Hole in the Wall's new open mic series looks like a winner

Published on Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:19
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN -Whatever their talent, it came to life at the Hole in the Wall Theater Sunday.

Eleven acts performed at the theater’s second open mic session, a new event that volunteers plan to host monthly.

Some people sang their hearts out, comedians had the crowd of about 30 people shaking with laughter and others put out their own blend of comedic singing and musicianship.

Comedian Luis Neves entered the world of political satire with his “First Draft of the State of the Union.”

More Wolves, consisting of Luis Marrero and Tim Adams, performed two numbers with Adams on the ukulele.

After an original piece about pigeons in the park, they took on Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

“We started doing More Wolves since the last open mic,” said Marrero, who is on the organization’s board of directors. “It (the duo’s name) was an inside joke between the two of us.”

All jokes aside, the duo’s incentive was helping their hometown theater.

“It started as a fundraiser for Hole in the Wall,” Marrero explained. “We don’t always meet our expenses. Shows cover about 50 percent. We were just doing this to help the theater for now - but if we can make something more out of it, we will,” he added of their act.

Michael Seery took the stage with his guitar, opening with a brief childhood tale about a not-so-friendly neighbor. Then he went into his original composition, “I Call the Cops.” Through song the story revealed itself, right along with Seery’s humor and personality.

“One of my favorite things to do is pick covers that ladies sing,” he told the audience afterward, leading into his rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.”

Board member Christina Gianelli collected performers’ $7 entry fees and $10 admission from people who came for the show.

“We just started open mics last month,” she said. “We’re going to continue doing them once a month.”

The next will likely be on a Saturday evening, Gianelli said, although a date has yet to be determined.

So far, getting local talent on stage has been a breeze.

“The slots have been filling up almost as soon as we open the doors,” Gianelli said. “We’re seeing a lot of new, talented people.”

Actress Terri D’Arcangelo served as the host, introducing acts between the 10-minute performance slots.

Taking the open mic at the Hole in the Wall Theater could launch a career, hone a talent or maybe both.

“It’s a chance for people to fine tune their acts and get out their nerves,” Gianelli said. “They get experience performing in front of a lot of people. For some people, it’s their only opportunity to perform in front of an audience.”

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or eschmitt@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:19. Updated: Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:21.