Stories & Cast Interviews
Rachel Prather is Tzeitel!
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.'
BOOTHS BEARING GIFTS!
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!
The KIDS in Miracle!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I am a 5th grader at St. Gabriel in the Bronx.
Ring In The New.... With A Miracle!
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)