Posted by: Mara Witsken (June 3, 2012)
Last weekend, I saw a production o the Pirates of Penzance Jr at Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Though, I didn't find the plot very interesting, the actors Rylan Nixon as Frederick, Lauren Sprague as Mabel, Keegan James as the Major General, Ella Rivera as Ruth, and Austin Pheffinger as the Pirate King kept my attention throughout the whole show.
Their spectacular performances kept me interested the entire time even though I didn't quite get the show. They are to be applauded. Pheffinger's Performance as the Pirate king was amazing and hilarious. It brings laughter to everyone. Even if you are a grouch who can't smile at a puppy or a rainbow, it brings a smile to a person's face.
I saw the chemistry between Frederick and Mabel, and it was very believable. Rylan Nixon and Lauren Sprague are wonderful actors and definetly have a future in acting ahead of them.
Lastly, Ella Rivera and Keegan James brought their characters to life on stage. I could definetly see the emotion in their characters and the funny moments were definetly carried out well. I was very impressed with this performance and I wish the best for the entire cast and crew.
Posted by: Mara Witsken (May 31, 2012)
Honestly, I know I don't have the best voice,and I know I'm not as talented as most people around me. However, last year it completely devasted me when I found out that some jerk was making fun of me while I was Auditioning for Crazy For You. After that, I knew that my chances of getting in were slim.
After I found out that I didn't get in, I just let it go and went to stage crew for St. Al's production of Beauty and the Beast Jr.I got lots of confort and support. I didn't let my rejection get me down. I signed up for a theatre camp and did a production of Godspell Jr.AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE AMAZING. I WOULDN'T HAVE TRADED THAT EXPERIENCE FOR ANYTHING. Later that year I did A Midsummer Nights Midterm and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.I am very grateful for the experience I have had at my high school. This summer I will be doing Mulan Jr. I am very happy to be working with everyone again and to welcome my friend Ian into our theatre. I am looking forward to it.
Just a few weeks ago, I got some vocal help and spent a lof time work and effort into preparing my song for my audition for CYPT's The Wedding Singer.I didn't feel confident afterwards, and when I found out that my sister got in and I didn't, I honestly broke down crying, but I have realized that it is a blessing in disguise. My family is at my high school theatre. As I said before, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have a lot of skills to develop and more to learn about myself. I will be getting more help throughout my senior year by taking dance and concert choir.
I have to believe in myself before I can even try. Otherwise, what's the point? I'm not giving up. In the meantime, I will try other theatres and more oppurtunities that come up. I am very proud of my sister and the beautiful young woman she has become. I am also proud of my friend Kalie Kaimann, and I hope she succeeds in her pursual of her theatre career. You're amazing Kalie!! Also here's a shout out to Justin Kohler, Lindsey Mullen, James Jones, Annie Schnieder, Eric Sievers, Brandon Kappen, Stephen Phaphenger, Catherine Tuttle, and Katie Ruwe. I love you guys! <3
Posted by: Donna Wymore (May 11, 2012)
Same low prices, same great service, same great backdrop rentals but we’re shakin’ things up a bit.
Starting August 1 (2012), we are saying goodbye to our nonprofit organization discount policy and saying hello to a new discount that’s for everyone.
Make your reservation and pay for it 30 days prior to your shipping date and you’ll receive 5% off the rental price. Plus, if you rent two times between September and May, you’ll receive 10% off your second reservation – how great is that?
And, don’t forget, if you rented from us in 2011 or visited our booths at NYSTEA or USITT, you have $35.00 gift certificate that’s good until December 31. All the more reason to call now and reserve your backdrops for your upcoming shows and events!
Posted by: Pierre's Costumes (May 4, 2012)
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My name is Liz and I'm the Theatre Manager at Pierre's Costumes.
I just finished the cutest production of Aladdin Jr for a local Middle School. I have to say it turned out really great considering all middle school kid sizing out of an adult rental stock. I love pulling shows with lots of texture and colors. For that reason, Disney shows are really great.
The next show in my line up is a production of Radium Girls and I have to admit I've never heard of this show before, but after researching a bit, it seems like a great show to put on! Don't get me wrong, it's a sad story but it was the beginning of equal rights for women in the workplace! It's also a pieces show which is always fun and interesting to pull.
That's what's up with me and I'm now heading back into the racks!
Posted by: Holly Lindsay (April 30, 2012)
Recently, I attended two different grant writing workshops. One was for a specific grant in my local area and one was provided by the state of Louisiana on how to use grants to your advantage as well as LOOKING OUTSIDE THE GRANT! I had attended grant writing workshops before and have been awarded grants before my current position. However, all the writing I had done was either attached to a school or a well established organization. I really hadn't thought about the disadvantages a new organization has without a financial history, a set schedule, and in our case, even a set mission statement. This took out the first grant mentioned.
At the second workshop however, they encouraged to look beyond the grant world. Grants are difficult to come by and can be difficult to get. With funding being slashed everywhere, the number of grant applicants has increased and the competition is fierce. At this particular workshop they encouraged private funding and using those coroporate sponsors as I have mentioned before. However, one thing that really stuck with me was an activity they suggested. If you have a board of advisors or even a booster club of parents, make it a casual evening with poster board. Set up however many categories you think you need but they should run along the lines of community, corporate, religious, schools, etc. Encourage your guests to write who they know under the categories. They may even find they have someone in common that they can speak with together on behalf on your organization. This will create unity among your adult supporters and create a network for your organization.
Last but not least, make sure you read all directions clearly of every grant you are proposing. They are all different and require different answers and different forms. Never turn in a grant handwritten. Also pay very close attention to the minimum and maximum requirements of word count. If they are asking for a 200 word essay, do not think your five page essay (although I am sure worth the read) will make the cut. Those that do not follow the exact expectations are often tossed out before they even make it into the committee.
Also keep in mind that most grants are supposed to be a one time funding opportunity. You may be rewarded a grant more than once, but please be conscious to the fact that grants are fickle and do not set your entire budget around the receiving a grant. Please for your own sanity, also make sure you have a resevoir set to cover the amount of the grant if not received.
Have a great week!
Posted by: Holly Lindsay (April 11, 2012)
And does anyone else feel the rapidly downhill roll of the rest of the year? Before I knew it, it is mid-April and it has been a VERY long time since I have written. Since I have last written I received a promotion and some great personal news that will be given at a later date. Both items have led to an adventure as most things like this do. However, some great news: One of my students auditioned for another company and was called back, and was given a great part and another one of my students did her first "real world" audition and received a call back. So as a teacher, I am pleased and excited for the progress my students have made.
I fully believe I am only as successful as what I give my students to succeed. I want my students to "go" and "do". I have said this in previous posts, but as spring has sprung and we are shaking off our winter blues it is time to look forward as well as back at the previous year to see if goals were met and what we need to do to still get there.
Keep your professional chin up as the standardized testing, graduations, etc. wrap up and be proud!
Posted by: Swazzle Puppets (March 27, 2012)
Whether you are producing Little Shop of Horrors or Avenue Q at a high school, a college or a community theater, Swazzles' professional puppets are perfect for your production.
Posted by: Holly Lindsay (March 3, 2012)
Awards season! I am just now watching the Oscars because watching the Oscars for me is a "me" moment. I cannot watch them with my husband in the house for as supportive as he is of my career and what it does to our life, awards shows are where he draws the line. So I record them and watch them all by myself.
Now with that being said, I do of course check to see who has won and who has lost so I am not completely in the dark the next day, but the gooey center of the entertainment chocolate is for me to indulge all by myself. You might be wondering...Why would awards shows be important to a teacher? Well, colleagues, awards are important for EVERYONE. From the Grammies to the ESPYs, I observe these beautiful traditions of our society for ideas, education, and I almost always offer extra credit in my classroom to the kids for key information. Yes, they can get it off of the internet, but most of them actually watch.
So as this awards season continues, if you have forgot why you love what you do or are looking to see what is coming next schedule some time for an awards show. Turn it into a party. Or take it all in during a blessed moment of solitude. That is afterall, my favorite way.
Until next time readers!