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.
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
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.
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 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!
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 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.