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.
ACT is a well-run, highly organized,caring, warm,and friendly community theater that puts on highly praised, professional-quality shows, and reaches out to students(with their Jr. Troupe shows), minority groups, senior citizens,and all members of the community.It is one of the few theater groups left to put on full-scale musicals,comedies,dramas,etc.,and consistantly maintain its reputation for excellence and audience-pleasing entertainment.
ACT has put on many fabulous shows in recent years. Especially memorable was Death of a Salesman. The community is fortunate to have such a talented theater company so close by.
It is my pleasure to write a review for ACT, an exemplary model of good community theater attracting families to partake in all aspects of youth and adult musical comedy and drama productions. I personally enjoyed participating in musical productions with this group many years ago. Their longevity in Westchester County allows my daughter the advantages and opportunity to hone her theatrical for which she is passionate. This group provides opportunity for all who show an interest, fosters and nurtures, not only the talent they find but, confidence, self-esteem, team play, a sense of pride in hard work, a total sense of community within a cast and crew. The directorial staff are excellent role models to the junior troupe. ACT has always enjoyed a reputable image of quality theater productions, directing, casting, choreography, set design, along with many other components. They are an icon in community theater, and continue to be creative in order to survive in today's economy while not charging cast members any kind of fee which remains refreshing in light of those groups capitalizing on running theater for tuition. ACT knows and understands the meaning of Community Theater.
It has gotten harder and harder to find grassroots organizations, real "community" theatres with a dedicated core group of people that do what needs doing to get a show up. What ACT does year in and year out is put good theatre on the boards, and give anyone with time and commitment the opportunity to be involved. Bravo!
I gives me great pleasure to be able to expose my family to creative productions in our community. I was introduced to this Theatre Company many years ago and have attended productions with friends, parents and my daughter throughout the years. Thanks to the Actors Conservatory Theatre, my daughter has developed a love for live performance and story telling as well as the history of theater. - Thank you ACT.
I am a nyc drama teacher and the parent of a 15 year old thespian who has been transformed by the amazing family of ACT participants. She has been given the opportunity to be a part of an amazing cast of characters and nurtured by great people. The ACT shows are brilliant. This year, courtesy of ACT generosity, 30 of my 7th grade students will witness the magic of this great organization. They will never realize the impact they have on these young lives!
We have been involved with ACT for several years. The quality of their performances, whether their mainstage or jr. performance troupe is always outstanding. The work done with young actors in the jr. troupe is amazing. They provide a loving and fun environment in which every child feels welcome and suceeds!
We have been going for years Great productions and very talented actors & actresses If you get a chance you must go!
When I first came to Yonkers, I had the pleasure of performing with ACT (as Bella in "Lost in Yonkers"!) and was welcomed warmly into the ACT family. Everyone pitched in willingly and was rewarded by the quality production, built on a foundation of dedication, love and talent (both on stage and off). This is the little theatre that could. A gem to be sure. Get involved!
My children and I have been in several shows. they are high quality performances and involve a diverse cross section of the community. ACT is very grounded in the community. -Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers Council President
I have been going to ACT shows for years & I tell everyone I can about them. Their productions are fabulous, often better then the Broadway productions. With a very small stage & with lots of love, dedication & talent you are transported to times gone by, foreign places or down memory lane. It is always a joy to see an ACT play, they offer top-notch theater to the community.
I became a volunteer at the suggestion of a friend who has appeared in several productions. I was immediately welcomed as part of the "family." The actors of all ages are dedicated, talented, enthusiastic,and very professional. The productions appeal to all ages.
Actors Conservatory Theater (Wenar Productions, Ltd.) is one of the best kept secrets on the planet. That is one of their biggest problems. They are not well known. Their volunteers, board members, etc., are top notch. My mother who is 94 has a hart time hearing and seeing. ACT always reserves a front row seat for her. Their productions could rivel any off Broadway production. I would say any Broadway production, but the small stage size and size of the theater makes their comparison closer to off Broadway. ALL of the shows I have seen have been excellent. Value is tops! For a little more than the cost of a MOVIE, one can experience LIVE theater. And when combined with their dinner package, the value can't be beat. Their only drawback is not having their own theater. While the church meets their needs now, the seating leaves a lot to be desired. If you are not in the first few rows, your view of the stage is limited. Hopefully this campaign will let the public in on this "secret" and they will achieve the means for getting a little theater of their own.
Actors Conservatory Theatre is like a second home to so many people. I commute from Connecticut three times a week just so I can participate in this amazing program. The people there are overwhelmingly nice, welcoming, and new actors or volunteers are always encouraged to join the ACT family. I look forward to being in the annual junior show each year and there is no cost to participate in it. I am overjoyed to have found this organization.
Actors Conservatory Theatre (Wenar Productions, Ltd.) is one of the most enduring arts organizations in the greater NY area. They have done so by being organized by a small group of dedicated volunteers who have consistently given their time, energy, and skills for many – in some cases, over 30 – years. They have kept costs low, and their offerings varied, so their performances have been accessible to audiences with broad needs and interests. Their junior troupe affords young people an incredible opportunity to work with people with professional-level skills WITHOUT charging a fee. They have kept their ticket prices affordable while other theatre companies at comparable levels have raised theirs. They have survived 2 recessions, being without a home theatre, and very limited public funding beyond ticket sales. They have survived in spite of the marginalization of the arts in our society for the past 30+ years. Their audiences have been loyal in spite of the fact that, out of necessity, ACT’s productions have been presented in nearly half dozen venues in as many towns throughout Westchester county. Actors Conservatory Theatre is an example of the best of non-profit organizations. It is deserving of much praise and support.