I Can't Stand Censorship in Community Theatre

I Can't Stand Censorship in Community Theatre

For over forty years, I have been performing and directing in community theatre, and one thing has been a real concern to me…censorship of a published work.

I guess for me; it is about presenting the piece as it was written for the stage. By not doing this, you are not giving an audience the real product as it was meant to be. I was involved in a production of The Full Monty, and we did THE FULL MONTY at the end of the show. Audiences loved it! You do need to have the right lighting effects in order to pull this off, of course. But we did, and it went off without a hitch.

When allowed to direct it for another theatre company possibly, I asked if they would be going all the way. Their answer was, “No.” That cemented my answer for that opportunity.

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What Community Theatre Unknowingly Gave to Me

What Community Theatre Unknowingly Gave to Me

I am a devoted advocate of community theatre and have been for more than 40 years. Admittedly, I always wanted to become a professional and do theatre full time, but the cards never seemed to be in my favor. Between bad timing, injury and financial obligations, I am what I am…a community theatre performer and director and proud of it.

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The Volunteers of Community Theatre Deserve an Endless Ovation

The Volunteers of Community Theatre Deserve an Endless Ovation

Many of us work full-time jobs, what I refer to as a vocation to support our avocations. I can’t tell you how many times people ask me after seeing a show or hearing I am in a show, “How much do you get paid for doing this?” Of course, in community theatre, the answer is nothing. The look of surprise on their faces is astounding.

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A Review is Only One Person’s Opinion

A Review is Only One Person’s Opinion

Having been performing for over 40 years, I have learned that the most important thing about doing a show is the appreciation shown by the audiences. Did they like the show? What was their take on the production? I also appreciate the constructive critiques they may offer. Then we have…the reviewer. The person who many people use as their go-to person for advice on should they or shouldn’t they see a show. The person who potentially has the power to make or break a show.

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The Devil Wears Prada…The Musical! That’s All….

The Devil Wears Prada…The Musical!  That’s All….

It’s one of my favorite films. And now it’s going to be presented on stage in a musical format with music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, and book by Paul Rudnick.

And just announced, Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro, a 2008 Tony winner for her direction of August: Osage County, has been named as the director.

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OOPS…Britney Spears’s Music In A New Broadway Musical!!! Really???

OOPS…Britney Spears’s Music In A New Broadway Musical!!! Really???

Now I am not one to judge before a product is released and reviewed but this just feels wrong.  I am personally not a big fan of Spears but there is just something about a musical with her music coming to Broadway. I will be the first to admit I was wrong if it turns out to be a hit.   It seems we are starting to see a trend of musicals coming out with the music of popular artist.

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Take The Time To Say Thank You to Your Fans

Take The Time To Say Thank You to Your Fans

Recently, Chris Peterson, the Editor-In-Chief of OnStage Blog, wrote about meeting actors whom we respect and admire and the effect that it had on them. In digesting the article, I wanted to weigh in on this subject and maybe give it some more food for thought.

Personally, I have had the opportunity to meet some celebrities after a show either at the stage door or, on a few special occasions, in their dressing rooms. My expectations were based on my admiration for their work in theatre, TV and/or film. And I was ready to be humbled at the opportunity to meet them.

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Please Stop Looking Down on Community Theatre

Please Stop Looking Down on Community Theatre

It truly hurts me to acknowledge that there are people out there who try to give community theatre a bad reputation. It’s the truth, folks, they exist, and I genuinely feel they need to be educated on the importance of community theatre the benefits that it provides to all of us.

Having been involved in community theatre for over 40 years…yes, I admit it and do it proudly….I have personally seen this wonderful genre from multiple sides. As an actor, producer, stage manager, director….I have seen it. And the benefits that have been reaped have contributed to many aspects of my life, socially and privately.

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