CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN PLAYING ALDONZA IN MAN OF LA MANCHA AT SIERRA REPERTORY’S FALLON THEATRE IN COLUMBIA, CA. PERFORMANCES THROUGH AUGUST 25 – OCTOBER 1 2017.
“Christanna Rowader is a light in the darkness of the show, but in playing Aldonza, a serving wench whose opinions mean nothing to the other prisoners, Rowader is initially so rough around the edges we struggle to see what Quixote does in her. Later, Rowader adds outward beauty to the production as she sings “Aldonza,” a very difficult number that’s staged after a serious incident in the prison. Her performance of the song left the matinee audience I saw the show with silent, stunned, almost forcibly moved to subdued tears…” – Calaveras Enterprise
“Christanna Rowader’s performance as Aldonza is excellent as she powers through being the strong-willed leading lady of the musical. Her voice exudes all the emotions in “It’s All the Same,” “What Does He Want of Me?” and especially in the act two tear-jerker “Aldonza.” Miss Rowader’s final scene with Mr. Lee’s Quixote has several beautiful, well-paced moments…[that] Miss Rowader and Mr. Lee execute beautifully.” –The Road to 1,000
For Tickets: Sierra Repertory Theatre
June 14th 2017 – Booked to play Aldonza in Sierra Repertory Theatre’s production of Man of La Mancha.
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN PLAYING DORIS WALKER IN MIRACLE ON 34TH ST. THE MUSICAL IN THE ELDORADO SHOWROOM IN RENO, NEVADA. PERFORMANCES THROUGH NOVEMBER 22 2016 – JANUARY 1 2017. Go to EldoradoReno.com for more info.
Oct. 17th 2016 – Scheduled to play Doris Walker, made famous by actress Maureen O’Hara, in Miracle on 34th St the musical. Performances in Reno, Nevada.
Nov. 9th 2015 – CHRISTANNA ROWADER WINS LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARD FOR HER ROLE AS MOTHER IN RAGTIME https://youtu.be/PGMsU1PmW5s
Sept. 25th 2015 – CHRISTANNA ROWADER IS OVATION NOMINATED FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: http://thisstage.la/2015/09/announcing-the-2015-ovation-awards-nominees/#LeadActressMus
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN PERFORMING IN THE DEBUT OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ’S MAGIC TO DO, DIRECTED BY GABRIEL BARRE, ON THE EMERALD PRINCESS, STARTING DECEMBER 2015 – MARCH 2016. TO LEARN MORE, FOLLOW THESE LINKS: http://variety.com/2015/legit/news/composer-stephen-schwartz-adds-magic-to-princess-cruise-ships-1201461168/
July 20th 2015 – Scheduled to perform Stephen Schwartz’s Magic To Do on the Princess Cruise lines.
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN AS THE “FORTUNE TELLER” IN 3-D THEATRICALS’ PRODUCTION OF SIDE SHOW OPENING APRIL 25TH 2015 – MAY 10TH 2015 AT PLUMMER AUDITORIUM! TICKET INFO AND MORE: http://www.3dtshows.com/productions/side-show/
Feb. 26th 2015 – Scheduled to play “Fortune Teller” for 3-D Theatricals’ production of SIDE SHOW.
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN PERFORMING IN SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM WITH BROADWAY AT THE GARDENS FEBRUARY 7TH 2015! FOR TICKETS AND INFO: http://www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com/broadway/view.php?eventid=0000001526
Dec. 12th 2014 – Scheduled to perform SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in February.
REVIEWS FOR 3-D THEATRICALS’ RAGTIME!!!
STAGE SCENE LA: “Bonds’ Coalhouse surpasses his Ovation-winning performance in Parade, his powerful star turn anchoring the production as does the revelatory work being done by an incandescent [Christanna] Rowader as Mother, each one stopping the show again and again, and never more so than in Rowader’s extraordinarily stirring “Back To Before.”” http://www.stagescenela.com/2014/10/ragtime-3/
BROADWAY WORLD DOT COM: “Christanna Rowader is stalwart as Mother; her “Back to Before” is electric… Some of the more memorable tunes include: Mother’s aforementioned “Back to Before” – for me, the crowning song of the show, conveying the true meaning of change…” http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Reviews-3-D-Theatricals-Lush-RAGTIME-Graces-Fullerton-Stage-20141014#.VD2QM23HOoM.twitter
EDGE LOS ANGELES: “Standouts amid the huge cast are Christanna Rowader’s sensitive and affecting portrayal of Mother, the stalwart woman who raises her family when her husband is away, while taking in unwed mother Sarah (the likewise radiant and heartbreaking Daebreon Poiema). Both women sing magnificently, and consistently evoke our empathy.” http://www.edgelosangeles.com/entertainment/theatre/reviews//165954/ragtime
BUCK-ING TRENDS: “As “Mother”, Christanna Rowader demonstrates time and again that she really knows how to interpret an intricate lyric with great sensitivity and (where required) gusto—as she does with her opening salvo, “Journey On” (sung with “Father” as he leaves on an expedition,) as well as “What Kind Of Woman” (wherein she has just discovered the abandoned newborn,) and her equally potent act two personal ‘emancipation proclamation’ “Back To Before”.” http://buckingtrends.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/simple-and-somehow-sublime-3-d-theatricals-rides-on-the-wheels-of-a-dream-with-their-rousing/
NOTE FROM STEPHEN FLAHERTY: “That’s a great BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK she does in the video and that’s the moment that separates all of the Mothers into “amazing” and “okay” categories. Your friend is definitely in the “amazing” category!”
OC REGISTER: “The keys to 3-D’s success are…top-notch performances from actors representing each of the focal groups: Christanna Rowader as Mother…Rowader adds considerable emotional depth to the role of the tolerant Mother…” http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coalhouse-638745-ragtime-songs.html
ONSTAGE LOS ANGELES REVIEW: “Rowader…rightfully brings down the house with her 11 o’clock number “Back To Before”—which gave me goosebumps. Patent and Rowader also sound quite beautiful in their duets “Nothing Like The City” and, later, in the endearing “Our Children.”” http://onstagewithchris.blogspot.com/2014/10/onstage-los-angeles-review-orange.html
SHOWMAG: “Christanna Rowader [displays] riveting vocal skills…” http://showmag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=334:ragtime-the-musical&catid=1:theater&Itemid=3
THE PREPARED PERFORMER: “…[My] favorite solo performance of the afternoon was “Back to Before,” by Rowader. Her emotion-filled performance bought the audience into the deep, raw truth that Mother was feeling as she filled every note with power and the perfect touch of calm passion. My jaw nearly hit the floor while she sang.” http://www.thepreparedperformer.com/musicalmusingsragtime/
THE LA BEAT: “Christanna Rowader, as Mother, gives a strong performance, not only showing a powerful voice but one that has good range. You can feel her growth as a woman and a family member as she asserts herself through her role…” http://thelosangelesbeat.com/2014/10/ragtime-the-musical-sings-its-way-through-a-tumultuous-period-in-american-history/
VC ONSTAGE: “It would be impossible to imagine a more perfect performance than the one turned in by Christanna Rowader as Mother. In a talkback session after Saturday’s matinee, Rowader modestly told the audience that McNally’s book made it easy for her to play Mother, but there is much more to it than that. Rowader’s nuanced performance as the turn-of-the-century housewife who achieves growth and courage was nothing short of magnificent. After playing the relatively lightweight roles of Marian Paroo (The Music Man) and Christine Colgate (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Rowader faced a huge challenge head on, providing ample doses of humanity, compassion, and elegance in her beautifully rounded performance. Living sixty years before the feminist movement and more than a decade before women could vote, Mother is one of the most noble and heroic characters in musical theater. Rowader’s superb and sensitive acting skills were enhanced by her wondrous voice, especially on her solo showpiece: the exquisite “Back to Before,” which brought rousing cheers from the audience. Rowader has it all. She is an astonishing talent.” http://vconstage.com/out-of-town-report-3d-theatricals-ragtime-a-feast-for-the-eyes-and-ears/
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN PLAYING MOTHER IN 3-D THEATRICALS’ PRODUCTION OF RAGTIME OPENING OCTOBER 10TH – CLOSING NOVEMBER 9TH 2014. TICKET INFO: http://3dtshows.com/productions/ragtime/
September 16th 2014 – Honored with a Scenie Award for Memorable Performance By A Lead Actress in a Musical for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
September 7th 2014 – Scheduled to play Mother in 3-D Theatricals’ production of Ragtime
July 13th 2014 – Scheduled to shoot USPS: SSK Industrial
INTO THE WOODS REVIEW: “Christanna Rowader takes Princess Rapunzel (often a throw-away role) and gives P-Rap a mad scene so thrillingly played, the abundantly tressed princess achieves an almost Ophelia-like power.” READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE: http://www.stagescenela.com/2014/05/into-the-woods-5/
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN PLAYING RAPUNZEL IN 3-D THEATRICALS’ PRODUCTION OF INTO THE WOODS, OPENING MAY 2ND – CLOSING MAY 18TH 2014. TICKET INFO: http://3dtshows.com/productions/into-the-woods/
March 20th 2014 – Scheduled to play Rapunzel in 3-D Theatricals’ production of Into The Woods
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN IN MUSICAL THEATRE WEST’S PRODUCTION OF THE MUSIC MAN, STARRING DAVIS GAINES, IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, OPENING FEBRUARY 15TH – CLOSING MARCH 2ND 2014
February 2nd 2014 – Christanna is working on project “Star Wars VII Prelude” scheduled to air March 1st 2014
BRUCE KIMMEL ON CHRISTANNA’S PERFORMANCE IN PURE IMAGINATION: “Christanna Rowader, did great, especially considering she had no run-through with the full company, just the rough put-in on Tuesday. But you would never have known she’d never done the show before – she was assured, sang well, got her laughs and has a very good energy” TO READ THE ENTIRE BLOG FOLLOW HERE http://www.haineshisway.com/2013/12/at-long-last-lil-abner/
January 1st 2014 – Christanna is scheduled to be in Musical Theatre West‘s production of The Music Man
CHRISTANNA CAN BE SEEN IN PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE’S MUSICAL REVIEW PURE IMAGINATION DECEMBER 12 – 15, 20, 22 2013 & JANUARY 10, 12 2014
December 4th 2013 – Christanna is scheduled to cover Jane Noseworthy in Pacific Resident Theatre’s musical review Pure Imagination: The World of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for December 12 – 15, 20, 22 2013 & January 10, 12 2014
REVIEWS FOR THE MUSICAL COMEDY DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS!
“Leggy, luscious redhead Rowader adds an extra bit of spice to girl-next-door Christine, along with power pipes that can hold a long note long indeed, and terrific chemistry with both her leading men.” TO READ MORE, FOLLOW THE LINK: http://www.stagescenela.com/2013/11/dirty-rotten-scoundrels-4/
“Show hits its stride with female’s entrance…It’s great to see Rowader let her red hair down in a light comedy, and her daffy sexiness and marvelous singing abilities are used to great effect in this role…” TO READ MORE, FOLLOW THE LINK: http://www.simivalleyacorn.com/news/2013-11-08/On_The_Town
September 10th 2013 – Attended Becky Silverman workshop
September 4th 2013 – Scheduled to play Christine in the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
September 4th 2013 – Attended Rick Messina workshop
August 19th-21st 2013 – Attended Risa Bramon Garcia casting workshop
July 29th 2013 – Attended The Actor’s Link’s manager/agent night
July 20th 2013 – Attended Erica Silverman casting workshop
July 10th 2013 – Attended Kendra Patterson casting workshop