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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Devon is an Enchanting Dolly

Posted by: Pia Haas on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Devon Perry plays Dolly in our musical production of "It Happened One Christmas Eve." We asked her about the show and her Holiday traditions.

I was raised outside Columbus, Ohio by my unstoppable mother and our many cats. Throughout my childhood, I was training to be a professional ballerina, taking class every day, until an injury ended the dream of mine. Thankfully, my mom suggested going to Interlochen Arts Camp for the summer for musical theatre, and my life was changed forever. I then went to the University of Michigan and received a BFA in Musical Theatre (go blue!).

I've been singing since I could talk, dancing since I could walk. Performing has always been in my nature. My dolls were always helpful in putting on a show in the living room. I grew up watching movie musicals - two of my favorites being The Wizard of Oz and White Christmas. I love the classics! Judy Garland, Vera Ellen, Rosemary Clooney, Julie Andrews - incredible women.

I enjoy working on original material. It provides for extra collaboration and originality. It's refreshing!

When I'm not onstage I enjoy doing yoga, playing piano, and volunteering with animal rescue organizations.

On my iPod... Hmm lately I've been revisiting my main man Billy Joel. I love jazz, rock, folk, you name it and I'll take a listen.

My favorite holiday traditions are decorating the tree with my family and making Christmas cookies with recipes passed down through my family. And then eating the cookies, of course!

 Devon (as Dolly) with Xander Chauncey (as Buddy)

Doing this show is making this holiday season extra special for me. The story of Dolly and Buddy is dear to my heart. Attached is a (blurry) picture of my grandmother and grandfather on their wedding day. My grandfather was in the navy in WWII and came home on leave for the 4th of July to marry my beautiful grandmother. She went around collecting sugar rations from all the neighbors in order to make their wedding cake, and they got married in the front yard of the family home. Knowing their story has made my work on the role of Dolly very personal. Fortunately, my grandfather returned home after the war and had 3 wonderful children, one of whom is my mother. My performance in this show is dedicated to my grandparents.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Five Questions For Bill Stutler

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We asked Owner, Bill Stutler a few questions  this Jolly Holly season! 

 1. How does a visit to WBT get people in the mood for the holidays?   :
 Fully decorated with garlands, lights and a tree that neary touches the balcony, with packages of food and toys that customers can bring and place under the tree for the needy, which we distribute just before Christmas, and an entrance also decorated for the Holidays, can't help but get one in the Holiday Mood.  Of course, Christmas music adds to the feel once you enter the lobby.  Topped off with a menu of Christmas favorites and an uplifting production which will leave  all feeling up and good about  themselves , relatives and friends. 

 2. Why is it such a great place to go to during the holiday season? 
 With a wide variety of entertainment events, WBT has something for everyone and with a served meal featuring your choice from a variety of entrees included in the low ticket price, WBT is the best deal around and the place to be this holiday season!   Dinner, Show, Parking, proximity...all add up to an affordable night out !

 3. Is it a place for adults AND families?  
 It Happened One Christmas Eve  is especially chosen for Families! It is a heartwarming Musical with a timeless message!

4. What do you want customer to come away with  after having been to your theatre this Holiday season?  
Being Entertained & well fed!  With an appreciation of the magic of live theatre! 

5. How many Holiday seasons have you celebrated at WBT?  
It is our 40th year! The County Executive has called the Westchester Broadway Theatre,  "The cultural mainstay of Westchester."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our Holiday Special features local Children.

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Olivia Lombardi and Jeremy Lanuti will be featured in our upcoming children's Holiday Show on Dec 13th  & 20th.

Olivia, who lives in Westchester County,  is a sixth grader.  She's been performing since she was five years old. Her favorite subject in Middle school is Social Studies. She has a pet chameleon named Charlie.
This is her third show here at WBT. Her favorite role so far has been as a member of Fagin's gang in Oliver
When not performing she enjoys arts & crafts, baking and cooking.  Her favorite holiday family tradition is shopping with her sister Sophia and her mom for  a new ornament each year to hang on their tree. 


Jeremy is a sixth grader from Orange County, who's been performing since age six. His favorite subject in school is Math.  He has a pet dog named Chewey.
This is his third show on this stage as well. He  performed with Olivia as part of Fagin's gang in OliverHis favorite role thus far has been "the little boy" in Ragtime here at WBT.
When not performing he enjoys swimming and playing with his friends. 
His favorite family Christmas tradition is playing with his cousins with all the newly unwrapped  toys from under the tree! He is hoping for a ukelele for Christmas this year.

Another Night Before Christmas is a show especially for the kids!!    'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house... everyone was scrambling to get the Ice Queen to the North Pole before she melts! What?! Two siblings call on Santa Claus to save the day when chaos erupts on the night before Christmas. Join us for a funny and lively one hour family musical filled with lovable elves and holiday magic! 

The show was written by Bob Fitzsimmons, music by Steven Silverstein and Barbara Campbell. (all Westchesterites) 
Directed by John Egan, (of Dobbs Ferry), Carol Arrucci is the Musical Director (of Ossining), Choreographed by Tom Coppola (of New Rochelle).
 
The Cast  features; Ryan Taylor (as an Elf), Jay Howard (as Santa) and  Irene Howard (as The Ice Queen) all of New Fairfield Connecticut.  Olivia Lombardi (as Mary) of Rye, Jeremy Lanuti of Chester (as Matt), Anthony Malchar  of (as an Elf), Ariana Fox of Yorktown (as an Elf) , Kristen Barr of Ossining (as an Elf) , David Cronin of Jamaica Queens (as Everett).
 

Booths Bearing Gifts

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 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: Camelot, West Side Story, Showboat & much more!  Ask the employees at the booth…perhaps they’ll sing you a preview!