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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

Photo by Ben Strothmann

I am so honored to be celebrating my 2nd Anniversary here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It has been very exciting to have the continued opportunity to bring my love of entertainment and interviewing to so many people. I’m very humbled by the growth of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” in this second year and hope that this expansion continues.

I may be the face of this site, but “Adaumbelle’s Quest” would not be without each and everyone of you:

Every performer and artist I have had the opportunity to interview. The fact that you took time out of your lives to answer my questions is truly a dream come true for me.

Every press agent who has taken the time to help me get so many of my participants. I would not have been able to interview them without your assistance!

Each and every person who takes the time to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest,” whether it’s on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a whenever I can basis. I’m thrilled to have your support and the reality that I have fans is another dream come true for me.

My many friends who provide me with guidance and support, allow me to talk their ear off about ideas, always there to answer my infinite amount of computer questions, and those who help me with my logos, business cards, and buttons. How would I manage this all on my own? I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

ITBA for your support and giving me a place to meet other theater bloggers.

My family for their constant love and support.

    Photo by Ben Strothmann

So once again, thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the time, support, and love you give to me and this site. I’m amazed by these two years, not only of the growth of this site, but how this site has affected my personal growth. I’m so fortunate to have it and I don’t take anyone who has ever had an interaction with this site for granted. Thank you for sticking by me and I hope you all continue to do so!

    1. How do you decide who you want to interview? Initially it was artists and performers I have been a long time fan of, but it quickly became an outlet to also promote new talent I’m introduced to.

    2. Who has been your best and worst interview? You’ll have to wait for the book on this one! (hahahaha)…Seriously though, I just feel fortunate I’ve gotten to interview everyone I have because it’s been a dream of mine to be part of the entertainment community and I finally feel like I’m starting to move in.

    3. What are some of the most popular answers? That’s really tough because everyone is so individualized in their answers, but if I had to choose, many people answer Meryl Streep when I ask “Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?”

    It’s pretty divided between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts or they don’t like corporate coffee places when I ask “Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?” It’s also pretty divided between “Superman” or “Wonder Woman,” though every now and then someone gets upset I only give choices for DC Comics. The reasoning behind that is growing up I wasn’t a big comic book fan, so when I watched superhero cartoons on TV, I didn’t know one was DC and one was Marvel. To me it was just a superhero. Plus, when I was thinking of these questions, I thought if two superheros were to have it out, it would be “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    For “Boxers or Briefs”…most people answer boxer briefs, but briefs do seem to win out more over boxes, unless they go commando.

    4. Favorite place to write? My apartment and sometimes on vacation, but anywhere that can just allow me to be with my thoughts and little distraction.

    5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The impossible is something that hasn’t been tried”–Ernst Bulova. “You can’t get a yes without asking the question.”–Bob Trautman.

    6. What’s your proudest moment? The moment I realized I am finally living the life I always dreamed for myself, just in a completely different way than I imagined.

    7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleeping in, going to the gym, catching up on TV shows, hanging with friends, taking a nap, going for a walk, or drinking a vanilla chai tea latte.

    8. Favorite skin care product? Origins…Perfect World Toner, Perfect World for Eyes, Matte Scientist (which they recently discontinued…please bring it back!), Never A Dull Moment, Skin Diver, Checks and Balances, and Firefighter. I also used to love Susan Lucci’s hair care products and her Youthful Essence Microdermabrasion.

    9. Favorite TV Show? I’m sure there are many more, but this is what I could remember. Now: “90210,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Modern Family,” “Glee,” “Cougar Town,” “Mike and Molly,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Raising Hope.” Then: “The Golden Girls,” “Family Ties,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Donna Reed,” “Bewitched,” “Punky Brewster,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Silver Spoons,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “GI Joe,” “Superfriends,” “Wonder Woman,” “Ellen” (TV sitcom), “The Class,” “Gobots,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bette,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “It’s All Relative,” “Strong Medicine,” “Any Day Now,” and “The Practice.”

    10. Favorite Comedian? Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Liebman, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Kirson, Leslie Jordan, Chelsea Handler, and Julie Halston.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    11. Favorite kind of sundae? Cookies & Cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

    12. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth, so it spreads perfectly when I make my yummy peanut butter and cheese sandwiches!

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Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Zachary Infante’s acapella’s group video for the song “The Bed Intruder Song” just went viral and ya’ll should check out because Zach is an amazing, amazing singer!

 

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It’s pretty amazing to be sitting at show literally watching the next generation performing before your eyes. That is exactly how I felt tonight when I saw “Nine” at Tisch School for the Arts Produced by Micky Chorny, Directed by Shanna Richey, and Choreography by Katie Hill.

“Nine” tells the story of filmmaker “Guido Contini’s” struggle with his creative process as he looks for artistic inspiration to make his next movie while walking the fine line between his reality and his art.

Starring fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Zachary Infante as “Little Guido” along with Noah Shalom as “Guido Contini,” Su Hendrickson as “Luisa Contini,” Gillian Munsayac as “Carla Albanese,” Rachel Duddy as “Claudia Nardi,” Christina King as “Guido’s Mother,” Amanda Savan as “Lilliane La Fleur,” Gina Salvia as “Stephanie Necrophorus,” Mariel Blatt as “Sarraghina,” Sara Tazari as “Our Lady of the Spa,” Melissa Lehman as “Diana/British Reporter,” Molly Blodgett as “Maria/German Reporter,” Tiger Brown as “Annabella/American Reporter/Dance Captain,” Charlie Kolarich as “Francesco/American Reporter/Dance Captain,” Ricky Saunders as “Renato/British Reporter,” and Traver Tischio as “Giulio/Cardinal/German Reporter.”

I am a big fan of this show, especially the music. Watching these students was pretty amazing because I kept thinking, one of these performers could be the star of a future Broadway production. One just never knows. The cast’s chemistry was great and everyone worked well together! Hitting all the right notes, Noah Shalom was able lead the show as “Guido” while Zachary Infante shined as “Little Guido,” particularly his body language and facial expressions which he need to rely on heavily. When Zachary sang, the audience was more than focused! Su Hendrickson was perfectly cast as “Luisa” using her big booming voice to really communicate the betrayal she felt from “Guido.” She commanded the stage during “Be On Your Own.”¬† Rachel Duddy did a great job with “Unusual Way” as “Claudia,” while Christina King really hit the high notes as “Guido’s Mother.” Amanda Savan gave quite a performance as “Lilliane La Fleur,” especially during “Follies Bergeres,” which garnered her quite the round of applause. Mariel Blatt made her mark as “Sarraghina” during her triumphant “Ti Voglio Bene/Be Italian.” While I’m only highlighting a few of the cast members, everyone really did a great job and when this cast dances all together, boy do they shine!

With a very limited run and wait-list for tickets, do try to catch “Nine” at Tisch School for the Arts The Shop Theater (721 Broadway, 2nd Floor) through this Saturday, October 30.

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Catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Zachary Infante in “Nine” the musical at Tisch School for the Arts (721 Broadway) from October 26 – October 30, playing “Little Guido.”

Come see this rising star live on stage…

For tickets send an e-mail to 9boxoffice@gmail.com. There is a $5 donation at the door when you pick-up your tickets.

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Nancy Anderson and Zachary Infante along with Douglas Sills in Papermill Playhouse’s production of “Peter Pan” from June 2-27. This family-friendly musical is sure going to be a fun time!

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Zachary is a nineteen year old rising sophomore at NYU Tisch School Of The Arts at CAP21. Pursuing a BFA in Drama (Musical Theater), it has always been Zachary’s goal to achieve personal and professional success in theatre and film. Having survived Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 15, he continues to fight to reach his dreams and certainly hasn’t let anything hold him back. He’s a laid back kind of guy, ready to work, and ready to make lasting relationships with his colleagues. He began his career at the age of ten working on numerous commercials and voice overs. He made his big break at the age of eleven when he took on the role of Gordon in Paramount’s film “School of Rock” starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. Most recently he was seen in fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin’s new musical “The Beaten Path” as the role of Jake. The production directed by Jessica Redish and produced by Erica Ruff, premiered at the Laurie Beechman Theater this past January and proved to be a great success. Currently, Zachary can be seen at the Papermill Playhouse’s performance of “Peter Pan” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson) as the lost boy Nibs running from June 2nd through the 27th. After that he will participate in CAP21’s first Annual Summer Stock in New York throughout the month of July. He continues work and educate himself as his career progresses, and believes the most important part of his journey has been the love and support of his family. He continues to remember that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”-Lao Tzu. Look out for Zachary, he is certainly looking out for you! You can check him out on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/theinfant2

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Truthfully, I’d have to say my mother and father. They gave me the outlet to begin working in New York and have stayed my biggest fans since birth. I’ll never forget seeing my parents dance together in the living room when I was a child. That sight was worth more than any Broadway ticket. I just knew I wanted to give others that same feeling of joy and happiness that my parents gave to me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low-Bflat High-(most days) C!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I have impeccable knowledge of state capitals. I think that qualifies as a talent. haha.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? My father, there’s no one in my life or in this world who I’d rather be like. He’s the type of person who will talk to anyone and brighten up their day. He’s shown me to live life to the fullest and to show love to those who need it most.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dance and the occasional run.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite musician/singer? John Legend and Josh Groban. Their music is a frequent on my ipod.
…OH and Lady Gaga of course!

8. Favorite play/musical? Definitely In the Heights! Being Hispanic and having family living in Washington Heights definitely made it an amazing show to experience (on my Birthday!). I’d love to play Sonny one day!

9. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman… I dig strong women.

10. Zach’s added question: Favorite Quote? “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind… don’t matter” -Dr.Seuss

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Today was another exciting day. I attended my very first industry reading. What is an industry reading one might ask? An industry reading is when a show is presented before producers and other potential investors in hopes of having a commercial run. The actors perform the full show with scripts in hand and depending on space, minimal costume and set, if any at all.

The reading today was for a show called “The Beaten Path” by the talented & dynamic singer/songwriter/composer Bobby Cronin (a fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant). Formally titled “B.R.A.T.T. Camp,” “The Beaten Path” tells the story about a group of kids who get sent to boot camp in hopes of having their mischievious/self-destructive ways reformed. Each character maybe going through their own emotional journey, but together they are all going through the journey of life and growing up. “The Beaten Path” is an emotional and at times humorous musical that deserves to be taken. The music Bobby has written really drives the story forward and easily allows the audience to feel the strong emotions of these characters. The young cast he chose for the reading was fantastic, comprising of Andrew Barbato, Zachary Infante, Megan Pietrantonio, Julie Reiber, Emily Rogers, Justin Stein, and Derrick Trumbly.

In a world where one can easily feel disconnected, Bobby Cronin knows how to make you feel connected. If you are looking for a show to produce this will hopefully be the one you choose, contemporary & modern, with a lot of heart!

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