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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #13: Audience Member Hannah Lewis (Actress, The Secret Garden)

I played Mary in last spring’s APAC performance of The Secret Garden, and I was very excited to come back and see Blood Brothers. I was amazed at how much the space had changed. The first time I saw the space before The Secret Garden it was just a gym, then it was transformed into […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #9: Volunteer Carole Tosiello

 It’s just a square, the floor of a gym surrounded on three sides by seats, yet through the magic that is “Blood Brothers”, we are transported to a time and place far from that simple set. In what might sound like a total distraction, all the props ring that square, and the entire cast rarely […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG # 8: Audience Member Laura Kellner

I want to see this play 100 times. It devastated me. The beautiful kind like when you were 14 and first realized you were alive. Or wanting to quit your job to live in the Never, Never but realize you’d probably end up crawling back begging to put cardboard boxes together 70 or 90 hours a week. […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #7: Actor Rowan Michael Meyer

Never Judge a Basement by Its Color. The night I auditioned for Blood Brothers, the stars could not have been less aligned.  I was on the subway… to Queens… for a 9pm audition… in a church basement… for a musical I’d never heard of… directly after a cruise line audition that was a solid medium-rare.  […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #6: Wardrobe Supervisor Jenny Herdman Lando

No one is more surprised than I am to have been asked, repeatedly, to be the wardrobe supervisor for APAC. (Well, maybe my Mom who is a professional seamstress and knows that I cannot use a sewing machine.)  I have, however, in my varied roles in theatre over the past few decades learned some tips […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #5: Musical Director Julianne Merrill

When Tom first asked me to Music Direct Blood Brothers, I had never heard of it. As I listened to a few different recordings, I was amazed by the simple, yet expressive and beautiful songs and themes. At our first meeting, Tom told me two specific things: 1) that there were some ensemble parts missing […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #4: Production Manager, Annie Jacobs

Today is our first performance of Blood Brothers with a paying audience, our first preview. I came to the theater tonight to complete some finishing touches on the set, to clean up a little masking, and to make sure the show is ready for its debut. As the Production Manager, this is the day I […]

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SPECIAL EVENT: Blood Brothers Audience Talk-back

Join us on Saturday, May 11th, directly following the 2:00pm Matinee Executive Director Taryn Sacramone will moderate a discussion on the visions and process behind APAC’s production of Blood Brothers. The panel will include Tom Wojtunik (Director), Christine O’Grady (Musical Staging), Julianne Merrill (Musical Director) and Cast Members Colleen Hawks (Mrs. Johnstone), Rowan Michael Meyer (Mickey), […]

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Announcing our 8th season of our successful Senior Stars Program!

A free 5 week program for Queens’ senior residents (60 years or over). Learn singing, dancing, and acting techniques while creating a new variety show that will debut in 2 public performances on, Saturday, June 22nd. AUDITION DATE: Tuesday, May7th 10:00am – 1:00pm. Sign in. We will see everyone who comes in to audition and signs in […]

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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #3: Costume Designer, Caitlin Cisek

In some ways my vision is simple. England. Twins. Destiny. Love. Friendship. Family. Nature. Nurture. But really what it’s about is telling the story. Costumes are one of the theater’s tools. As a costume designer, it’s my job to make sure I give the actors and the rest of the creative team the right tools; […]

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