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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Opening Night Celebration for 'In The Heights'
Posted by: Lauren Citarella on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
'In The Heights' opening performance ended with a standing ovation. After the cast performed there was an opening night celebration to kick off the start of run through March 17th. Many cast memebers, friends, and collegues attended this celebration to help congragulate the cast on a job well done. Along with many press represenatives, there were cast members from the national tour of 'In The Heights' sitting in the audience. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony award-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway's 'In The Heights' attended the opening night celebration as well. Here is a picture of some of the cast celebrating their success on opening night.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Terry Palasz is a true YENTE (The Matchmaker)
Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Terry as Yente in our Production of FIDDLER
I’m a Milwaukee girl and from a large Polish-English Catholic family (2nd youngest of 6). Growing up, I loved swimming, ice skating, folk festivals and cheerleading (early unique success…my team won the city cheerleading championship in sixth grade.)
My earliest artistic influences were from watching old movie musicals, playing roles on local educational TV (“Library Playhouse”) and entertaining (?) my family with Victor Borge-like interpretations of my piano selections while speaking in a cockney accent (oy!). But really, it was in high school that I found a true love of music and performance in choirs, musicals and instruction in classical vocal music. Milwaukee has a rich and diverse culture and I was given opportunities to both participate in and observe performances from polka to opera.
I have many mentors and not surprisingly, one is from polka…96 year old Ada Dziewanowska who is a leading authority on Polish folk dance in America, and one from opera…Hans Wolf, my first opera conductor, who through his animated performances and coaching style, shared his passion and accessibility of classical music.
I played “Hodel” in Fiddler in high school...the first time I’d heard of the show. I also played Yente some years ago in Utah on an enormous outdoor stage and we had real chickens, mules and cows in the production. But I feel extremely proud to finally portray this beautifully written character in an intimate setting.
Westchester Broadway Theatre is a superb stage to do Fiddler and audiences seems to breathe along with the cast. It’s a thrilling experience. I’ve also performed here in NINE (with Robert Cuccioli) and the recent Hairspray (Prudy Pingleton, Matron, Gym Teacher).
Tons of favorite shows…but I would be most excited to do Rags, Light in the Piazza, Souvenir and Master Class.
Offstage, I love hiking, world travel, storytelling, playing accordion, eclectic music, dinner parties and keeping up with my large, extended family.
On the IPod: Gypsy Kings, Eartha Kitt, Dvorak American String Quartet, Brave Combo, Led Zeppelin, Mirella Freni, Gracie Fields, Kurt Weill and Garrison Keillor.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Rachel Prather is Tzeitel!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Rachel Prather (Tzeitel) w Andrew Boza (Motel).
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. I am the oldest of seven kids, so I come from a big family. The holidays are always fun. :)
A lot of people have influenced my decision to become an actor, but seeing my first broadway show was what solidified it. I saw Wicked in 2004 and thought, 'That's what I'm going to do when I grow up.'
I grew up watching the movie, but this is my first FiddlerOn The Roof! I couldn't be happier to debut at WBT with this timeless story.
Some of my favorite musicals are Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Urinetown, The Sound of Music, and Once. When I'm asked what my favorite role is, I always say it's the one I'm playing or most recently played, and it's true! Every role is a new experience.
Off stage, I like doing crafts, hanging out with friends, and exploring New York. I love finding new coffee shops, especially after an audition or long day.
Most recently played on my IPod: Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux, Lady Antebellum.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
BOOTHS BEARING GIFTS!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
As The Holidays quickly approach, The malls are full of last minute shoppers looking for that unique gift. A good bet are the kiosks and booths which line the malls…with interesting, unusual choices and equally interesting people manning them!. Westchester Broadway Theatre, not to be outdone, has booths in 4 nearby malls with very loyal and very dramatic employees there at their posts right up to Christmas Eve! Visit Danbury Fair, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Jefferson Valley Mall and The Palisades Center. Gift certificates for two are available to the WBT. This is One-Stop Shopping! How Many Do You Need? They’re good for one year and the recipients choose the show. Our Upcoming Season Includes Tony Award winning shows such as: Guys And Dolls, The Sound Of Music, Kiss Me Kate & much more! Ask the employees at the booth…perhaps they’ll sing you a preview!