Stories & Cast Interviews

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sigmund Says

Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Nick Gaswirth plays Sigmund in It Happened One Christmas Eve. (With Jeanette Minson as Charlotte.)

I Grew up in Los Angeles. I Played lots of baseball and did lots of shows! The performing arts teachers at my high school were the ones who really pushed me to perform, and who taught me the basics of everything I've been doing for the last 15 years!
Original musicals are a bit tougher, but so much more rewarding, as you get the chance to create characters nobody's seen, and work on music that's often being tailored to your voice and style.
I own a web design business on the side, so once I'm comfortably in the run of a show, I like to work on code I'm developing during breaks--especially intermission.
On my Ipod you'll find Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, The Beatles.
I enjoy being surrounded by family and friends during the Holidays. I spend Christmas Eve at my grandparents' house. I love Bagels and lox and hot chocolate on Christmas morning!

Double Dollies!!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)
Hannah Jane Moore (l) and Julia White (r) play Young Dolly, alternately, in our production of It Happened One Christmas Eve.  As fate would have it, Julia and Hannah were cast in 2 shows together this fall and became pals! We asked them to fill us in a bit about their Inspirations and their Holiday traditions...
Hannah: I am 12 years old and I attend South Orangetown Middle School.   I was born in Englewood, NJ but we moved to Rockland County (Tappan, NY) when I was 4.  I am an only child and really wish I had a sister!  I absolutely LOVE animals and have a golden retriever, "Dallas" and two cats,  "Dexter" and "Catchfool".   
Julia: I’ve lived in Westchester my whole life and I’m in 7th grade.
Hannah: My mom is my mentor when it comes to performing!  She runs a children's theater "Stage Left Children's Theater" in Rockland County so I literally GREW up at the theater!  I was onstage for the first time when I was only 6 months old in a production of "Cinderella"!  I haven't stopped performing since!  I absolutely LOVE being at the theater!  
Julia: All of my teachers and directors at Random Farms Kids Theater have inspired me to follow my dreams of performing. My role model is my voice teacher Dani.
Hannah: Working on an original Musical is really cool because unlike "known" musicals, the characters are not well known.  It's been really fun to make "Young Dolly" my own instead of watching videos of other actors playing the role!  I really love this story.  I like how all the classic songs fit right into the story.
Julia: It is challenging working on an original Musical, in the sense that not everyone is already familiar with the story. But it is also nice in many ways because you can really create your own character
Hannah: When I am not onstage I am usually at the dance studio! I dance every day of the week except Friday!  I LOVE to dance and have been dancing since I was 3!  I am finally on pointe this year and it is SO much fun but it hurts your toes!  I also love shopping and seeing my friends.  
Julia: When I am not onstage I love doing all other types of art, like drawing, painting, and I especially love drawing sketches of outfits or different clothing designs, in addition to hanging out with my friends!
Hannah: On my Ipod you'll find: Frozen, Teen Beach Movie, Ariana Grande and Sunday in the Park with George (I just finished this show!) .
Julia: I love all different types of music, but broadway music is closest to my heart. I also like upbeat pop and singers like Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift and some alternative style bands as well.
Hannah: My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve!  We go to my mom's friend Francesca's house and she makes the BEST chorizo & yellow rice! We have been going there since before I was born!   I still bring my pajamas and change into them so I am ready for bed when we get home!
Julia: My favorite holiday tradition is decorating my christmas tree every year! It is super fun and we have lots of pretty ornaments!
Hannah: This is my favorite time of year.  I love the Christmas tree, the music, the food and the fact that my family is all together. It is such a happy time.  I even like the snow!!!
Julia: What makes the holiday season special to me is Christmas and everything about it. I love christmas lights, trees, stockings, presents, etc. I love how the holiday season brings everyone together and reminds people about what really is important!
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."