Well... Happy New Year, everyone! I did an awful job of keeping this updated, so let's hit the basics:
January, February, March and April were FULL of auditions and callbacks, as well as prime competition season for my dance kiddos. I also led a dance audition workshop for the theatre department students of Heidelberg University (OH), and filled in as a dance instructor at Five Towns College (NY).
Happy to report that I came out on the end of these months with lots of personal victories, and even a dream role!
I'm currently in rehearsal as Cassie in A Chorus Line with the Richmond Triangle Players in Virginia. The show runs from June 6th through July 7th - for more info, visit: http://www.rtriangle.org/. I'm still working on not sobbing while doing "Music and the Mirror" - it is such an honor to be doing this show and role. Can't wait to bring it to the audiences here in Richmond!
After celebrating Christmas for the past three months, Miracle on 34th Street at The Fireside Theatre is closed. While in Wisonsin, some cast mates and myself put together a little holiday cheer in the form of a tap video, choreographed by Hayden Withers - you can catch it here on YouTube.
I'm glad to be back in NY spending the holidays with my family and friends. I'm also thrilled to begin 2018 as a member of Actor's Equity Association.
We're open! Miracle on 34th Street, the musical runs now through December 23rd!
For more info, visit: Fireside Theatre
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Happy to announce my next show - revisiting Meredith Wilson's Miracle on 34th Street, the musical, this time at Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin! Rehearsals begin October 16th, show runs November 2nd through December 23rd!
For more info, visit: Fireside Theatre
Last month my friend, Elizabth Troxler, held a choreography lab on a piece of music that has a special place in my heart. It came out fantastically! Check out our tap dancing in "Thoroughly (Really) Modern Millie" here on Vimeo!
Very excited to be included as a dancer in a choreography lab for my very talented friend, Elizabeth Troxler. We'll be filming the choreography later this month - can't wait to share the video!
Also, I've been cast in a reading of BURN OUT which will be performed at The Tank as part of their Pilot Program on August 27th at 7pm. I'll be reading the supporting role of Kate (as well as a few other charcters)...come on out to support!
I spent a week of July in beautiful Ocean City, Maryland cheering on my dance students as they competed at Starstruck Dance Challenge's Nationals. It was a very challenging, exciting, and inspiring week of dance, and my kids came away with lots of awards and placements - I'm especially proud of one of my soloisits, who came home with the 12 & under Supremecy Cup (best overall solo, duo, or trio). #workhardplayhard
Sister Act closed on May 21st. I stepped off the plane and literally went right back to Pearl studios for a set of auditions - the hustle is real!
Having a blast with my fellow sisters (and brothers!) in Sister Act at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC! Previews begin April 26th, the show runs April 28th through May 21st. For more info and tickets, visit: http://www.artshhi.com/.
Thrilled to announce I have been cast in Sister Act at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head, South Carolina! I'm so looking forward to this - Based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg, featuring Alan Menken tunes sung by nuns in sequin habits...I mean, what's not to love?! Rehearsals begin April 3rd and we open April 26th. For more info, visit: http://www.artshhi.com/.
In the meantime, I've been keeping busy teaching lots of dance, firstly to my regular kids at Body Language Dance and Theater Arts Studio in Massapequa, NY - competition season is right around the corner, and I could not be more ready to see them sweep up the competition! I also had the pleasure of subbing at Five Towns College, leading classes in theatre dance and movement - I always enjoy my time with those students, and this was no exception. Speaking of college students, I also had the opportunity to lead a theater dance audition workshop with students visiting NYC from the theater department at Heidelberg University in Ohio - that was a REALLY fun day! You can check out some pics on my insta.
Daria is a proud (new!) member of SAG-AFTRA.
Some very exciting news ahead - stay tuned!
Daria has been cast in a reading of the play "Turning Test" which was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference this year and was written by her brother, Dominick DeGaetano. The reading, directed by Aimee Todoroff, will take place on Septmeber 18th at 2PM at The Tank NYC, and will be recorded infront of a live studio audience for Elephant Run District's hERD Podcast Series. For more information on both the performance and the series, please visit here.
Zuccotti Park: A musical about the human side of economics is in full swing at the New York International Fringe Festival. Called one of the "the best selling shows at Fringe," listed as "hot button theater" by the Wall Street Journal, and among the "top ten shows that stand out at the Fringe" by Ken Davenport, I have been so proud to be a member of this production. Written by a sharp team of WOMEN (Book and Lyrics by Catherine Hurd, Music by Vatrena King), "ZP" is a show that is timely, relevant, and contains so much love. That last bit is largely due to Luis Salgado (On Your Feet! B'way, Rocky B'way, In the Heights B'way, among other recent performance credits), maybe the most passionate director I've worked with to-date, and his truly amazing Salgado Productions team. I count myself very fortunate to open eyes, hearts, and minds by performing (alongside the rest of a very large, diverse and talented ensemble) in this fresh piece of musical theater.
The New York International Fringe Festival runs through August 12th-28th.
For tix: http://fringenyc.org/,
For more about the creative team and musical: http://www.zuccottiparkmusical.com/.
Thoroughly Modern Millie closes July 10th. Haven't seen it yet? What are you waiting for?! Check out: http://engemantheater.com/
After Millie closes, I'm in for a busy summer!
On July 11th, I'm performing in a benefit for Dry Time at The West End Lounge, 8pm. There will be lots of music acts in addition to snippets of scenes from the pilot episode (in which, I'm reading the role of Dominique). For more info on the event, visit the Facebook group, or check out the project's offical website, here.
...AND! I've been cast in a musical that was selected for the New York International Fringe Festival. Zuccotti Park: A musical about the human side of economics (Book and Lyrics by Catherine Hurd, Music by Vatrena King) is set in New York City during the Occupy: Wall Street protests - I'll be playing the role of Maria. My rehearsals begin mid-July, and the festival runs through August 12th-28th. For specific performance dates and times, please visit: http://fringenyc.org/, and for more about the creative team and musical, please visit: http://www.zuccottiparkmusical.com/.
...And we're open! Thoroughly Modern Millie is a hit at the John W. Engeman Theater, and I'm having a blast tapping with this company every night. Check out our reviews on my Press page, and please visit http://engemantheater.com/ for tickets info!
Update: Last month, I participated in a reading of a new TV project, Dry Time. A benefit reading will be held at The West End Lounge on July 11th at 8pm, for anyone interested. For more information, please visit the project official website.
So very excited to announce I will be returning to the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, NY for their upcoming production of Thoroughly Modern Millie! This is a show that has been on my bucket list, and I'm cackling over my casting as Miss Flannery and also cover for the delectable Mrs. Meers! This will be a breath of fresh air for me with lots of tap dance and lots of laughs in store! For tickets and info, please visit: http://engemantheater.com/
I also had the pleasure of being cast in a reading of my very talented friend, Anie Delgado's latest TV project, Drytime. We had a first reading this month, and an industry reading will be held in June. This is a very refreshing script with smart female characters - I really look forward to seeing where it goes. You can find out more about the project at the official website.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical is open now through January 3rd, at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, NY.
For ticket info, please visit: http://engemantheater.com
For reviews/press of our show, please visit my page, here.
Happy to announce I will spend my holidays performing in Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, NY! I will be a member of the ensemble and will also understudy the iconic role of Doris Walker. The musical adaption of the classic film is a real treat with lovely songs by Meredith Willson (The Music Man). For more information, please visit: http://engemantheater.com
I had a blast originating the role of Maria in the NYC workshop of Molasses in January last month, and will continue on in the role as it enters it's second workshop period. A staged reading featuring re-writes will be held on October 25th...check back for details regarding performance times and venue!
I also had the pleasure of teaching at Five Towns College (Dix Hills, NY) as a Guest Dance Instructor. There really is nothing quite like teaching a classroom full of eager and hungry students.
Very excited to share that I've been cast as a lead in a workshop of a new musical! The working title is Molasses in January - the story follows an Italian woman and her family in North Boston between 1914 and 1919. Check back for details regarding performances!
Welcome to the new www.dariadegaetano.com! After a brief heart attack when I learned I could no longer make updates on my old site, I was forced to do some shopping and some re-building (being an actor means wearing many hats, including sometimes being a web designer). Let me know what you think on my contact page!
Good things always happen at the same time! I’ve been having a blast playing Nancy in Oliver! at Red House Arts Center in Syracuse, NY (check out some on the awesome production pics on my photos page). Also, the pilot episode of “The Tempest” was released online this month - you can view it on Vimeo and/or YouTube.com! Check me out as Sandra, and support the project by following on Facebook and Twitter! #GreetingsDrifters #Sandra
In rehearsals for Oliver!, at Redhouse Arts Center and loving it! What a fun and exciting updated vision for this classic...let’s just say I’m getting the opportunity to bring something very original to the table, and I’m grateful for the chance to play. You aren’t going to want to miss this one! Oliver! runs July 15-16th, visit http://www.theredhouse.org/ for more info.
I’ll be reading stage directions and playing the role of Tommy for Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah! Wilderness” (directed by the awesome Aimee Todoroff) as part of American Bard Theatre Company’s Cornerstone Reading Series! The reading will take place on May 18th, 7pm at The Studio @ Playwrights Horizons and is FREE (but of course, also feel FREE to make a donation). Click here to reserve a seat (and make that donation!).
Very excited to announce I have been cast as Nancy in the musical classic, Oliver!, at Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY! Performances will be in July... Stayed tuned! For more info, visit http://www.theredhouse.org/
Psyched! I’ll be performing in a staged reading of Halley Feiffer’s latest play, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. The reading will take place at the John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, as part of the JDTLab. The event is on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:30 pm - FREE TO THE PUBLIC and ONE NIGHT ONLY! For more info: http://www.guildhall.org
I had the pleasure of teaching classes in Stage Movement, Musical Theatre Dance, and Tap Dance at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY as a Visiting Instructor. It was so great sharing “war stories” and having the opportunity to work techniques with these students for a few classes - can’t wait to see them in a holding room one day!
Ready to show off the official teaser trailer for “The Tempest!” It was almost one year ago that I was cast in and filmed for the upcoming sci-fi episodic (Summer 2015), and the results look amazing! I was very surprised to hear my voice narrating the video (#SoCool #Sandra #GreetingDrifters)...Please watch and give a “like” to the video on YouTube. You can find out more about “The Tempest” by visiting the fan page on Facebook, following on Twitter, or viewing the Official Website.
I was kept very busy at the start with auditions and then later with dance competitions (very proud of my students and colleagues, who kick butt as always. I even came away with another Best Choreo nom - I’m very honored).
At the end of the month, I was thrilled to act as dance assistant for Arizona Broadway Theatre’s NYC open dance calls - it is a FASCINATING view of the audition process (and also SO fun to dance all day). Check out this clip from the tap call...I’m in the front, once the camera pans.
Don’t forget to keep up with “The Tempest,” the new sci-fi episodic series that I am apart of, shooting in Phoenix! Check out the official website and follow the project on Twitter (#GreetingsDrifters) for updates and details!
“Kiss Me, Kate!” officially closed on March 23rd, bringing an end to three amazing months with Arizona Broadway Theatre. I have had a great time performing (and dance captain-ing) both “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “KMK” (check out pics from the shows and other shenanigans here).
Before leaving Arizona, I was also cast in and filmed for a new sci-fi episodic series shooting in Phoenix! The project is called “The Tempest,” and I was thrilled to land the recurring role of Sandra (I won’t give too much away while they’re still shooting, but I can tell you this - I’m a hologram! I posted some photos of me on set here). I had a great time and can not wait to see where this project goes... Check out the official website and follow the project on Twitter (#GreetingsDrifters) for updates and details!
...Meanwhile, it’s lovely to be back in NY (but really REALLY cold!).
“Another Op’nin’, Another show...”
I’m pleased to announce that I will be staying on at Arizona Broadway Theatre to Dance Captain their upcoming production of “Kiss Me, Kate!” Although it will be very sad to close “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” what fun it will be transitioning from the 1850s to the 1940s!
“Seven Brides...” closes February 16th and “Kiss Me, Kate!” opens February 28th. Visit azbroadway.org for more info and tix!
Good news to share in this new year!
Firstly, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is open and in full swing. This show schedule has kept me very busy, but I am having a blast doing it and audiences are loving it! Check out our promo video (look for the dancing girl in purple!) and read some of our awesome reviews here...if you’re in the Phoenix area, our production is not to be missed! Visit azbroadway.org for more info and tix.
I was also asked to understudy the female lead, Milly! My “put-in” was earlier this month, and I even had the opportunity to sing as Milly at a promo event.
Lastly, I learned that I won a BroadwayWorld.com award for Best Supporting Actress (2013 Phoenix Regional) for my performance as Irene Molloy in “Hello, Dolly!” So amazing! Thank you to everyone who saw that production and took the time to vote, and a BIG congratulations to Arizona Broadway Theatre and my many friends on their nominations and wins!
I’m wrapping up 2013 with lots of exciting things.
I did an on-camera session with Maria Hubbard of Fox at One on One NYC (great comedic television scenes). I was also cast as the lead of a student film (it came out of nowhere and was a lot of fun to shoot!).
Voting is still open for the 2013 Regional BroadwayWorld.com awards through December 31st! If you have a moment, I’d appreciate your support in the category of Best Supporting Actress.
Lastly, I’m happy to announce that I will be returning to Arizona Broadway Theatre for the new year...I’ve been cast in their production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” as Ruth and will also be the Dance Captain! For more details, visit: azbroadway.org.
What fun! I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by BroadwayWorld.com for my performance as Irene Molloy in “Hello, Dolly!” at Arizona Broadway Theatre. What an honor. You can vote for me here - polls close December 31st.
There are also some contracts in the works...excited to make the casting announcement once all is official!
Happy Audition Season! We’re off to a good start with several callbacks (keeping fingers crossed).
New head shots have been taken and are ready to print (check back, they’ll be posted here soon).
I’ve started voice lessons with the lovely Elena Shaddow. This has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made - Never have I ever felt someone understand how my voice works the way she does and I’m thrilled to study with her!
Finally, I decided to get outside of my comfort zone and rediscover one of my loves by taking a Modern/Contemporary dance intensive at Broadway Dance Center. This was a very challenging and inspiring weekend, where I worked with Saar Harari (LeeSaar the Company), Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz (MADboots), Kyle Abraham (Abraham in Motion), as well as Sidra Bell (Sidra Bell Dance NY).
It has been a summer of soul searching, complete with much reading, taking of class, giving of class, and seeing shows.
Highlights included finally catching Charlotte d’Amboise and Terrence Mann in “Pippin” (both of whom I’ve worked with at Connecticut Repertory Theatre) and driving up to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in MA where I saw “The Bridges of Madison County” in it’s out of town run. Funny enough, “Bridges” will be opening right across the street from “Pippin,” which I find auspicious.
It’s time for a fresh start, and that begins with new head shots. I can not wait for my session with the wonderful Mr. Peter Hurley...I had such fun with him last time and am looking forward to more laughs!
This month of graduations is always a time of reflection for me. The nice thing about this profession is that the education never stops, and that will be no exception this summer...
It was a pleasure acting as an “ambassador” for Arizona Broadway Theatre as they hosted 25 lucky patrons on their “ABT Takes Manhattan” four day tour of my favorite city. We had a lovely dinner at the View at the Marriott Marquis (I had never been before) and I even had the opportunity to catch a performance of “Once” with the group (my favorite musical currently on Broadway). The best part was getting to sit in on a talk-back with the cast after the show, what a treat!
In other news, I was also incredibly honored to have been presented a Best Choreography award at Showbiz National Talent Competition at their Long Island regional event earlier this month. I’m very proud of the routine and my beautiful young dancers who made it possible.
March came in like a lion, and went out like one, too! What an incredibly busy month - auditions and callbacks galore, plus weddings, the NCAA tournament, Easter, and of course, my birthday! Woof!
Had the most magical experience performing as Mrs. Irene Molloy in “Hello, Dolly!” - so many thanks to everyone at Arizona Broadway Theatre and director Michael Susko for the opportunity. Back in NY, and ready for the next big adventure!
“Hello, Dolly!” opens on January 11th at Arizona Broadway Theatre - check out the beautiful promo video here! If you’re in the Phoenix area, this is a production you simply can not miss with a wonderfully talented cast... I’m honored and thrilled to take the stage with them as Mrs. Irene Molloy!
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