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A lot of other news is delayed, however, I do want to announce the cast of our first DTG show for the 17/18 season, Arthur Miller's All My Sons:

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Joe Keller
           David Williamson
Kate Keller
           Rachel Oprea
Chris Keller
           Jeff Sams
Ann Deever
           Kari Carter
George Deever
           Mike Beerbower
Dr. Jim Bayless
           Rick Flynn
Sue Bayless
           Adee McFarland
Frank Lubey
           Todd Rohrer
Lydia Lubey
           Heather Atkinson
Bert
           Noah Rutkowski



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CATCHING UP

Sometimes, ya know, I just don't get around to updating this thing. But, I never abandone it. I am back now, to catch up on stuff that's been happening:





BRUSH WITH FAME:

Eve Plumb and K.L.Storer at The Dayton Visial Arts Center, June 17, 2017

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Saturday morning, June 17, I was at The Guild helping out with Cleaning Day. But late morning I took a break and left for a while. I went over to The Dayton Visual Arts Center to a small exhibit of paintings by Ms. Eve Plumb; yes, that Eve Plumb, from The Brady Bunch. The exhibit was a small assortment of some of her interpretations of moments from film noir and western movies. She had just about a dozen paintings exhibited and I was impressed. You can see some of them behind her and I in the photo, above, in which she was gracious enough to pose with me.

I was there for about 30-45 minutes, give or take, and with only a few exceptions it was only Eve, Kevin Moore of The Human Race Theatre Company, and myself. It was the kind of celebrity encounter I'd rather have: quiet, laid back, somewhat in the neighborhood of private, and a situation where I was not imposing upon her privacy and time but was welcomed into the space and the situation.

During my visit with her and her art I did not mention The Brady Bunch because that wasn't the point of the day, and I really can't think of what there was to say about it. "Wow! You were a part of something truly iconic in American pop culture!" is not going to be a revelation to her. I also absolutely was not about to utter that one phrase made so notoriously popular by the recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live in the 80's. My understanding is she hates it, and why shouldn't she? Even if she doesn't hate it, why be the 1,350,000th person to say it to her?

We talked about her paintings and about some of the technique for a few of them. and some galleries she has. We talked about the play Family Ties, in which she was currently appearing as Elyse Keaton. It was a nice pleasant 30-45-ish minutes She said she mostly does still lifes and she showed me some photos she took on her phone, during her stay in town, as potential subjects of future paintings. One photo in particular of a small table and chair in the corner of a small eatery she'd visited was especially compelling because of the geometry and the colors.

She also talked some about her stroke technique for a couple of the paintings, such as one western painting of a man on a horse where all her strokes on the canvas were deliberately vertical. Some of her paintings are impressionistic in style, some almost lithographic, especially since they are in black-and-white to mirror the movies she's pulled them from.

One of my favorite moments from the encounter was when I asked her if one of the western paintings, very impressionistic in style, depicted Yule Brenner. Her response was, "If you want to be Yuel Brenner, then that's who it is."

I was intersted to find out that she has several galleries including one near Sarasota that features celebrity art work. Check out her web site: eveplumb.tv/. In Eve's words, "The main site is a little clunky but there are links to the galleries." There's alos some samplings of her work there.

Of course, the truth is that it was Ms. Plumb's celebrity and the opportunity of the meet-and-greet that drew me to her exhibit. And, that I did not mention it to her does not negate the fact that she was a part of something truly iconic in American pop culture. On the other hand, I was interested in seeing her work as a painter. Further, when I've enjoyed an actor's work in a production, any actor's work, I always like telling that actor in person that I did so. I was not able to do that when I saw her in Family Ties the previous Wednesday, so it was another reason to come see the exhibit, so I could comment to her, in person, about her stagework.


OCTA THIS WEEKEND:
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The Dayton Theatre Guild's presentation of Luke Yankee's The Last Lifeboat at the regional dramatic competitions of OCTA (the Ohio Community Theatre Association), at the Troy Civic Theatre is this Saturday afternoon.

As I wrote before, I have remixed the sound for the excerpt being performed from quadrophonic to stereophonic. I'll be the sound tech for the performance. I'll be running the sound from the DTG laptop, which has our Show Cue Systems software installed on it now. In rehearsals I have been running from the laptop rather than the booth computer to practice with the precise tool I'll be using in Troy.


PREPRODUCTION IS AFOOT:
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As you saw in my last post, or if you are local, or otherwise follow my facebook or DTG's facebook page, you know the show is cast now, and preproduction is in swing.

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The table read is next Monday, and I will be there as producer to take care of producer's business -- like deadlines and specs for their program bios and headshots, etc., and to explain the promocast shoot coming up at Tech Week.

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One of things I am thrilled about, and a little surprised by, is that I was granted copyright clearance by the Arthur Miller representation to use dialogue from the play in the promocast.
So YaY!



PRODUCTION STAFF, NOT CAST MEMBER:
Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2017
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I don't think I ever specifically mentioned that I did not audition at all for FutureFest 2017.

However, I have recently come on board as the sound designer for five of the six productions.

Meetings with the directors have commenced.

A meeting with their house sound guy comes up this week, so I can get familiar with the software and equipment environment in which I will be working.

One production has requested that I run the sound. For the rest of the performances over the weekend, I will be sitting in my usual FF seat the audience.


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Recently I have made it to a couple shows but missed some others.

As mentioned above, I did get to Family Ties at The Human Race Theatre Company. It's a cute script, though not especially extraordinary. It does have an interesting twist, or, "shoe that drops," if you will, with no foreshadowing of that development. But ultimately, it was the performances by the cast that was what was really worth the attendance. They all did great jobs of making the characters their own, while still maintaining the spirit of the performances by the actors who originated the roles in the TV series.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINGO



OCTA REGIONAL, TOMORROW:
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Tomorrow is the OCTA (the Ohio Community Theatre Association) regional theatre competition, at the Troy Civic Theatre.

We have the final rehearsal tonight.

Then tomorrow:
GAME ON!


MOVING INTO THE NEXT PROJECT:
Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2017
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Meanwhile, production meetings between the directors and myself for FutureFest 2017 have happened, or are about to happen.

Last night I met with the Dayton Playhouse sound and light technical director (don't know if that's his actual title, but, it's essentially what he is), Bob Kovach, and he got me familiar with the sound system, or at least he got me started -- the rest is up to me.

And I don't want to think about the fact that I haven't really started to attack these sound designs, and the festival is two weeks from today.

But, no pressure!



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OCTA REGIONAL, TODAY AT THE TROY CIVIC THEATRE:
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GAME ON!


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CATCHING UP





OCTA REGIONALS AT THE TROY CIVIC THEATRE:
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As some will know, we took The Last Lifeboat to the OCTA Regionals in Troy Ohio on Saturday, July 8, and I must say it did rather well. In fact, it was chosen to go to the State Conference labor day weekend, in Columbus, Ohio. Several involved also received awards:

    • Excellence in Ensemble
    • Jeff Sams Excellence in Directing
    • Matt Lindsay Excellence in Acting
    • Mike Beerbower Excellence in Acting
    • J. Gary Thompson Merit in Acting
    • John Faulkenbach Excellence in Light Design
    • Carol Finley Excellence in Costume Design
    • Marley Masterson Excellence in Properties

So, that's pretty cool. The Beavercreek Community Theatre's production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will also be going to State. This is an interesting situation for several actors in both shows, as some are cast in the Guild production of All My Sons, which will have a 5:00 performance that day, while others are cast in Urinetown at Beavercreek, which has a 3:00 show that day. Beavercreek has been granted first performance of their excerpt that morning, at State, and DTG will be next.

That situation is, in itself, an interesting situation for one of the actors. Casandra Engber is in both Lifeboat and Vanya, which wasn't as much of a delima in Troy as the two excerpts were not back-to-back. But, Casandra is a consummate professional, so she'll do just fine.

Oh, yeah...it seems that the sound designer got an award, too.


SO, THAT G@|)/\/\/\|\| GREMLIN DECIDED TO SHOW UP AGAIN!:
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Like we have several times in the past, we are utilizing dialect coach D'Arcy Smith to work with the cast to place everyone in the same midwestern U.S. region. D'Arcy conducts sessions with cast in Skype sessions. We've done it several times in the past, wth great success.

This time, it was not so successful, at least not at first, and at least not in a Skype session. We (*and when I say "we," I mean "I") could not get Skype to work on the DTG laptop. That was weird because it had worked before on the laptop, but not this time.

Then we* tried do a facebook cam-to-cam but could not get the laptop camera activated in facebook. What we ended up doing was a FaceTime session on my iPhone, with each cast member passing the phone around. It wasn't quite the same as a Skype session on the laptop, but it did work.

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I Haven't really started working on sound for this show yet, except that I have a pretty good idea what the design concept will be for the top of the show. Scene change music, though, is a mystery to me at the moment, but I do know it's all from the early/mid forties.

I start working on this sound in earnest when Futurefest wraps *(see next)


MOVING INTO THE NEXT PROJECT:
Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2017
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FutureFest 2017 officially kicks off tomorrow evening. There will be a pre-festival event tonight: the dramatic reading of Peter Filichia's play, Adams' Gift.

Of course, the most relevant news, concerning me, is that it's most likely that the sound design I have done for five of the six plays, showing over the course of the festival, is finished. I can't say that I was completely panicked that the designs wouldn't be finished, but I was pretty sure it'd be down to the wire, and I was correct.

Believe me I've had pretty much no spare time since I agreed to this task. First i was dealing with the OCTA entry of the excerpt from The Last Lifeboat, *(see above), then it was onto this with full effort and only down time when I forced myself to steal moments -- 'cause, you know, you gotta do that sometimes.

The kind of bad news is that I am now likely to be in the booth running more than just one show. I was requested to run one, and was not to run any of the other four I am connected to (and the sixth show is being run by its sound designer). But because of some misunderstandings about show times there may be conflicts that leave at least two other shows without a sound tech. Also one other has some pretty heavy audio/visual needs so I will be in the booth to be sure all the cues are covered. So, I'll probably only be in the audience for two of the six shows, and I'm not enthused about that, at all, but, the shows need sound techs.



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CATCHING UP
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THE 17/18 FRESHMAN SHOW IS INTO PREPRODUCTION:
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Haven't done much for the show and don't have any updates about the rehearsal process, which has begun in earnest. This past Thursday night we did have the follow-up session with dialect specialist D'Arcy Smith via a successful Skype session (finally) on my MacBook Pro.

I also just bought the Bose Companion 20 external speaker system for my laptop and they are what the kids are calling "Suh-WEET!" I'd already used them a bit over the last several days and they came in quite handy during this dialect session as they made it that much easier for the whole room to hear D'Arcy well.
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Still haven't really started the sound design but that happens any minute now. It'd better: Tech Sunday is only twelve days away.


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FutureFest 2017 at the Dayton Playhouse weekend wrapped Sunday, the 23rd. We in attendance were exposed to six fine new plays as part of the festival-proper, and a seventh, the pre-festival event that featured a dramatic reading of Peter Filichia's play, Adams' Gift: Peter's take on Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol.

As you five (or is 4.5?) regular blog visitors may know, via my recent whine-fest about it, when I came on board to design sound for five of the six official FF productions, I was requested to run the sound for one of them, and was only supposed to be in the tech booth for that one show -- that being Olga Humphrey's Magnificent Hubba Hubba. However, due to a scheduling conflict the person who was supposed to run the other four of my five shows had to miss one, and the complexities of running both sound and a projector for another of them meant it'd be better if I was in the booth to help with that one. So, I was in the booth for half the shows as opposed to only one show. C'est la vie, no?

As I stated above, it was a fine crop of plays, with Ms. Humphrey's play was both the selected winner by the adjudicators and the one voted audience favorite.

Here are all the six shows that competed over the FF17 weekend:

On Pine Knoll Street - fully-staged performance
By Mark Cornell
Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck
Assistant Director: Jamie Pavlofsky
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8 PM

Synopsis: Thelma is a colorful and quick-witted 87-year old woman struggling with her memory. Her devoted daughter Marilyn, with whom she now lives, is trying to make the best of the situation. When Marilyn asks her neighbor Curtis, a struggling writer and stay-at-home father, to care for her mother and her beloved cats while she is at the beach, it sets in motion a friendship that tethers two families. Funny and heartbreaking, On Pine Knoll Street is an intimate look at the joy and fragility of life, the meaning of home, and the things we do for love.

THELMA - Renée Franck-Reed
MARILYN - Cheryl A. Mellen
CURTIS - John-Michael Lander
KRISTIE - Kari Carter
MITCHELL - Raef Norgaard

Director Richard Waldeck both designed and ran the sound for this show.


First, Do No Harm - staged reading
By J. Thalia Cunningham
Directed by Jackie Darnell
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10 AM

Synopsis: Our recent election galvanized a tsunami of concerns about race and healthcare. The CDC reported black Americans suffer higher rates of disability and preventable diseases than non-minorities. While blatant discrimination is no longer rampant, stereotyping persists. Hospitals emphasize the need for cultural diversity but, perhaps, have fallen short. Inspired by a real case, FIRST, DO NO HARM is the story of two African American mothers journeying along parallel paths of grief and guilt. It doesn't attempt to answer the questions raised. There are no easy answers, and no single clinical guideline is useful in unraveling the spectrum of human physical, mental, and emotional response to illness.

DR. ELISSA KERRY - A.Slate
DR. ALISON TAYLOR - Shanna Camacho
MATTIE CLESTER - Joyce Barnes
DWAYNE HATCHER - Kip Moore
FEMALE ACTOR - Jennifer Lockwood
MALE ACTOR - Keshawn Mellon
NARRATION - Charlotte Harris

This was one I ended up running sound for because of scheduling conflicts.


Wake - staged reading
By Vince Gatton
Directed by Tim Rezash
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3 PM

Synopsis: Dan and Eric have a new marriage license, a new baby, and a new house in the country. As they settle into this new life, Dan is having what seem to be sleepwalking episodes. A ghost story told by a young visitor leads Eric to suspect that Dan's sleepwalking is actually something far more sinister -- but is it what he thinks it is? Or are there other forces at work? Wake is a ghost story for the post-AIDS generation, a play about marriage, expectations, and the power of narrative to both heal and harm.

DAN - Brian Sharp
ERIC - Mark Sharp
TERRELL - Michael Groomes
ESME- Shyra Thomas
CHARLIE - Jason Penix


Magnificent Hubba Hubba - fully-staged performance
By Olga Humphrey
Directed by Annie Pesch
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 8 PM

Synopsis: A teenage boy tracks down his downtrodden, fiery, and foulmouthed idol -- "The Magnificent Hubba Hubba" -- an old-time woman wrestler now over 70 and working as a greeter at a hotel casino. He aims to set up the rematch of the century between her and her arch rival of years gone by. But what he really wants is to win the love of her estranged granddaughter, a high school wrestling star who hates his guts. A comedy about how true passion never grows old, and sometimes the best partnerships are the most unlikely ones.

LUCILLE - Becky Howard
ROY - Thomas Troutman
ALICE - Fran Pesch
LULU - Hannah Stickel
ZANE/ANNOUNCER - David Hallowren
WANDA, NADYA, YOUNG LUCILLE, REFEREE - Melissa Ertsgaard
TEDDY, NURSE, YOUNG ALICE, HOSTESS - Shanna Camacho

This is the one I had agreed to run sound for.


The Spanish Prayer Book - staged reading
By Angela J. Davis
Directed by KJ Melson
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10 AM

Synopsis: In 2007, a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and extremely valuable illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain. Financial struggles and a child's recent hospitalization favor an initial plan to auction the books. A moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge, however, following the discovery that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen, some six-hundred years after their creation, from a library in Berlin. Inspired by true events and a late twentieth-century court case, and using images from the books themselves, the play explores the allure of sacred manuscripts, the ethical issues generated by cultural treasures displaced during wartime, and the power of art to forge human connections.

JACOB ADLER - Jim Lockwood
JOAN ADLER - Cynthia Karns
MICHAELA ADLER - Kerry Simpson
JULIEN NAZIR - Matthew Lindsay
ALEXANDER ADLER/CHRISTOPHER HOWELL - Jonathan Horwitz
CHANNA WILD - Karin Henhapel
ASSISTANT/LAW CLERK/Stage Reader - Niccole Sue Ann Wallace
Understudy/Stage Reader - Michael Juergens


The Puppeteer - fully-staged performance
By Desireé York
Directed by Kip Moore
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3 PM

Synopsis: When Constance, a 1920's jazz singer, chooses to stand on her own, not only is her name carried on through multiple generations, but so is her determination to find an identity in an ever changing world. Spanning five generations, starting in the Harlem Renaissance and ending in present day, the women from one African-American family struggle to overcome the roles assigned to them by society in order to find their way home.

CONSTANCE/CONNIE - Carolyn Seymore
ROBERT/CHRISTOPHER - Jacob Smith
ERNIE/MR. HOTCHKISS - Michael Schumacher
MISS DUNSTON - Chelsey Hall
MRS. COVINGTON - Corrine Duperree
MS. JENKINS - Tamar Fishbein
MS. EVANS - Vicki Thompson Tuccillo

I was in the booth for this one because of the tight timing between some sound and projector cues. The sound tech was charged to handle both, and few spots were tricky if one had to do both, so I was in there with him to cover those moments.

Nope, no pictures this year. I didn't take one photograph. Don't ask me why. I just didn't.


THEATRE AWARDS WEEKEND:
Daytonys - Dayton theatre Hall of Fame
Dayton theatre Guild Murphy Awards
Moving into mid-summer it becomes time again for the theatre awards time period. For The Guild that was this passed weekend, first with our involvement in the Dayton theatre community in general at the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame Gala & Daytony Theatre Awards Ceremony, Saturday night, then with our in-house Murphy Awards Presentation on Sunday afternoon as part of our annual smorgasbord gathering.

On Saturday, three people were inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame: Jennifer Lockwood, Gerri Nichols, and Sheila Ramsey. The only of these I have any real theatre connection to is Jennifer. We have shared the stage twice, I believe, and she has been in cast or crew of a few other shows where I was either producer, sound designer, or both. Jennifer's home base is The Dayton Playhouse, where my connection, thus far, has always been FutureFest, and where she constantly serves on the FF committee. Gerri is an elder statesman and costuming guru at Troy Civic Theatre. Sheila Ramsey, I have met in the past, but we've not been involved in any productions together, as her involvement has been mostly at the professional level for quite some time, and by the time I started entering into that world, her health had caused her to drop out.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Well, a tip of the hat to Jennifer, Gerri, and Sheila, as well as all the actors, directors, and designers who won Daytony and Murphy awards. For that matter, congrats to all those who have won or are about to win awards at other theatres in the area.


GENERAL TECHIE STUFF ICON
MORE
TOYS ICON
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Okay, not so much "More Toys" as "another toy." For a while now, at the old, humble homestead, I have frequently had problems connecting my MacBook Pro to the internet. I have an older build (mid 2012) and enough Wifi routers have popped up in neighbors' homes that my laptop often can't overcome the traffic jam during peak times, even though my laptop usually sets only about four or five away from my wireless router.

My iPhone and my Apple TV are newer, so the receivers in them are not hindered. But my laptop receiver is being hindered. My AirPort Express router isn't sending a strong enough signal to overcome all the other traffic. I'm not going to buy an new laptop just yet, so I bought a new AirPort Extreme instead.

The new AirPort Extreme boasts at least three times the speed of my old AirPort Express, and it has six antennas: three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. so far it has cured the "unable to connect to the network" messages. I seemed to come close to getting one the other night. If I do get one, I will be unhappy.

The next toy, which I will buy soon, will be a replacement CD and AM/FM receiver for my car -- my current one often, usually, quites playing a CD right in the middle of a song. That is intolerable to me.


MARJORIE PRIME logo.
The audition specs for Marjorie Prime are now available.

See below in the DTG auditions section.



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CATCHING UP
AGAIN
It's About Damn Time! -- with frowning eyes graphic
BEEN DOING STUFF
Once again, it's been a while since I posted here -- (the Friday, Aug 18 post about the opening of All My Sons is a retrospective post, put up at the same time as this one). So, there's some All My Sons catch-up, as well as catch-up on other subjects, including a whole slew of "In Memorium" to various artists who have passed away this summer.


SUCCESSFUL OPENING WEEKEND:
ALL MY SONS & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.

Though I wasn't there for most of it, I know we've had a successful opening weekend and that the audience response has been about as postive as it can get. I was there Opening Night, but as is virtually always the case, I could not attend to the performance in any meaningful manner since I was the house manager and had other things to attend to: such as setting up the refreshments for intermission, then cleaning that up, then setting up for the Opening Night Gala, as always, featuring wine and, courtesy of Wheat Penny Oven & Bar, gourmet pizza. One other great thing about Opening Night is that it was a sold-out crowd! I can't speak audience size yesterday or today, but I know from various cast and crew that the performance went well last night; there's no reason to think it won't today -- the performance is happening as I typed this and as I transferred today's entry to the server.

xxxx
Young Noah Rutkowski (Bert) gave me this model of a P-40 fighter plane, (which is relevent to the story of the play), as a gift. I have it displayed at the box office station for the moment.
Bias as I may be, this is a stellar production with some excellent work from the cast members. I think all the various design work is grand, too. The crew is doing great, as well.

SOUND DESIGNING ICON
PRODUCTION GREMLIN ICON
Show Cue Systems icon - http://www.showcuesystems.com/
Yep, another one of those GREMLIN stories. That little bastard just likes to be a menace! Recently, I upgraded the theatre's version of our sound cue software, Show Cue Systems, and installed said upgrade on all of the theatre laptop, which I used when we took All My Sons to the OCTA Regionals, on my laptop, so I can work on programming sound designs away from the theatre, and on the desk top computer we use to run sound in the tech booth. The upgrade works fine on both laptops. However, there is some sort of conflict on the desk top that does not allow one to properly assign channels beyond two. I had to uninstall the upgrade and revert back to the previous version. There are a few new features in the upgrade that I like, too. When I have time, I will research a solution.

DTG Promocast Production logo
Of course, by this time, the promocast will have made final cut and be posted, and it is. I went for muted color treatment to give it the look of early color movies, since the era just post-WWII. I also did a sepia version, but the muted color version is the one that works.

Click here for DTG Promocast 1718-01 All My Sons.

Showing weekends
Through Sep 3, 2017
Tickets available...
DTG Buy Your Tickets Now


OHIO COMMUNITY THEATRE ASSOCIATION STATE CONFERENCE:
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
SOUND TECH ICON
THE LAST LIFEBOAT & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.

Those who've visited here before, and any Dayton theatre people who might be reading this, may know that The Dayton Theatre Guild is taking an excerpt from Luke Yankee's The Last Lifeboat to compete at the 2017 State Conference of OCTA (the Ohio Community Theatre Association). That will be Saturday morning, Sep 2, this coming Labor Day Weekend.

We have a few tech rehearsals in the days leading up to the competitive performance. This time I will be running the sound from my laptop, since the DTG laptop is technically engaged for the All My Sons production -- we run the lobby movie from that laptop.


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I do have my eyes focused on some theatre auditions coming this season, some further off, some, closer.

I was invited by the director to audition for a show a little later down the road; that, of course, is not an indication that I have a lock on the role, but it does mean I have some kind of a decent shot. It's a good role, too. There's another show this would be a conflict with, but I don't know much yet about the second one, so I can't yet measure the conflict I might have between the two.

I'm looking for movie auditions, too.


In Memorium
RIP Adam West, Sep 19, 1928-June 9, 2017
RIP June Foray, Sep 18, 1917-June 26, 2017
RIP Martin Landau, June 20, 1928-July 15, 2017
RIP George Romaro, Feb 4, 1940-July 16, 2017
RIP John Heard, March 7, 1946-July 21, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard, 11/5/1943-07/27/2017
RIP Glen Campbell, 04/22/1936 to 08/08/2017
RIP Dick Gregory, Oct 12, 1932-Aug 19, 2017
RIP Jerry Lewis, Mar 26, 1926-Aug 20, 2017





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Dayton Theatre Guild
forthcoming
AUDITION NOTICES
for the
2017/2018 season

MARJOIRE PRIME by Jordan Harrison
THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath
STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham

*Graphics art by Wendi Michael     



Marjorie Prime
by Jordan Harrison
MARJOIRE PRIME by Jordan Harrison

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Aug 21 & 22, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

(NOTE: If you would like to audition but are unavailable these two evenings, please contact the director at mola.jared@gmail.com to schedule an alternate time.)

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993  ;  www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Jared Mola
Produced by Debra Kent

Production Dates: Oct 6-22, 2017

In the not-too-distant future and the age of artificial intelligence, 85-year-old Marjorie is trying to cope with the loss of her deceased husband through the use of a prime, an exact replica programmed to interact with her in human-like ways. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Would we rewrite the past? This play explores loss and memory, the mysteries of human identity and the limits (if any) of what technology can replace. This play was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Casting Requirements:

• Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
• A résumé and headshot are not required but are encouraged.
• Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Aug 23 & Oct 22 2017

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Marjorie
           in her 80's
Walter
           in his late 20's to his 30's
Tess
           In her 50's, Marjorie's daughter
Jon
           in his 50's, Marjorie's son-in-law

For more information or a copy of the script to read in advance, please contact the director at: mola.jared@gmail.com





The Christians
by Lucas Hnath
THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Oct 9 & 10, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993  ;  www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp
Produced by Jeff Sams and Kathy Mola

Production Dates: Nov 17-Dec 3, 2017

Pastor Paul's modest church of twenty years ago now has a congregation of thousands, classrooms for Sunday school, a coffee shop, and much more. But today Paul will preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's beliefs. What happens when something we believe will always remain the same suddenly changes? A finalist at the Humana Festival in 2014, this play opened off-Broadway soon afterward. In 2016, it was chosen as the eighth most-produced new play by American Theatre Magazine.

Casting Requirements: TBA




Stella and Lou
by Bruce Graham
STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Nov 20 & 21, 2017*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993  ;  www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Gary Thompson
Produced by Barbara Jorgensen

Production Dates: Jan 19-Feb 4, 2018

Lou's South Philadelphia bar is the kind of place where the same faces sit on the same barstools seven nights a week, drowning their sorrows into countless mugs of beer. Lou is happy to run the place and enjoy time with Stella when she stops in. But Stella has decided they need to take the next step in their relationship -- or she's moving to Florida. This funny, wise, and tender story is a mid-life portrait of friendship, and maybe more. At the play's premiere at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2013, it was cheered by critics for its humor and honesty.

Casting Requirements: TBA

*ALL AUDITION DATES ABOVE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE



PROMOTIONS:

BE OR NOT, a movie by K.L.Storer. Starring Natasha Randall and Craig Roberts. Director of photography, Fred Boomer



Still for sale, 'STILL ME' on DVD, http://brookwoodfilms.com/buy.html
As an actor I was privileged to have a small roll in this multi-award winning, very touching, most poignant short film. I was further privileged to accept the award, on behalf of Beth McElhenny, for Best Family Film at the 2008 Secret City Film Festival in Oakridge, Tennessee. The film has won awards far more than that one time. Click on the image to go to the official site and see the successes, thus far.



AND NOW, TO PROMOTE SOME THEATRE....

THE COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MY HOME THEATRE, THE DAYTON THEATRE GUILD

Opening the 2017/2018 Season:

ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Debra Kent
Produced by K.L.Storer

During World War II, Joe Keller and his business partner were accused of knowingly shipping damaged airplane parts that led to the deaths of 21 servicemen. While only his business partner, Steve Deever, was convicted of the crime, Keller was guilty as well. When both the Keller family and the Deever family find out the truth, it damages even further the relationships among the children of both families, resulting in the Keller son's confrontation of his father. This play received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

The Cast of ALL MY SONS

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Joe Keller
           David Williamson
Kate Keller
           Rachel Oprea
Chris Keller
           Jeff Sams
Ann Deever
           Kari Carter
George Deever
           Mike Beerbower
Dr. Jim Bayless
           Rick Flynn
Sue Bayless
           Adee McFarland
Frank Lubey
           Todd Rohrer
Lydia Lubey
           Heather Atkinson
Bert
           Noah Rutkowski

The Promocast for ALL MY SONS



And following All My Sons at the Guild
MARJORIE PRIME by Jordon Harrison, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Jared Mola
Produced by Debra Kent

In the not-too-distant future and the age of artificial intelligence, eighty-five-year-old Marjorie is trying to cope with the loss of her deceased husband through the use of a prime, an exact replica of him programmed to interact with her in human-like ways. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Would we rewrite the past? This play explores loss and memory, the mysteries of human identity and the limits (if any) of what technology can replace. Marjorie Prime was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Aug 21 & 22, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

(NOTE: If you would like to audition but are unavailable these two evenings, please contact the director at mola.jared@gmail.com to schedule an alternate time.)

Casting Requirements:

• Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
• A résumé and headshot are not required but are encouraged.
• Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Aug 23 & Oct 22, 2017

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Marjorie
           in her 80's
Walter
           in his late 20's to his 30's
Tess
           In her 50's, Marjorie's daughter
Jon
           in his 50's, Marjorie's son-in-law
For more information or a copy of the script to read in advance, please contact the director at: mola.jared@gmail.com




Dayton Theatre Guild -- announcing our 2017-2018 season

the remainder of the season....

THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath
The Christians
by Lucas Hnath

Pastor Paul's modest church of twenty years ago now has a congregation of thousands, classrooms for Sunday school, a coffee shop, and much more. But today Paul will preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's beliefs. What happens when something we believe will always remain the same suddenly changes? A finalist at the Humana Festival in 2014, this play opened off-Broadway soon afterward. In 2016, it was chosen as the eighth most-produced new play by American Theatre Magazine.

Directed by Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp
Produced by Jeff Sams and Kathy Mola

Show runs Nov 17-Dec 3, 2017

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Oct 9 & 10, 2017*


STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham
Stella and Lou
by Bruce Graham

Lou's South Philadelphia bar is the kind of place where the same faces sit on the same barstools seven nights a week, drowning their sorrows into countless mugs of beer. Lou is happy to run the place and enjoy time with Stella when she stops in. But Stella has decided they need to take the next step in their relationship -- or she's moving to Florida. This funny, wise, and tender story is a mid-life portrait of friendship, and maybe more. At the play's premiere at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2013, it was cheered by critics for its humor and honesty.

Directed by Gary Thompson
Produced by Barbara Jorgensen

Show runs Jan 19-Feb 4, 2018

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Nov 20 & 21, 2017*


THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White
The Other Place
by Sharr White

Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life is coming apart. She receives phone calls from her missing daughter, has a breakdown while delivering a speech, and believes she has a brain tumor. When she visits "the other place," a cottage on Cape Cod that the family once owned, the pieces start to fall into place. Fact blurs with fiction, past and present collide, and the truth about Juliana comes to the surface. This play premiered off-Broadway in 2011 before running on Broadway, where it received a nomination for the 2013 Tony Award.

Directed by Kathy Mola
Produced by Deirdre Root

Show runs Mar 16-Apr 4, 2018

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Jan 22 & 23, 201X*


BAKERSFIELD MIST by Stephen Sachs
Bakersfield Mist
by Stephen Sachs

Maude Gutman, an unemployed bartender, lives in a trailer park and has purchased a painting for $3.00 at a thrift store that she believes to be an unknown painting by the great Jackson Pollock. She hires an art expert to verify the painting. Lionel Percy, a stuffy New York arts expert and a self-described connoisseur, goes to Bakersfield, California, to render his verdict as to whether Maude has a Pollock or a fake. This smash-hit comedy premiered in London in 2016 and has already had several productions across the United States.

Directed by Doug Lloyd
Produced by Rick Flynn

Show runs May 11-27, 2018

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Mar 19 & 20, 2018*


*AUDITION DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


DTG Buy Your Tickets Now click for information
on purchasing tickets


The Dayton Theatre Guild
at the
Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave.
Dayton, Ohio  45410
937-278-5993

www.daytontheatreguild.org

*Graphics art by Wendi Michael     




And, if you live close by or will be visiting soon, check out these other theatres in the greater Dayton Ohio area for their upcoming or current productions:

  • Beavercreek Community Theatre
  • Bespoke Theatre *(facebook page) -- Dayton
  • The Black Box Improv Theatre -- Dayton
  • Brookville Community Theatre
  • Caesar's Ford Theatre, Inc -- Xenia
  • Cedarville University -- Cedarville
  • Clark State Community College Theatre Program -- Springfield
  • Dare to Defy Productions -- Dayton
  • Dayton Playhouse
  • Encore Theater Company -- Dayton
  • Epiphany Players Drama Ministry -- Dayton
  • Human Race Theatre Company -- Dayton
  • Lebanon Theatre Company -- Lebanon
  • La Comedia Dinner Theatre -- Springboro
  • The Magnolia Theatre Company -- Dayton
  • The Playground Theatre -- Dayton
  • Playhouse South -- Kettering
  • Sinclair Community College Theatre -- Dayton
  • Springfield Civic Theatre
  • Springfield StageWorks
  • Tipp City Players Community Theatre
  • Town Hall Theatre -- Centerville
  • Troy Civic Theatre -- Troy
  • Undercroft Players -- Dayton
  • University of Dayton *U.D. link is here, but it seems difficult to find the season at the site
  • Victoria Theatre Association -- Dayton
  • Wright State University -- Beavercreek
  • X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater
  • Yellow Springs Center Stage -- Yellow Springs
  • Young at Heart Players -- Dayton
  • tHe Zoot Theatre Company -- Dayton
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    BE ADDED? LET ME KNOW AT KL_Storer@yahoo.com

    That is, one within a 60 minute
    drive from the Dayton, Ohio area




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