

I am originally from NJ, but currently reside in Hollis, NH.  I am a work at home mom.  I am an Independent Consultant with Jamberry Nails and with Thirty-One Gifts and Bags. I love to travel, spend time with my two kids (Carter 2.5 and Gabi almost 1), try new foods, and do fun crafts.

There is a huge release in getting to "be" someone else for a little while.  Also, I love my kids more than anything, but it's nice to have some adult time with friends!

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, April 6, 2015 12:09:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Jacob Lavoie 

Wyatt in Crazy for You

My name is Jacob Lavoie and I will be playing Wyatt in Crazy For you. I am currently a senior at Nashua High School South here in Nashua, NH. Next fall I will be attending High Point University to study Theatre and Business. I recently appeared in the Actorsingers Production of Young Frankenstien. I've also been seen onstage with the following companies: The Palace Theatre, Peacock Players, The Nashua Theatre Guild and Stagecoach Productions to name a few. I was elated when I found out I was cast because Wyatt is a tap dancing, gun shooting, all American guy... Who could ask for anything more! When I'm not at CFY rehearsal I am at rehearsal for any of the three other productions I'm working on at the moment, in dance class, competing with the Kathy Blake Dance Studios Competition Teams, working, competiting with DECA and SO MUCH MORE!~ Thank you Martha, Judy and everyone else for this marvelous opportunity!  For more information about me follow me on Instagram(@OFFICIAL_JCUBLAVOIE) and like my Facebook page! 

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:39:00 PM

What’s new with Actorsingers summer 2015 

What’s new this summer at the Actorsingers?

In addition to our summer Teen show (“Wedding Singer”), we are going to produce a summer adult show. We are stepping out of our comfort zone to try something experimental and new…. the Actorsingers Fringe Theatre Project.  This new project has the potential to not only introduce exciting, edgier entertainment to the Nashua Community but also to offer adults and college age students the opportunity to work on a theatre project (on stage or in technical areas) that will challenge them.

So, the Actorsingers Fringe Theatre Project proudly presents the Green Day rock musical “American Idiot”, the NH debut of this edgy, exciting show! It will be performed at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre in Nashua the last weekend of August 2015. Audition information will be released soon. Check the Actorsingers website, www.actorsingers.org and our Facebook page for updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Donna O’Bryant Metzger

Music Directed by Jeffrey Prescott

Choreographed by Jen Sassak

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, March 16, 2015 5:39:00 PM Categories: Fringe Project

Crazy for You - Cast List 

CAST LIST

 

BOBBY CHILD     Joel Iwaskiewicz

POLLY BAKER    Laura Iwaskiewicz

BELA ZANGLER  Colin Malette

IRENE ROTH  Sophie Linkroum

LANK HAWKINS Kevin Linkroum

EVERETT BAKER (Polly's Grandfather)    Ben Pascucci

 LOTTIE CHILD  (Mother) Alice Pascucci

EUGENIE FODOR  Lizzie Krahenbuhl

PATRICIA FODOR   Amy Agostino

PERKINS (Doubles as Custus)   Phillip Laks

                 

THE ZANGLER FOLLIES GIRLS      

TESS    Jessica Dee

PATSY   Patrice Doherty

MITZI    Becca Tarr

ELAINE  Kathleen Meeham Goreham

LOUISE Tina Cassidy

SUSIE    Ashley Eason

BETSY    Emily Trubey

MARGIE Kathy LeClair

 

FOLLIES GIRLS ENTOURAGE           

Heather Armhold

Danielle Lepine

Lindsey Hedrick

Alexandra DeFelice

                 

THE DEADROCK COWBOYS         

HARRY (Bartender) Rich Rothbell 

CUSTUS Phillip Laks

JIMMY  Jacob Duby

                 

COWBOY TRIO 

MOOSE   Glen Grimard

MINGO    Jed Holland

SAM      Greg Ngugen

                 

CARD PLAYERS 

BILLY     Billy Pomerleau

WYATT Jacob Lavoie

JUNIOR    Logan Higgins

                 

DEADROCK CITIZENS     

Sarah Desaulniers

Brenna McGoff

 

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, February 9, 2015 3:48:00 PM Categories: Cast List Main Stage
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