Stories & Cast Interviews

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!

     

  

Monday, December 10, 2012

The KIDS in Miracle!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)
 I caught up with the child actors and actresses in our production of Miracle On 34th Street..  here is an introduction to these talented kids!  
   
l to right: Evelyn Carr (as Rachel), Sofia Singer (as Rachel), Tony Triano (as Kris Kringle), Amelia Rose Allen (as Susan), Olivia Lombardi (as Brigitte)  Zoe Wilson (as Susan),  On floor l to r: Tyler Altomari (as Tommy), Julia Gold (as Brigitte), Matthew Quirk (as Tommy).
 
Amelia Rose Allen  
I'm 10 3/4  and I live in Orange County. I am in 5th grade in Montessori School .
This is my first show at WBT!
Mom says I've been performing since I was born, but my first show was when I was about 5. My first professional show I was 9. It was a world premier, and I was the only kid. there were only 3 actors. I miss them
I have no human siblings, but I have dogs that do TV commercials and print stuff. My mom is a voice over actor, does that count?
I like Language arts and science at school.When not on stage I Ride horses and play
I mostly listen to  Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding and Melanie Martinez from "The Voice"... I was so sad when they voted her off, but I am still going to buy her music!
My family's Favorite Holiday tradition? We open one gift on Christmas Eve! I can't wait!
 
Tyler Altomari
I'm 9 years old. I live in Dutchess County, my hometown is Poughquag, NYI go to Beekman Elementary School and am in 4th grade.
This is my first show at WBT. I've been performing for 4 years. I was in my first show when I was 5 years old. I have an 12 year old sister, Dominique, who also performs. 
In school, my favorite subject is Math.
When I'm not on stage, I like to play soccer and dance. I also like to hike and take bike rides with my family. I like to listen to Pop music and Broadway Musicals. My favorite groups are Train and Coldplay. I like listening to Mary Poppins and Newsies.
My favorite holiday tradition is making cookies with my sister and then eating them!
 
Evelyn Carr
I'm 10. I live in Ridgefield, CT. I am in 4th grade. 
This is my first show at WBT and I love it!
I've been performing since I was 3 years old. My parents say I was singing before I was talking though! The Three Little Pigs was my first play in pre-school.
I have one younger brother named Vincent, he does not perform.
My favorite subject in school is Reading.
When not on stage, I like to draw, read, play inside and play soccer.
I listen to all kinds of music except Rap.
My favorite holiday tradition with my family is putting up the Christmas Tree together
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Julia Grace Gold
I am 10 years old and i live with my family in Katonah. I go to Katonah Elementary School, and am in 5th grade. I've been performing since age 6. My first show was  the musical, Annie and I was Molly.  
Miracle On 34th Street is my third show at WBT... I was in Seussical and Fiddler on the Roof .  In Suessical I was the Baby Kangaroo, and in Fiddler I was Bielke, Fiddler will come back on in January. 
My favorite subject in school is English/ Language Arts.
When not on stage, I like gymnastics, tennis and reading. I listen to popular music and show tunes. Some singers I like are... Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, The Wanted, Maroon 5. Some shows I like are... The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Newsies,Les Mis, Bring it On.
My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my family. My favorite cookies to bake are... sugar cookies, pizzelles, and chocolate chip cookies.
 
 
Olivia Lombardi
I just turned 9 years old in November. I live in Rye Brook, NYand  I go to Ridge Street School, I’m in 4th Grade.
I just started performing in Musical Productions this March. I've been in 6 so far. I was in singing performances since Kindergarten. My sister Sophia does not perform; she prefers to just watch me!
My favorite subject in school is Science.
When not on stage… I Sing! (why of course!)
I like to listen to Pop music.
Every year for Christmas, my sister and I choose a special ornament that we will always treasure. I can't wait until our tree is decorated with only our special ornaments!
 
Matthew Quirk
I'm 9 and live in Nanuet, NY. I have been performing since I was 61/2 years old. 
This is my first WBT production and I am having such a great time! 
I have two older brothers who are twins. One of my twin brothers wants to be a musician. 
My favorite subject in school is Science. I enjoy pop music and really like the movie Newsies.
I have a fish named Ralph and a bird named Tweety

When I am not performing I like to read, play soccer and I am learning to play the drums.

My favorite holiday tradition is when my family decorates the Christmas tree. 


Sofia Singer
I'm 11 years old and live in North Salem, NY.
I'm a 6th grader at St. Mary School in Ridgefield, CT. It's only about 10 minutes from North Salem but I think it's cool that I live in NY and go to school in CT.
This is my 3rd show at the WBT. My first ever acting experience was playing Zuzu Bailey in A Wonderful Life when I was 7 years old. I loved it so much that I auditioned the following year for The Christmas Voyager and was lucky to get the part! I've been performing for over 4 years.
I have twins siblings, a brother Kyle and a sister Anna. They do not perform like I do. Anna likes to sign up for shows once in a while. She and I are doing Seussical in January!
My favorite subject at school is math class.
When I'm not on stage I like to play tennis and watch movies.
I love to listen to music by Justin Bieber.
My favorite holiday tradition is picking out the Christmas tree. I love that we all  go as a family and try to get that perfect tree. We then have hot chocolate and ice cream!
 
Zoe Wilson
I play Susan Walker.  I am 10 years old. I live in the Bronx .
I am a 5th grader at St. Gabriel in the Bronx.
This is my first show at WBT. I have been performing since I was 6 years old.
I don't have siblings but I consider my dog Archie and my bird Charly my siblings. They are just as loving and exasperating as a brother and sister!
My favorite subject is Language Arts.
When not on stage, I take care of my pets. I train and play with them. I also love to dress them up.
I love music. Anything Broadway. I am a huge Barbara Streisand and Tom Waits fan. It's normal to hear me singing opera around the house though.
We always play a game after stuffing ourselves on Holidays. It gets really fun and competitive! And we always bet on who will win. My mom and dad always bet on themselves. I bet on grandpa!


 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ring In The New.... With A Miracle!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
A Gala celebration is in store for revelers here at WBT on the Eve of the New Year! A Sumptuous feast, The wonderfully uplifting musical, Miracle On 34th Street, and then dancing into the night with the Tuxedo Parc Orchestra! At the stroke of midnight, raise a glass of bubbly to the new year, full of  new dreams and unexplored possibilities!

In the past 100 years, the "ball dropping" on top of One Times Square in New York City, broadcast to all of America (and rebroadcast in many other countries), is a major component of the New Year celebration. The 1,070-pound, 6-foot-diameter Waterford crystal ball located high above Times Square is lowered, starting at 11:59:00pm and reaching the bottom of its tower 60 seconds later, at the stroke of midnight. This is repeated for all four time zones in the continental US. It is sometimes referred to as "the big apple" like the city itself; the custom derives from the time signal that used to be given at noon in harbors. From 1981 to 1988, New York City dropped an enlarged apple in recognition of its nickname.. The song Auld Lang Syne has become a popular song to sing at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

If your head really hurts on New Year’s Day, you could point your finger at the Babylonians who started this new year revelry nonsense. Though the ancient Romans added the idea of alcoholic excess, or at least perfected it. Julius Caesar fixed the start of the year on Jan. 1 by letting the previous year run to 445 days rather than the traditional 365.

New Year’s is among the very oldest and most persistent of human celebrations.

The western world celebrates the new year on Jan. 1. For some thousands of years before the Romans, the new year was celebrated with the first edible crops of the season or the first new moon. The new year celebration is an observance of the earth’s ability to renew itself and sustain us for another year. In agrarian societies— foods were the most potent of all new year’s symbols.

Ancient Egyptian and Greek societies paraded a baby around to symbolize the new year, at the end of winter when the crops sprouted, not the beginning when we do it. Baby New remains a popular symbol and turns up at celebrations even today. Father Time, who symbolizes the passage of time and the death of the old year, is a kindly looking old fellow, sometimes depicted holding Baby New Year.

At the stroke of Midnight, as the old year passes into the new, only one tradition is left: the kiss. The Romans loved kissing and incorporated it into their Solstice and Saturnalia celebrations. Thus kissing as a New Year’s Eve tradition persists today throughout the new world. The kiss is meant to set the tone for the new year, so be careful who you are standing near when the clock strikes 12. Pick a loved one. Awkward is not the tone you want to set for a whole year.              

(excerpts from an article by Randy Shore of the Vancouver Sun)