Sunday, April 17, 2011

Active Theatre Artistic Director Returns to Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company

This summer Active Artistic Director Nathaniel Shaw will return to Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company to direct Damn Yankees, Hairspray and A Chorus Line. This is Shaw's second season with the company. Last season his production of Hair was nominated for 13 New Hampshire Theatre Association awards, with Shaw himself garnering nominations for Best Director and Best Choreographer. Active looks forward to news of Shaw's continued success and congratulates him on his upcoming nuptials...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sarah Shahinian Plays Eponine in Cleveland

Active Company member Sarah Shahinian went on for Eponine this week in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary tour.  She understudies Eponine as a member of the ensemble.  She is also featured as Young Whore.  For those Cleveland-area fans who missed it, Sarah will go on tonight and both shows on Sunday, too.Way to go, Sarah!
The Les Miz tour plays Cleveland through the 17th of April, then moves on to Dayton, OH, Denver, CO, and Fayetteville, AR.  For a full tour schedule, check out

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Chance to See Active Company Member Jason Emanuel... in a Dress.

When the curtain goes up on The Family Shakespeare tonight at the June Havoc Theatre, Active's own Jason Emanuel hits the boards as a 17th century aristocrat, donning a wig, pantaloons, and occasionally, a dress-- er, a nightshirt.  This historical drama is based on the true story of the Bowdler family, who were responsible for publishing the Complete Censored Works of Shakespeare.  The play questions censorship and examines the  nature of innocence, featuring some fabulous actors along the way.  We're so proud to have one of our own in the cast! The show runs tonight through April 30th at the June Havoc Theatre at 312 W. 36th St. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

This Monday, See Any Given Monday

If your afternoon plans have been thwarted by rainy, though warm, weather, join the Active Theatre Company at 2:00 at New World Stages for a staged reading of Any Given Monday. This reading features a star-studded cast, including Anna Chlumsky (My Girl, My Girl 2), Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde), Laila Robins (Heartbreak House, Frozen), and three-time Barrymore Award winner Pete Pryor. For more information, check out our shout out on Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Eric Percival Stands Out in Schreiber Studio's Changing Room

Active Theater Company members know Eric Percival for his astute observations during weekly company scene study class.  He is a dedicated crafstman, drawing on his impeccable training to communicate exactly what each scene needs to take it to the next level. He is a valued company member and remarkable actor.
It turns out that Eric Percival is a NY critic's darling as well!  In The Changing Room at Terry Schreiber Studios, Percival has been deemed a standout in an ensemble of talented actors. declares that "Schreiber pitches the performances at just the right level, and he elicits strong work in a number of the roles. Eric Percival is cheerfully dense as Barry, the English version of a good ol' boy."  Prominent blogs have claimed that "In such a large cast, in a play without a real story, it is hard for actors to make themselves distinguishable, especially when all are in shorts and the same striped shirts, but Eric Percival makes Barry Copley his own."  Click on the link to read the full review. 
Unfortunately the production is entirely sold out for the duration of the run.  The Active Theater wishes a hearty congratulations to Percival and the rest of his excellent cast.  We're cheering him on every step of the way!