Theatre Geeks http://theatregeeks.com community theatre and the performing arts Mon, 01 Jan 2018 06:28:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 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 What’s up with those festival adjudicators? Episode 158 http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/whats-up-with-those-festival-adjudicators-episode-158/ 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 for an episode to discuss the tough job of being objective in a theatre festival, give us a shout using our contact form. Music for Theatre Geeks came from Music Alley. 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 29:08 157: What do you do about those “problem” patrons? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/157-what-do-you-do-about-those-problem-patrons/ Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:11:23 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9904 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??  Patrons who make noise, patrons who unwrap loud candy and even patrons who stink.  What to do??  Dave Dufour clean 22:46 Episode 156 — Playwright Elaine Liner http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/episode-156-playwright-elaine-liner/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 01:27:48 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=9890 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. 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. 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 33:36 155 – 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/ 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. Music provided by Music Alley. 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. - Music provided by Music Alley. 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.<br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 37:02 154 – Interview with a college intern for a community theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/154-interview-with-a-college-intern-for-a-community-theatre/ 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.   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 19:58 153 Return episode: Old or New? What sells best? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/153-return-episode-old-or-new-what-sells-best/ 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 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. 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 23:37 152 Audition: Great, Performance:Not so much http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/152-audition-great-performancenot-so-much/ 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.   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. -   - 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 24:29 151 Deirdre Lovejoy, Ang Lee and cell phones in theatres http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/151-deirdre-lovejoy-ang-lee-and-cell-phones-in-theatres/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:54:07 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=8091 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.   Music provided by Music Alley 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. 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.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Music provided by Music Alley Dave Dufour clean 39:30 150 — 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/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 02:08:30 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=7726 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 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. 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. 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). Music provided by Music Alley. 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 31:00 149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/149-scenic-painter-jeff-barrick/ Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:04:00 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=7683 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, 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 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. 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. 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. More of Jeff's work can be seen Jeff Barrick, Muralist.   Music provided by Music Alley 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 29:04 148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/148-notre-dame-shakespeare-festival/ Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:31:30 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=5824 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.   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. -   Dave Dufour clean 23:36 147 Putting music on stage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/147-putting-music-on-stage/ Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:15:43 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=5325 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, 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. 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, Dave Dufour clean 25:34 146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/146-care-and-feeding-of-community-theatre-volunteers/ 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.   Music provided by Music Alley.   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. -   - Dave Dufour clean 24:24 145 – 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/ Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:33:58 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=4142 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. Join us for a fascinating conversation with a playwright with a passion, for history, education, media and the arts. Read more about Michael's various works, including Heartland: The Civil War, here. More information about the series of events in our region pertaining to the Civil War commemoration, is here. Music provided by Music Alley. 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. Dave Dufour clean 37:12 144 Say What? Theatre sound. http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/144-say-theatre-sound/ 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.   Music provided by Music Alley. 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. Dave Dufour clean 20:04 143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/143-putting-california-state-aact-festival/ 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. LINKS: American Association of Community Theatres Long Beach Playhouse 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, Dave Dufour clean 30:20 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/142-festival-tips-ron-ziegler-aact/ Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:03:16 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3575 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 but we're trying to catch up. More info on AACT is as AACT.org Music provided by Music Alley. 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... Dave Dufour clean 36:24 How to save your theatre, part 2 http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-2/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:28:16 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3567 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 Stranger 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 ... Dave Dufour clean 17:21 How to save your theatre, Part 1 http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/save-theatre-part-1/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:17:30 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3558 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 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. Music provided by Music Alley Link to The Stranger 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, Dave Dufour clean 16:39 139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/139-thoughts-theatre-promotion/ Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:11:43 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3538 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 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 Dave Dufour clean 22:44 138 Animals Onstage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/138-animals-onstage/ Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:45:22 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3529 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, 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. 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, Dave Dufour clean 24:55 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/137-richard-engling-chicago-playwright/ Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:14:40 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3516 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 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 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. In addition to a book release event, Polarity will present a number of readings throughout October and November at bookstores, libraries and book groups. “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.” 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. 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. 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.” 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. Links: JKSCommunications - Literary Publicity Polarity Ensemble Theatre Polarity on Facebook Richard Engling's Personal Website 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 ... Dave Dufour clean 33:32 136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/136-kids-hollywood-getting-agent/ 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. 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. - Music provided by Music Alley Dave Dufour clean 30:40 135 When your kids want to become professional actors http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/135-kids-want-become-professional-actors/ Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:36:29 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3470 Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge 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.  Susan shares what she learned along the way and gives some solid advice on what to do and what to expect when your kids decide to pursue a show business career. Audrey Whitby has various television acting projects including a recurring role on Nickelodeon's The Thundermans and Maddy Whitby is co-host of the morning Radio Disney show, Morgan and Maddy in the Morning. Links to two of the teachers/workshops for young actors mentioned in the show: Cynthia Bain's Young Actor's Studio John D'Aquino Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby joined us for the first of two episodes to talk about her daughters, Audrey and Maddie, who, Dave Dufour clean 29:51 134 Getting your show shut down — how to avoid it http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/133-getting-show-shut-avoid/ Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:59:57 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3461 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 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. 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. The Geeks delve deeper into this issue, so listen in.   Article: How to make sure your production doesn't get shut down, by Gordon Firemark.   Music for Theatre Geeks provided by Music Alley. 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 ... Dave Dufour clean 20:40 To your health: staying well on stage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/health-staying-well-stage/ 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. 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. - Music provided on this Bastille Day (as we're recording this) by Music Alley. Dave Dufour clean 15:21 132 Up in Smoke: Smoking onstage in a non-smoking world http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/132-smoke-smoking-onstage-non-smoking-world/ Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:21:10 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3448 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 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. 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... Dave Dufour clean 16:12 131 Theatre a la carte: using food onstage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/131-theatre-la-carte-using-food-onstage/ Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:00:46 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3433 Food onstage can sometimes be a challenge 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. Music provided by Music Alley. Food onstage can sometimes be a challenge 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. Dave Dufour clean 24:22 130 Backstage Etiquette http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/130-backstage-etiquette/ Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:01:08 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3429 Be respectful of both your audience and your fellow actors The Geeks have talked often about the annoying things that some audience members may do that hurt the theatregoing experience for everyone.  This time, they delve into the topic of backstage etiquette for both cast and crew.  Sometimes little things can cause large problems, even when we may not intend them to.  Talking, whispering, being in the wrong position, not being in position at all, etc., are all matters of professionalism, etiquette and respect  for each other. Send us YOUR thoughts on this episode, and we may record a "part 2" down the road. Music provided by Music Alley. Be respectful of both your audience and your fellow actors The Geeks have talked often about the annoying things that some audience members may do that hurt the theatregoing experience for everyone.  This time, Dave Dufour clean 19:12 129 Directors — should they be smooth or sharp? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/129-directors-smooth-sharp/ Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:43:27 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3424 What kind of director are you?  What kind of director is best? Directors come in all styles -- from overly easygoing (REAL smooth) or difficult bordering on abusive (REAL sharp).  Where's the sweet spot on the contiuum?  The Geeks discuss.   Music provide by Music Alley. What kind of director are you?  What kind of director is best? Directors come in all styles -- from overly easygoing (REAL smooth) or difficult bordering on abusive (REAL sharp).  Where's the sweet spot on the contiuum?  The Geeks discuss. -   - Dave Dufour clean 24:54 128 Stratford Festival 2014 Preview http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/128-stratford-festival-2014-preview/ Sat, 07 Jun 2014 15:11:50 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3416 Stratford Festival's publicity director Ann Swerdfager joins the Geeks We've mentioned the Stratford Festival plenty of times on Theatre Geeks, but it certainly bears repeating that Ontario's longtime Shakespeare (and a whole lotta other theatre) festival is one of the theatrical gems of North America.  Just a hop and a skip from the USA midwest, and a pleasant drive from either Detroit/Windsor or Niagara Falls, it's worth everyone's time. Ann Swerdfager grew up with the Stratford Festival, and after several years in the "outside" world, returned to her roots in this small town with a great idea that grew in the middle Ontario.  She shares a bit of her story of growing up in this rarefied air, and gives us a preview of this year's Stratford Festival.   Stratford Festival is at : http://www.stratfordfestival.ca Music provided by Music Alley Stratford Festival's publicity director Ann Swerdfager joins the Geeks We've mentioned the Stratford Festival plenty of times on Theatre Geeks, but it certainly bears repeating that Ontario's longtime Shakespeare (and a whole lotta other theatre) ... Dave Dufour clean 26:37 127 Bad Theatre vs No Theatre at All: the great debate http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/127-bad-theatre-vs-theatre-great-debate/ Sat, 31 May 2014 16:27:21 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3411 Which is better: bad theatre or no theatre? Actor Robert Miller joins the geeks for a second session and one of our most lively debates ever. Dave recently saw a quote that stated that we need more theatre over all, good and bad, and that the bad begets good over time.  We've all seen bad shows.  Is it better to see a poor production, or are we better off with no theatre at all?  Very interesting discussion. What do YOU think?  Listen to this episode and then send us your opinion via our feedback form.   Music provided by Music Alley. Which is better: bad theatre or no theatre? Actor Robert Miller joins the geeks for a second session and one of our most lively debates ever. Dave recently saw a quote that stated that we need more theatre over all, good and bad, Dave Dufour clean 22:26 126 Keeping a classic character fresh http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/126-keeping-classic-character-fresh/ Tue, 27 May 2014 15:17:00 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3398 This week the Geeks are joined by Robert J. Miller, a former member of the local (Elkhart Civic Theatre) troupe and now a professional actor. Bob is about to play Tevye in a regional production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Indiana.  We talk to him about the value of the community theatre experience and how he approaches this iconic character. Wagon Wheel Theatre is HERE. Music provided by Music Alley This week the Geeks are joined by Robert J. Miller, a former member of the local (Elkhart Civic Theatre) troupe and now a professional actor. Bob is about to play Tevye in a regional production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsa... Dave Dufour clean 29:41 125 Making your opening night more exciting (and profitable) http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/125-making-opening-night-exciting-profitable/ Sun, 18 May 2014 15:41:55 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3389 Sold Out Run's Clay Mabbitt gives the Geeks, and YOU, some great tips for community theatre success. It's not often we get to speak with fellow podcasters, but here, for the second show in a row, we're talking to someone who produces a podcast related to the performing arts.  Clay Mabbitt, of nearby Indianapolis, produces the Sold Out Run podcast, which focuses primarily on the marketing of performing arts, including theatre and musical events. In this episode, , he gives the Geeks his ideas on making that opening night a sold-out event.  In the Geeks' experience, the public often waits to read reviews and gauge the word-of-mouth on a particular production before actually plunking down the price of admission.  Often this doesn't happen until the run is under way (for our theatre, it means the second weekend.)  So the theatre loses revenue during the early performances. Adding excitement to opening night is one way to boost attendance and get the word of mouth going before the first performance. Clay has some great "road tested" insights and great tips for promoting your opening.  AND, he can sing the Theatre Geeks theme music! Links: Sold Out Run - http://www.soldoutrun.com   Music Provided by Music Alley Sold Out Run's Clay Mabbitt gives the Geeks, and YOU, some great tips for community theatre success. It's not often we get to speak with fellow podcasters, but here, for the second show in a row, we're talking to someone who produces a podcast rel... Dave Dufour clean 32:13 124 Stratford Festival Reviews creator Keith Tomasek http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/124-stratford-festival-reviews-creator-keith-tomasek/ Sun, 11 May 2014 16:09:13 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3378 Keith Tomasek talks about stratfordfestivalreviews.com, the "Rotten Tomatoes" of the Stratford Festival Visitors to the Stratford Festival have a friend in Keith Tomasek.  Keith is the creator, editor and curator of Stratford Festival Reviews (http://www.stratfordfestivalreviews.com), a website that aggregates reviews of all the productions at this outstanding institution in Stratford Ontario.  Visitors to the website (who accumulate around 1300 page views per day) are able to see what critics across Canada and US have to say about the current season's productions, get a better understanding of the plays themselves, enjoy professional theatre analyses (which don't always agree with each other), and make better informed decisions about which shows they'd like to see. Keith Tomasek I grew up in Mon­treal where he stud­ied the­atre, later moving to Win­nipeg and Toronto where he wrote and pro­duced award win­ning films, tele­vi­sion and radio.  In addition to managing his websites, he lec­tures at the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Ontario and recently mod­er­ated an event on cam­pus with Jian Ghome­shi from the CBC Radio pro­gram Q.  He teaches courses and does research in the field of social media. In addition to Stratford Festival Reviews, Keith also edits and curates Shaw Festival Reviews at http://shawfestreviews.com/ and produces The Inadequate Life, (http://www.theinadequatelife.com), a podcast focusing on interesting people who make their livings in the arts. Join the Geeks for a lively conversation with a fascinating guest. Music provided by Music Alley. Keith Tomasek talks about stratfordfestivalreviews.com, the "Rotten Tomatoes" of the Stratford Festival Visitors to the Stratford Festival have a friend in Keith Tomasek.  Keith is the creator, editor and curator of Stratford Festival Reviews (http:/... Dave Dufour clean 30:42 123 Summer Musicals http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/123-summer-musicals/ Sun, 04 May 2014 16:15:55 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3367 Are summer musicals still important to community theatres? We hear reports that some community theatres go on a little hiatus in the summer.  For others, the summer musical is still a main event.  How does your community theatre come down?  The geeks talk about the pros and cons of the big summer show. Music provided by Music Alley Are summer musicals still important to community theatres? We hear reports that some community theatres go on a little hiatus in the summer.  For others, the summer musical is still a main event.  How does your community theatre come down? Dave Dufour clean 22:34 122 Fighting the community theatre budget battle http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/122-fighting-community-theatre-budget-battle/ Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:33:39 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3364 Many community theatres operate by the financial seat-of-the-pants. Does yours? Many community theatres operate by the financial seat-of-the-pants. Does yours? Dave Dufour clean 16:41 121 Know what you’re getting into or stay home http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/121-know-youre-getting-stay-home/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:20:18 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3356 In another audience etiquette episodes, the Geeks talk about audience members who don't do their "homework" when it comes to knowing what kind of show they're going to see, being prepared for possible "mature" content and not being taken by "surprise" that leads to indignation.  We've been around long enough to know that there probably isn't a show out there that won't offend someone at some time, but often as not, the offended party has only himself to blame.  Most theatres will note in their promotions if a particular show deals with adult themes, is inappropriate for children, or contains "language" (well, of course it contains language, but you know what we mean.) Another issue is the audience member who comes to the theatre knowing he or she has a health issue or other problem that could crop up during the performance, and then is annoyed with the theatre for not dealing with it adequately, or feels the need to share the problem with the entire audience. Both of these issues come under the heading of "you should know what you're getting into and plan ahead."  And if you can't, stay home. Music Provided by Music Alley. In another audience etiquette episodes, the Geeks talk about audience members who don't do their "homework" when it comes to knowing what kind of show they're going to see, being prepared for possible "mature" content and not being taken by "surprise" ... Dave Dufour clean 20:32 120 Can there be too much theatre tech? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/120-can-much-theatre-tech/ Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:00:41 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3299 The Geeks discuss the high- and ever higher-tech state of theatrical productions and wonder if "enough" is actually too much, and whether technology helps or hinders a community theatre's creative approaches. The Geeks discuss the high- and ever higher-tech state of theatrical productions and wonder if "enough" is actually too much, and whether technology helps or hinders a community theatre's creative approaches. Dave Dufour clean 18:49 119 Leave that stuff at home! Dealing with bad behavior in the theatre. http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/119-leave-stuff-home-dealing-bad-behavior-theatre/ Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:21:04 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3241 What can you do to deal with backstage hanky panky and other disruptive "stuff" in community theatre? Community theatre is a great social activity, but problems do arise when behaviors that may (or may not) be ok away from the theatre become distractions or even liabilities within a cast.  While we can't regulate people's feelings, we can set guidelines that make for a better experience for all.  The Geeks discuss dealing with bad behavior, and more importantly, preventing it.  Send us YOUR feedback. Music provided by Music Alley. What can you do to deal with backstage hanky panky and other disruptive "stuff" in community theatre? Community theatre is a great social activity, but problems do arise when behaviors that may (or may not) be ok away from the theatre become distracti... Dave Dufour clean 22:38 118 Is it Actor or Actress? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/118-actor-actress/ Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:46:11 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3066 Is the term "actress" outmoded? The Geeks have been accused of being a little "old school" at times (whatever that means), and all three of us remember when the term "actress" was the standard way of referring to a female on stage.  In this abbreviated episode, the Geeks discuss why and when the terminology appeared to change, and whether or not it's ok to still use the older term. What do YOU think?  Is this even a debate worth having?  Should those who say "actress" be subject to a social smackdown?  Let us know via our contact form (below) or send a note to Dave, John or Marcia @ theatregeeks.com. Music provided by Music Alley. Links on this subject: Playbill Magazine College Confidential The Guardian LA Times Is the term "actress" outmoded? The Geeks have been accused of being a little "old school" at times (whatever that means), and all three of us remember when the term "actress" was the standard way of referring to a female on stage. Dave Dufour clean 11:16 117 Awards Nights for Community Theatre: the pros and cons http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/117-awards-nights-community-theatre-pros-cons/ Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:59:04 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=3010 Are awards nights at a community theatre a good thing or a bad thing? After a peculiarly breathy beginning, the Geeks get down to the business of awards.  Some community theatres have an annual in-company awards ceremony honoring best actors/actresses, directors, etc.  Some may feel that this only breeds internal jealousies and bad feelings.  Others may feel it provides an incentive for quality in all aspects of production.  The Geeks tell you what they think.  Now, what do YOU think.  Let us know via our contact page. Music provided by Music Alley. Are awards nights at a community theatre a good thing or a bad thing? After a peculiarly breathy beginning, the Geeks get down to the business of awards.  Some community theatres have an annual in-company awards ceremony honoring best actors/actresses... Dave Dufour clean 17:43 Colleen Williamson talks about her life entertaining on cruise ships http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/colleen-williamson-talk-life-entertaining-cruise-ships/ Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:18:20 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2877 Community theatre was Colleen Williamson's springboard to an exciting life performing on cruise ships. Colleen Williamson joins us for a fascinating talk about her life as a cruise ship actress, singer and entertainer, that started over 20 years ago.  Possessed of a great singing voice and natural acting ability, Colleen was urged by a friend to audition with a cruise ship line's entertainment arm.  Today, she travels much of the year, to places most of us only dream about, and performs on the water in everything from musical comedies to her own cabaret act. All three Geeks are old friends of Colleen, so the conversation is friendly, fun and we get up close and personal, finding out what life is like for an entertainer on the ocean. Music provided by Music Alley. Community theatre was Colleen Williamson's springboard to an exciting life performing on cruise ships. Colleen Williamson joins us for a fascinating talk about her life as a cruise ship actress, singer and entertainer, Dave Dufour clean 24:39 115 Theatre under the influence http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/115-theatre-influence/ Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:58:35 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2805 Theatre Geeks talk about their theatrical influences in this episode of the long-running theatre podcast. Theatre Geeks talk about their theatrical influences in this episode of the long-running theatre podcast. Dave Dufour clean 29:59 114 Does the weather put your community theatre in the deep freeze? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/114-weather-put-community-theatre-deep-freeze/ Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:41:28 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2617 Snowed in? Snowed out?  How does your community theatre deal with serious winter weather? The Geeks know first-hand about how winter can disrupt rehearals and even keep patrons away.  Recorded live at Evan's Sidewalk Cafe, we offer a few things to think about when weather gets in your theatre's way. First of all, follow the law. When law enforcement says stay off the roads, don't schedule rehearsals that put your cast and crew in danger. Get serious with your cast -- let them know that if you've already missed rehearsals, it's important to get back on track. Carpool so those with less than ideal vehicles can get to rehearsals safely. Consider adding rehearsals to make up for lost time heading up to dress rehearsals Consider extending rehearsals -- starting early, going longer, etc. Mother Nature doesn't really care about your show or rehearsal schedule -- how do YOU deal with her? Let us know your tips via our contact form! Music provided by Music Alley. Snowed in? Snowed out?  How does your community theatre deal with serious winter weather? The Geeks know first-hand about how winter can disrupt rehearals and even keep patrons away.  Recorded live at Evan's Sidewalk Cafe, Dave Dufour clean 18:34 Choreography in community theatre: how is it different? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/choreography-community-theatre-different/ Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:06:04 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2513 Tom Myers talks choreography with the Geeks How is choreography for community theatre different from what you might see professionally? Recognizing that not everyone in community theatre is a trained dancer while still challenging performers is a balancing act Tom Myers is very familiar with. The veteran choreographer for community and high school theatres talks about the issues that he faces in putting a great dance number on the stage with non-professional talent. Tom has choreographed dozens of shows, not only at the Geeks' home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre, but across Northern Indiana.  He has won awards for choreography at the state and regional level, and directed numerous musicals, including Sweet Charity, Chicago, and an award-winning production of the musical farce, Lucky Stiff. Music provided by Music Alley. Tom Myers talks choreography with the Geeks How is choreography for community theatre different from what you might see professionally? Recognizing that not everyone in community theatre is a trained dancer while still challenging performers is a ... Dave Dufour clean 24:30 Everything old is new again: what’s wrong with “recycled” theatre? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/everything-old-new-whats-wrong-recycled-theatre/ Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:13:51 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2499 First show of 2014! Does your theatre recycle? A lot of shows seem to be recycled from earlier works these days: musicals based on movies, plays based on novels, musicals based on movies based on even older movies.  Is all this recycling good or bad?  Is it even a new phenomenon.  The Geeks discuss how it seems everything old is new again -- and whether it's always been that way. Music provided by Music Alley. First show of 2014! Does your theatre recycle? A lot of shows seem to be recycled from earlier works these days: musicals based on movies, plays based on novels, musicals based on movies based on even older movies. Dave Dufour clean 24:32 Bonus Year-end episode: Theatre Quality vs Theatre Quantity http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/bonus-year-end-episode-theatre-quality-vs-theatre-quantity/ Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:56:27 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2469 Should  you trade theatre quality for theatre quantity (i.e., bums in the seats)? All community theatres crave the full house, but is it worth bending the standards occasionally to get it?  Do you do a less than par holiday show because you know you can get an audience?  Or the umpteenth revival of Fiddler because there are always those audience members who will dutifully show up for a classic, no matter how well it's done? The Geeks take on this dilemma, and although we probably don't solve it, we have fun trying! This is our last episode of 2013.  We're taking some time off to regroup and refresh before picking it up again around January 5.  Why don't  you do the same?  Have a very happy holiday season.  Thanks for listening! Should  you trade theatre quality for theatre quantity (i.e., bums in the seats)? All community theatres crave the full house, but is it worth bending the standards occasionally to get it?  Do you do a less than par holiday show because you know you c... Dave Dufour clean 18:07 Shirley Mitchell and Heywood Banks talk about their musical Swamp Opera http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/shirley-mitchell-heywood-banks-talk-musical-swamp-opera/ Sun, 22 Dec 2013 02:06:48 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2452 Wife-Husband Team Shirley Mitchell and Heywood Banks translate classic story into musical Swamp Opera. When Shirley Mitchell wrote the script and lyrics for a musical version of the  folk tale "Froggy Went A-Courtin'," she asked the man she calls "the King of Melody" to turn her words into the songs in "Swamp Opera." No, it wasn't Barry Manilow.  It was her husband Stuart, best known as Heywood Banks, who has been delighting, inspiring, amusing and sometimes even mildly grossing out audiences for years with such songs as "If Pigs Had Wings," "The Weasel"  and the Christmas classic "You Ain't Gettin' Diddly Squat," among many others.  Shirley and Heywood's collaboration has yielded a creative retelling of the animal tale embellished with songs that range from country and bluegrass to blues and rock.  The songs are markedly different than the more novelty-type songs Heywood fans are familiar with (to a great degree because the lyrics are Shirley's), but to this listener (Dave) they still have subtle Banks wry touch (you can hear them all here). Writing the script based on the Froggy folk tale was a natural for Shirley, who has always been a writer, as she explains on the Swamp Opera website. Writing has always been a love of mine. I’ve not been passionately devoted to it, but I have written consistently throughout my life. I wrote lyrics for country songs for a year with my folk singing husband, later turned comedian. I’ve written children’s stories, articles, kept journals, then one day after my second child left home, I got this idea to write a musical play. I don’t know why I thought I could do it. Mainly, not asking anyone if they thought I could, was key to jumping in and doing it. I spent a year writing twenty songs-there are seventeen in the play-and beating my husband with a big stick to come up with the music. {He will freely admit to this.} He is an incredible musician and I am lucky to have his music. The play is pure fantasy based in real life situations. The characters have taken on their own personalities and speak their own minds. Most of the time, I just went along for the ride. Now, in a few months I will be able to see what it all looks like. That will be a thrill. I have been surrounded by wonderfully talented people throughout this project. This play can’t help but be successful because of it. I believe it will enchant, delight and entertain people for many years to come. I am grateful for everyone’s help and now may it be released to the universe. The musical has been produced in Shirley and Heywood's home town of Howell, Michigan, and other productions are in the offing.   They joined the Geeks for a fun half-hour or so talking about how the play came about, how it became a musical, and what it's like collaborating as husband and wife. For information, production arrangements and more check out the Swamp Opera website. Of course, Heywood continues to perform and appear on radio shows, such as Indianapolis' Bob and Tom Show.  His upcoming gigs, recordings and more can be found on his website at http://www.heywoodbanks.com.  From the website: Heywood has been featured in "Rolling Stone Magazine" and "People Magazine." He won First Place in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search Contest. Heywood Banks has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv," MTV's "1/2 Hour Comedy Hour," CNN's "Hollywood Minute," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," "Entertainment Tonight," "Showtime Comedy Club Network," "Dr. Demento Show," "12th Annual HBO Young Comedians Special with Paul Rodriguez" and is a frequent guest on the national Bob and Tom radio show. Bonus! Heywood's Christmas Playlist on YouTube compiles the entire Heywood Banks Xmas Oeuvre. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9jRPbPkY55AOjCw8qNoRqE5LOayd3BA0         Wife-Husband Team Shirley Mitchell and Heywood Banks translate classic story into musical Swamp Opera. When Shirley Mitchell wrote the script and lyrics for a musical version of the  folk tale "Froggy Went A-Courtin', Dave Dufour clean 27:03 Theatre Christmas Gifts for Theatre Geeks http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/theatre-christmas-gifts-theatre-geeks/ Tue, 03 Dec 2013 04:36:13 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2425 The Geeks' theatre Christmas gift recommendations  -- there's more out there than you realize! What do you get a theatre geek for Christmas?  We're glad you asked! In this episode, the Geeks discuss the myriad possibilities for theatre Christmas Gifts, starting with a couple of books, some apps, some musical cast albums and even some ideas from the world of antiques.  Listen in then check out some of the links to theatre Christmas gifts here in the show notes.  Any of these will make  your favorite theatre geek smile. In addition to the selections below, don't forget the Geek Gear at the Theatre Geeks Store! Original Cast Albums: Dogfight Pippin Kinky Boots Matilda The Music Man Hello Dolly! John's Multi-Tool  Books             Other outlets Playbill.com Allposters.com via Theatre Geeks   Theatre Geeks Theme provided by Music Alley The Geeks' theatre Christmas gift recommendations  -- there's more out there than you realize! What do you get a theatre geek for Christmas?  We're glad you asked! - In this episode, the Geeks discuss the myriad possibilities for theatre Christma... Dave Dufour clean 33:46 Second City Conservatory: A student’s view http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/second-city-conservatory/ Wed, 27 Nov 2013 03:10:42 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2402 Second City Conservatory student Carlie Barr talks about her work and study at the Chicago improv landmark Second City is well-known as the launching pad for such talents as John Belushi, Joan Rivers, George Wendt, Tina Fey and many others.  But did you know there's actually a school for improv there, where aspiring actors can learn the craft and hopefully, make it to the theatre's Main Stage? In this, the third of our 2013 live episodes at the Bristol Opera House, Second City Conservatory Student Carlie Barr gives us an inside look at the famous Chicago improv landmark, and what it's like to study there.  She also pulls in a couple of our audience members to demonstrate "The Alphabet Game,"  one of the improv games Second City Conservatory students use to sharpen their acting and comedic skills. This episode also includes our game show "I Know, I Know!" in which audience members (and the Geeks) test their theatrical trivia knowledge. Thanks to Rick Ellis, our Quizmaster, and Kevin Egelsky, our emcee, as well as the enthusiastic audience that joined us for these episodes. Also , thanks to Mel Moore for his photography, and Joe Pawlosky of Band Wagon Video for videotaping all three episodes (these will be online as soon as Dave can make that happen.) Music provided my Music Alley.   All photos by Mel Moore. Second City Conservatory student Carlie Barr talks about her work and study at the Chicago improv landmark Second City is well-known as the launching pad for such talents as John Belushi, Joan Rivers, George Wendt, Tina Fey and many others. Dave Dufour clean 25:41 Stand-up comedy and community theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/stand-up-comedy-community-theatre/ Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:31:22 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2378 Comic Dave Kempher shares his humor and his observations on stand-up comedy, improv and theatre Dave Kempher is a long-time member of the Geeks' home theatre group, but has also been honing his chops in stand-up comedy and improv for the the last decade.  Currently, Dave appears at open mike and other improv and standup events around the midwest region, and has appeared in New York and other cities as well.  Stand-up is a relatively new passion for him, however, In 2010, Dave was recruited by a local stand up comedy group named The political Stag Party to help them with the improv portion of their show and while working with them was talked into doing actual stand-up. So in February of 2011 he did his first 3 minute set. Since then Dave has done stand-up in Michiana (Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan), Chicago, New York City, Lima, and even did a set for Laughfest in Grand Rapids as well as Sunday Night Funnies, a weekly stand up show, held at the Riverfront Hotel. Dave will also be appearing in Chicago during the Christmas season at an event where he will do a stand-up set and then get interviewed Johnny Carson style. Dave is currently appearing in multiple roles in Elkhart Civic Theatre's production of Spamalot. Dave also appears on the Broken News Podcast, available on iTunes. Music provided by Music Alley Thanks to Band Wagon Video and Joe Pawlosky for video recording. (Videos will be up soon.) Photos below by Mel Moore.   Comic Dave Kempher shares his humor and his observations on stand-up comedy, improv and theatre Dave Kempher is a long-time member of the Geeks' home theatre group, but has also been honing his chops in stand-up comedy and improv for the the last ... Dave Dufour clean 26:13 Stevens Puppets — “Theatre in the Little” http://theatregeeks.com/blog/stevens-puppets-theatre-little/ Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:02:04 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2358 The legacy of puppetry innovator Martin Stevens lives on in Northern Indiana (and around the world) To the Geeks and many others in Northern Indiana who knew him, Martin Stevens was something of a one-man phenomenon.  He was a brilliant artist, performer, storyteller and teacher, but it is his puppets for which he is best known.  His company of wooden actors, known collectively as Stevens Puppets, began in 1933 and has now outlived him by over 30 years continuing to amaze audiences all over the US and Canada, as well as internationally. Stevens Puppets is now owned by Dan Raynor, and is located in Bristol, Indiana, not far from our home theatre, the Bristol Opera House.  Currently the company tours six of Martin's original shows (with the original puppets.) Bob Walls, a fellow community theatre actor who has taken up the strings professionally with Stevens Puppets, joins us this episode, telling us a bit about the art and craft of puppetry, what it's like as an actor who performs "in the little," and more about the Stevens Puppets legacy. Join us in a fascinating conversation about puppets and puppetry. Photos and further information about Stevens Puppets is at http://www.stevenspuppets.com, Music provided by Music Alley. Thanks to Mel Moore for his great photos of the event. Additional thanks to Band Wagon Video and Joe Pawlosky for video recording.   The legacy of puppetry innovator Martin Stevens lives on in Northern Indiana (and around the world) To the Geeks and many others in Northern Indiana who knew him, Martin Stevens was something of a one-man phenomenon. Dave Dufour clean 29:17 Scientific Theatre Analysis (Sort Of) http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/scientific-theatre-analysis-sort/ Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:07:21 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2322 What's your theatre meter? We Geeks got to talking about plays we've seen and NOT enjoyed, and realized that sometimes we don't actually know we're viewing a turkey until we start receiving certain signals.  Basically, these are physical symptoms that, once we become attuned to them, reliably reflect the quality of plays we attend.  Find out more as we discuss our play-rating secrets! You'll know how bad the play is before the reviews come out! Vote for us in the Podcast Awards With your help, we made it onto the Podcast Awards ballot for the third year in a row!  Now it's time to vote.  Please vote for us every day in the Cultural/Arts category between now and November 15.  The more votes you give us, the better.  We are very grateful you've put us on the ballot -- now please help us win it this year!   Music provided by Music Alley What's your theatre meter? We Geeks got to talking about plays we've seen and NOT enjoyed, and realized that sometimes we don't actually know we're viewing a turkey until we start receiving certain signals.  Basically, Dave Dufour clean 14:45 Using Social Media to Promote Theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/using-social-media-promote-theatre/ Tue, 29 Oct 2013 04:06:25 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2278 Social media tips from our first international guest ! Facebook, Twitter, Google + and the whole panoply of social media can be important tools for community theatre promotion, but using them effectively can be confusing. Our new best friend, Bettina Horvath of Capetown, South Africa, dropped in via Skype to share some thoughts for making these powerful social media work for community theatre. Bettina is a social media consultant for small to medium sized businesses and is also an honest-to-God theatre geek herself, so she knows what she's talking about ln both counts. One major aspect of social media that many people don't understand is that organizations can't expect instant results. Social media are generally about building community and that takes time.  But each medium, be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, has its own particular strengths and understanding these is critical for success. Listen as the Geeks talk with Bettina Horvath about how techniques for social media in business have just as much validity for the performing arts.  And when  you're done listening, download a copy of her free e-book for more tips and information. It contains a lot more great tips your community theatre can start putting to use right away. PS: Bettina's home theatre is the Playhouse at Somerset West, where she's currently appearing as the lead in the South African Premier of the comedy: "Who did you say you were?" written & directed by Giles Scott. The Playhouse at Somerset West Bettina Horvath's Free e-Book -- How to Generate More Leads with Social Media BettinaHorvath.com Music provided by Music Alley Pictures from The Playhouse at Somerset West, Capetown, South Africa         Social media tips from our first international guest ! - Facebook, Twitter, Google + and the whole panoply of social media can be important tools for community theatre promotion, but using them effectively can be confusing. - Our new best friend, Dave Dufour clean 31:16 Early theatre experiences http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/early-theatre-experiences/ Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:41:44 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2207 A stroll down theatre memory lane with the Geeks What is your earliest theatre experience?  Dave teaches an intro to theatre class at Indiana University South Bend, and one of the class assignments is to write a short essay about a first theatre experience, either as a performer or audience member. Such experiencesare very meaningful and make a difference in how one views the theatre later. Each of us has a unique experience that means something to us. Some will remember being in a kindergarten play.  For others, it's a church pageant or a boy scout skit.  There are all knds of memories out there.  What's yours?  Drop us a note here at the website and tell us about it. Music provided by Music Alley. Send us your first theatre memory here: A stroll down theatre memory lane with the Geeks What is your earliest theatre experience?  Dave teaches an intro to theatre class at Indiana University South Bend, and one of the class assignments is to write a short essay about a first theatre e... Dave Dufour clean 23:59 Microphones on stage:To Mike or Not to Mike http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/microphones-stageto-mike-mike/ Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:00:58 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2201 When do microphones on stage hurt more than they help a performance? Microphones on stage can be a boon or a bane, depending on the production, the house, the point of view of the director and the skill of the performer(s) involved. They can be a technical nightmare as well, and quite often they affect the level of performance. The Geeks get into all of this in this great episode. When do microphones on stage hurt more than they help a performance? Microphones on stage can be a boon or a bane, depending on the production, the house, the point of view of the director and the skill of the performer(s) involved. Dave Dufour clean 26:32 Get the picture! The importance of good stage photography. http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/get-picture-stage-photography/ Mon, 07 Oct 2013 03:24:15 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2167 Make your stage photography tell the story and promote your show The Geeks discuss what's needed in good, promotional stage photography.  Whether it's to record the show's progress, preserve a record of the set, costumes etc., or for publicity purposes, your photos need to work for you and tell a good story. Midway through the show, "surprise" guest Deirdre Lovejoy pops in to talk about digital outlets, and in particular, the importance of social media in the distribution of stage photography to build pre-show interest and excitement. By the way, you can follow Theatre Geeks on Instagram (@theatregeeks) and Twitter (@theatregeeks), as well as on our Facebook page! This episode was prompted by this article in the Guardian by Lynn Gardner. Here's a blog post by Gavin Hoey at Gavtrain Music provided by Music Alley Make your stage photography tell the story and promote your show The Geeks discuss what's needed in good, promotional stage photography.  Whether it's to record the show's progress, preserve a record of the set, costumes etc., Dave Dufour clean 28:06 100 Deirdre Lovejoy talks about Lucky Guy, Tom Hanks, her new one-woman play and more! http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/100-deirdre-lovejoy-talks-tom-hanks-lucky-guy-new-one-woman-play/ Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:39:03 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2146 It's our 100th episode and Lucky Us! Deirdre Lovejoy joins the Geeks! Deirdre Lovejoy joins Theatre Geeks' 100th episode to talk about her Lucky Guy experience, her new one-woman show, Broadway and more.  Dede (as we know her) was in the cast of Lucky Guy with: Tom Hanks, Courtney B. Vance, Peter Scolari, Maura Tierney et al.  Deirdre, who was once a player at the Geeks' home theatre, certainly considers Lucky Guy  a career high point, one which she chronicled in her Lucky Girl blog.  Over the course of the run, she posted lots of pictures, many of which, including the one at right, were pretty amusing.  They also documented an astonishing parade of top-names in show business who came to see Lucky Guy during its limited run. Check out Lucky Guy's Instagram photos here. Deirdre has also written a one-woman show, Bird Elephant China: Things I remembered when I forgot myself.   The show recounts her experiences during a period when she couldn't work due to some severe seizures she was experiencing (now cleared up).  Recently, Deirdre presented the show at the Bratton Theatre for the Chautauqua Theater Company.  W'll be hearing more about her travels with this very personal work in the future. Thanks to all of our listeners on our 100th episode This episode of Theatre Geeks is our 100th.  When we started this enterprise in the fall of 2009, we weren't sure how long it would last.  Now, heading into our fifth year as a weekly podcast, we're grateful to those of you who listen to our conversation and commentary on the wonderful world of community theatre.  Keep listening, and send us YOUR thoughts about possible future topics, questions for the Geeks, criticisms and/or kudos.  We love to hear from you! Theme music provided by Music Alley. It's our 100th episode and Lucky Us! Deirdre Lovejoy joins the Geeks! Deirdre Lovejoy joins Theatre Geeks' 100th episode to talk about her Lucky Guy experience, her new one-woman show, Broadway and more.  Dede (as we know her) was in the cast of Lucky ... Dave Dufour clean 27:20 99: Casting decisions: Experience vs talented new face http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/casting-decisions-experience-vs-talented-new-face/ Mon, 23 Sep 2013 02:36:30 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2135 Taking a chance on new talent when casting a play Most directors have faced this casting problem: the known quantity, an actor you know gives a good audition.  You've worked with him before and you trust him.  But a new face, someoone you don't know, gives a better audition.  Who (and how) do you choose.  The Geeks talk about this common issue and explain how new actors can overcome being less-known during the audition. Music provided by Music Alley. Taking a chance on new talent when casting a play Most directors have faced this casting problem: the known quantity, an actor you know gives a good audition.  You've worked with him before and you trust him.  But a new face, someoone you don't know, Dave Dufour clean 26:23 Audience etiquette: another smackdown http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/audience-etiquette-another-smackdown/ Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:43:59 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2126 The Geeks air some pet peeves about audience etiquette Every once in a while we just have to have another audience smackdown.  Whether we're creating or attending theatre, we are very aware of those audience members who are rude, crude, illegal, out-of-order, loud, boorish and just plain annoying.   In this episode we talk about some of our most recent audience etiquette observations. Some other audience etiquette references Audience etiquette is not a new subject. Even Emily Post has a column about it,  And while adults ought to know how to act, many need a refresher. In this age of TV-you-can-talk-over we also think kids should be taught how to be a good audience member from an early age -- but if the parents don't know the rules, how can the kids?   The Contra Costa Children's Chorus publishes this guide that appears to be aimed at parents who've never learned what it means to be an audience member. (Hint: the audience etiquette is different at a concert than it is at a Little League Game).   For the kids themselves, there's this, but parents have to set the example (as always). There's even this little video from Ferris State University on the subject: So, know the etiquette and avoid the smackdown! Music provided by Music Alley   The Geeks air some pet peeves about audience etiquette Every once in a while we just have to have another audience smackdown.  Whether we're creating or attending theatre, we are very aware of those audience members who are rude, crude, illegal, Dave Dufour clean 24:43 In theatre production, it’s the little things that matter http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/theatre-production-little-things-matter/ Sun, 08 Sep 2013 12:04:35 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2109 Good theatre productions require an eye (or several) watching the "little stuff". You're attending a theatre production of Annie Get Your Gun (stay with us here), and you're enjoying the production numbers but suddenly realize that one of the women is wearing shoes from today.  Or that a character's dress really doesn't fit very well.  or that the set has an unpainted detail that, once you notice it, pulls focus and takes us out of the moment. Or an onstage gun looks too much like plastic. making us start thinking about Super-Soakers and Mattel Toys. These are the kinds of details that make the difference between a great show and one that's not as effective or enjoyable for the audience.  unfortunately, they're the kinds of things community theatre productions often miss (or worse) consciously ignore. We see them all the time. Watching for details in a theatre production is generally the director's job, but there's always room for constructive help.  Directors have lots of things to think about and more eyes on the stage are always better.  But directors sometimes become so used to the little detail errors that they don't think of them as problems, even when they're pointed out.  Depending on the audience not to notice is usually a bad idea in these cases as well. In this episode, the Geeks talk about details, why they matter, and how not to miss them (until you suddenly notice them on opening night.).   Music provided by Music Alley. Good theatre productions require an eye (or several) watching the "little stuff". You're attending a theatre production of Annie Get Your Gun (stay with us here), and you're enjoying the production numbers but suddenly realize that one of the women is... Dave Dufour clean 21:24 All or nothing at all? Honesty at the audition http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/honesty-at-the-audition/ Mon, 02 Sep 2013 16:00:45 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2096 At an audition, we're often asked what role(s) we're interested in, and sometimes, if we're willing to take another role if offered.  What to do?  Many actors say they'll only accept a particular role, but when there are many parts to fill, a director may offer a different part anyway.  At times, a director will feel that an actor is better for a role he didn't request at the beginning of the audition. Geeks advice: be flexible, consider other roles.  BUT, if you really don't want a role, be honest about it.  And if you DO take an alternate role, even if it's a minor one, do the best job possible and focus on making the play, and your part in it, the best it can be.  The Geeks explore all this and more. Music provided by Music Alley. At an audition, we're often asked what role(s) we're interested in, and sometimes, if we're willing to take another role if offered.  What to do?  Many actors say they'll only accept a particular role, but when there are many parts to fill, Dave Dufour clean 18:51 Wigs and beards: the pleasures (and horrors) of hair on stage http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/wigs-beards-pleasures-horrors-hair-stage/ Thu, 29 Aug 2013 03:50:39 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2092 When it comes to wigs and beards, one-size doesn't fit all Wigs and beards (and other hairy add-ons) require a lot of care in their selection, use, styling, and maintenance, and this week, the Geeks explore their use on stage. Most community theatres have had the experience of an actor or actress who needs a wig for a particular role, but plainly doesn't look good in it.  There are several possible reasons for this: Fit (we've all seen the poor actor with a wig that looks more like a wild animal crawling on his/her head than a well trained hairpiece). Color -- either the color doesn't appear natural, or clashes with the actor's makeup or natural skin coloring Style -- sometimes a wig is styled badly, or has been restyled and doesn't quite conform to the new look.  The style may simply be wrong for the play, too. The Geeks also talk about he use of beards (always tricky, it seems), and moustaches.  It's all HAIR in this episode of Theatre Geeks. Music was provided by Music Alley When it comes to wigs and beards, one-size doesn't fit all Wigs and beards (and other hairy add-ons) require a lot of care in their selection, use, styling, and maintenance, and this week, the Geeks explore their use on stage. - Dave Dufour clean 25:00 When theatre critics attack, should a theatre fight back? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/when-theatre-critics-attack-should-the-theatre-fight-back/ Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:14:16 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2082 Theatre critics aren't always nice, or fair.  Is there anything we can do about reviews we don't like? Episode 94 Lashing back at theatre critics makes for some interesting news stories, and there isn't a community theatre actor or director who hasn't wanted to give a theatre critic a piece of their mind.  But is it really a good idea? Inspired by this Playbill.com article by Robert Simonson, the Geeks explore this issue as it relates to community theatre.  Marcia, a theatre critic herself, has some special insights into what reviewers, editors and theatres deal with.  When reviewing community theatre, a reviewer has to be honest with the reader, but still be supportive of the performing arts, especially in smaller communities.  It's not always easy. But sometimes, a theatre critic has an axe to grind that has nothing to do with the show, or, in some cases, is plainly ignorant of the material he or she is viewing.  What can (or should) a theatre do? The Geeks also discuss the impact of social media vs traditional media in the lives of theatre critics, theatres and audiences alike. Here's a link to the Playbill.com article, "When Artists Attack: Does Criticizing the Critic Ever Work?"  It's a fun, interesting look at the history (and advisability) of artist backlash against critics. All this, plus a special "rant" from Marcia! Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre critics aren't always nice, or fair.  Is there anything we can do about reviews we don't like? Episode 94 Lashing back at theatre critics makes for some interesting news stories, and there isn't a community theatre actor or director who hasn'... Dave Dufour clean 23:15 Latino Theatre in Chicago http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/latino-theatre-in-chicago/ Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:39:24 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2066 Miguel Nunez talks about  his journey from community theatre to Chicago's Theatre Scene The Geeks got to know Miguel as Michael Natoli a decade ago when he arrived at our home theatre (Elkhart Civic Theatre) with a thick Venezuelan accent but loads of enthusiasm.  It turned out community theatre was just one step along the way to a professional acting career.  Today, Miguel is a working actor in Chicago, performing in both traditional and Latino theatre productions around the Windy City.  In this conversation, Miguel tells us about his progression from our beloved Bristol Opera House to the Chicago stage and independent films. We also discuss the impact Latino theatre with regard to social issues, diversity, audience acceptance and growth. Show links related to Latino theatre and Miguel Nunez: 16th Street Theater, Berwyn, Illinois (where Miguel will be appearing in 2014) Teatro Vista (premiere Latino Theatre in Chicago) Lifeline Theatre, Chicago Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Porkin' Across America Episode 3 featuring Miguel (web series from The Onion) Critic Chris Jones on Latino Theatre in Chicago Another interview with Miguel Crosby's Kitchen (Miguel's day job -- stop in and say hi sometime!) Interesting blog post about Latino theatre in Culturebodega Theater Loop -- the Chicago Tribune's Theatre Blog Stage -- Chicago Sun-Times' Theatre Page More about Miguel Miguel Nunez majored in acting at the National Theater University (IUDET) in Caracas, and his work in Venezuela includes The Bourgeois Gentleman, Bufonerias (Teatro Septimo Piso), and Apocalipse 1,11 with Brazilian company Teatro da Vertigem (2001 Caracas International Theater Festival). In Chicago he has performed in The Three Musketeers, The Blue Shadow  (Lifeline Theatre), Augusta and Noble (Adventure Stage Chicago); I Put the Fear of Mexico In 'em (Teatro Vista); Oedipus El Rey (u/s Victory Gardens); After (u/s Profiles Theatre); The Jammer (Pine Box Theatre);The Ghost is Here (Vitalist Theatre); Seven Snakes (The Mammals); Lorca In a Green Dress, Heads (Halcyon Theatre); and has work as an actor with The Gift Theatre, Redmoon, Teatro Luna, Salsation!, Wildclaw Theatre, Chicago Fusion Theatre, and Bailiwick Chicago. He can also be seen in the web-series Porkin' Across America by The Onion, and several regional and national commercials, and different independent films. He started his theatrical experience in English with the Elkhart Civic Theater, where he performed in Chicago, State Fair, Black Coffee, Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and more. While in Indiana he was a company member with New World Players where he acted and directed several plays. Music provided by Music Alley. Miguel Nunez talks about  his journey from community theatre to Chicago's Theatre Scene The Geeks got to know Miguel as Michael Natoli a decade ago when he arrived at our home theatre (Elkhart Civic Theatre) with a thick Venezuelan accent but load... Dave Dufour clean 23:53 Saving the play when the script is a dud http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/saving-the-play-when-the-script-is-a-dud/ Sun, 04 Aug 2013 22:00:23 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2050 Some scripts read well, but don't play well How do  you save the show when the script that seemed great when you picked it, starts looking like a disaster once rehearsals are underway?  Community theatre play selection is usually a careful process. Selection committees read dozens of scripts, consider their potential casting, and create a season the theatre's patrons will like. But once in a while, there's a play script that makes for a great read but somehow falls flat when the actors get hold of it. And the problem is, the director may not realize it until it's too late to start over. So the director is stuck. He or she can't revise the script (legally), or make changes that violate the author's intent.  Most community theatres can't or won't replace actors except under extreme circumstance, either, even if a fresh approach might make a difference. So what is a director to do when the script is letting him (and the cast) down?  The Geeks (who have all been there as directors) talk about some possible approaches rescuing the sinking script, and save the show that's already in rehearsals and maybe even prevent the issue from coming up in the first place. Music provided by Music Alley Some scripts read well, but don't play well How do  you save the show when the script that seemed great when you picked it, starts looking like a disaster once rehearsals are underway?  Community theatre play selection is usually a careful process. Dave Dufour clean 18:44 Building Community Support for Community Theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/building-community-support-for-community-theatre/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:00:47 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=2025 Community support isn't always about the dollars -- ideas from an expert Community theatres are nothing without community support, but getting it can be difficult.  Keith Martin, John M. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Appalachia State University has been helping performing arts organizations get community support of all kinds for more than 35 years.  He joins the Geeks to talk about cultivating corporations and individuals for stronger monetary and in-kind support for community theatre, regardless of  community size.  Great ideas and examples of where, with a little imagination, he's been able to get high-value support from donors who weren't sure they even had anything to give.  A must listen for all community theatre people. John, Dave and Marcia have gotten to know Keith via the AACT Festival events, and we're glad to have him join us on Theatre Geeks for the first time.  Join us for some fascinating conversation and ideas you can put to use to build support for your community theatre. Keith Martin is the John M. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theatre. Martin's career in the not-for-profit sector spans over 35 years and includes producing, artistic direction, choreography, and management in professional theatre, dance, opera, symphony, film and television, for which he received an Emmy® award in 2010. Martin's 400-plus stage credits include direct work with such renowned artists as Academy award winner Olympia Dukakis; Pulitzer Prize recipients Beth Henley and Tony Kushner; producer Joseph Papp and performers Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Sharon Lawrence, Telly Savalas, Burt Reynolds, Tony Award-winners Bonnie Franklin and Beth Leavel, and Emmy Award-winner Doris Roberts. A lifelong activist and arts advocate, Martin served with distinction on the state boards of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the American Civil Liberties Union. He is Past President of the North Carolina Theatre Conference, receiving three awards for service to the field, and twice was elected to the Board of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, first as NC state representative and then as Professional Theatre Division Chair. Nationally, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), participating in collective bargaining negotiations with both Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Martin completed two terms as an Endowment Fund Trustee for the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT), for whom he co-chaired their record breaking national conference, AACTFest '07 Charlotte. Keith is a teacher of arts management, consultant and theatre festival adjudicator, among the many other roles he plays in the national arts community. Music provided by Music Alley Community support isn't always about the dollars -- ideas from an expert Community theatres are nothing without community support, but getting it can be difficult.  Keith Martin, John M. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Appalachia State... Dave Dufour clean 32:57 AACTFest 2013 Showcased Excellence in Community Theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/aactfest-showcased-excellence-in-community-theatre/ Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:36 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1977 Twelve top rated play excerpts competed June 17-22 in Carmel, Indiana AACTFest 2013 showed the world that community theatre may be, technically speaking, amateur theatre, but it's often far above "amateur quality."  Twelve community theatres competed at Carmel, Indiana for the American Association of Community Theatre's AACTFest, including the Geeks' home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre, with a production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. AACTFest is the culmination of a state-to-regional-to national competition season that brings some of the best amateur talent together for a week of excerpt competition, education and networking. In this extended episode, the Geeks talk about the festival and our own experiences, and include interviews with the director and cast of Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre's production of Cradle and All.  Wisconsin Rapids was Elkhart Civic Theatre's co-winner at the AACT Midwest Regional competition, and our two troupes became friends as a result.  Steve Martin, one half of the cast, won the Best Actor Award, and the production took Best Sound Design and Third Place overall. Steve and his co-star, Karly Telleksen, will join us on this episode, along with director Susan Edgren in a separate interview. For full information about AACT (American Association of Community Theatre) and AACTFest, check their website.  The full list of competition winners and nominees is here. As for Elkhart Civic Theatre and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, our production received 7 nominations, of which we're very proud, and we won two of the awards.  Here's our list of nominations and wins for Jekyll and Hyde. Nominated for Best Set Design and Dressing: John Shoup Nominated for Best Sound Design: Dave Dufour and Garry Cobbum WON Best Lighting Design: Randy Zonker WON Best Costume Design: Linda Wiesinger Nominated for Best Ensemble Nominated for Best Actress in a Featured Role: Kaitrin Higbee, Elizabeth in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Nominated for Best Actor in a Featured Role: Tony Venable, Hyde 3 in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde All Photos in this post generously provided by Stephen Bird, photographer, Carmel, Indiana. Music provided by Music Alley. Gallery of ECT's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (adapted by Jeffery Hatcher from the Robert Louis Stevenson novella) and WRCT's Cradle and All. Twelve top rated play excerpts competed June 17-22 in Carmel, Indiana AACTFest 2013 showed the world that community theatre may be, technically speaking, amateur theatre, but it's often far above "amateur quality. Dave Dufour clean 49:27 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/samuel-french-off-off-broadway-short-play-festival/ Tue, 16 Jul 2013 04:47:23 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1969 Emerging playwrights and unique plays gain exposure and a shot at publication The Geeks are joined by Amy Marsh and Casey McLain of Samuel French, Inc., in New York, to talk about the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, a competitive play writing festival now in its 38th year. Samuel French, Inc, is the largest of the theatrical publishing and licensing companies, and has been around since the early 1800s. The company has offices in London and Los Angeles as well as in New York. The festival staff, including Amy and Casey, who coordinate the event, whittles up to a thousand short play submissions down to 30, which are then presented as part of the week-long festival, which runs from July 23 -28 this year. Six winning plays are ultimately selected to be published in the Off Off Broadway Plays compilation. The Festival starts July 23, so obviously, this year's competition is closed for submissions. Info on next year's competition and festival can be found at http://oob.samuelfrench.com/. Join the Geeks plus Amy and Casey for a fun conversation about this long-running, prestigious New York theatrical event. Music provided by Music Alley Emerging playwrights and unique plays gain exposure and a shot at publication The Geeks are joined by Amy Marsh and Casey McLain of Samuel French, Inc., in New York, to talk about the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Dave Dufour clean 22:42 Planning for festival competition? Here are some insights from the Geeks http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/planning-for-festival-competition-here-are-our-insights/ Tue, 02 Jul 2013 05:10:17 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1959 The more you know what to expect in the unusual world of competitive theatre, the better off you'll be. Here are some of our insights. The more you know what to expect in the unusual world of competitive theatre, the better off you'll be. Here are some of our insights. Dave Dufour clean 23:39 Marcia in New York for “Lucky Guy” Opening — her full report http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/marcia-in-new-york-for-lucky-guy-opening-her-full-report/ Wed, 12 Jun 2013 03:01:59 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1946 Deirdre Lovejoy's (and Tom Hanks') opening night and more from Marcia Recorded before this week's Tony Awards, this episode features Marcia telling us all about the opening of Tony-nominated "Lucky Guy" with Tom Hanks and daughter Deirdre Lovejoy, plus the revival of "Pippin" and more fun in the Big Apple.  Marcia tells it so well. Congratulations to Deirdre on such a successful run of this play.  She's chronicled a lot of the experience on her LuckyGirlBlog.   Music provided by Music Alley. Deirdre Lovejoy's (and Tom Hanks') opening night and more from Marcia Recorded before this week's Tony Awards, this episode features Marcia telling us all about the opening of Tony-nominated "Lucky Guy" with Tom Hanks and daughter Deirdre Lovejoy,... Dave Dufour clean 24:27 Demystifying music licensing for theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/demystifying-music-licensing-for-theatre/ Thu, 30 May 2013 20:51:10 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1934 Entertainment attorney Gordon Firemark shares insights about music licensing and more. Community theatres often use recorded music as part of pre-show or intermission, and sometimes within productions. All uses of recorded, copyrighted music require some kind of licensing -- a fact that somehow gets "forgotten" by many producers. The way in which a particular piece of music is used makes a difference as to what the licensing (and licensing costs) will be. And it can get complicated. Entertainment attorney Gordon Firemark shares insights about music licensing and more. Community theatres often use recorded music as part of pre-show or intermission, and sometimes within productions. All uses of recorded, Dave Dufour clean 32:32 Chicago Comedy Film Festival http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/chicago-comedy-film-festival/ Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:48:22 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1915 Festival founder Jessica Hardy tells us all about this unique comedy event Now in its third year, the Chicago Comedy Film Festival encourages and rewards independent comedy film-makers and gives them a venue in Chicago. A few years ago, filmmaker, actress, Second City alum and improv teacher Jessica Hardy and her husband Brent Kado were making comedy "mockumentaries" and discovered that there was no Chicago-based venue for them and other comedy filmmakers to show off their work. So they decided to launch their own festival. Response has been huge, and some great comedies have gotten a viewing as a result, not only in Chicago, but in special traveling events around the country. Jessica, a veteran of community theatre (Dave, John  and Marcia's home theatre, to be precise), talks with the Geeks about getting the festival underway, and tells us how the event has been evolving over its short history. Interested in the festival or submitting your own film? Details are at http://www.chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com. Music provided by Music Alley. Festival founder Jessica Hardy tells us all about this unique comedy event Now in its third year, the Chicago Comedy Film Festival encourages and rewards independent comedy film-makers and gives them a venue in Chicago. A few years ago, Dave Dufour clean 23:48 Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Janet Allen http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/indiana-repertory-theatres-artistic-director-janet-allen/ Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:14:26 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1899 Turns out Indiana Repertory Theatre faces many of the same issues community theatres do, including audience building and retention, dealing with changing demands, new vs old works, play selection and more. Janet Allen of IRT joins us for a fascinating episode of Theatre Geeks Turns out Indiana Repertory Theatre faces many of the same issues community theatres do, including audience building and retention, dealing with changing demands, new vs old works, play selection and more. Janet Allen of IRT joins us for a fascinating ... Dave Dufour clean 30:36 Improv in community theatre and beyond http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/improv-in-community-theatre-and-beyond/ Sat, 09 Mar 2013 04:00:41 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1882 Our old friend Jessica Hardy joins us to talk about the value of improv as a discipline for community theatres.  Jessica trained at The Second City, and now teaches improv classes in Chicago and Indiana, and is also the co-founder of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. Jessica can be contacted about improv training at jessica@chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com. Our old friend Jessica Hardy joins us to talk about the value of improv as a discipline for community theatres.  Jessica trained at The Second City, and now teaches improv classes in Chicago and Indiana, and is also the co-founder of the Chicago Comedy... Dave Dufour clean 20:14 Are actors made or born? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/are-actors-made-or-born/ Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:32:58 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1865 Are community theatre actors made or born? Can anyone be an actor or does it take something special, an innate talent that only certain people have? How much can training overcome an aspirant's basic nature. Heady questions to be sure, but ones the Geeks are definitely up to answering. Are community theatre actors made or born? Can anyone be an actor or does it take something special, an innate talent that only certain people have? How much can training overcome an aspirant's basic nature. Heady questions to be sure, Dave Dufour clean 31:48 Build audience with special performances http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/special-performances/ Mon, 04 Feb 2013 02:56:35 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1849 Special performances can benefit your community theatre in ways other than income The Geeks discuss their experience with special performances for corporate and other supporting groups, how they can build audience and provide a different experience for your actors.  There are certainly some pitfalls but in general, we think special performances are a good idea. (Notwithstanding Dave's not-so-nice experience playing the villain in a melodrama during a special performance for a corporate group.) Other angles include: How to charge a group for a special Avoiding misunderstandings with your cast How specials can extend your run and bring new patrons into the theatre "fold." How knowing the group requesting the special helps avoid bad experiences. Alcohol or no alcohol? Special performances as fund-raisers for other not-for profit groups Special performances as a way to say thanks to employees Special performances as a private party (it's not always that expensive, depending on the house). Be sure to let us know what topics you would like us to cover in future episodes of Theatre Geeks.  Also, let us know if you or someone you know would make a good guest on a future episode.  Special projects, youth theatre, development, professional experiences, etc., are all possible topics for the panel.  Generally, we won't want to devote shows to a particular production or a theatre's season unless there is something truly unique. You can contact us using our contact form or e-mail dave@theatregeeks.com.  Don't hesitate to send Dave your press releases, too. Also be sure to check out our online store, where you'll find all kinds of cool Theatre Geek Gear, such as t-shirts, hoodies, golf shirts, etc., as well as mugs & cups, teddy bears and other fun stuff.  Click here to reach the store.  Music Provided by Music Alley.   Special performances can benefit your community theatre in ways other than income The Geeks discuss their experience with special performances for corporate and other supporting groups, how they can build audience and provide a different experience fo... Dave Dufour clean 18:29 Theatre ushers, box office and customer service http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/theatre-ushers-box-office-and-customer-service/ Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:56:40 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1836 Your "front of house" staff is your public face -- use it well. Marcia, John and Dave revisit the front-of-house.  You know, the part where your audience first comes into contact with  your theatre?  It's just as important as what goes on onstage, and can have a tremendous effect on your patrons' experience. PS: It's our 80th episode !  YAY!!! Music provided by Music Alley. Your "front of house" staff is your public face -- use it well. Marcia, John and Dave revisit the front-of-house.  You know, the part where your audience first comes into contact with  your theatre?  It's just as important as what goes on onstage, Dave Dufour clean 22:39 79 Using theatre to reach at-risk youth http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/79-using-theatre-to-reach-at-risk-youth/ Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:53:40 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1826 Scot Purkeypile talks about his theatre program at a detention center in Northern Indiana In the third live episode, theatre teacher and actor Scot Purkeypile re-joins the Geeks to talk about a unique theatre program he developed for at-risk youth in a northern Indiana detention center. Hear Scot once again talk about the transformative power of theatre. And of course, listen along as we play our favorite theatre trivia game show, I Know, I Know.   Thanks to the following folks for helping to make our live episodes a success: Liz Naquin Borger and B on the River The Elkhart Truth Demarée Dufour-Noneman Penny Myers Carl Wiesinger Kori Fortunato Mel Moore Kevin Egelsky Peter Baker Elkhart Civic Theatre I hope I didn't miss anyone. Music was provided by Music Alley Scot Purkeypile talks about his theatre program at a detention center in Northern Indiana In the third live episode, theatre teacher and actor Scot Purkeypile re-joins the Geeks to talk about a unique theatre program he developed for at-risk youth... Dave Dufour clean 22:10 78 Deirdre Lovejoy and Our Trivia Game Show LIVE http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/78-deirdre-lovejoy-and-our-trivia-game-show-live/ Sun, 23 Dec 2012 14:21:37 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1817 "Lucky Guy" goes into rehearsals in January with Tom Hanks and Deirdre Lovejoy in the cast. Deirdre Lovejoy joins the Geeks via Skype in front of a live audience at the Bristol Opera House, to talk about her upcoming run in "Lucky Guy" on Broadway.  She'll also play a round of "Stump the Celebrity" in our very own theatre trivia game show, "I Know, I Know."  All this plus LIMERICKS! This is the second in a series of three live episodes recorded at the Historic Bristol Opera House, home of Elkhart Civic Theatre, in Bristol, Indiana. Deirdre's website is at deirdrelovejoy.com. Follow Deirdre Lovejoy on Twitter @ddlovejoy. Music for Theatre Geeks provided by Music Alley. Thanks to the following folks for helping to make our live episodes a success: Liz Naquin Borger and B on the River The Elkhart Truth Demarée Dufour-Noneman Penny Myers Carl Wiesinger Kori Fortunato Mel Moore Kevin Egelsky Peter Baker Elkhart Civic Theatre I hope I didn’t miss anyone. "Lucky Guy" goes into rehearsals in January with Tom Hanks and Deirdre Lovejoy in the cast. Deirdre Lovejoy joins the Geeks via Skype in front of a live audience at the Bristol Opera House, to talk about her upcoming run in "Lucky Guy" on Broadway... Dave Dufour clean 27:31 77 How theatre can help autistic youth (Live audience show!) http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/77-how-theatre-can-help-autistic-youth/ Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:54:03 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1758 Theatre teacher and actor Scot Purkeypile talks about his work with autistic youth. Scot Purkeypile joins the geeks in the first of three live episodes from the Bristol Opera House. Several years ago, along with his work at South Bend Civic Theatre, he began working with autistic youth, using theatre as a means of establishing connections and helping those with autism find new outlets for their often considerable talents.  Hear him talk about "the transformative power of theatre" for those with autism spectrum disorder. Play along with our live audience! We're also playing our favorite game show, "I know, I know," with theatre trivia and prizes for audience members.  Deirdre Lovejoy is also on hand (she'll be talking about her upcoming play in NYC in our NEXT episode). Thanks to the following folks for helping to make our live episodes a success: Liz Naquin Borger and B on the River The Elkhart Truth Demarée Dufour-Noneman Penny Myers Carl Wiesinger Kori Fortunato Mel Moore Kevin Egelsky Peter Baker Elkhart Civic Theatre I hope I didn't miss anyone. Music was provided by Music Alley   Theatre teacher and actor Scot Purkeypile talks about his work with autistic youth. Scot Purkeypile joins the geeks in the first of three live episodes from the Bristol Opera House. Several years ago, along with his work at South Bend Civic Theatr... Dave Dufour clean 27:38 76 Costuming the Stratford Festival http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/76-costuming-the-stratford-festival/ Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:11:55 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1745 The Geeks welcome Elizabeth Copeman of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Ontario, who talks with us about her life in costuming and costuming management. The Geeks welcome Elizabeth Copeman of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Ontario, who talks with us about her life in costuming and costuming management. Dave Dufour clean 22:38 75 — Amy Shojai and Kurves, The Musical http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/75-amy-shojai-and-kurves-the-musical/ Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:36:28 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1706 Kurves a little like "Cheers" from the female point of view Texas author, singer and musician (and former community theatre colleague of the Geeks), Amy Shojai, joins us to talk about her new musical, Kurves.  Set in a women's fitness club, Kurves explores a diverse set of characters, each looking for something different in their lives.  Amy talks about writing and performing this unique work,and her plans for its future. Also: Deirdre Lovejoy is currently appearing at Indiana Repertory Theatre in The House That Jack Built, a new play by James Still.  It runs until November 25.  Check it out here.  Also, Dede has a gorgeous new updated website here.  Take a look! More info about Amy and Kurves can be found at http://www.shojai.com. Music for Theatre Geeks was provided by Music Alley. Kurves a little like "Cheers" from the female point of view Texas author, singer and musician (and former community theatre colleague of the Geeks), Amy Shojai, joins us to talk about her new musical, Kurves.  Set in a women's fitness club, Dave Dufour clean 26:16 Podcast Awards — Vote for us and for Dave’s favorites too! http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/podcast-awards-vote-for-us-and-for-daves-favorites-too/ Sun, 04 Nov 2012 16:55:11 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1697 We need your vote in the Podcast Awards. You can vote once a day, every day until November 15, so show us your support.  VOTE HERE.    Theatre Geeks is in the Cultural/Arts category. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. If you're drawing a blank in some of the other podcast categories, Dave recommends you consider some of the great shows listed below. (Listen to the podcast for more information on these.) Dave's Picks for The Podcast Awards The Ramen Noodle (Comedy) Scam School (Best Video Podcast) Once (entertainment podcast) Authentic Life Radio (also entertainment -- yes, you can only pick one, so you'll have to decide. ) No Agenda (Politics/News) The Audacity to Podcast (Technology) The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe (Science -- One of my favorites). Encouraging others through Christ (Religious) None of these are in categories that compete with Theatre Geeks.  Listen to this special episode for more information on these great podcasts and why YOU should vote for them as well. We need your vote in the Podcast Awards. You can vote once a day, every day until November 15, so show us your support.  VOTE HERE.    Theatre Geeks is in the Cultural/Arts category. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. If you're drawing a blank in some of the other ... Dave Dufour clean 7:53 74 Making your stage crew part of the action http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/74-making-your-stage-crew-part-of-the-action/ Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:11:55 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1691 Costuming your crew and letting them be seen is often a way to add interest to your show This week the Geeks discuss tech issues, and particularly the idea of using the stage crew as peripheral characters in some shows.  It can solve some technical issues as well as add a lot of visual interest. Music provided by Music Alley. Costuming your crew and letting them be seen is often a way to add interest to your show This week the Geeks discuss tech issues, and particularly the idea of using the stage crew as peripheral characters in some shows. Dave Dufour clean 20:53 73 Is your theatre ticket priced right? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/73-is-your-theatre-ticket-priced-right/ Sat, 13 Oct 2012 02:01:05 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1681 Ticket prices too high, too low or just right? The Geeks talk about ticket pricing -- how does your theatre decide? Community theatres are typically much lower priced than professionals, and often the quality of the show is top-notch, even at a lower price.  Does this mean community theatres could charge like the pros?  Not so fast .... the Geeks have their opinions, and they're not afraid to share!   Theme music provided by Music Alley. Ticket prices too high, too low or just right? The Geeks talk about ticket pricing -- how does your theatre decide? Community theatres are typically much lower priced than professionals, and often the quality of the show is top-notch, Dave Dufour clean 22:58 72 Consider Staged Readings in Community Theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/72-consider-staged-readings/ Mon, 24 Sep 2012 01:04:27 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1662 Staged readings: a great way to introduce your audiences to new genres Most community theatres do fully staged versions of their shows each season, but many troupes also bring staged readings to their audiences.  Should your theatre consider doing so? There are many advantages, especially if your market makes it hard to sell more unusual works.  A staged reading is less risky financially, and your actors will love exploring out-of-the-ordinary works. Music provided by Music Alley. Photo credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Staged readings: a great way to introduce your audiences to new genres Most community theatres do fully staged versions of their shows each season, but many troupes also bring staged readings to their audiences. Dave Dufour clean 19:10 A playwright talks about royalties and writing http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/playwright-jim-giesel-talks-about-royalties-and-more/ Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:25:08 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1654 Rule #1 "Pay your royalties!" Jim Giesel, Artistic Director of The Acting Ensemble of South Bend, Indiana and a working playwright,  joins the Geeks for a great conversation about royalties, why they're important how to stay out of trouble, as well as his work adapting works for the stage.  Jim is committed to bringing Hoosier (that means Indiana, folks) stories to life. The Acting Ensemble website is here. Music provided by Music Alley.     Rule #1 "Pay your royalties!" Jim Giesel, Artistic Director of The Acting Ensemble of South Bend, Indiana and a working playwright,  joins the Geeks for a great conversation about royalties, why they're important how to stay out of trouble, Dave Dufour clean 20:58 Episode 70 How to blow an audition http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/70-how-to-blow-an-audition/ Fri, 10 Aug 2012 03:30:53 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1645 The Geeks discuss the many many ways an actor can blow a theatre audition. The Geeks discuss the many many ways an actor can blow a theatre audition. Dave Dufour clean 24:49 Theatre News for July 30, 2012 with Dave Dufour http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/theatre-geeks-news-july-30-2012/ Tue, 31 Jul 2012 03:26:08 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1595 Theatre Geeks news roundup Here are some snippets of theatre news Dave has gathered from around the world, plus links to the full stories. What sort of person is driven to become an actor?  -- Pacific Standard Plans to excavate and restore Rose Theatre in London From The Guardian: Paul Schnee on auditions -- Backstage.com Hurrah for Am-Dram -- The Guardian Jerry Lewis directing The Nutty Professor musical he hopes will his Broadway-- New York Times Most underrated plays -- an open conversation thread on The Guardian website Are premium seats worth the price (Chris Jones in The Theater Loop -- Chicago Tribune)   AACT Events » Colorado Community Theatre Coalition Festival 2012, Aug. 1-4, Salida » AACT Education Directors Conference, Aug. 17-19, Grand Rapids, MI » Ohio Community Theatre Association 2012 OCTA State Conference, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Worthington » New Hampshire Community Theatre Association State AACTFest 13, Sept. 21-23, Milford. » Community Theatre Association of Michigan Fall Conference Sept. 28-30, Cadillac. » AACT Artistic Directors Conference, Nov. 11-13, Arlington TX Twitter Follower of the Week Many Hats Theatre in Penticton, BC, Canada. Twitter: @ManyHatsTheatre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manyhatstheatre/page_map Web: http://www.manyhatstheatre.com Theatre Geeks news roundup Here are some snippets of theatre news Dave has gathered from around the world, plus links to the full stories. What sort of person is driven to become an actor?  -- Pacific Standard Dave Dufour clean 20:22 Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune theatre critic joins the Geeks http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/chris-jones-chicago-tribune-theatre-critic/ Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:33:55 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1611 Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune talked with Theatre Geeks about what life is like as a theatre critic and how he views his responsibilities as a reviewer. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune talked with Theatre Geeks about what life is like as a theatre critic and how he views his responsibilities as a reviewer. Dave Dufour clean 25:18 Do some shows get too MUCH applause? http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/are-theatres-getting-too-much-applause/ Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:29:40 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1562 End Ovation Inflation! Is the standing O obligatory?  Are you sick of it? John, Dave and Marcia discuss the issue of "ovation inflation," a condition in which even shows that don't deserve ANY praise bring the audience to its feet.  Join the Geeks while they vent (and laugh) about this pet peeve.  This episode was suggested by an article by Ben Brantlee in the New York Times.   Music provided by Music Alley End Ovation Inflation! Is the standing O obligatory?  Are you sick of it? John, Dave and Marcia discuss the issue of "ovation inflation," a condition in which even shows that don't deserve ANY praise bring the audience to its feet. Dave Dufour clean 19:25 Online ticketing for Community Theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/online-ticketing-community-theatre/ Wed, 27 Jun 2012 01:50:27 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1534 Center Stage Software owners Diane and Bruce Rowe join the Geeks for a lively discussion of Wintix and Webtix automated ticketing systems for community theatres and other venues.  Their Webtix product is an affordable option for offering online ticket purchases without the high overhead of services such as Ticketmaster.  Offering tickets online can expand attendance simply because it keeps the virtual box office open 24/7. Learn more about Center Stage's product as well as the interesting story of how Diane and Bruce turned a part-time passion for community theatre on the Monterrey Peninsula into a full time business serving theatres across the USA. Click here for more information about Center Stage Software. Music provided by Music Alley. Center Stage Software owners Diane and Bruce Rowe join the Geeks for a lively discussion of Wintix and Webtix automated ticketing systems for community theatres and other venues.  Their Webtix product is an affordable option for offering online ticket ... Dave Dufour clean 28:15 ComedySportz on Theatre Geeks http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/comedy-sportz-on-theatre-geeks/ Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:49:40 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1511 This week's guest is Ed Trout, Artistic Director at ComedySportz in Indianapolis, Indiana.  ComedySportz is a national network of improv clubs with a family-friendly approach.  ComedySportz Indy offers training classes as well.  Ed tells us about how ComedySportz works and how actors train and develop characters and situations. More info at the ComedySportz website. Music provided by Music Alley. This week's guest is Ed Trout, Artistic Director at ComedySportz in Indianapolis, Indiana.  ComedySportz is a national network of improv clubs with a family-friendly approach.  ComedySportz Indy offers training classes as well. Dave Dufour clean 26:28 Theatre Geeks News for June 5, 2012 http://theatregeeks.com/blog/theatre-geeks-news-for-june-4-2012/ Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:05:02 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1488 Knock-Knock, it's Theatre Geeks News Love Never Dies on PBS June 2  http://www.playbill.com/news/article/166595-Andrew-Lloyd-Webbers-Love-Never-Dies-Unmasked-on-PBS-June-2 Car Talk, the Musical  --- Finally, people are apparently so hard up for good source material that they are mining NPR for ideas. Les Miserables coming to the screen in December -- Theatermania.com. Death of Salesman beats the Broadway ticket price record -- New York Times Shakespeare Knock-Knock Jokes from Shakespeare Geek. American Association of Community Theatre upcoming events WACTCON 2012, June 9, Hartford, WI MN Assoc. of Community Theatres FASTFest 2012,June 16, Lakeville Eastern MA Assoc. of Community Theaters Drama Festival, June 28-30, Chelmsford AACT New York Convention July 10-15, New York City. OK Community Theatre Assoc. OCTAFest 2010, July 11-15, Tonkawa CO Community Theatre Coalition Festival 2012, Aug. 1-4, Salida AACT Education Directors Conference, Aug. 17-19, Grand Rapids, MI AACT has extended the deadline  to apply to produce a winning play from AACTNewPlayFest to August 1. AACT will select 5-10 member theatres to produce the winning plays. Theatres will be responsible for providing a fully realized production between June 2013 and December 2014 and for bringing in the playwright for a rehearsal or a performance. Theatres will reap these benefits: -- premiere a national award-winning play -- national publicity -- prestige of being selected for a national program -- working directly with the playwright -- introducing the playwright to the community Theatres will be selected in August 2012. For more information: http://www.aact2.org/?page=NewPlayFest Twitter follower of the week Drama Association of Wales (@DramaWales)  Thanks for the follow!   Music Provided by Music Alley Knock-Knock, it's Theatre Geeks News Love Never Dies on PBS June 2  http://www.playbill.com/news/article/166595-Andrew-Lloyd-Webbers-Love-Never-Dies-Unmasked-on-PBS-June-2 Car Talk, the Musical  --- Finally, Dave Dufour clean 17:51 Ticket Pricing in Community Theatre (That’s the Ticket!) http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/ticket-pricing-in-community-theatre-thats-the-ticket/ Tue, 29 May 2012 15:54:32 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1478 Community theatre is still a bargain This week the Geeks discuss pricing of theatre tickets both for community theatre and professional productions, and of course, we get off on one of our famous tangents as well.  Good conversation on an important topic. Shows Alert! We've got some great shows for you in the coming weeks, including: Ed Trout, Artistic Director for ComedySportz in Indianapolis Diane and Bruce Rowe, of Center Stage Software, an online ticketing solution for community theatres Ovation inflation!! Has the standing O worn out its welcome? Watch for these and more great shows in the weeks and months to come. Music provided by Music Alley -- Annie's Overture by Al Phlipp and the Woo Team. Community theatre is still a bargain This week the Geeks discuss pricing of theatre tickets both for community theatre and professional productions, and of course, we get off on one of our famous tangents as well. Dave Dufour clean 21:01 Theatre Geeks News for May 20, 2012 http://theatregeeks.com/blog/theatre-geeks-news-for-may-20-2012/ Mon, 21 May 2012 04:40:36 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1467 News of community and professional theatre Dave's back with more news after kind of a hiatus, but things are hopping with the Geeks, and you'll hear more as the summer progresses. Ovation Inflation -- The New York Times -- this is a pet peeve of Marcia's and we'll definitely be talking about it again in a future episode. Is Willie Loman Jewish? New York Times -- provocative article discusses some positions on both sides.  Apparently playwright Arthur Miller wrote some stories involving Jewish characters, several of whom could have been the prototype for Willie.  Why did Miller remove any reference to Willie's religion in the final play?  Maybe to make him more of an everyman, and to more tightly focus on the real story, which is Willie's disintegration.  What do you think? Drama Book Shop in New York is a place not to be missed -- New York Times.  Last time I (Dave) visited the Drama Book Shop it was still on 7th Avenue, but it's in a newer better location now.  If the Times article is right, it's still a magical place for the true theatre geek. Hugh Jackman does a humorous promo for Harlem Village Academy  -- Linked from Broadwayworld.com Epidemic, a show about obesity, opens in London this weekend -- Whatsonstage.com -- Show developed from interviews with Londoners about what they felt were important issues that concerned them. Drama League Awards announced Friday - Backstage.com More TV Production in NYC -- Backstage.com AACT Upcoming Events Here are some of the upcoming events around the country from the American Association of Community Theatre. WACTCON 2012, June 9, Hartford, WI MN Assoc. of Community Theatres FASTFest 2012, June 16, Lakeville Eastern MA Assoc. of Community Theaters Drama Festival, June 28-30, Chelmsford AACT New York Convention July 10-15, New York City. OK Community Theatre Assoc. OCTAFest 2012, July 11-15, Tonkawa Twitter Follower of the Week Clarendon Players, Royal Wootton Bassett, England Upcoming episodes Ed Trout, Artistic Director of ComedySportz in Indianapolis Diane Rowe of Center Stage Software, makers of Webtix, online ticket sales software.   Music provided by Music Alley News of community and professional theatre Dave's back with more news after kind of a hiatus, but things are hopping with the Geeks, and you'll hear more as the summer progresses. Ovation Inflation -- The New York Times -- this is a pet peeve of M... Dave Dufour clean 20:22 Ethics in the theatre http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/ethics-in-the-theatre/ Tue, 15 May 2012 17:47:53 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1462 Theatre Workers' Code of Ethics from 1945 still applies today. Last month, Dave reported on a code of ethics for theatre workers that was found among the effects of the late actress Kathleen Freeman. Theatre Workers' Code of Ethics from 1945 still applies today. Last month, Dave reported on a code of ethics for theatre workers that was found among the effects of the late actress Kathleen Freeman. Dave Dufour clean 28:04 Theatre Geeks interviews Accidental Pervert star Andrew Goffman http://theatregeeks.com/podcast/theatre-geeks-interviews-accidental-pervert-star-andrew-goffman/ Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:19:36 +0000 http://theatregeeks.com/?p=1450 Andrew Goffman is the author and star of the one-man show The Accidental Pervert, now playing at the 13th Street Repertory Company in New York City. Andrew Goffman is the author and star of the one-man show The Accidental Pervert, now playing at the 13th Street Repertory Company in New York City. Dave Dufour clean 26:17