CLAIRE SAUNDERS’ PROJECTS

 

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starring peter dinklage
Adapted by Erica Schmidt from Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand 
Music by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National
Lyrics by Matt Berninger of The National and Carin Besser
Choreography by Rick and Jeff Kuperman
GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE’S NORMA TERRIS THEATRE

claire saunders as Orange Girl/Ms. Patience/Sister Claire

 
 
 
 

 

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Written by Sarah Delappe
Directed by Eric Ort
TheaterWorks Hartford

claire saunders as #8

 

“The real trump card of why “The Wolves” succeeds so well is that this company of young actresses is simply superb and they work fantastically as a true ensemble.  And, as one of the signs of a good ensemble, none of these skillful performers try to outshine their costars.  Indeed, the cast of actresses all work on the same high level… These actresses work as a group, but, individually, each of their personalities manages to shine through, which adds texture to the play.  For instance, there is the amusing Dea Julien, who is often cracking jokes, as well as the slightly ditzy Claire Saunders, who brings a lot of warmth to her role.” 

— Zanderopper

 
 
 
 

“The acting by the entire cast is stunning. As the playwright notes, “the team moves as one organism made up of nine idiosyncratic individuals.” The cast is a true ensemble, each actress working in sync with one another for the betterment of the “organism” – or in this case, the play itself.”

— Someday Prods

“The power of this show, which is an ensemble production if there ever was one, is that the individuals in it blossom as separate flowers even while their roots are becoming intertwined, and the audience is caught up in following the process.”

— CT Critics

 
 
 
 

Won Connecticut Critics Choice Award for “Outstanding Ensemble”

— CT Critics

 

 

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music by arthur sullivan
libretto by w.s. gilbert
DIRECTED BY John Rando
CHOREOGRAPHED BY JoshUA Bergasse
musical direction by darren r. cohen
Barrington Stage Companyy

claire saunders as Ensemble
ALANNA SAUNDERS AS ENSEMBLE

 

"The daughters of Major General are charming and
are cast with the same nuances as the men. This may be the
first time I've ever known Major General to have twins!"

— Broadway World

 
 
 
 

 

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Book by Boyd Anderson & Guy Anderson
Music by Peter Kaldor, John Kaldor and Doug Oberhamer
Lyrics by Boyd Anderson
Directed by Michael Bello
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

claire saunders as Lola

 
 

“The animated Claire Saunders is comedic and dramatic
as the frisky Lola.”

— Theater Scene

 
 
 
 
 

“There are three songs that stand out (of the twenty-some in the musical): the lovely “Hialeah” sung by Lola (played with a powerful and resolute core by Claire Saunders) and Mima (played with heartfelt sincerity and wit by the brilliant Sydia Cedeno) with delicious harmonies and tones, “El Gigante” sung by the Rebels, and “What Am I Doing” the duet sung by Lola and Fidel.”

— Theater Reviews

“Though Mr. Stewart is talented, he just lacks spark. Thankfully Claire Saunders makes up for that in spades.”

— T2 Online

 
 
 

 

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book by jennifer robbins
music by dan martin
lyrics by michael biello
directed & choreographed by bill castellino
York Theatre

claire saunders as A Village Voice

 
 

Marry Harry goes one step further: the Village Voices made up of Ben Chavez, Jesse Manocherian and Claire Saunders appear in 13 out of 18 songs playing all of the characters other than the four leads: cooks, brides, waiters, Italian grandmothers, angels, etc…. As the Village Voices, Chavez, Manocherian and Saunders demonstrate tremendous versatility playing all sorts of roles and are excellent singers.”

— Theater Scene

 
 
 
 

 “…and . . . yes, a Greek chorus, the Village Voices, probably the best feature in this production… Mind you, just about every song is mimicked-repeated by the Village Voices (Ben Chavez, Jesse Manocherian, Claire Saunders) – the Greek Chorus who sing and dance their way through and provide some real amusing moments”

— Theater Pizzazz

“The joy of this production is the way it embraces its ludicrousness. And nothing about it is more ludicrous or more joyful than its ensemble, the Village Voices. This trio (played with verve by Ben Chavez, Jesse Manocherian, and Claire Saunders) sings, dances, and hams its way into and out of scenes, invisible to the characters but entrancing to the audience.”

— Theater Mania

 
 
 
 

 

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written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sean Hagerty
New York Classical Theatre

claire saunders as Bianca

 

“A movable feast!”

— NY Times

 
 
 
 

 

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Written by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Matthew Gardiner
Chosky Theater at Carnegie Mellon

claire saunders as Queenie

 
 

“Queenie and Saunders shine when separated from the rest of the party; her ballads are beautiful and when she's left alone she becomes a more vulnerable and developed character.”

— Icrow Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

“Wrapped in a scintillating silver dress, Saunders absolutely
dominates her place in the spotlight, bringing out Queenie’s strong personality as well as the character’s more vulnerable side.”

— The Tartan

 
 
 

 

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SEATTLE OPERA PRESENTS THE GERSHWINS’
PORGY AND BESS

WRITTEN BY GEORGE GERSHWIN, DUBOSE AND DOROTHY HEYWARD, AND IRA GERSHWIN
PERFORMED BY SEATTLE OPERA CHORUS AND SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTED BY JOHN DEMAIN
DIRECTED BY CHRIS ALEXANDER

CLAIRE SAUNDERS IN SEATTLE OPERA CHORUS AS SOPRANO II
BLAKE SAUNDERS IN SEATTLE OPERA CHORUS AS TENOR II

 

“Stirring principals, a superior chorus of local singers and strong orchestral backup… provide a splendid introduction to the classic.”

— Seattle Times