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ALL MY SONS & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
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:

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



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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:
ALL MY SONS & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.

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!



Sat, July 8, 2017

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

stay tuned for a link in this spot to the new K.L.'S FINE ARTS VITA
Meanwhile, click here for K.L.'s up-to-date résumé




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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)

Showing weekends
Aug 18-Sep 3, 2017
Tickets available...
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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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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.

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: TBA




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




Dayton Theatre Guild -- announcing our 2017-2018 season

the remainder of the season....

MARJOIRE PRIME by Jordan Harrison
Marjorie Prime
by Jordan Harrison

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.

Directed by Jared Mola
Produced by Debra Kent

Show runs Oct 6-22, 2017

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Aug 21 & 22, 2017*


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


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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
  • KNOW OF A LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY THAT SHOULD
    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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