The Samaras Sentinel
Online Issue No. 2, Summer 2002
 
 
Hold on to your seats! The time has finally come for the Sentinel update. Gee, it only took two years! I know, I know, how could this happen? (Well...you wouldn’t believe how hard it is keep up with everyone everywhere. But enough of a reporter’s grumbling.) SO! The curtain rises on a Baby Sentinel [fanfare...]. Let's call it the Sentinel Spotlight, and it will focus a bright light on only several of Stephanie’s singers at a time. Check online every few months for updates...that’s better than every two years, right? Meanwhile, the reporting staff has gathered some choice news for the Spotlight’s debut. Here goes!
 
 
 
The Sentinel Spotlight
 
First of all, wave the flag for TARA BRETT. Tara won a competition (from a field of 129) to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Mets game in Shea Stadium! It will be broadcast on MSG on Sept. 3rd at 7:10pm, so tune in. No newcomer to singing for sports events, Tara has twice been invited by the Boston Celtics for her stellar National Anthem. You can find out more about this talented young lady by visiting her artist page on www.tonos.com.
 
What do SARAH ANDERSON and RYAN MIGGE have in common? (Other than lessons with Stephanie...) They’re BOTH in the new national tour of Sugar (the musical version of Some Like It Hot) featuring Tony Curtis in the Joe E. Brown role of millionaire, Osgood. In addition to their jobs in the ensemble, Sarah understudies Sugar (the Marilyn Monroe role). By the way, Sarah was only in town a few weeks following Pajama Game at Baltimore Center Stage before landing this engagement. She's on a roll!
 
MELISSA GIATTINO, TAMLYN SHUSTERMAN and KELLY SHEEHAN are all tap-tap-tapping away on Broadway in the latest revival of 42nd Feet, er...Street. If you want to see Tamlyn with her tap shoes you’d better hurry. She’s leaving the show in August to enroll at Columbia University for a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration.
 
LESLIE ANN HENDRICKS thought Florida would be nice in winter so she flew south to perform The Songs of Jacques Brel at the Florida Studio Theater. For the summer she returned to the Utah Festival Opera where audiences already knew her from last summer’s South Pacific (Nellie Forbush). You might say she was no novice, but she WAS! As Maria in the Sound of Music (novice, get it?) she brought a taste of Salsa, excuse me, Salzburg to Utah. Oh, by the way, she also got engaged while she was in Florida. (Romantic Florida with the palms and daiquiris and surf and mai tais and sunshine and pina coladas and...oh, you know.)
 
RON DESTEFANO. This kid works non-stop. You can hear Ron on the cast recording of Convenience in the role of Ethan/Young Vince. (available at Footlight Records, where the CD has topped the new-release charts). Ron was on tour for most of the winter with Fiddler on the Roof (Theodore Bikel as Tevye) playing Mendel and understudying Motel. Leaving Fiddler he returned to the Geva Theater in Rochester for a revival of Convenience. (I suppose Fiddler was in-Convenient?) Find out more about Ron at www.rondestefano.com.
 
As Stephanie works with BILL FOWKES in putting together his cabaret act (to be launched in the far, far, distant future), he works on his second love -- writing fiction. His first story “Power to the Pulpit” was published last November in the literary journal Lynx Eye. Meanwhile, Bill won’t quit his day job as a VP for a division of Showtime Network.
 
A tremendous “Brava” to JULIE BECKHAM who, along with three other very talented performers, produced and starred in their own off-Broadway production of I Love My Wife. Julie was a standout. This fall Julie will be very busy with her own production...the wedding.
 
LIZ PATEK. After recently returning from Cabaret at the Arkansas Rep, Liz will be in Sugar Babies at the Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport, CT.
 
CRISTIN BOYLE just returned from playing Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fay Templeton in George M. and Lili in Carnival at the Surflight Theater in New Jersey. Gee whiz, Cristin, were you a little busy?
 
Hats off to BRIAN SUTHERLAND who just concluded a very long stint on the National tour of Guys and Dolls (with Maurice Hines). Brian was Sky Masterson, playing opposite his wife, Diane Sutherland (formerly Frantantoni) as Sarah Brown. This reporter was lucky enough to see the production, and it was definitely worthy of “yet another” Broadway revival.
 
KATHLEEN SHIMETA has just finished her first CD, Ah! Love, I Shall Find Thee: The Songs of Gena Branscombe. The CD is released on the Albany Records label and can be ordered at Kathy’s website: www.KathleenShimeta.com. You can also check the website to learn about her latest engagements.
 
Speaking of CDs, there are three more new ones from Samaras Studio singers! CAROL JAUDES’s CD of inspirational songs, This Day, will be available online soon. Carol, formerly Carol Dilley, known from Cats on Bw’y as Jenny Anydots, has been produced in this CD by the Eastern Territory Soloist Series of the Salvation Army. A link for orders will be uploaded here as soon as it is available.
 
NOAM WEINSTEIN’s second CD, Above the Music, can be sampled and ordered at www.cdfreedom.com. Noam, who wrote and sings all the songs, is joined by a number of instrumentalists and vocalists in the arrangements. (Visit his website at www.enoam.com and learn about Noam and where his next performances will be.)
 
STEVEN FABRIZIO has just come out with his jazz/pop CD, Invisible Man. This is a great CD, real “easy listening,” with songs ranging from Cole Porter to Billy Joel to original material by Stewart Saint-David/Steve Fabrizio. Hear some of these original songs at Steve’s website, www.stevefabrizio.com. The CD can be ordered online from the website, CD Baby and Amazon.com, or in person in NYC at Colony Records or Backwoods & Co.
 
Last but certainly not least, I know you all have been wondering about our “Ray Bolger of the Millennium,” MARK CHMEIL. Mark has been touring as the Scarecrow in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz. He was born to play this role (providing he doesn’t have hay fever)!
 
 
 
Steph Stuff
 
Stephanie had a busy summer giving lectures and master classes. In June she was at the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, and in July she rocked the world at the National Association of Teachers in Singing in San Diego, at their big National Convention held every two years. Waydago!
 
 
 
THE LAST NOTE
 
WHEW! This was an extremely large spotlight, and I still didn’t get half of you in. Not to worry. Keep checking your email or come back to this site every few months so you can read about a few more of Stephanie’s fabulous students. Happy “trills” to you!