Stories & Cast Interviews

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

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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!

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Younger Than Springtime!" Meet Alison T. Chi

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Alison T. Chi Plays Liat in our production of South Pacific.
I was born in Taipei and grew up in Hsinchu, Taiwan. I have a brother who is two years older than me. Both my parents are college professors and so was my Grandfather. I was brought up very academically that way I guess - school always came first. That being said, my parents still exposed me to different art forms. I studied dance, the piano and clarinet, taekwando and drawing and was often brought to the theatre to see shows.
I began my dance training at the age of three. Performing was never something foreign to me. I stopped dancing when I was 10 because my parents wanted me to focus on school work, and later I became a genetics major in college. One day as I was sitting in the lab staring at the fruit flies (or drosophila, to be scientifically correct) through the microscope, I asked myself whether that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The answer was no. So I went back to dancing and eventually started acting too.
There are several teachers/mentors who have influenced me as a performer: Tracie Stanfield, Alan Langdon, Don Boros, and Tom Kremer.
A friend of mine told me about South Pacific when I was in college and how much he liked it. It eventually became one of my favorite shows too. This is my first time doing it.
This is my first show at WBT! :)
I think musical movies are great but making one can be tricky. It's a very different setup and one really needs to know what his game plan is. South Pacific is actually one of my favorite shows. I also love Oklahoma!, Sunday In The Park With George, She Loves Me, The Pajama Game, and A Chorus Line. Every role is a dream role for me.
When not on stage, I love traveling. Camping has recently become my new hobby. I also enjoy cooking, baking, sewing, and knitting.
What's on my Ipod? Show tunes and cello music!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bloody Mary (Joanne Javien) Is The Girl We Love!

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Joanne Javien Plays Bloody Mary in our Production of South Pacific. Before heading out to Bali Ha'i, she shared some thoughts with us!

"I grew up in Southern California, in a town called Cerritos, about 10 minutes from Disneyland.  My family has a love and an appreciation for music.  I was a very active, young girl.  I wanted my Mother to get me a piano, so I was in piano lessons, dance lessons and singing lessons.  My parents saw the love of singing and music that I had and they support me...they still do to this day.  I'm very lucky.

bloodyJoanne as Bloody Mary with Bill E. Dietrich as Luther Billis.
I love singing! When I was little I sang along with Whitney Houston's albums.  I looked up to Lea Salonga, with her role as Kim in "Miss Saigon."  Seeing a Filipino-American on stage gave me the confidence that I can do it too!!

I heard about "South Pacific" at a young age, I actually played Ngana when I was about 9 years old at a local college's production.  This year, I've done "South Pacific" at Paper Mill Playhouse and Music Theatre Witchita, marking Westchester Broadway Theatre my third production of the show this year!!!!

Yes, I watched the movie years ago.  I wish they made more movie musicals, especially the contemporary ones, just like they did back in the day.  It would expand theatre into the mainstream...look at Chicago, Les Miserables...we need more of that out there in the world.

My favorite shows are Here Lies Love, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. One of my dream roles is to be Estrella in Here Lies Love, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Sharon in Masterclass.
I'm watching Netflix!!! I get obsessed with a TV series and cannot stop watching it.  I also love to work out and to eat!!!
On my Ipod? Here Lies Love, Whitney Houston, Bruno Mars, Adele, Avenue Q, and Sara Bareilles!!"