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  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    Theatre Geeks
    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • Actor’s Express Adds Performances of Bad Jews

    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community
    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Due to high demand Actor’s Express has added three performances to the run of Joshua Harmon’s blistering comedy Bad Jews. Added performances are Saturday matinees on January 31, February 14 and February 21 at 2 PM. Bad Jews is set to open January 24 and runs through February 22, 2015. Performances are Wednesday through Saturdays [...]
  • NYC Kids Get the Chance to Rock in Broadway’s School of Rock Today!

    Playbill.com : News
    Adam Hetrick and Michael Gioia
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Young performers who sing and also play musical instruments are being sought in a nationwide casting call for the upcoming Broadway premiere of School of Rock. An open call takes place Jan. 24 at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, where the new musical will arrive this fall.
  • Photo Flash: Jessie Mueller Gets a Beautiful Sardi's Caricature

    TheaterMania.com
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Tony winner adds another honor to her resume.
  • ArtsBeat: Rajiv Joseph Wins $150,000 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award

    NYT > Theater
    By PATRICK HEALY
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    The playwright won the prize, which provides $50,000 to the winning playwright and an additional $100,000 to defray production costs, for his new play “The Guards at the Taj.”
 
 
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    Theater News

  • Rock Hall to screen 'Sweet Blues,' 'Feed Your Head'

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host two film screenings Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield and Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Era will be shown in the Museum's Foster Theater. Following the screenings, Bob Sarles, director of both films, will discuss Mike Bloomfield's legacy as well as the creative revolution of the 1960s.
  • Aurora Theater Shooting Survivor Carli Richards Selling Shotgun Pellet That Hit Her

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Aurora theater shooting survivor Carli Richards was hit with 22 birdshot pellets on July 20, 2012 as she fled from a black-clad gunman who entered the theater and opened fire. Now, Richards is selling one of the pellets recovered from her body for $1,650.
  • 5th Avenue Theatre receives $300,000 to expand Rising Star Project

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    It looks like 5th Avenue Theatre will be on the receiving end of some serious dough to expand its top teen education program. The musical theater company announced Friday that its Rising Star Project will receive a $300,000 endowment from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.
  • STEM studies will step on stage at Berkeley Rep

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    To reconfigure the entire genetic material of human beings, the San Francisco-based playwrights' incubator known as PlayGround is steaming into STEM at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St. Bearing a gang of top Bay Area actors and an acronym so familiar it may soon abandon its parenthetical addendum , six 10-minute original scripts selected from plays written in four-and-a-half days by 48 invited playwrights will plow into "The Human Genome Project." Sound crazy? Sounds like the once-a-month, Monday Night PlayGround series that has been bringing raw, script-in-hand…
  • Restored Brooklyn theater to reopen with Diana Ross concert

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    There's a fever spreading across the land. It's Oscar fever, with a reasonably short incubation period but symptoms that turn otherwise rational film buffs into bingeing maniacs.
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    Backstage.com News

  • Robin Bartlett on Sundance Breakout ‘H.’

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, recently named “Someone to Watch” by the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards, are prepared to take Sundance by storm with their new film. “H.” is an exercise in darkly atmospheric filmmaking, an ancient Greek tragedy twisted into a foreboding modern-day myth. No one captures its ambiguous sense of horror more than Robin Bartlett, whose breakout performance as one of two unraveling women named Helen is generating anticipatory buzz. Reading the script for “H.,” Bartlett says, “I thought it was quite unique and wonderful…
  • 8 Chances to Land a Role

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Get excited for the weekend and these upcoming auditions! “LET’S PLAY DEAD GIRL”This short film about two girls who let their imaginations run wild and fall victim to manipulation after they try to bring one of their characters to life is seeking submissions out of Queens and New York, N.Y. and Paramus, N.J. Three leads and three supporting actors ranging from 12–50 years old will be cast. “Let’s Play Dead Girl” shoots April 5. “STEVE JOBS”Starring Michael Fassbender, this feature film is seeking background actors out of San Francisco,…
  • Surprises Abound at 30th Annual Artios Awards

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    On Jan. 22, the CSA Artios Awards turned 30 on two coasts, “which means next year she’ll be uncastable,” joked New York host Michael Urie at the ceremony at 42West—formerly XL Nightclub—honoring film, television, and theater’s most notable casting directors. This year’s Artios Awards honored CDs with projects released over the last 18 months after the CSA moved its date from November to the height of awards season. The ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York were hosted by Patton Oswalt and Urie, respectively. The evening recognized…
  • Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Tracey Ullman’s Surprise NYC Artios Awards Performance

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    Attendees of the 30th Annual Artios Awards in New York City got a pleasant surprise last night when some special guests appeared to help honor director Rob Marshall. As the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner was being presented with the New York Apple Award, Christine Baranski appeared on stage and began singing about how many actors decided they wanted to show up for Marshall. “Anyone else for the festival?” she sang, borrowing a page from “Prologue: Into the Woods.” And before the audience members could catch their breath, Tracey Ullman walked onstage, chiming in,…
  • Now Casting ‘Emmett, Down in My Heart’ and Upcoming Auditions

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Talent is currently being sought for play “Emmett, Down in My Heart.” “Emmett, Down in My Heart" follows 13-year-old Emmett Till and his brutal murder for looking into a white woman’s eyes. Eight roles are being cast for this production, and some pay will be provided. Submissions are being sought from NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Emmett, Down in My Heart” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
 
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • #IGotCast: Brett David Stelter

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s no telling where a Backstage audition notice could lead. For Brett David Stelter, balancing paying the bills with a career in theater and film is easy thanks to a part-time job at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for which he auditioned through the casting site. “I am part of an interactive art exhibit announcing the audience attending,” says the actor, who booked the gig after an in-person audition with artist Pierre Huyghe. In addition to a day job that allows him to grow as a performer, Stelter has scored several roles in short films, despite having only recently…
  • The Serendipitous Creation Behind ‘Song One’

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For most first-time indie filmmakers, putting together a great cast, getting a music power couple to write the soundtrack, and working with some of NYC’s best casting directors doesn’t happen easily…or at all. But Kate Barker-Froyland’s “Song One” came together serendipitously. The musical film follows Franny (Anne Hathaway) who, after her brother is seriously injured in an accident, returns home to Brooklyn, N.Y., and falls in love with his favorite musician, James Forester (Johnny Flynn). The director’s assistant on “The Devil Wears…
  • 8 Questions With...Toby Stephens

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The British actor can be seen as Captain Flint in the second season of Starz’s pirate drama “Black Sails,” debuting Jan. 24. He talks to Backstage about the arduous filming, the strange business of acting, and his worst survival jobs. Tell us about “Black Sails.”In a nutshell, it’s a pirate show, but it tries to steer away from the more camp aspects of piracy. It’s not a fantasy; it’s trying to be much more gritty and historically accurate. Some of the characters are from “Treasure Island,” my character included, but most of the…
  • Charlie Day’s No. 1 Key to Success

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Now in its 10th season, FXX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has never gotten its due. The ongoing comedic odyssey of five utterly horrible (and yet indisputably lovable) bar proprietors, this scrappy, handmade sitcom receives good reviews but doesn’t end up on many end-of-the-year lists. It’s a syndication staple and one of the first great comedies of the basic-cable era, and yet it’s received a grand total of two Emmy nominations—and those were for stunt work. But this lack of gaudy acclaim is perhaps appropriate for a slyly smart sitcom…
  • Artios Awards 2015: Ellen Lewis on Her Legendary Career

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    “I’m very excited!” casting director Ellen Lewis says of her special Artios Awards honor. “I love casting and I’m extremely proud that I’m receiving this honor from the community.” Lewis, who has cast so many iconic films that her IMDb page looks like a list of the best films of the last two decades, will receive the Hoyt Bowers Award Jan. 22 during the Casting Society of America’s 30th annual Artios Awards ceremony. The award goes to casting directors who embody “the unique spirit, ideals, and creativity” of CD Bowers—and…
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    Jane Fonda

  • LIVING IN BOOTSTRAP AMERICA

    Jane
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    This is a book just out that I just finished reading and needed to blog about. I’ve read many books about people living at or below the poverty line, subsisting on tips or minimum wage when they had a job. I’ve never read one written by such a person and its author, Linda Tirado, is such a person and she is a very good writer who describes life on the economic margins with biting wit and a lot of insight. I am not a celebrity who lives a cloistered life. I’ve marched in picket lines and spoken at rallies alongside poor people. I’ve slept on the floors of many a working…
  • I ♥ MIAMI

    Jane
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Wynwood Graffiti I didn’t expect to love Miami when I went there the beginning of this December to visit my son, Troy, and his wife, Simone. The reason I didn’t blog about this trip sooner is because I’ve had no internet for almost 2 weeks. I’d been to Miami in 1972 –protesting the Vietnam War at the Republican convention together with Vietnam Veterans– and thought “yuck.” But a lot’s happened to Miami since then plus Troy does have a way of putting together a visit to a city that makes things fun and beautiful. He did it for me and my…
  • People.com: Ellen DeGeneres Secretly Films Portia de Rossi Doing a Jane Fonda Workout — and de Rossi Retaliates!

    JF.com
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Ellen DeGeneres proves that there are definite downsides to working out in front of your significant other. The talk show host and comedian, 56, caught wife Portia de Rossi, 41, on camera following along to a Jane Fonda workout tape — and she couldn’t help but share de Rossi’s retro fitness moves. “@PortiadeRossi said I could watch her do her @JaneFonda workout. She didn’t say anything about filming & tweeting it,” DeGeneres tweeted on Jan. 3, along with the 22-second snippet of de Rossi mimicking the video. (DeGeneres is, of course, laughing along in the background.)…
  • IT’S MY BIRTHDAY

    Jane
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    My Birthday Dinner With Richard, brother Peter and his wife, Parky Okay, I turned 77 today. My Winter Solstice birthday. A perfect day: I worked out for an hour, climbed a mountain, meditated for an hour, took a hot bath/jacuzzi with Epsom Salts and another salt called “Pink Love,” and I poured some Baby Oil into it cause the walk was windy and my skin felt dry. I also read a new book called “The Art of Stillness” by Pico Iyer. I highly recommend. It takes but a few hours and is wise. It also talks about Leonard Cohen which is always interesting–and wise.
  • JANE FONDAS ORIGINAL WORKOUT

    Jane
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Those of you who follow me on twitter @janefonda, or on Facebook www.facebook.com/janefonda, will have noticed from my postings that I have been moving around a bit since wrapping on Grace & Frankie. I’ll have lots more to share soon, but right now I want to make sure that you know I will be on The Ellen Show this Tuesday December 16th, so don’t miss it! I’m also excited to share that I’ve finally made some of my Original Workout Programs available on DVD and Digital Download. Yes! I know many of you reading this still have the VHS tape, but now we have created a…
 
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    Parabasis

  • Other People Writing About Charlie Hebdo

    Parabasis
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    By Isaac Butler Ernesto Miranda, from whose legal troubles we get the term Miranda Warnings with their attendant right to remain silent, ended up going to jail anyway. The State retried him, this time without the problematic confession that caused his earlier conviction to be set aside, and a jury found him guilty. He later died in a bar fight. Clarence Earl Gideon, from whose legal troubles we get the right to have a State-funded attorney, tried to refuse legal counsel and represent himself even after he had won at the Supreme Court. The judge in his case was so irate that he yelled at…
  • How The Openings of Treme and The Wire Work

    Parabasis
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    by Isaac Butler   In my graduate  fiction seminar, we talked about beginnings quite a bit. This was, of course, a consequence of studying the short story with its limited real estate and need to make every word count. But it was also because we wanted to examine what promises we made as writers with our first sentence, or paragraph, or page. Often this set of promises gets called the Contract with the Reader, the legal metaphor undergirding that readers and texts make (sometimes unwitting) commitments to each other, and the more careful you are of the agreement you’re hammering…
  • On Doing the Work

    Parabasis
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    by Isaac Butler Over at The Atlantic, Adrian Hong would like us to know that The Interview, the recently canceled film starring Seth Rogan and James Franco about a hapless talk show host and his haplesser producer who get embroiled in a plot to kill Kim Jong Un, is not funny, likely racist and is "not an act of courage." There's just one problem. He hasn't seen it, a fact which he never explicitly states, only half- acknowledging it in a parenthetical clause a full four paragraphs into the piece:  This film is not an act of courage. It is not a stand against…
  • Off To Meet The Wizard in America's Least Convenient Museum

    Parabasis
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    By Isaac Butler A few years ago, Anne and I loaded six weeks of belongings and our trusty dog Ramona into a Honda Fit and drove to Portland and back. Along the way, I fulfilled a lifelong dream, visiting the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, a town so in-the-middle-of-nowhere that the land around it was used for shooting both Their Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men.  The Chianti Foundation is a very strange and wonderful place and I've been wrestling with the experience ever since in the form of an essay called Live Forever, which I finally decided to send…
  • Then Let's Keep Dancing

    Parabasis
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    By Isaac Butler Art makes us more human. Fiction increases empathy. Music awakens us to the beauty of the world. Genre allows us to explore politics while keeping the audience entertained.   Perhaps you’ve heard—or, if you’re me, written and said—some variation of the above over the past decade or so. Those of us who care about art, about culture, about the wondrous creations humans can get up to when they set their minds to it, have said something along these lines at some point. We’ve had to make the case for pursuing the arts, or caring about them so damn much, around the…
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • REVIEW: 'The Rose Tattoo' by Shattered Globe Theatre

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Three years ago, Shattered Globe produced "Orpheus Descending," Tennessee Williams' gothic tragedy about an unhappily married Italian woman on the Gulf Coast and the drifter who temporarily lifts her out of emotional limbo, featuring a blistering go-for-broke performance from Eileen Niccolai....
  • REVIEW: 'West Side Story' by Drury Lane Theatre

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    "West Side Story," that ever-astonishing work of musical theater, is justly famous for the gangland rumblings between the Jets and the Sharks, stunning Jerome Robbins feats of 1950s choreography that advanced the Arthur Laurents narrative like no dance in a musical had ever done before. But...
  • DANCE REVIEW: '3 Singers' by Erica Mott Productions

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    An array of ideas and creative disciplines collide at the intersection of the labor movement, the women's movement and perfidious corporate greed in Erica Mott Productions' collaborative "3 Singers."
  • Changing of the Gardley

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Marcus Gardley’s drama “A Wonder in My Soul,” which was to be performed in April at Victory Gardens Theater, will be replaced by a different Marcus Gardley drama, a spokeswoman for the theater said Friday.
  • News this week has been a strange-go zone

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Improbably this week, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, said she and her city intend to sue Fox News on the grounds that the famously opinionated cable news channel had claimed that certain areas of the City of Light were "no-go areas" for non-Muslims. She told CNN that both the "image" and the...
 
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    Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured

  • Pollock's Toy Museum & Eddy Fawdry

    Trish Short Lewis
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Awhile back a profile was done of the museum, by none other than Professor Ronald Hutton, which is lovely indeed for those of us halfway around the world who may never get to visit there in person. It is, in a limited sense, a virtual tour. Enjoy this clip from the program that featured the Pollock's Toy Museum...Reviews:Eddy Fawdry (and his wee dog Haggis) preside over this strange secret world of vintage toys, which he inherited from his grandparents and they from the Hoxton-based Pollock family, which made famous toy theaters. In room after creaky room, history stares back at you with…
  • Cat, Mouse with a Brick, and Cop: The Eternal Triangle

    Trish Short Lewis
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:38 pm
    In the UK in 1996, a three-minute pilot was created in hopes of launching a new Krazy Kat cartoon series.  It was directed by Derek Mogford and produced by Spitting Image Productions. Krazy Kat had been animated often before, and always in long-running and successful series. There were theatrical Krazy Kat cartoons in some form or another running from 1916 to the end of the thirties, and in the sixties the character was brought back for a television series.So what makes this 1996 Krazy Kat cartoon so interesting if the strip has been animated so many times before? The difference is that,…
  • Toy Theatre Salon

    Trish Short Lewis
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Painting by Jill HoyJill Hoy created an extraordinary painting of a real-life event.  It shows a toy theatre performance that took place in a private home to a group of invited guests.  In fact, it was a full-blown dinner theatre.  A quite rare event, so a very special occasion to all those in attendance. I recently spoke to Jill to ask her how the painting came to be.  She shared with me how "...the salons are a very rich environment for everyone - the diverse mix of people, including professors and artists who are friends of the family and invited to a dinner theatre in…
  • Pollock's Toy Museum: A Magical Mystery Tour

    Trish Short Lewis
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Do not be fooled, this beautiful house and its neighbour have more to pose than this dancing jester. If you approach, do so with caution. The sheer unimaginable excellence of this rare collection of exhibited, ingenious and engaging articles, lost in time, is undoubtedly a worthy and untamed match for J.K.Rowling’s ‘Diagon Alley’.Take a magical mystery tour with Eddy Fawdry, of Pollock's Toy Museum1 - a place like no other, in the world...1 - Children lured by the colourful shop window of Pollocks Toy Museum to explore inside, whether at 44 Monmouth Street, in Covent…
  • Puppet Festival (r)Evolution 2013 Trailer

    Trish Short Lewis
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trailer for the feature-length documentary of the Puppeteers of America 2013 National Puppetry Festival - Puppet Festival (r)Evolution in Swarthmore, PA. This documentary features puppet shows from every puppet company that performed and interviews from the artists.
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • Expression Exercise: Instagram Journaling

    Lindsay Price
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today’s students are visual learners. They look at screens all day long, it makes sense that they are going to be grabbed by a picture instead of something they hear or read. So why not bring the visual experience into the drama classroom? Exercise: Journal with Instagram. Students take three pictures of themselves every day… Continue reading → The post Expression Exercise: Instagram Journaling appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • Copyright in the Drama Classroom

    Craig Mason
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Episode 122: Copyright Cleared Up Do you  have to pay royalties on a show if there’s no ticket price? Are adaptations are always in the public domain? Craig Mason. Theatrefolk’s own copyright guru clears the air on copyright as it pertains to the drama teacher. Show Notes Copyright for Drama Teachers Cheat Sheet Public Domain Flowcharts… Continue reading → The post Copyright in the Drama Classroom appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • Copyright For Drama Teachers

    Craig Mason
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      Copyright Law affects all Drama teachers, students and educators. Anyone who has anything to do with a play – be it photocopying the text for class, performing it in front of an audience, or wanting to change the language. All of these actions fall under copyright law.   What is copyright? Copyright is a… Continue reading → The post Copyright For Drama Teachers appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • Drama Activity: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

    Lindsay Price
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    You’ve heard the saying. “A Picture is worth a Thousand Words.” Here is an exercise that puts that expression into vivid detail. Click here to see an Imgur gallery. It shows eight paintings of the same man. They are self-portraits of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease; eight years of a man slowly disappearing until… Continue reading → The post Drama Activity: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • 21st Century Skills In the Drama Classroom

    Lindsay Price
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      Drama is one of the few classes that teachers real world skills. This is something that every drama teacher knows well. You know this. Despite resistance you may receive from parents, administrators, or even other teachers – the drama class is a vital and necessary component to a well rounded education. It’s not computers… Continue reading → The post 21st Century Skills In the Drama Classroom appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
 
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • Je Suis Charlie

    Scott Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:51 pm
    I've been trying to process the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris. I try to believe that it won't happen in America, but of course it could.I really am Charlie. My life is spent making public art, telling stories, and a great deal of the time, indulging in fierce, even offensive satire. And a healthy portion of that satire is directed at religion. What if someone told me that we couldn't produce bare or Bukowsical or Bat Boy because they're sacrilegious? What if someone killed me merely because I wrote Johnny Appleweed, easily a quarter of which would be offensive to many hardcore Christians?We…
  • Jerry Springer the Opera

    Scott Miller
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    What the hell is Jerry Springer the Opera?Good question.Honestly, it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. But people keep asking that question, I think because they can't imagine that it could possibly be what it actually is. So in response, I always say something fairly uninformative like, "Well, it's a Jerry Springer show... as an opera..." That really is what it is. But it's a lot more than that, too. After all, The New York Times called it "genius," and the Sunday Times of London called it "a shocking, irresistibly funny masterpiece!" They wouldn't be saying that if it were…
  • Sweet Understanding

    Scott Miller
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    We New Liners take our comedy seriously.One of the disadvantages to this new Golden Age of musical theatre where we find ourselves, is that this is a massive transition in the art form (much like the massive transition in the culture at large), and many working in the musical theatre haven't yet found their way in this New World. We really are (mostly) leaving behind the Rodgers & Hammerstein model, and the 20th-century musical comedy model, for new, more interesting, more relevant forms, the neo musical comedy and the neo rock musical.But a lot of actors and a lot of directors come…
  • Only Way to Make a Work of Art

    Scott Miller
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As I said when I accepted New Line's special award from the St. Louis Theater Circle this year, all I've ever wanted to do with my life is make musicals. But you can't do that alone.So I want to take a moment, as the new year begins and before we go back into rehearsal, to heap some praise on three people who have made my job so much easier this past year. As you can well imagine, running a small theatre company is really hard. And directing the kind of musical theatre we produce is also really hard. So anything that can make either of those two endeavors easier is a godsend.I have three…
  • 525,600 Minutes

    Scott Miller
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    When I sit down to write my last blog of the year, I always look back with a big, goofy grin on my face. 2014 was wonderful, but really, most years are pretty terrific in Miller World. After all, for the last twenty-five years (holy shit, that's half my life!), I've been doing exactly what I've always wanted to do literally since before I can remember. When other toddlers were learning "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," I was singing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" in what I thought was a full-out cockney accent, or "Why Can't the English?" in fully indignant, upper-class dudgeon. I memorized Harold Hill's…
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    TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE

  • I Can’t Believe They Did That With the Cake

    Mark Blankenship
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The surprising laughs in Parallel Exit’s New Show — If you’re watching a slapstick comedy and they wheel on a giant cake, then you’ve got to assume that somebody’s getting a face full of frosting. Or if there’s a smiley idiot who’s new to the big city and just dying to be a Broadway star, more » The post I Can’t Believe They Did That With the Cake appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • All That Russian Passion in Just Two Hours

    Mark Blankenship
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Inside a muscular new version of A Month in the Country — Fans of Russian drama—or anyone who’s slogged through War and Peace—might be startled to learn that Classic Stage Company’s current production of A Month in the Country lasts roughly 120 minutes. Since the original script for Ivan Turgenev’s 19th century comic romance can more » The post All That Russian Passion in Just Two Hours appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Thanksgiving is a Sport

    Diep Tran
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    The everyday weirdness of Kate Benson’s new play — They’re just your typical American family, getting together for Thanksgiving dinner. Except there are no tables, chairs, or turkey. And the characters have names like Cheesecake and Cherry Pie. And the meal is served in a gym. “I’m tired of looking at living rooms on stage,” more » The post Thanksgiving is a Sport appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • When Theatre People Attack

    Mark Blankenship
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    In Halley Feiffer’s new play, family drama literally changes the world on stage — Maybe you know a theatrical person. Maybe they squeal with rapture when they get a great deal on paper towels. Maybe they rage like an opera villain when Verizon drops a phone call. These megawatt people can be intense, but they’re more » The post When Theatre People Attack appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Are You Sure You Want to Do That?

    Raven Snook
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    All the creative elements in Constellations, even the set, suggest infinite possibilities Director Michael Longhurst isn’t big on naturalism—at least not for the shows he helms. That’s part of why he and playwright Nick Payne work so well together. Over the past three years, the British compatriots have collaborated on a number of thought-provoking productions. more » The post Are You Sure You Want to Do That? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • The con is on in musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ at Atlanta Lyric Theatre

    Kathy Janich
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
      Catch Me If You Can is a splashy, high-flying musical about the real-life Frank W. Abagnale Jr., a runaway teenager with eyes on the glamorous life. He uses his boyish charm, big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks to woo women and pose successfully as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor and a prosecutor [...]
  • THIS WEEKEND’S BEST BETS | Jan. 22

    Kathy Janich
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    This weekend: Take in the raucous "Bad Jews," opening at Actor's Express and previews of "Tuck Everlasting," the world premiere musical at the Alliance Theatre. And make plans now to hear the people sing in the reprise of "Les Misérables" at Aurora Theatre through March 8. All shows until Feb. 18 are sold out.
  • Starry, starry nights await with Theatrical Outfit’s luminous ‘Silent Sky’

    Kathy Janich
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
      Silent Sky, the true story of American astronomer Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921), plays out against a landscape of fierce sisterly love, early feminism, universe-revealing science and a time when human beings were called “computers.” Henrietta Leavitt (played by Elizabeth Diane Wells) makes astonishing personal and professional discoveries, challenging the male astronomers of her time and discovering stars in galaxies beyond [...]
  • THIS WEEKEND’S BEST BETS | Jan. 15

    Kathy Janich
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Want to get your culture on this weekend? Here are our recommendations. And check out our "Looking Ahead" section for some of the biggest happenings just around the corner.
  • MARDI GRAS IN MOBILE

    Kathy Janich
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    This 300-year cultural history goes a lot deeper than colorful beads, costumes and debauchery.
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    Lois Backstage

  • 2014 In Review: What I Saw

    Lois
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    After years of saying that I was going to spend less of my nights off seeing theatre, I still managed to see more shows than last year, yet nowhere near what I saw in 2012. There were a lot of shows I really wanted to see this year but didn’t, and that is directly related to a promise I made myself in February of this year. I promised myself that I wouldn’t miss any more of the big events. I’ve missed lots of weddings, birthdays, and parties celebrating dear friends because of work or because I had pre-booked a ticket to see something and I don’t want to do that any…
  • Five Random Thoughts on Stage Managing

    Lois
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Cue the SM Duckie overseeing tech rehearsals Tomorrow I’m heading out to my alma mater to speak with an intro to theatre and a directing class about what it is that stage managers do and the director/stage manager relationship and it has had me thinking a lot about what stories I want to tell and what I want to highlight for the students.  But as I’ve been thinking there have been a few random thoughts that I wanted to share. 1. I keep hearing about people in the industry who say they wish they’d known about the wide range of jobs available for non-performer/directors when…
  • Upcoming: Solo Collective presents Small Parts

    Lois
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Photo of Jeff Gladstone & Eileen Barrett by Johnny Liu I’m back in the rehearsal hall with Solo Collective (after a year away from this fantastic company) and we’re getting ready to open Small Parts next week.  What is Small Parts? SMALL PARTS is inspired by the author’s real life experience directing his mother’s first play about her talking and singing diseased body parts, while learning that she was dying of ovarian cancer. Funny, heartfelt and musical, David Hudgins has taken this very personal story and created a theatrical memory play rich in little truths…
  • Happy International Stage Managers Day (#StageMgrs14)

    Lois
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Today is the 2nd annual International Stage Managers Day. Some theatre companies are handing their twitter accounts over to their SMs for the day, others brought in baked goods, swept up, or got the stars to make the places call. However you chose to celebrate, may your blacks be dark as midnight, your actors well behaved, and your theatre ghosts friendly!     Me? I’m sending emails, scheduling meetings, and planning things – just like every day.
  • No Smoking in Vancouver – Not Even E-cigs

    Lois
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Local actress Lucia Frangione smoking an e-cig in Pacific Theatre’s Espresso, produced prior to the bylaw amendment. On Tuesday, September 30th, Vancouver City Council (acting on a recommendation from staff), amended the Vancouver smoking bylaw in a unanimous vote, to read: Health Bylaw 9535 (with amendment 11076) 2.2 A person must not smoke or vapourize: (a) in a building, except in: (i) a dwelling unit or sleeping unit defined under the Zoning and Development By-law including a dwelling unit in which an owner or occupier also carries on a business, (ii) a hotel or motel room or…
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Newsies – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    Admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    A stunning production, the National Tour of Disney’s Newsies exceeds all expectations. While the 1992 movie may have been a flop, which has now become a cult classic, Disney’s stage version of the musical soars with mesmerizing choreography, an inspiring story and catchy music. Newsies tells the story of the 1899 newsboys strike in New [...]
  • Quick Chat with Newsies’ Jacob Kemp

    Admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Are you one of the loyal legion of Newsies fans called “Fansies”? Do you even know who they are? After the 1992 feature film by Disney flopped at the box office, a new generation of kids grew up watching the movie musical starring Christian Bale on TV and home video. These fans longed for a stage version, and [...]
  • Actor’s Express Adds Performances of Bad Jews

    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Due to high demand Actor’s Express has added three performances to the run of Joshua Harmon’s blistering comedy Bad Jews. Added performances are Saturday matinees on January 31, February 14 and February 21 at 2 PM. Bad Jews is set to open January 24 and runs through February 22, 2015. Performances are Wednesday through Saturdays [...]
  • Lewis Gizzard: In His Own Words Returns to ART Station Theatre

    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Renowned actor, Bill Oberst, Jr. will return to the ART Station Theatre in Stone Mountain, Georgia for the 13th annual production of “Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words.” Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 15, 16 and 17 at 8 PM and Sunday January 18 at 3 PM. This year, Mr. Oberst will remain [...]
  • 7 Stages addresses Bullying Behavior with Aggressive Art

    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    While bullying behavior is a harsh and pervasive reality in the culture of our schools, 7 Stages is responding with art by creating a safe space for conversation, expression, and activism. fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life by Sarah Gubbins is about a lesbian teenager’s daily struggle to avoid being noticed, to survive the [...]
 
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, AACT.org We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners.... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • How to save your theatre, part 2

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • How to save your theatre, Part 1

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things... More info at theatregeeks.com
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Sweep Streets Like Shakespeare Wrote Poetry

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone.  It's not quite as famous as the "Dream" speech, but here's the good Dr. King name dropping our favorite playwright to make his point:What I'm saying to you this morning my friends, even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, "Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."
  • The Trailer Game! Cymbeline becomes Anarchy

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    For those that missed it, Ethan Hawke's upcoming movie version of Shakespeare's Cymbeline has been renamed Anarchy. They've even released a new trailer.  But the marketing folks must think we're stupid, because it was only a few months ago that we got almost the exact same Cymbeline trailer.  Here's both!First, Cymbeline:  Now, Anarchy: Other than the name change and the really unnecessary "It's like Sons of Anarchy meets Game of Thrones!" graphic for those who didn't already feel hammered over the head enough, what are the most obvious changes you see?
  • Words, Words, Words - FREE Poster Giveaway

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Hello my geeks! It's been awhile since I've given something away.  Let's change that.Shortly before the holidays I was contacted by Clifford from ExaTextPosters.com who sent me a copy of their Utterly Complete Works of William Shakespeare for review. It's really the kind of thing you have to see to appreciate, so for the first time I decided to do a video.  Check it out!Sorry about the shaky cam, I did it on my cell phone. And yes you can see my reflection in the glass.  Hi! Pretty neat, huh?  I really wasn't sure what to expect when Clifford first wrote me, and we…
  • It Seems One Must Clarify Oneself, Dame Judi

    6 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    What happens when one of the world's leading Shakespearean actors says that her schooling was so poor that it put her off a certain Shakespeare play for life?  For starters, the school comes looking for an apology.Late last year, and I don't think I even wrote about this at the time, Dame Judi Dench  said that she developed a lifelong hatred for Merchant of Venice after being forced to read the play out loud, six lines at a time, in school.  (For the record, I can see her point.  She stresses that character breaks were not factored in - everybody got six lines,…
  • IKEA Dreams of The Tempest

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Scanning through my year-end headlines I found a Shakespeare reference in Mashable's "The 8 Best Ads You Didn't See Last Year". More specifically a Tempest reference, so you know I be clickin.Check out IKEA's ad (#4), entitled "Beds":Couple of thoughts:* The voiceover appears to be Helen Mirren's version from The 2010 Tempest movie.* For some reason I was hoping when I clicked for Caliban's Dream instead:...if I then had waked after long sleep,Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,The clouds methought would open and show richesReady to drop upon me that, when I waked,I cried to…
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    Voice Coaches

  • DIY Voice Actor

    ChristyPronto
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many new voice actors inquire about setting up their own in-home recording system. Many times this cuts down on the in studio costs and gives the voice actor a sense of control in an industry that at many times feels out of reach. For any of our DIY voice actors out there, I asked our expert engineer Tort (Brett Portzer to you loving fans) and he gave me some great hints for getting that winning recording at home and in the studio. Enjoy!!! Keep it simple. From an engineering perspective, recording VO material doesn’t need to be complicated. Don’t record too hot, you can never…
  • A picture is worth a thousand words…

    ChristyPronto
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    The axiom “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the idea that a complex thought or action can be conveyed with just a single image or photo. It also aptly characterizes one of the core goals of visualization, thus making it possible to absorb large amounts of information quickly. Why does this adage apply to a voice actor? The voice acting industry depends on the voice actor themselves to create the image to be conveyed through their words and inflection. Think of yourself as the artist and the copy as your canvas; convey the heartbeat of the piece through proper…
  • I’m late. I’m late, for a very important date!!!

    ChristyPronto
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    In the immortal words of Marilyn Monroe: “I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.” Perhaps a legend like a Marilyn Monroe can get away with that type of mentality, however for us “no name” voice actors out there just trying to get a job, we don’t have that luxury. For us, time is money and every moment counts. From a voice actor’s standpoint, always try to be 15 minutes early to any job; that not only shows that you can be punctual but it also shows that you have a respect for their time and the understanding that their professional time is…
  • Beloved Voice Actor-A Tribute

    ChristyPronto
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Christine Cavanaugh, in my opinion, is a voice over goddess and legend. She has voiced many of our classic and most beloved animated characters including Babe (the pig), Rugrats alum Chuckie and Dexter of Dexter’s Laboratory to name a few. The news of her passing saddens me as a fellow voice actor but I do find solace in the notion that her amazing catalog of characters will be with us for years to come. Beloved Voice Actor-A Tribute is a post from Voice Coaches, a leading provider of voice over training
  • Take Two: A second look at Voice Acting

    ChristyPronto
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Enjoy the humor and realism that our amazing team member Chris Scharling has to offer. What can’t this guy do? Enjoy his thoughts: It’s occurred to me recently that a lot can be gained by teaching my students what I need from them as a producer. If you understand your job as a voice actor, you’re off to a good start. That being said, I think that you can be even better prepared to anticipate how we can work together best from understanding a little bit more about my job. One of the basics that you know as a voice actor is this: your job is to make the producer happy with…
 
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    Blowout Theatre Company

  • Winter Follies 2015

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Yeast is a Beast January 24-25,2015 Spoke the Hub Space at the Gowanus Arts Building, 295 Douglass St Blowout Theatre Company is proud to announce its upcoming participation in Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies! We’ll be featuring a new piece, Yeast is a Beast, written by Jona Tarlin! Sometimes you have to skin a bobcat to make pepperoni rolls. To purchase tickets, and for more information, click here. Jona Tarlin, Playwright Eli Thacker Taylor, Director Kerry KastinPerformer
  • The Dark Nights

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    During the run of In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm, we’ll be hosting several other exciting events! All events take place at IRT Theater (154 Christopher St) Sept 23, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part I Sept 28, 8:30 pm  Singles in Agriculture Sept 30, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part II Oct 3, 10:30 pm  The Fainting Room: A Place for Sexy Good Times Oct 4, 4:00 pm Song to the Moon Oct 5, 6:00 pm  The BE A MAN Book Launch ExtravaMANza Oct 5, 8:00 pm The Boat House Oct 7, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part III Oct 12, 8:00 pm Ten Ways on a Gun The President Plays Tuesday,…
  • In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    September 19-October 11,2014 At IRT Theater, 154 Christopher St “A tale of memory, longing, and the looming threat of an unforgiving environment…” – OuterStage “Considers [Antarctica] with such acuity and depth…” – NY Theater Now   Neil’s a plumber, but he’s never been a plumber in Antarctica before. As Winter arrives and total darkness sets in he starts to learn how lonely it can be on a base with fourteen other people at the bottom of the world. A play about beer, mistakes, and trying to be something other than yourself. This fully…
  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
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    Acting in London

  • 25 Most Important Plays Every Actor Should Read

    Tom London
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    25 Most Important Plays Every Actor Should Read / Photo credit: RWCMD I’ve noticed that it’s becoming increasingly more unpopular for actors to read plays. Thespians seem to forget the people responsible for the art form of acting, and that is to the detriment of their careers. When it comes to theatre, some will normally watch the performance on stage, if that. And the biggest issue is that by avoid masterful work of great playwrights, actors prevent themselves from developing their own creativity, expanding imagination, and learning roots of the whole acting craft in itself.
  • How to Become a Commercial Actor: Part 1

    Tom London
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    How to Become a Commercial Actor Commercial acting is a great way to financially support your acting career and avoid regular day jobs. Some commercial actors make millions in cash for a few days of work, all mostly from royalties. If you get lucky, and your commercial gets picked up for a national spot to run for years, you can do the same. But how to become a commercial actor, and a successful one at that? Before we get into this, you need to come to terms with the fact that just like any subcategory of the entertainment industry, commercial acting is competitive. Almost every aspiring…
  • Top 10 Best Acting Schools for Kids in UK

    Tom London
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Top 10 Best Acting Schools for Kids in UK Parents who are interested in letting their children follow the creative path should start looking into some of the best acting schools for kids in UK. Children at a young age will benefit from learning drama at stage schools in many different ways, not least of which is gaining confidence. Acting schools for kids help with raising child’s self-esteem and levels of confidence, and positive reinforcement is one of the key factors to successful training and fun creative outlet. Even if your kids aren’t interested in pursuing careers in…
  • Placebo: 16 Super Motivational Videos for Actors

    Tom London
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Placebo 16 Super Motivational Videos for Actors Here’s the truth: motivational videos for actors will not always work. You must have the right mindset, and be open to accept the meaning behind empty words from overly optimistic people. Efficacy of motivational videos have no scientific proof, and some of them are nothing more than digital pep talks from Tony Robbins type “inspirational preachers” who try to artificially enhance your emotional state. But there are two things that you need to remember: they speak the truth, and they provide you with the placebo effect. Our…
  • How to Become an Actor with No Experience

    Tom London
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    Everybody has dreams, and everybody starts somewhere. Once you begin exploring your own ambitions, you might run into these types of questions, like how to become an actor with no experience. Is it even possible? The obvious answer to that, somewhat even rhetorical question, is a definite yes. Every single actor has started without any experience. But now, in all seriousness, how to become an actor with no experience? There are many ways how to start an acting career, when and where. A lot of these questions have already been answered in our Acting for Beginners Guide, and multiple…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Arts Spotlight: Rover Dramawerks, Plano, TX

    Your Performance Partners
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Scene from Wrens, a WWII drama of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, by Anne V. McGravie. We’re inspired by the passion and creativity of performing arts organizations of all shapes and sizes. This week we’re shining the spotlight on a small Texas theatre by talking to one of its co-founders, Jason Rice. YPP: Tell us about Rover Dramawerks. Rice: We’re starting our 15th year and our mission statement is both lofty and vague: “To produce lost or forgotten works of well-known authors, revive excellent scripts that have suffered from lack of exposure and discover unknown gems of the…
  • Q&A Spotlight: Sensory Friendly Performing Arts

    Your Performance Partners
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Photo Credit: Pixel Dust Photography Performing arts geared for audience members with social and cognitive disabilities — including those on the autism spectrum — are making news recently. On a practical level, this often involves modifying sound and lighting to minimize the likelihood of startling the audience. Other factors to consider include funding, promotion and training. To learn how one of the nation’s flagship family theatres, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis, is serving this need, we caught up with Deborah Girdwood, Director of CTC’s Access &…
  • Think Outside the Rink

    Your Performance Partners
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Maybe it’s the bitter sub-zero weather in the northern U.S. or the 2015 NHL Winter Classic played outside last week, but we’re inspired to explore two interesting examples of performing arts in ice arenas: a unique corporate entertainment event and the Disney-on-Ice juggernaut. Mega-Dinner Theatre. When attendees at major charity event walked into the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, for a dinner gala and concert several years ago, they were expecting to see a hockey arena. Instead, spread out before them was an elegant dinner theatre – set for 3,000 people! Finding a space…
  • Support Safer Student Stages This Holiday Season

    Your Performance Partners
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ethan Gilson, ETCP certified rigging inspector from Advanced Lighting & Production Services (ALPS) of Randolph, MA, performs an inspection of the rigging system at Marblehead High School in Marblehead, MA. Are you looking for that perfect cause for your year-end giving as 2014 comes to a close? ‘Tis the season of holiday concerts, plays and pageants—a good time to support the cause of stage safety at schools around the country. USITT’s Rigging Safety Initiative provides free stage rigging inspections and stage crew safety training for secondary schools, which often lack the…
  • Bah Humbug! Live Music’s Best!!

    Your Performance Partners
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    [News Item: Computer scientists are striving to accelerate the Internet to enable musicians in distant cities to collaborate in real time, as if they were playing in the same concert hall. -- San Jose Mercury News, 11/30/14.] ‘Twas just before Christmas and all ‘cross the ‘Net, Scientists were scheming: How fast can it get? If virtual connections were quicker on-line, Musicians could collaborate – wouldn’t that be real fine? A cellist in Boston and violist in Rome, Could perform a duo – virtually — without leaving home. Long-distance signals now too quickly decay, Resulting…
 
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    Performing Bum - Blog

  • John Green's Advice

    1 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    "Click the image to see the full story". 
  • Keeping It Simple

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    There are many ways to get to China. But usually, the path of least resistance is the best. That's why allowing the simple route to emerge is usually the best, and if it doesn't present itself, you have to chase it down with a club. I don't have very much time to write to you today, bums, but the best thing I can say is keep it simple.  If you're starting a company because you want to get something together, keep it simple. If you're getting a theatre company, reading or backyard play together, keep it simple. If you're working a job you hate, keep it simple. Keeping it simple and…
  • First, You've Got To Get Mad

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    For those who think that this blog might be a tad bit angry in tone, it's tone is rooted in a lot of truth. All over the world, people are giving up half of their life so that they can live the other half the way they want to. Why do we do that? Why do we become an unskilled worker in a skill specific society only to be devalued in that society. Why! Dammit! Well, I'm not saying that anger is the place where we as a theatrical community derive our power, but it is the starting place of change in my opinion. I've always said that there are two types of monkeys in the zoo. The one who sits…
  • A Part of the Machine

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    In Nazi, Germany, Hitler killed six million Jewish people. When asked about it after the war, many Germans were stunned by this. How was he able to carry out his plan? Many Germans did not feel responsibility for this, blaming it all on Hitler. Answers like "I just signed them in on the train." or "I just led them down the hall." The feeling of responsibility was too much for those were a part of the machine. Because when you're in the machine, there's nothing wrong. You're doing your job. You're a part of something bigger. Some bigger purpose. We don't want a cog in the machine, because when…
  • Where Do I Go Now? 

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    "Grumble, grumble, grumble, " said the writer guy from Performing Bum. All complaining without action ultimately is useless. Wasted time. Really not doing what we we're here for. Creating things. While I tend to write about the limitations of the career, as the Smashing Pumpkins stated, "Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage." Where does it go? My school loan is a finite number. My bills are a finite number for the year. There are many different things that you can do to change your life. Move out of a big city. Move into a tiny house. Take your bills down to 0. Open a theater…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    Dave Dufour
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre experience for the audience. The Geeks discuss various sound problems, and possible solutions. Use our contact form to send us YOUR thoughts on this issue.   Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

    Dave Dufour
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the Geeks to talk about them are Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive & Producing Artistic Director for the Long Beach Playhouse, and Gil Savage, AACT’s Region 8 Representative and AACT Board Member. Join us for some interesting conversation about the festival process. LINKS: American Association of Community Theatres Long Beach Playhouse Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

    Dave Dufour
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, AACT.org We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners. Ron Ziegler of the American Association of Community Theatre joins the Geeks with some great tips for states or regions mounting their first festivals, along with some interesting tidbits about the festival process, the reasons for some of the rules, and how some of theme have changed over the years. NOTE: This episode was recorded in November. Dave has been slow in posting new episodes . . .
  • How to save your theatre, part 2

    Dave Dufour
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” In this episode the Geeks talk about Kiley’s suggestion that a little alcohol makes for a happier audience. There are pros and cons, not the least of which are liability, audience composition and of course the legal and licensing issues. Also, can a theatre really make money offering alcohol to patrons? All this and more in this episode. Music provided by Music Alley Link to The…
  • How to save your theatre, Part 1

    Dave Dufour
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves,” and it’s a pretty good read, even though some of the content is more geared toward professional theatres rather than community theatres. This is the first of two episodes in which the Geeks discuss a couple of Kiley’s assertions, and part two will post simultaneously with this one. In this episode we talk about Kiley’s…
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    London Theatre Tickets - rss feed

  • Kinky Boots & Sing-Along Frozen Coming To The West End; My Night With Reg Opens + More #WestEndUpdate

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Theatreland may have quietened down for a few weeks over Christmas, but now it’s back to business as usual with non-stop breaking news and exciting openings! The hottest news at the moment is that it looks like Kinky Boots is set to open in the West End in August. A casting call has revealed that previews will begin in London "on or about" 21st August 2015; however, a theatre and any further information is yet to be confirmed.
  • Feature: Dr Zhivago Starring Tam Mutu Launches In London Ahead Of Broadway Premiere

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    Ahead of its Broadway premiere in April, Dr Zhivago held its launch in London last week. The musical, which is based on Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel, is directed by Des McAnuff who attended the launch. McAnuff is behind many theatrical hits, including the Broadway and West End productions of Jersey Boys. The stellar creative team also includes Michael Weller (book), Lucy Simon (music), Michael Korie (lyrics), Amy Powers (lyrics) and Kelly Devine (choreography).
  • Review: Witness The Sheer Beauty That Is Miss Saigon

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Miss Saigon Review: ★★★★★ On Wednesday the 24th of December I woke up with the intention of writing a review for the previous night’s performance of Miss Saigon. The next thing I know, I’m on my way into the heart of theatre land to see the production again, now for the sixth time.
  • FEATURE: Broadway Musicals Take The West End By Storm

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Broadway is well known for creating some of the biggest and most successful musicals in theatrical history. Shows transfer between Broadway and the West End all the time, and the West End is currently home to a wide range of Broadway hits.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Over 100,000 New Tickets Released As Cats Extends Run

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    Due to extraordinary public demand, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking Cats today announces the release of over 100,000 new tickets for sale.  Now booking at the London Palladium to 25 April 2015, tickets for Cats at the London Palladium are on sale now!
 
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