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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Victoria Dennis in George M!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
On Stage now!! See Victoria as The Little Girl in GEORGE M!
At the tender age of four, Victoria began her career by appearing in print ads for companies such as: Nikon, Toys ‘R Us, and Harlequin Books. By age six, Victoria received an invitation to study in California with casting director Joey Paul Jensen and television personalities John D’aquino and Rondel Sherridan from Disney’s “Corey in the House”. Being no stranger to the spotlight, Victoria went on to film commercials for Fisher Price, Abbot, Victorian Gardens (NYC), and Nick Jr’s “Noggin”.
It wasn’t until performing at a local school talent show that Victoria realized her true passion was for music and performance. There is no surprise where her hard work, dedication and talents come from. Being the daughter of a Greek mother and Italian father instilled the fire in her eyes to never give up on her dreams. This burning desire and talent in a young girl’s heart allowed her to land role after role in local musical productions; along with a role in “BIG RIVER” at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Victoria is honored and very proud of her latest achievement competing and performing at the World Famous Apollo in NYC this summer July 18 2012.
Her favorite subject in school is English/Writing. Victoria has a great future ahead of her she says " I am like a light switch, once I am performing I switch into a professional singer/ actress and want to make the audience happy." When her performance is done she switches back to a 9 yr old kid again.
Her Mom says: As a family we are all very supportive before I signed Victorias contract with her manager (Shirley Grant) we as a family sat and spoke and made sure we were all on board to do everything and anything for Victoria's career. Being that she has a younger sister we wanted to make sure that Bella was ok with it. Bella is 7 she is Victoria's biggest fan and always helps as much as she can.
Victoria currently studies with under the watchful eye of vocal teachers Badiene Magaziner and Richard Lissemore, performance coach Trapper Felides and dance coach Melanie Lapatin, owner of Dance Times Square NYC and choreographer for the TV Show “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Some of Victoria’s musical influences are Christina Aguilera, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and the multi talented Justin Bieber.
Victoria is an emerging young talent filled with determination to where the eyes can see; so you, as well, should keep your eyes open to what this little lady has to offer.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Colin Pritchard Knows Show Biz!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)
I grew up in Westchester County. I am the 2nd of two boys; my mother works in healthcare, and my late father was an actor. I've basically lived in Westchester my whole life, with the exception of my college years, which were spent in Washington, DC. I spent a lot of time around theatre as a child, because my dad was an actor. I always loved theatre and pursued it as an extracurricular activity, but didn't really seriously consider it as a career choice until I was in my last year of college. As I was approaching graduation and interviewing for "real jobs," I realized that the times I had been happiest and had the greatest sense of fulfillment were when I was performing. There are a few people who have been really helpful in giving me guidance and opportunities. Randy Skinner and Mary Jane Houdina are two such people.
I first saw George M! when I was probably 2 or 3 years old. My father played Jerry Cohan opposite Joel Grey as George on the national tour of the show and at the now defunct Kenley Players in Ohio. Though when I saw the show, Ken Berry was playing George; my dad went on to play the part several more times over the course of his career. Interestingly enough, my dad was also Joel Grey's understudy; Joel was actually older than my dad, but my dad's hair was completely grey by the time he was 30, so on stage he appeared older than he actually was. I've never done the show before, but I did play George Cohan in the world premiere production of The Seven Little Foys, about New Rochelle's famous family of vaudevillians. And I'm the voice of George Cohan on Paragon Ragtime Orchestra's recording of George Cohan's music, "You're a Grand Old Rag."
42nd Street has a very special place in my heart. My first paying gig was a production of it in Virginia several years ago. And my my dad toured the country with 42nd Street,along with Westchester Broadway's own Jerry Cohan, Jim Walton. It's nice to be working with him; it's proof that the world is a small place. I was fortunate to do WBT's production of 42nd Street in 2009-10. Some other favorite shows are Cabaret, Hairspray & "Millie." I've been fortunate enough to play some dream roles, and hope I'll get the chance to revisit them again someday...Bobby in Crazy for You, Cosmo inSingin' in the Rain, and Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are all roles, I've played & would love to play again. I'd also love to play Oscar in Sweet Charity & Leo in The Producers.
In my free time I enjoy taking tap class, and try to go often, to keep my skills sharp. There's also a decent chance you can find me watching cable news and HGTV. I try to get to the gym 3-5 times per week, too.
My music tastes are very eclectic. My iPod has a lot of standards (e.g., Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie) and big band (e.g., Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller) on it. In the more contemporary rock & alt-pop realm, I love Martin Sexton, Rufus Wainwright, Wilco, Travis, & Arcade Fire. The playlist that I listen to most often is my workout mix, which is upbeat, dance-pop music...stuff like Madonna, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, & Scissor Sisters.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Gabriella Palminteri On Stage in George M!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
Gabriella's first introduction to the screen and stage was when she was only 2 years old. She first appeared in her father, Chazz Palminteri's film, NOEL playing the little girl in red. Her next role came when she was only 4 years old when she appeared as Little Ballerina in her mother, Gianna Palminteri's short film, The Bronx Balletomane which was also nominated for a Student Academy Award. Her love for the stage and her natural voice led her to win the lead role in ANNIE for Westchester Youth Theatre. Playing Annie was what it took for Gabriella to realize the theatre is where she wants to spend her life. She loves to study dance, ballet, voice and acting - Gabriella is living her dream and preparing for a life on stage.
Her credits include Demeter in CATS, Jasmine in ALADDIN, Little Cosette in LES MIS, Sally in GREASE and Alice in ALICE in WONDERLAND for The LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH THEATRE for director John Fanelli. Gabriella spent last summer on the WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE Stage as Mrs Mayor in SEUSSICAL . Gabriella will also open the BRONX NEW YORK Arthur Avenue 2012 Fer' Augosto Festival singing her Broadway favorites this September and will also appear at THE HAMPTON FILM FESTIVAL 2012 for the second year. In the next year between auditioning for Broadway and performing at LYT she will begin recording her original songs in the studio. Gabriella is honored to play the role of Little Girl in GEORGE M! at The WBT
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Amanda taps her way across the WBT Stage!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Amanda Trusty plays Josie Cohan in George M!.. here's a little inside info.. about this fiery performer!
I grew up in Reading, PA. My mom put me in dance classes at the age of 3 and I started singing in church soon after that. By the time I was 11 I was competing in dance competitions and I started doing the junior high musicals. My mom would let my friends and I take the bus to NYC to take class at Broadway Dance Center when it was still on 57th street and we would student rush a matinee or night show before catching the midnight bus back home to PA. When I did my first community theatre production in tenth grade, I played Zaneeta in THE MUSIC MAN and that was when I knew for sure that this was what I would go to college for. I never wanted to do anything else, but that confirmed that I was willing to really fight for it.
My voice teacher and dance teacher from PA were huge influences on me. I got to dance with Gregory Hines in my hometown right before he passed away-it was a huge moment for me. See above answer for other influences!
I heard of George M! when I was still in high school and my choreographer from community theatre directed and choreographed it at a neighboring high school but I only knew it was a tap show, nothing else. I've never done the show before.
I am so in love with SWEET CHARITY. The show doesn't get done often but the title role is near and dear to me. ANYTHING GOES, GUYS AND DOLLS, and of course 42ND STREET are all time favorites. Classic music theatre all the way. Dream roles right now are Janet in DROWSY CHAPERONE and Betty in WHITE CHRISTMAS.
When not on stage, I love BAKING! My mom is an incredible cook and baker and it is such stress relief for me to lose my mind in a recipe or constructing a dish from scratch. I also love the beach-the water calms me and I am a sucker for sun and sand!
On my Ipod? Jason Mraz, Girl Talk, The Beatles, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid michaelson, Adele, beyonce, Marc Broussard!