Tag Archives: Musical Theatre

Stephanie Rothenberg: Actress

Episode 43 - Aug, 5, 2015


Stephanie Rothenberg plays Maria in the Stratford Festival production of “The Sound of Music.”

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She first got the musical theatre bug at age 7 when she performed in a YMCA summer camp production of “The Wiz.” The following year Stephanie appeared in a community theatre production of “Grease” playing the role of Marty. A chance encounter with someone in the recording industry who saw her performance opened the door for Stephanie to start singing professionally.

While Stephanie was studying at New York University’s Tisch school of Arts’ Cap 21 program she auditioned for the ensemble of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway starring Daniel Radcliffe.

She discusses the lucky break that opened another door – this time moving from the ensemble to the leading role of Rosemary who falls in love with Finch, played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Stephanie covered the role of Rosemary as required, and was later offered the role, playing opposite Nick Jonas.

Today Stephanie’s receiving rave reviews as Maria in the Stratford Festival’s production of “The Sound of Music.” We talk about how she got the role and the challenges of the production.

We take a few questions from friends on social media. Thanks to everyone who submitted a question, unfortunately we didn’t get to all of them.

Show Notes
Reviews of the Stratford Festival’s “The Sound of Music.”
The “Sound of Music” at the Stratford Festival.
“How Stratford stars use a vibrator to warm up their singing voices” The Globe and Mail.
Follow Stephanie Rothenberg on Twitter @stephrothenberg

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Stephanie at opening night wearing Marchesa

See all the Stratford Festival opening night photos.

Cole’s Christmas Shows

Episode 29- Dec. 15, 2014


ColeChristmas is for kids so each year at this time we go see some theatre.

This year we saw “Shrek The Musical” at the Grand Theatre in London and “The Little Mermaid” at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge.

I have to admit Cole, an 8 year old boy going on 14, was a bit reluctant to see “Disney’s the Little Mermaid,” especially after all the fun in “Shrek the Musical,” but as you’ll hear in the podcast there was plenty of laughs to keep him thoroughly enjoying the 2 hour and 30 minute performance.

Both shows are fun for the whole family.

Don’t miss my podcasts with Steve Ross, who plays Shrek, and Bethany Kovarik who plays Atina and is also the dance captain.

Show Notes
“Shrek the Musical” at The Grand Theatre London
“The Little Mermaid” at The Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

Anna Atkinson: Musician, Songwriter

Episode 22 - July 28, 2014


Anna Atkinson, Interview, podcast, moonitureAnna Atkinson is a multi-intrumentalist, singer and songwriter.

She is most frequently heard playing violin, viola and accordion.

In 2008 she graduated from the University of Victoria, after studying with the department of music.

As well as writing and performing, Anna has appeared in several productions at the Stratford Festival including “Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Fiddler On The Roof.” She was also a contributing composer on “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Currently Anna can be seen performing as part of the Musical Brunches at Rundles concert series. Rundles is one of Stratford’s finest restaurants. The intimate concerts run every Saturday and Sunday until August 24.

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In June 2011, Atkinson released Mooniture, her critically acclaimed debut CD recorded with producer Brent Bodrug. It was featured on the Toronto Star’s Anti-Hit List, and continues to receive frequent play on CBC radio.

Click on CD image to sample Anna’s CD on iTunes

Anna grew up in a musical family. Her father is a self-taught banjo and guitarist. He is one of the founding members of the Folk Music Society in Windsor, On.

Show Notes
Contact Rundles for reservations to Anna’s musical Brunch
Purchase “Mooniture” directly from Anna
Windsor Folk Music & Arts Society
The Stratford Festival