Theatre Geeks http://theatregeeks.com community theatre and the performing arts Mon, 03 Sep 2018 19:01:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 News and commentary about community theatre and the performing arts in general. Dave Dufour, John Shoup and Marcia Fulmer are long-time community theatre participants. John is artistic and technical director at Elkhart Civic Theatre, Marcia Fulmer has been an entertainment writer and critic for many years and Dave Dufour is an award-winning director, and actor, who is also a full-time advertising consultant. Join us for some great interviews, common sense advice and interesting takes on theatre news from around the world. Theatre Geeks -- Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer clean Theatre Geeks -- Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer dave.dufour@gmail.com dave.dufour@gmail.com (Theatre Geeks -- Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer) 2017 Dufour Creative Services Community Theatre and the Performing Arts Theatre Geeks http://theatregeeks.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/TheatreGeeksLogo1400_ITUNES.jpg http://theatregeeks.com dave.dufour@gmail.com News and commentary about community theatre and the performing arts in general. Dave Dufour, John Shoup and Marcia Fulmer are long-time community theatre participants. John is artistic and technical director at Elkhart Civic Theatre, Marcia Fulmer has been an entertainment writer and critic for many years and Dave Dufour is an award-winning director, and actor, who is also a full-time advertising consultant. Join us for some great interviews, common sense advice and interesting takes on theatre news from around the world. TV-PG 36664717 What’s up with those festival adjudicators? Episode 158 http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/whats-up-with-those-festival-adjudicators-episode-158/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/whats-up-with-those-festival-adjudicators-episode-158/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 06:28:29 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9908 Happy New Year! As we gear up for some new episodes in 2017, Dave is clearing out some of our backlog of episodes that have been left unedited and saved “for a rainy day.” So here’s another one of these, on the pros and cons of adjudicators. If you’ve ever been to a theatre festival, you’ve probably had some of the same observations we’ve had. Some judges are helpful, others not so much. The Geeks explore this fully in an episode following the 2017 cycle of AACT festivals.

PS: If YOU are an adjudicator and would like to join us . . . → Read More: What’s up with those festival adjudicators? Episode 158]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/whats-up-with-those-festival-adjudicators-episode-158/feed/ 0 Happy New Year!  As we gear up for some new episodes in 2017, Dave is clearing out some of our backlog of episodes that have been left unedited and saved "for a rainy day."  So here's another one of these, on the pros and cons of adjudicators. Happy New Year!  As we gear up for some new episodes in 2017, Dave is clearing out some of our backlog of episodes that have been left unedited and saved "for a rainy day."  So here's another one of these, on the pros and cons of adjudicators.  If you've ever been to a theatre festival, you've probably had some of the same observations we've had. Some judges are helpful, others not so much.  The Geeks explore this fully in an episode following the 2017 cycle of AACT festivals.<br /> <br /> PS: If YOU are an adjudicator and would like to join us for an episode to discuss the tough job of being objective in a theatre festival, give us a shout using our contact form.<br /> <br /> Music for Theatre Geeks came from Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 29:08 9908 157: What do you do about those “problem” patrons? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/157-what-do-you-do-about-those-problem-patrons/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/157-what-do-you-do-about-those-problem-patrons/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:11:23 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9904 . . . → Read More: 157: What do you do about those “problem” patrons?]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/157-what-do-you-do-about-those-problem-patrons/feed/ 0 Patrons who make noise, patrons who unwrap loud candy and even patrons who stink.  What to do??  Patrons who make noise, patrons who unwrap loud candy and even patrons who stink.  What to do??  Dave Dufour clean 22:46 9904 Episode 156 — Playwright Elaine Liner http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/episode-156-playwright-elaine-liner/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/episode-156-playwright-elaine-liner/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 01:27:48 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9890 . . . → Read More: Episode 156 — Playwright Elaine Liner]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/episode-156-playwright-elaine-liner/feed/ 0 This episode, Texas playwright Elaine Liner joins us to talk about her latest work, Finishing School, which gets its world premiere September 8 at the Geeks home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House. - This episode, Texas playwright Elaine Liner joins us to talk about her latest work, Finishing School, which gets its world premiere September 8 at the Geeks home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House.<br /> <br /> The heartwarming comedy was chosen as one of the 12 winners in the AACT (American Association of Community Theatre) 2017 playwriting competition. It was the first choice for production by Elkhart Civic Theatre and is set to open its 2017-18 season at the Bristol Opera House in September. Dave Dufour clean 33:36 9890 155 – Speak up and don’t talk with your mouth full! Enunciation and diction on stage. http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/155-speak-dont-talk-mouth-full-enunciation-diction-stage/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/155-speak-dont-talk-mouth-full-enunciation-diction-stage/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 23:06:17 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9873 The Geeks return to the issue of enunciation and diction in community theatre productions, how to deal with actors that just don’t get it, and why it’s so important.

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154 – Interview with a college intern for a community theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/154-interview-with-a-college-intern-for-a-community-theatre/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/154-interview-with-a-college-intern-for-a-community-theatre/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:43:47 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9842 In this episode, the Geeks chat with Bronson Bontrager, Elkhart Civic Theatre’s college intern for the spring 2017 semester. We discuss the benefits of internships, for both the theatre and the student.

 

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/154-interview-with-a-college-intern-for-a-community-theatre/feed/ 0 In this episode, the Geeks chat with Bronson Bontrager, Elkhart Civic Theatre's college intern for the spring 2017 semester.  We discuss the benefits of internships, for both the theatre and the student. -   In this episode, the Geeks chat with Bronson Bontrager, Elkhart Civic Theatre's college intern for the spring 2017 semester.  We discuss the benefits of internships, for both the theatre and the student.<br /> <br />   Dave Dufour clean 19:58 9842
153 Return episode: Old or New? What sells best? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/153-return-episode-old-or-new-what-sells-best/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/153-return-episode-old-or-new-what-sells-best/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:46:28 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9837 We are finally back on the pod. After a lengthy absence John, Dave and Marcia are recording episodes again. More will be coming your way, as there are several in the can and we have plans for more in the near future.

In this episode we discuss a problem that plagues most of our theatres: do we do the old familiar shows, or risk something new that audiences are less familiar with? It’s hard because many audience members don’t like the idea of going to something that is outside their experience. We all know people who love seeing a classic . . . → Read More: 153 Return episode: Old or New? What sells best?]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/153-return-episode-old-or-new-what-sells-best/feed/ 0 We are  finally back on the pod.  After a lengthy absence John, Dave and Marcia are recording episodes again.  More will be coming your way, as there are several in the can and we have plans for more in the near future. - We are  finally back on the pod.  After a lengthy absence John, Dave and Marcia are recording episodes again.  More will be coming your way, as there are several in the can and we have plans for more in the near future.<br /> <br /> In this episode we discuss a problem that plagues most of our theatres: do we do the old familiar shows, or risk something new that audiences are less familiar with?  It's hard because many audience members don't like the idea of going to something that is outside their experience.  We all know people who love seeing a classic any number of times, but don't go for what's mainstream today.  But we also hear from people who DON'T want to see another production of Fiddler in the South Pacific near Oklahoma!  Decisions, decisions.  Maybe we can help, or at least add our insight to the perennial problem. Dave Dufour clean 23:37 9837 152 Audition: Great, Performance:Not so much http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/152-audition-great-performancenot-so-much/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/152-audition-great-performancenot-so-much/#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2016 23:56:48 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9323 What do you do when you give a new actor a chance, based on a good or even great audition, but they never seem to rise to the same level in performance? The Geeks discuss.

 

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/152-audition-great-performancenot-so-much/feed/ 0 What do you do when you give a new actor a chance, based on a good or even great audition, but they never seem to rise to the same level in performance?  The Geeks discuss. -   - Music provided by Music Alley. What do you do when you give a new actor a chance, based on a good or even great audition, but they never seem to rise to the same level in performance?  The Geeks discuss.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 24:29 9323
151 Deirdre Lovejoy, Ang Lee and cell phones in theatres http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/151-deirdre-lovejoy-ang-lee-and-cell-phones-in-theatres/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/151-deirdre-lovejoy-ang-lee-and-cell-phones-in-theatres/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:54:07 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=8091 Deirdre Lovejoy

Ang Lee

Deirdre (Dede) Lovejoy joins the Geeks to talk about the recent Patti Lupone cell-phone snatch, working with Ang Lee in the upcoming “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” plus her own autobiographical play, “Bird Elephant China.” Join us for great conversation.

 

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150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/150-interview-jill-olson-of-chicagos-storytown-and-funny-bones-improv/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/150-interview-jill-olson-of-chicagos-storytown-and-funny-bones-improv/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2015 02:08:30 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=7726 Jill Olson of Funny Bones Improv and Storytown, Chicago

Improv artist making a difference in Chicago

Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning in an interactive show for young people. Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while introducing audiences to story structure and problem solving. Storytown uses the core improvisation fundamental of “yes, and” so every suggestion and idea is accepted, embraced and developed. Storytown is a interactive improvisational musical that gives children hands on ownership of the arts. Children are encouraged to take an active . . . → Read More: 150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/150-interview-jill-olson-of-chicagos-storytown-and-funny-bones-improv/feed/ 0 Improv artist making a difference in Chicago Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning in an interactive show for young people.  Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts apprec... Improv artist making a difference in Chicago<br /> Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning in an interactive show for young people.  Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while introducing audiences to story structure and problem solving. Storytown uses the core improvisation fundamental of “yes, and” so every suggestion and idea is accepted, embraced and developed. Storytown is a interactive improvisational musical that gives children hands on ownership of the arts. Children are encouraged to take an active role in Storytown. They can chose the location, design the backdrop, give suggestions for characters and plot, become characters themselves, and aide our performers in any way they can imagine.  Storytown becomes the canvas for their imaginations.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jill is also the current Chicago Director of Funny Bones Improv.  Through this organization, she is able to bring the magic of improv and laughter to children and their care givers in Chicago hospitals.  She is Improv Professor of Merriment with The Laughing Academy and Theater Teacher for Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop.  She has served as Program Coordinator for This Is ME and Child Whisperer for  The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.  Jill Olson is originally from Towson University where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Theater Arts.  She moved to Chicago and studied improvisation and is a graduate of the Second City and iO Training Programs.<br /> <br /> The Geeks met Jill Olson when she came to our theatre as a judge for our Comedy Criminals Improv Festival and Competition, and it was a blast getting to know her.  So, we couldn't wait to have her as a Theatre Geeks guest.   In this episode she talks about the power of improv and theatre for kids (and adults).<br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 31:00 7726 149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/149-scenic-painter-jeff-barrick/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/149-scenic-painter-jeff-barrick/#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:04:00 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=7683 Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for “Zombie Prom.”

Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks’ home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Northern Indiana. He has created backdrops and scenic elements for such diverse shows as Count Dracula, Assassins, Company and many others.

Collaboration with the set designer, (in this case, Geek John Shoup) is critical to successful design, but so is research. Barrick almost . . . → Read More: 149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/149-scenic-painter-jeff-barrick/feed/ 0 Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks' home theatre, Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon<br /> <br /> <br /> Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks' home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Northern Indiana.  He has created backdrops and scenic elements for such diverse shows as Count Dracula, Assassins, Company and many others.<br /> <br /> Collaboration with the set designer, (in this case, Geek John Shoup) is critical to successful design, but so is research.  Barrick almost always uses reference material for inspiration and design concepts.  Anything, from comic books to film, to wallpaper patterns to other set designs, can qualify.  Barrick takes these elements and imaginatively works them into scenic elements that fit the specific needs of a particular show.<br /> <br /> Most recently, Barrick borrowed a graphic look from the cover of an old romance comic book to create the creepy grand olio (listen to the episode to learn what this is) for a production of Zombie Prom.<br /> <br /> Spend some time with the Geeks (including honorary Geek Deirdre Lovejoy) to hear more about Jeff's process for scenic painting.  And take a look at the following videos to see Jeff (and John) at work.<br /> <br /> More of Jeff's work can be seen Jeff Barrick, Muralist.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley Dave Dufour clean 29:04 7683 148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/148-notre-dame-shakespeare-festival/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/148-notre-dame-shakespeare-festival/#respond Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:31:30 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=5824

Aaron Nichols

Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great conversation with the Geeks.

 

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147 Putting music on stage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/147-putting-music-on-stage/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/147-putting-music-on-stage/#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:15:43 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=5325 This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals. Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage. But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money. You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good — or not. Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy. The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or break your next musical.

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/147-putting-music-on-stage/feed/ 0 Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals.  Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage.  But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options<br /> This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals.  Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage.  But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money.  You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good -- or not.  Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy.  The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or break your next musical. Dave Dufour clean 25:34 5325
146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/146-care-and-feeding-of-community-theatre-volunteers/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/146-care-and-feeding-of-community-theatre-volunteers/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:41:54 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=4707 Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres. Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael’s insights in this lively episode.

 

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/146-care-and-feeding-of-community-theatre-volunteers/feed/ 0 Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres.  Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael's insights in this lively episode. -   - Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres.  Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael's insights in this lively episode.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley.<br /> <br />   Dave Dufour clean 24:24 4707
145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/145-putting-history-on-the-stage-conversation-with-playwright-michael-beatty/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/145-putting-history-on-the-stage-conversation-with-playwright-michael-beatty/#respond Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:33:58 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=4142 Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War

Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work, to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component. It will be performed by South Bend, Indiana’s Acting Ensemble, as part of a five-month Northern Indiana arts & music commemoration . . . → Read More: 145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/145-putting-history-on-the-stage-conversation-with-playwright-michael-beatty/feed/ 0 Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work,  to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work,  to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component.  It will be performed by South Bend, Indiana's Acting Ensemble, as part of a five-month Northern Indiana arts & music commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.<br /> <br /> Join us for a fascinating conversation with a playwright with a passion, for history, education, media and the arts.<br /> <br /> Read more about Michael's various works, including Heartland: The Civil War, here.<br /> <br /> More information about the series of events in our region pertaining to the Civil War commemoration, is here.<br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 37:12 4142 144 Say What? Theatre sound. http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/144-say-theatre-sound/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/144-say-theatre-sound/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:31:44 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3593 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.

 

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143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/143-putting-california-state-aact-festival/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/143-putting-california-state-aact-festival/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:47:51 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3590 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.

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Merry Christmas from the Geeks! http://theatregeeks.com/blog/merry-christmas-geeks/ http://theatregeeks.com/blog/merry-christmas-geeks/#respond Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:56:41 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3583 ]]> http://theatregeeks.com/blog/merry-christmas-geeks/feed/ 0 3583 Why Community Theatre? http://theatregeeks.com/blog/community-theatre/ http://theatregeeks.com/blog/community-theatre/#respond Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:32:02 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3579 Check it out. Thanks to Dylan Dufour for recording this. And thanks to Peter Exley, Thorsten Bosch and Sharon Exley for allowing me to get on the stage at Martyrs in Chicago.

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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 . . . → Read More: 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/142-festival-tips-ron-ziegler-aact/feed/ 0 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 s... 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.<br /> <br /> NOTE: This episode was recorded in November. Dave has been slow in posting new episodes but we're trying to catch up.<br /> <br /> More info on AACT is as AACT.org<br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 36:24 3575 How to save your theatre, part 2 http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-2/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-2/#respond Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:28:16 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3567 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.

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-2/feed/ 0 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 ... Build more bars?<br /> 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."<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley<br /> <br /> Link to The Stranger Dave Dufour clean 17:21 3567
How to save your theatre, Part 1 http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-1/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-1/#respond Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:17:30 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3558 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 comment that maybe Shakespeare . . . → Read More: How to save your theatre, Part 1]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-1/feed/ 0 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, Enough with the Shakespeare already?<br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> In this episode we talk about Kiley's comment that maybe Shakespeare is more liability than asset for many theatres.  The Geeks' home theatre has never really done Shakespeare (unless you count the musicals "Kiss me Kate" and "All Shook Up," but we think it's a point well taken.  Or not, depending on the Geek in question.<br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley<br /> <br /> Link to The Stranger Dave Dufour clean 16:39 3558 139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/139-thoughts-theatre-promotion/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/139-thoughts-theatre-promotion/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:11:43 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3538 The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn’t and a bit about how the landscape has changed.

 

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/139-thoughts-theatre-promotion/feed/ 0 Broadcast, print, direct mail and the web -- sorting out theatre promotion The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn't and a bit about how the landscape has changed. -   - Music provided by Music Alley Broadcast, print, direct mail and the web -- sorting out theatre promotion<br /> The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn't and a bit about how the landscape has changed.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley Dave Dufour clean 22:44 3538
138 Animals Onstage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/138-animals-onstage/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/138-animals-onstage/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:45:22 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3529 Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes. Bell, Book and Candle‘s Pyewacket, Annie‘s Sandy and of course, The Wizard of Oz‘ Toto, are three that spring to mind. While these animals are essential, they also pose some special issues for actors and directors. While the goal is to get the best performance possible from an animal actor, the safety and well-being of the animal as well as cast members . . . → Read More: 138 Animals Onstage]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/138-animals-onstage/feed/ 3 Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes.  Bell, Book and Candle's Pyewacket, Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs<br /> Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes.  Bell, Book and Candle's Pyewacket, Annie's Sandy and of course, The Wizard of Oz' Toto, are three that spring to mind.  While these animals are essential, they also pose some special issues for actors and directors.  While the goal is to get the best performance possible from an animal actor,  the safety and well-being of the animal as well as cast members is extremely important.  A happy, un-fearful creature is almost always a better performer.  But it takes time, planning and some basic rules to get the dog or cat (or other animal) to this point.  The Geeks discuss their experiences and advice and invite you to send us your own. Dave Dufour clean 24:55 3529 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/137-richard-engling-chicago-playwright/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/137-richard-engling-chicago-playwright/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:14:40 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3516 Chicago Playwright Richard Engling

It has been almost 30 years since award-winning author Fern Chertkow ended her own life, but her legacy lives on through the Afterlife Trilogy, a unique undertaking that fuses her writing with the work of novelist, playwright Richard Engling and his creative team at Chicago’s Polarity Ensemble Theatre.

Paying tribute to the late author, the trilogy combines two novels – “Visions of Anna” by Engling and “She Plays in . . . → Read More: 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/137-richard-engling-chicago-playwright/feed/ 3 Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process.  It has been almost 30 years since award-winning author Fern Chertkow ended ... Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy<br /> Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process.<br /> <br /> <br />  It has been almost 30 years since award-winning author Fern Chertkow ended her own life, but her legacy lives on through the Afterlife Trilogy, a unique undertaking that fuses her writing with the work of novelist, playwright Richard Engling and his creative team at Chicago’s Polarity Ensemble Theatre.<br /> <br /> Paying tribute to the late author, the trilogy combines two novels – “Visions of Anna” by Engling and “She Plays in Darkness” by Chertkow (October 7, 2014, Polarity Ensemble Theatre Books) – with a powerful play written by Engling, “Anna in the Afterlife,” which will run April 23 to May 24, 2015. The three works span 35 years of creation, offering a multi-sensory experience when taken as a whole.<br /> <br /> In addition to a book release event, Polarity will present a number of readings throughout October and November at bookstores, libraries and book groups.<br /> <br /> “The Afterlife Trilogy is about honoring our lives, our loved ones and our heroes even as they pass out of this world,” Engling says. “It is about the sacred qualities of our memories. It is about the wounds that become the sources of our greatest gifts. It is about making sense of that which cannot be understood.”<br /> <br /> Engling and Chertkow became close friends in graduate school studying fiction writing. They had each come from other disciplines: music for Chertkow and theatre for Engling. The two spent a year in Europe after graduate school and experienced a particularly magical time living as novelists in Paris.<br /> <br /> Deeply affected by Chertkow’s death in 1988, Engling used his friend as inspiration to pen his novel “Visions of Anna” and play “Anna in the Afterlife,” both touching on friendship, death and self-destruction. “Anna in the Afterlife” went through an in-depth development process with Polarity Ensemble since first appearing in the theatre company’s 2011 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays.<br /> <br /> Disturbingly prophetic and brimming with lyrical prose, “She Plays in Darkness” is the earliest of the trilogy’s works, written by Chertkow just a few years before her death. Chertkow infused much of herself in the lead characters, twins Cynthia and Rosemary, slowly revealing a self-destructiveness that echoes the mystery of her suicide explored in “Visions of Anna” and “Anna in the Afterlife.”<br /> <br /> Engling is the co-founder and artistic director of Polarity Ensemble Theatre in the Windy City. He is an actor, director, playwright, novelist and musician.<br /> <br /> Links:<br /> <br /> JKSCommunications - Literary Publicity<br /> <br /> Polarity Ensemble Theatre<br /> <br /> Polarity on Facebook<br /> <br /> Richard Engling's Personal Website Dave Dufour clean 33:32 3516 136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/136-kids-hollywood-getting-agent/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/136-kids-hollywood-getting-agent/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:05:43 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3508 Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood.

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/136-kids-hollywood-getting-agent/feed/ 3 Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. - Music provided by Music Alley Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood.<br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley Dave Dufour clean 30:40 3508
135 When your kids want to become professional actors http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/135-kids-want-become-professional-actors/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/135-kids-want-become-professional-actors/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:36:29 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3470 Susan Whitby (center) with daughters Maddy Whitby (left) and Audrey Whitby.

Susan Whitby joined us for the first of two episodes to talk about her daughters, Audrey and Maddie, who, after starting out in community theatre in Indiana, have moved on, with her help and five years in Los Angeles, to become successful on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and more in Hollywood. But it wasn’t easy and there were no guarantees. 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Gordon’s insights sparked a conversation between the Geeks. Authors and play publishers set down a lot of rules about how you’re supposed to produce their plays. Rules can be both artistic and pertain to the marketing of your production, and you ignore them at your company’s peril. And while most requirements are pretty standard, there can be . . . → Read More: 134 Getting your show shut down — how to avoid it]]> http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/133-getting-show-shut-avoid/feed/ 10 There are some rules about play production -- breaking them can result in getting your show shut down. Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on how producers can make sure they don't get their show shut ... There are some rules about play production -- breaking them can result in getting your show shut down.<br /> Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on how producers can make sure they don't get their show shut down.  Gordon's insights sparked a conversation between the Geeks.  Authors and play publishers set down a lot of rules about how you're supposed to produce their plays.  Rules can be both artistic and pertain to the marketing of your production, and you ignore them at your company's peril.  And while most requirements are pretty standard, there can be special cases and variations depending on the author and/or publisher.<br /> <br /> Want to do a musical but you prefer the song from the movie that replaced the one in the original production?  Careful!  You're definitely not allowed to do this unless you make special arrangements, which may be difficult to get.  So, what do to?  Ok, maybe you just cut the song, right?  WRONG.  Mostly, theatre companies are obligated to produce plays and musicals as written.  This is not just some temperamental author being a prima donna.  Authors have a right NOT to have their work tampered with.  If a theatre company does damage to a work it is still attributed to the author, most audience members may hate the play not realizing the author didn't write it that way.  If you can't get permission for changes, you don't make them.  Or you find another play that you like better.  Simple as that.<br /> <br /> The Geeks delve deeper into this issue, so listen in.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Article: How to make sure your production doesn't get shut down, by Gordon Firemark.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Music for Theatre Geeks provided by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 20:40 3461 To your health: staying well on stage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/health-staying-well-stage/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/health-staying-well-stage/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:55:13 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3454 The Geeks share a few tips and tricks for fighting colds and other ailments that can play havoc with your performance.

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/health-staying-well-stage/feed/ 8 The Geeks share a few tips and tricks for fighting colds and other ailments that can play havoc with  your performance. - Music provided on this Bastille Day (as we're recording this) by Music Alley. The Geeks share a few tips and tricks for fighting colds and other ailments that can play havoc with  your performance.<br /> <br /> Music provided on this Bastille Day (as we're recording this) by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 15:21 3454
132 Up in Smoke: Smoking onstage in a non-smoking world http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/132-smoke-smoking-onstage-non-smoking-world/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/132-smoke-smoking-onstage-non-smoking-world/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:21:10 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3448 Depending on your venue, audience and local laws, producing a script that requires that characters smoke can be problematic. Where smoking is prohibited in public places it is sometimes allowed in stage performances, but audiences may still not accept it or approve. Some audience members may be sensitive to smoke, and some venues, such as schools, may not allow smoking under any circumstances. What to do? The Geeks discuss the question of smoking onstage and some available alternatives.

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http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/132-smoke-smoking-onstage-non-smoking-world/feed/ 5 Smoking onstage and its alternatives Depending on your venue, audience and local laws, producing a script that requires that characters smoke can be problematic. Where smoking is prohibited in public places it is sometimes allowed in stage performance... Smoking onstage and its alternatives<br /> Depending on your venue, audience and local laws, producing a script that requires that characters smoke can be problematic. Where smoking is prohibited in public places it is sometimes allowed in stage performances, but audiences may still not accept it or approve. Some audience members may be sensitive to smoke, and some venues, such as schools, may not allow smoking under any circumstances.  What to do? The Geeks discuss the question of smoking onstage and some available alternatives. Dave Dufour clean 16:12 3448
131 Theatre a la carte: using food onstage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/131-theatre-la-carte-using-food-onstage/ http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/131-theatre-la-carte-using-food-onstage/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:00:46 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3433 Whether it’s staging a family dinner or dealing with a variety of beverages, food onstage is a special class of props that has its own set of issues and potential pitfalls. The Geeks talk about their experiences (some good, some not-so-good) with food onstage and how to reduce the problems.

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