Top Scene Stealers of the Week Ending 12/12/14-Part 1

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Her are our new list of Scene Stealers honorees for the week ending 12/12/14. Congrats to all our honorees!

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Noah Bird as George Bailey Shares A First Kiss with Rachel Bailey as Mary Hatch in It’s A Wonderful Life at Arts Collective @ HCC

(left to right) Noah Bird (George Bailey) and Rachel Bailey (Mary Hatch). Photo by Bruce Press Photography.
(left to right) Noah Bird (George Bailey) and Rachel Bailey (Mary Hatch). Photo by Bruce Press Photography.

Noah Bird shares good chemistry with his love interest, Mary [Rachel Bailey], even when she is not of any interest to him. The love scene where George visits Mary upon her return from college is charming. As George bumbles his way onto the porch, Mary is awaiting a phone call from Sam Wainwright (Hudson Mohler). This is a cleverly staged scene, where Mary and George are stage right, Mary’s nosey mother (Kathryn Marshall) is positioned in one of the upper windows, and over-zealous businessman, Sam in a lower window. This is the tense moment where George, “does not want in on the ground floor.” As he expresses his anger in not wanting marriage, the mood shifts again and George and Mary’s first kiss is filled with great passion.”-Danielle Angeline

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Amy Cooksey as Miss Hannigan, Patrick Wathen as Rooster, and Aimee Bonnet, as Lily St. Regis, Sing “Easy Street” in Annie at Port Tobacco Playhouse

Amy Cooksey (Miss Hannigan), Patrick Wathen (Rooster), and   Aimee Bonnet (Lily St. Regis). Photo by Laurie Mudd.
(L to R): Amy Cooksey (Miss Hannigan), Patrick Wathen (Rooster), and
Aimee Bonnet (Lily St. Regis). Photo by Laurie Mudd.

“Amy Cooksey played a sarcastically superb Miss Hannigan. Her calm, drunken portrayal of the role was unconventional and that was very refreshing! Her acting and vocal abilities were shown in her twisted renditions of “Little Girls” and “Easy Street.” Joining her sadistic triangle were the wonderful duo of Patrick Wathen, who played the smooth, conniving Rooster, and Aimee Bonnet, who played the air-headed, comical Lily St. Regis. The three had magnificent chemistry. Patrick Wathen and Aimee Bonnet also displayed impeccable dance abilities in their performance of “Easy Street.”-Greg Kenney

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Sunny Fernandes as Sandy is on a Roll as Madelyn Mudd as Annie Sings“Tomorrow” in Annie at  Port Tobacco Players

Annie ( Madelyn Mudd) and Sandy (Sunny Fernandes), Photo by Laurie Mudd.
Annie ( Madelyn Mudd) and Sandy (Sunny Fernandes), Photo by Laurie Mudd.

“Another unforgettable performance was that of Sunny Fernandes, who played Sandy. The jubilant Labradoodle was well- behaved and was remarkably obedient, performing tricks right on cue. Sunny truly stole my heart when she playfully rolled on her back during Madelyn Mudd‘s memorable performance of “Tomorrow” and licked her face at the end of the song!”-Greg Kenney

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 Joshua Henry Singing “A Change Is Gonna Come” and ‘Let It Sing” at  NSO Pops: An Evening with Sutton Foster at The Kennedy Center

Sutton Foster (Violet) and Joshua Henry (Flick) in the musical “Violet.’ Photo by Joan Marcus.
Sutton Foster (Violet) and Joshua Henry (Flick) in the musical “Violet.’ Photo by Joan Marcus.

“It is difficult for anyone to steal a scene – let alone the stage – from the multi-talented Sutton Foster. However, two-time Tony Award nominee and recent Violet co-star Joshua Henry does exactly that in his all-too-brief appearances on the program. His rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is full of smoldering conviction. Henry’s star turn “Let It Sing” sounds even better than it did on Broadway – it was one of the night’s most electrifying moments.”-Diane Jackson Schnoor

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Brielle Herlein as Dorothy Gale Singing “Over the Rainbow”  in The Wizard of Oz at Charm City Players

Brielle Herlein (Dorothy Gale) and Amanda Lee Magoffin (The Wicked Witch of the West). Photo by
Brielle Herlein (Dorothy Gale) and Amanda Lee Magoffin (The Wicked Witch of the West). Photo courtesy of Charm Street Players.

“Brielle Herlein (Dorothy Gale) is just as sweet as ever both personally and professionally. Wearing the traditional blue gingham jumper dress, white blouse and eventually the ruby slippers, Herlein delivers her lines with great urgency and passion like Judy Garland did in the film. She performs with lots of confidence and shows great chemistry with the veteran actors she shares the stage with – the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Additionally, Herlein should be nicknamed the “dog whisperer” because for a vast majority of the show, she holds Toto (Louie) in her arms. In turn, Toto is quite protective of her and even barks at just the right moments. As for Herlein’s singing voice, it is beautiful as ever as she performs, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and duets with the Scarecrow, “If I Only Had a Brain.” For such a little girl, she takes on big roles and has a natural talent. No doubt, if she continues to pursue an acting career, her talents will be awarded.”-Danielle Angeline

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 Juror Three (Ken Kienas) and Juror Eight (Gene Valendo) Erupt at The End of Act One in 12 Angry Men at 2nd Star Productions

center: Juror Three (Ken Kienas) and Right: Juror Eight: (Gene Valendo). Photo by Nathan Jackson.
center: Juror Three (Ken Kienas) and Right: Juror Eight: (Gene Valendo). Photo by Nathan Jackson.

“As if there’s not enough loud disagreeing all through Act 1 of the powerful production of 12 Angry Men at 2nd Star Productions, but the final scene of Act 1 is a 10 on the Richter Scale due to the explosive performances of Juror Three (Ken Kienas) and Juror Eight (Gene Valendo). The outburst was so real that I thought one of them was going out on a stretcher. Here were two great actors close to blowing the roof off  the West Arundel Center for the Arts.”-Joel Markowitz

LINKS

Joshua Henry’s website.

Arts Collective at Howard Community College Presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life December 4 – 14th by Susan G. Kramer.

Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Interviews Part 1: ‘Paths Intersect Again After 20 Years’: Co-Directors Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli by Susan Brall.

Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Interviews Part 2: A Peek at the Multi-Generational Cast of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ by Susan Brall.

Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Interviews Part 3: ‘Leaps in Time With Noah Bird, Rachel Bailey, and Emma McDonnell.’

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.