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Andrew Keenan-Bolger is yet another one of our next generation actors on the rise! On Broadway, he has starred in “Seussical,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Christmas Carol,” and currently “Mary Poppins,” playing “Robertson Ay” (taking over the role from fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” Mark Price). Around the country, Andrew has been on the First National Tours of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (playing “Leaf Coneybear”) “The Grinch” (playing “Max”), “Mary Poppins” (also playing “Robertson Ay”), and “Ragtime.” His other theatrical credits include “It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman” (Dallas Theater Center), “High School Musical” (NAMT), and “Perez Hilton Saves The Universe” (2008 NYC Fringe). Andrew is also sought after for many theatre workshops/readings. Some of his more recent ones have been “Crutchy” in Disney’s “Newsies,” “Mike TeeVee” in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Marc Shaiman/Scott Whittman, director Sam Mendes), “Jesse” in “Truck Everlasting,” “Omar” in Disney’s “Aladdin,” and “Hal” in “Rocket Scientist” (Playwright’s Horizon).

In addition to theatre, Andrew has shined in such films and TV shows as Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band” (“Christophe”), “Marci X,” “One Life To Live,” weekly commentator on FNMTV on MTV, and the hit web series “The Battery’s Down.”

On Monday, February 7, you can catch Andrew along with Lindsay Mendez in Ryan Scott Oliver’s Songbook release concert at 7pm and 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub in New York City!  You can also catch Andrew 8 nights a week on Broadway in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” as “Robertson Ay” at the New Amsterdam Theatre (42nd Street & 7th Avenue) in New York City! For much more on Andrew be sure to visit http://www.andrewkeenanbolger.com

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My sisters are my biggest inspiration. My sister Maggie and I grew up watching Celia perform. When you’re a kid and your big sis is doing something she thinks is cool you’re bound to follow in her footsteps.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh jeez. I don’t honestly know. I just try to bark out whatever’s on the page.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’ve always wanted to work with Michael John LaChiusa. He writes the most ingenious, challenging material in modern musical theatre. I can now cross Ryan Scott Oliver off that same list 🙂

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? To always wear blinders. It’s easy to compare yourself and your achievements to people around you. The time you spend looking side to side, other people are moving forward.

5. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? If I wasn’t an actor, I’d probably be involved in some aspect of filmmaking. Either editing or directing.

6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? It’s such a cliche, but my shower. I’ve come up with some crazy shit standing under that faucet.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I try to walk to Shake Shack rather than take the subway.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

9. Favorite website? I really love flavorwire.com. It’s a totally hipster culture blog filled with lots of free music, art and news stories.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Absolutely Superman! I spent last summer working on the Strouse and Adams musical of the same name and became fascinated with America’s long obsession with the caped hero.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I make a mean grilled cheese.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My boyfriend, Brian Letendre 🙂

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Andrew Barbato is an actor of the next generation. At a mere 19 years old, Andrew is making his mark! He’s had lead roles in Wheelock’s Family Theatre’s productions of “Seussical,” “Peter Pan,” “Lord of the Flies,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”  He is the founder of Cellar Door Productions, a local Boston theatre company that gives back to the community from which it sprang. Part of the troupe’s mission is to bring theatre to the community and to aspire social change with theatre. Andrew is currently a first year student at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre School. Most recently, Andrew performed in the industry reading of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant, Bobby Cronin’s “The Beaten Path.” Keep your eyes peeled, cause Andrew’s coming! For more on Andrew, follow him on Twitter….

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Probably “Ariel” from “The Little Mermaid.”

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lets see, I dont know how low I can sing, but I can sing an A about the “defying gravity F” You may not believe me, but ITS TRUE haha.

3. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best was probably being able to FLY when I was Peter Pan, and worst was probably when I played Danny Zuko in GREASE when I was in High School hahahah!

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, in 5th grade I won a talent show at the Boys and Girls Club for Hulla Hopping WHILE on a Pogo-Stick!

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My boyfriend, Brad. Or Bea Arthur…

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Eating raw cookie dough, pizza, and french fries.

7. Boxers or Briefs? DEFINITELY briefs!

8. Favorite musician/singer? MIKA.

9. Favorite website? Facebook. I have an addiction.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? WONDER WOMAN.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite play/musical? “Caroline or Change”

12. Who do you consider to be your hero? As corny as it sounds…Mom and Dad. They are the cutest, most supportive, loving parents.

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Actor, director, and playwright, Jeff Seabaugh, travels across many aspects of theatre. Acting since the 2nd grade, Jeff has starred in such productions as “Oliver!,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Diary of Anne Frank,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Enrico IV,” “The Cenci,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and most recently “The Producers.” He is one of the founders of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre company Native Aliens Theatre Collective in which Jeff both performed and directed many of their productions as well as wrote his first play as a playwright, “In My Dreams.” His performing credits with Native Aliens include: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Harvey Milk Holiday Pageant,” “Butch It Up!,” “Butch It Up: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “Butch It Up: Behind Bars,” and “Young Stowaways in Space” while his directing credits include: “In My Dreams,” “Swing Out Bernadette,” “Furious,” “Civilized,” “A Loss of Color,” “Vieux Carre,” “Vessels,” “My Father’s Son,” “Songs from the Third Floor,” and “Pillow Talk.” He has also directed several productions at the Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine including: “All Shook Up,” “Oliver!,” “Seussical,” “The Music Man,” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” Jeff’s most recent play “How to Make An American Family” was featured in the 2009 Midtown International Theatre Festvial, starring Jeff. For more on Jeff, be sure to check out his website: http://www.jeffseabaugh.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Carol Burnett.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? I was in a school play in 2nd grade and I knew I had the bug! I was “the ringmaster” at a Circus.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I like to flare my nostrils to the beat of a good song.

4. What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you? Say your words loud and don’t fall off the stage. -Josie Helming, Professor, The University of Memphis

5. Who do you consider to be your hero? My partner, Randy.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Bavarian Creme Donut and oh, maybe a medium coffee with H/H & sugar.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

8. Favorite website? http://www.huffingtonpost.com.

9. Books or magazines? Both.

10. “Ellen” or “Seinfeld”? Ellen.

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Natascia DiazTwo on the Aisle, 3 in a VanBe sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Natascia Diaz starring in the NYC International Fringe Festival “Two on the Aisle, 3 in a Van from August 16-29. For tickets and show times visit:http://2ontheaisle3inavan.com/

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Natascia Diaz Award Winning actress Natascia Diaz has been dazzling theatre audiences for years, especially with her pristine and powerful vocals. She received the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Washington DC Signature Theatre’s production of “Rooms, A Rock Romance”. Natascia was also featured in their 2008 production of “Kiss of the Spider Woman”. In addition to the Helen Hayes Award, Natascia is also the recipient of Chicago’s 1996 Joeseph Jefferson Award for her performance as “Anita” in the National Tour of “West Side Story” as well as the 2006 Kevin Kline award for the same role at St. Louis’ Muny. On Broadway Natascia has been featured in “Man of LaMancha”, “Seussical”, & “Carousel” while Off-Broadway she has delighted audiences in “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris”, “Tick, Tick…Boom” (for which she received an Ovation Award Nomination), and Stephen Sondheim’s “Saturday Night”. In addition to theatre, Natascia has also lit up the screen in TV’s “Law & Order”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, & “Damages” as well as the films “Tiny Dancer”, “How to Seduce Difficult Women” and the current documentary “Every Little Step”, which recounts the journey of Broadway’s “A Chorus Line”.  Check your local movie theater for times!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents. Opera singer dad, ballerina mom. They were both incredible storytellers in each of their professions and filled me with respect and awe of all things theatrical.

2. What is the hightest and lowest note you can sing? Highest; A flat. Aldonza. “It’s…all….the SAME!!!!!!” at the end of Aldonza in MAN OF LA MANCHA. Lowest; every note in KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN. lol

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m a great mimic.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Been thinking of quitting now for over a year. Still do.

5. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor & toppings)? Don’t like sundaes. Prefer anything dark chocolate.

6. Favorite kind of shoes? Dansko’s.

7. Favorite holiday? Christmas. There is magic and holiness in it. and Easter. for the sense of renewal. And rebirth.

8. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Winter retreat. It’s when we need it most. If I had a choice, both.

9. What skin care products do you use? Aveeno. I am blessed with very good skin, though. Don’t need much fussing.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I made a figure of her out of a bottle when I was very little. WONDERWOMAN. ALL THE WAY.

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Ann HaradaBroadway star Ann Harada originated the role of “Christmas Eve” in the Tony Award winning Broadway show “Avenue Q”.  Ann also starred in the Broadway Revival of “Les Miserable” as Madame Thernardier, using her impeccable comedic talents, she made the role her own. Be sure to catch Ann this Spring (2009) on Broadway in the new musical “9 to 5”.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury.

2. What was your first professional performance? WORKING at the Boothbay Harbor Dinner Theatre. I was the Waitress.

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? High C, but not prettily and low C, but not prettily.

4. Favorite Play? The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby.

5. What kind of skin care products do you use? I don’t understand the relevance of this question Your Honor, but Creme de La Mer, when I can afford it and Boots moisturizer (available at Target) when I cannot.

6. What are your favorite shoes? Saucony Jazz sneakers.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

8. Favorite Talk Show Host? Mike Douglas. oh you mean now? Letterman.

9. Favorite celebrity gossip website? I don’t read celebrity gossip online.  I prefer reading magazines at doctors offices and nail salons.

10. Favorite Animal? Bunny rabbit.

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