ACT’s adolescent troupe performance of All Shook Up is a joyous ,roust about musical of the misadventures of cris-cross forbidden unbridled love. The cast and ensemble group had the audience gyrating and swooning to the50’s tune of Heart Break Hotel, Jail House Rock, and Hound Dog. The musical direction of George Croom, choreograph work of Jan Paganelli and stage direction of Jen Langford gives us all the thrills of a Broadway show with what seems to be a seasoned group of youth performers. Kudos to Joe Picard as Dennis whose comedic timing is masterfully done, and also to Olivia Paganelli whose rendition of There’s Always Me rocks the house. All voices and performances are in good form, but its Nick Paganelli arousing, robust recreation of an Elvis persona that fuels the audience’s engines. The sold out toe tapping laugh rock -a-Billy musical leaves us to wonder whats next, as we can’t help to want for more, more, more!! ACT is Yonkers’ treasure that never ceases unearthing the precious talents of adolescent theatre.
This has been one of the best films i have ever seen and the ators and atresses in 'All Shook Up" are the most incredible singers and dancers in the play.....especially Chad and Natalie.....(my cousin) also Sylvia,Dennis,and Mayor Matilda Hyde.......once again BEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.....the people next to me loved it and si did I!!!!
I have been involved with this superb organization for over four decades, participating as musical director, pianist, composer, actor, and audience member.
I have had the pleasure to attend on stage plays with actors conservatory theare.My daughter has had the pleasure and opportunity to be part of this great organization for the past 4 years. She loves every minute including rehearsals and has gained a second family. I am amazed how professional these shows are. The talent is amazing.alot of time is put into this and it shows. Im proud to be part of it
As a musical theatre librettist and lyricist, I've had the pleasure of seeing my own shows produced at ACT as well as attending other productions. What impresses me about ACT is not only the quality of their productions, but the overall atmosphere. An audience member feels like part of the family. The camaradarie among staff and crew is palpable. It's a great environment for young performers who blossom under the caring direction.
I am currently a Board Member, but before being part of the board I was an actor, a volunteer, a stage manager, and an audience member. ACT is my theatre home. I am now part of the directing staff for the Junior Troupe shows which offer children the opportunity to perform on stage without charging them a fee to do so. I enjoy being part of the ACT family no matter what aspect I am involved in. I love meeting the actors, the audience members, the volunteers and all the other people who get involved throughout the season. Our audiences come to our theatre knowing they will see a quality show. I am glad to have become a part of ACT and know I will remain part of the ACT family for years to come.
My son Michael walked into ACTs audition four years ago. Michael had mixed emotions at this point, he was excited and nervous and a little bit on the anxious side. I went with my son into the audition because he was nervous not knowing anyone. As soon as we stepped through the door, they greated us with open arms as newcomers. I knew from this point on I was leaving my son in good hands. As I later saw, I wasnt only leaving my son with caring people, but professionals. Even though this group is a non profit organization as well as a community theater, I have to admit there shows look and sound just like broadway! This theater group has opened many doors from my son. It's given him confidence as well as the correct training. But most importantly, its shown him how to let go and live. Its shown him to have self confidence and responsibility all while having fun. You can tell that the director, cheorographer,producer,and muscial director have such passion and love for what they do as well as teaching to young men and women. Each show gives me goose bumps as I sit there watching the children have fun and light up the stage. Its a true blessing to have found this group and I couldnt be any more elated. My son as well as my family arent just part of a show, we are apart of a family.
This is the first year my daughter is participating in the Junior Troupe Production at ACT. We had no idea what to expect. The first audition was incredibly encouraging and rewarding. The volunteer staff is second to none. The stage director, the music director,the choreographer, and the producer all make the experience fun; and yet the young performers are taking their responsibilities seriously. My daughter fully intends to audition every year until she graduates high school. I encourage every parent who has a child interested in exploring the arts through singing and dancing to try ACT.
Live theater is something that is invaluable to a community. It's a means for people who otherwise would not get to see live theater (on Broadway)to see quality productions. In the case of ACT, a means to introduce children to the arts - and to learn by letting them get involved! ACT has produced wonderful children's theater productions, in addition to their consistently great quality of adult-based productions. They produce musicals, comedies, and dramas -- all of extraordinarily good quality. They draw fine talent to their stage for all aspects of theater, because they are a well-run organization that appreciates the people who participate, in whatever capacity. It is SO important that wonderful organizations like ACT get the support they need to continue to make the quality of life better in the community.
ACT has presented some wonderful shows, including the shows featuring the students. The cast and workers get along great together and support each other. I make it a point to see every show that opens.