The Samaras Sentinel
Online Issue No. 4, Spring 2004
 
 
 
 
The Sentinel Spotlight
 
SARAH ANDERSON
Beginning an engagement in Kiss Me Kate at the North Shore Music Theatre in MA. Prior to that, ended an engagementů(cue the bells) by getting married. Attention QVC fans! See Sarah in your living room (cue the remote) as spokesperson for Sanyo vacuum cleaners.
 
 
MARIA BRINKMAN
Maria goes international in May on Troika Production’s Asian Tour of The Sound of Music. Her role is “Sister Sofia” and she covers “Maria” (...a little do-re-mi singing “do, re, mi...”).
 
 
EMILY FLETCHER
Emily’s out and about on the National tour of The Producers, where she performs in the ensemble and covers the female lead, “Ulla” (and does the Hula ... well, sort of).
 
 
CAITLIN CARTER
Recently seen as “Celestine” in Can-Can (a stand-out, as usual) at City Center’s Encore Series. Presently recreating “Mona,” her Broadway role, on the national tour of Chicago and alternating in the role of “Roxie.”
 
 
ALLISON GODBUT
Will be playing the role of “Edith” in High Spirits for the St. Bart’s Players in NYC.
 
 
LESLIE ANN HENDRICKS
New York audiences saw Leslie Ann in the role of “Ruth Wallis” in the Off-Broadway musical revue, Boobs, where she displayed her . . . great comic timing. Let’s see, there’s a segue here . . . boobs . . . yes, babies! She followed up with a Gerber Foods industrial, taking her great belt to the Sun Belt in Phoenix, AZ.
 
 
MELISSA JEROME
In May, Melissa premieres her one-woman show in Delray Beach, FL.
 
 
DEQUINA MOORE
Sounds like a million bucks on Broadway singing “Chiffon” in Little Shop of Horrors. You can also see her on video and DVD in the cult movie, CAMP. Tip: watch for her in the opening number.
 
 
AMY MILLER
Tapping her way across the country on the national tour of 42nd Street, covering and performing the role of “Anytime Annie.”
 
 
KATHY SHIMETA
Her new CD of Gina Branscombe songs, “Ah, Love I Shall Find Thee,” has been released on the Albany recording label and is available through her website, www.KathleenShimeta.com. Currently Kathy is rehearsing a one-woman show (see Evan Pappas) about Gina Branscombe which features the songs from her CD. It will premiere on April 17th at the Liederkranz Theater in NYC (East 87th Street off of Fifth Avenue).
 
 
RON DESTEFANO
Currently performing “Toby” in Sweeney Todd at Center Stage Theater in Baltimore to rave reviews. His original cast recording of Convenience is again available in a reprinting (visit www.rondestefano.com for more information), and the show is now published/licensed. He also sang in a barbershop quartet for British television to advertise the new Observer Music Magazine, and subsequently was seen cracking jokes with Conan O’Brien on his show as a member of the same group. Other activities include performances as “Snoopy” in Charlie Brown at the Lucille Lortel Theatre with Inside Broadway, and two productions of Babes in Toyland (role of “Roderigo”) at Lincoln Center and Stamford Center for the Arts. Let’s see . . . that’s the short version!
 
 
LORNA VENTURA
On Broadway in Wicked. Check this out: not only does she cover the role of “Madame Morrible,” she is a member of the ensemble and covers 10 girls’ singing tracks . . . and is a partial onstage swing. Now that’s a wicked assignment. (Get it?)
 
 
PETER SMITH
Playing and singing piano bar as a regular every Sunday evening at the Beekman Hotel, “Top of the Tower.” Catch him from 8-12. Other gigs this month are at the Blue Fin, West Hotel (Tuesday & Thursday) and Fridays at the Green Room. Presently in the process of recording his act. (Buy his CD and you can sing with him after you leave the bar. They look at you funny on the sidewalk, though.)
 
 
NOAM WEINSTEIN
Noam is finishing up a new album in Boston. For details of his numerous performance dates in both Boston and NYC, see www.eNoam.com.
 
 
CRISTIN BOYLE
Has just completed an engagement as “Karen” in The Sweepers at the Seven Angels Theatre. Other recent history includes the world premiere of The Game at Barrington Stage Company, “Nellie” in South Pacific at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and “Dolores” in Olympus on My Mind at the Florida Studio Theatre. Back in NY she performed “Mona” in The New Yorkers with Musicals Tonight! in the evenings while doing a U5 for Guiding Light by day.
 
 
EVAN PAPPAS
Director: Presently directing Funny Girl in San Francisco at Broadway by the Bay. Performer: Will be playing “Heinsy” in The Pajama Game at the Marriot Lincolnshire in Chicago. Writer: Takes up the pen (the keyboard?) to write Kathy Shimeta’s one-woman show, Ah, Love, I Shall Find Thee. Now there’s a triple threat!
 
 
KEO NOZARI
His debut CD is scheduled for release this summer, though some songs have already been featured on FOX News and Live with Regis and Kelli. (The star-studded production team for this CD includes J-Lo/L.L. Cool J.). Recently seen in NY in performances at Chelsea’s SBNY (Splash Bar) and XL, as well as the Union Square Virgin Megastore. Hey, Keo’s breaking out. Track him on www.keonozari.com.
 
 
SIOBHAN KOLKER
Siobhan’s path brought her recently to NY, a path all the more poetic for her recent debut with Verse Theater. The vehicle at Verse was a modern opera called Urban Stampede.
 
 
PATRICIA LINHART
Happy birthday, Bach. (That’s number 319.) Patricia is singing the beautiful “Bacchianas Brasilieros” in a musical celebration of his birthday in Covington, KY with the Cincinnati Cello Society. She’s also slated for “Carlotta” in Follies as special guest artist at the University of Mississippi where she will also give a 2 hour masterclass.
 
 
TARA CELENTANO
Tara was just requested (March 9) by the Knicks to sing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. Mayor Bloomberg, Spike Lee, amd Woody Allen were there--just to name a few!