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Fri, Apr 5, 2019

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Tuesday evening I was on book for the rehearsal. Neither SM Deirdre Root nor AD David Senatore were able to be there. It was the first night the cast had to be off-book for Act 2, so it was a stumble-through rehearsal, if not the official "stumble-through."

Wednesday was the follow-up session with dialect coach D'Arcy Smith. After the session the cast went to a local bar & grill to run lines.

I'll be attending rehearsals on a relatively regular basis now get a feel for the moods of the scenes in the show, how they are playing, to know what songs will work for scene transactions for production music. The overall mood woill inform for for the pre-show music and the intermission music. I'll be looking for the moment for the promocast, too.


FOR THE LOVE OF THE CRAFT ICON
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I'm actor again tomorrow for a table reading for the Ohio Playwrights Circle.

It's a play and a role I've read before.

Was supposed to read it last week but there was a mix-up of some sort.


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I'll be gearing up over the weekend for the UD Law gig Monday evening. It's going to be low-maintenance study though, since I've done this particular exercise a few times before. I'm hoping I can find my flash cards from previous times, so I don't have to remake them.


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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish - at Stage 42 in New York City
New York in May 2019

I have my ticket confirmed for Fiddler on the Roof -- (A Fidler Afn Dakh) with ex-castmate Bruce Sabath in the role of Lazar_Wolf (Leyzer Volf). This will be on the Sunday that I'm in New york, I have a staff discounted ticket so I won't know where the seat is until closer to show. I may not know until I go to will-call to get the ticket. I do know that there's one seat left in the fifth row for that performance. If I'm lucky, that being by itself will help it go unclaimed and I could end up with it. I must admit, I was tempted to go ahead and get that fifth row ticket ay full price, but the box office person assured me that it's a small theatre so I won't get a bad seat even if I don't get that fifth row seat.



Tue, Apr 16, 2019

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PLAYWRIGHT WORK:
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For the most part I've been good about my self-imposed setting-aside of the manuscript for a couple weeks. I did read through it once, but, I read a hard-copy printout to reduce the temptAtion to tweak. Though I must admit I did spot some things that called for a minro tweak that I went ahead and pulled up the software to do such. One was to clean up a slight ambiguity, the other was to fix a typo.

I've given a copy of this draft to only one person, and that one being pre-tweaks. This is someone who will likely read one of the roles when I have that first table read. I am not sure when that reading will be. I haven't started looking at my calendar or contacting actors for the other two roles yet and checking their schedules. I also want others in the room to hear it and give me their thoughts, and I haven't come up with that list yet. I have to be selective because there are some people in the area that I don't want to see it at the moment because they may be reading it in what's supposed to be an anonymous read at some point in the future, albeit probably a drastically revised version.


ANOTHER GIG DOWN:
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Another gig as the expert for the plaintif and the VP/ACEO of the defendant company under my belt. I think this is the fourth or maybe the fifth time I've done this exercise.

The check finally arrived for the 2019 National Trial Competition, at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Columbus, Ohio. And, I believe, if I'm reading the itemization on the statement correctly, I also got the fee for this most recent gig, discussed above.


LIKELY GIG THIS SUMMER:
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I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but I have been approached about doing a readers theatre production mid-summer. I have just received the script.

I have yet to decide "yes" or "no" but will soon. It is a role the piques my interest, I must admit.

More details, later.


INTO TECH:
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Tech Week is upon us. We had our "Tech Saturday" and tonight we have the first tech/dress run. Since a principal actor could not be there, we did not run the show with cast, instead, we only did the cue-to-cue. We had, of course, done a dry tech before the cast was called.

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Usually, I have the Saturday before "Tech Sunday" to get the sound cues programed into Show Cue Systems, but since we moved the tech day to Saturday for this one, I took off work on Friday. Honestly, I was at home much of the day processing and building sounds. I didn't actually get to the theatre to migrate sound files into the booth computer and then program the cues, until after 9 p.m. I was done around 2 a.m. And, yes, for the five of you who may actually follow this blog, or for anyone who is familiar with my practices, I did spend the night in the greenroom. I had an appointment with the show's sound tech, Ms. Sarah Saunders, at 9 a.m. Saturday, so, going home just seemed counter-productive -- and I did bring an overnight bag, just in case. I usually do.

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Principal photography for the promocast was last night. Today was another day off for me, tomorrow, to edit the footage to final cut, which is now up on line:

CLICK HERE TO SEE IT.


STANDING IN:
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Sunday the 7th, I sat in on a production meeting of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, acting for the show's producer, Barb Jorgensen, who had a scheduling conflict she could not alter.

Didn't really do a lot except make sure I made note of important items that she'd need to know.


I am contemplating going after a certain role in the show, however. The thought was sparked during this meeting.


THE IGNITION TEMPERATURE OF PAPER:
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Sunday I saw the closing performance of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater. I'm sorry to say that in many, many ways this script is relevant to the world, especially this country, today.

Directed by Mike Taint, the cast was made up of Eric Mishne, Geoff Burkman, Abigale Connor, Melissa Henry-Young, Amy Magnus, Dee Berdine, Trenton Napier, Jeremy Holtgrave, Edith Waugh, Judy Early, Jamie McQuinn, Zan Holtgrave, Brenna Riethmiller, Paula Cronan, Deidre Root, Ben Cronan, Judi Early, and Alexandria Bilbrey.


Tax Time skull and bones ICON

Well. I finally did my taxes. As I wrote earlier, I was worried that I'd owe. That turned out to be not true. Though it was zig and zag for a while. I however am getting back about 43% of my usual average. I know a few people who really got screwed this year. And, yet, a few who are at the same place or even a little better off. I'd like to know what the mitigating factors are here.



Fri, Apr 19, 2019

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Opening Today

NICE GIRL, by Melissa Ross, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Click here for the promocast of the show

Everybody survived Tech Week, last night was a good Final Dress, and Opening Night is upon us.

I am bias, of course, and I freely admit that, nevertheless, this is a production worth seeing. As I told the cast during notes last night, I saw four real people on that stage, as opposed to four actors saying their lines. The whole company is bringing it home.



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OPENING WEEKEND:
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The show had a good opening weekend. The audiences are responding well to the show, especially to the performances by the cast members. They are also making comments about the hard work and hustle of our stage manager, Deirdre Root, after watching her make some busy scene changes mostly by herself: bottom line -- she should have a crew of at last one, probably two, but we had difficulty recruiting one; she IS getting help from cast member, Scott Knisley, as well as from our techs, Scott Wright (lighting) and Sarah Saunders (sound), during some crtitical changes where they can be available.

Of course, as is almost always the case, I was house manager Opening Night so I did not get to attend much to the performance -- though I did duck into the house a few times to see how some sound levels were going. But still, I can't say directly how the performance went. The audience liked it very much, however, and the cast all felt good about it, so, let's make the assumption it was a good night.

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I wasn't getting a good feel for the sound levels by popping in and staying near the entrances of the voms on Friday, so I sat in the audience Saturday evening so I could get the true experience of the sound levels when there is an audience in the house. The added bonus was that I got to watch the show and pay attention to it. And, once again I want to tell you that if you're in the area you should check this out. This is a really good production with excellent performances and production values all around. I missed Sunday -- Easter dinner with the family -- but I'm betting it was strong, too.


A LOVABLE DOG AND A LOVABLE(?) DEMOCRAT:
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I plan to attend the Pay What You Can Night performance this Wednesday of Sylvia at the Human Race Theatre Company. Ms. Jennifer Joplin is in the cast, an actor whom I adore, and have now taken several acting classes with her as the instructor. Also in the cast is Wright State Theatre alumnus Alex Sunderhaus, whom I've seen at least once on stage and have had the privilege of meeting and having a chat with. Also in the cast is WSU acting instructor Jason Podplesky whom I've seen several times on the Race stage, and Rory Sheridan.


      
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Patton Oswalt at Taft Theatre, Cincinnati
I'm excited and anticipating with great enthusiasm attending Patton Oswalt's stand-up show this coming Saturday evening at The Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. I'm "excited and anticipating with great enthusiasm," and I find Patton a "lovable Democrat," however, some of the comments, on facebook, on the Taft Theatre event page for his appearance prove that such feelings are not necessarily universal. Patton does not exactly hide his politcal leanings, nor does he subdue his utter disapproval of the current occupant of the Oval Office. For those of you who aren't aware, by and large, Ohio is politically a red state; we have our enclaves of liberalism, even in Cincinnati, but for the most part, the state is conservative, Republican. The further south you get in the state, the more that is the landscape. So, there are some who are not so keen on Patton, and are not welcoming his visit with open arms. I don't think there's going to be protests outside the theatre or anything, but, some of the comments were pretty trollish, and some where just out-and-out hateful. I'm guessing he would be amused. My personal thought is: fuck 'em.



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New York in May 2019
In thirteen days I'm going to be driving a 1200-mile roundtrip outing to New York City for a weekend. So, when the check engine light popped on I thought maybe I'd drop into the auto shop and have that checked out. It might have been nothing. There are many innocuous reasons the engine light can come on. I could possibly drive to NYC and back with no problem, having not addressed it. Or I might break down outside of Hershey, Pennsylvania because the problem was not so harmless, after all. I'd rather avoid the second scenario if possible. So I made an appointment with my regular mechanic, who always does right by me, to see what's up.

In true Murphy's-Law-like fashion, the engine light did not come on for the drive to the auto shop. Since I was also getting an oil change and what my mechanic calls a "road trip check-up," I went in anyway, and advised that they still hook the car up to the computer to look for a "check engine" problem. Plus, I clearly needed a new front brakes. Having the engine hooked up to find the check-engine code anyway was a smart thing because it was found that I needed a new vent canister.

It's also a good thing I recently got paid for an acting gig and just got my federal tax refund (smaller than usual though it may have been) because the auto work ran me close to $700, endangering of my cashflow for the trip. But these are clearly things I needed to deal with before that drive to and from New York.


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Wednesday night I attended the Pay What You Can Night of Sylvia at the Human Race Theatre Company. The show features Wright State Theatre alumnus Alex Sunderhaus in the role of the Labradoodle Sylvia, with Jason Podplesky as her loving new owner, Greg, Jen Joplin as Greg's wife, Kete, bewildered by the new "woman" in his life, and Rory Sheridan in the multiples roles of Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie.

To be honest, I'd seen this show once before and didn't really care for it much. I don't know if my tastes have changed or the overall performances were better this time, or both, but I liked it this time. Everybody was on their gme at that final dress. A special shout out to Alex, who seriously brought the energy. The rest of the cast did good, too. And kudos to director Marya Spring Cordes.

TONIGHT (flashing) Patton Oswalt at Taft Theatre, Cincinnati


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AUDITION ICON FOR THE LOVE OF THE CRAFT ICON YaY!
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Last Monday and Tuesday evening I auditioned for our DTG 18/19 season closer, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and I am pleased to announce that I am cast in the role of Narrator. Our read-through is tonight.

I specifically targeted Narrator, for a couple reasons. One, because of my trip to Lexington to see Paul McCartney, I would miss most or all of Tech Sunday, and it seems plausible that as narrator it might not be an obstacle. I also don't really think I'm very well typed for any of the other principal roles in the play.

See the next entry for the whole cast.


ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE:
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE logo.

CHARACTER
      ACTOR
Ransome Foster
      Mike Beerbower

Hallie Jackson
      Kelli Locker

Bert Barricune
      Mark Diffenderfer

Jim "The Reverend" Mosten
      Austin Vega

Liberty Valance
      Zach Katris

Marshal Johnson
      Jim Walker

Jack Dowitt
      Trenton Napier

Deputy
      Josh Richardt

Narrator
      K.L.Storer

Ensemble
      Mark Goodwin
Jamie McQuinn
Dan Raridan
Steve Varu

*updated to reflect a cast changes



AND, ALSO COMING UP:
FOR THE LOVE OF THE CRAFT ICON

I have two more gigs on the agenda, both dramatic readings. One will be in a few weeks, The Night My Brother had a Meltdown at the Golden Globes ... and Other Sorrows, by Robert Garvin.

I have also come on board for another reading this summer, that, which I am not sure how much I can disclose at the moment.


Patton Oswalt at Taft Theatre, Cincinnati

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Patton does his show on the set for Sleeping Beauty.
Saturday night Patton Oswalt was hilarious, as I knew he would be. He did his set on the mainstage at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati, and on the set for the current Children's Theatre of Cincinnati production of Sleeping Beauty. Patton loved the set. He said he wanted it for the rest of his tour. He walked up the small spiral staircase on one end, posed like a fairy princess and said he wanted to see the picture on social media -- I did not get my phone unlocked and up in time to take said photo.

With the exception of one return bit from his Netflix special, Annihilation, but with drastic variation to that bit, he did all new material. His set was probably 60-75 minutes, which is standard for a headline comedian.

Right now, he's probably my favorite working stand-up. And, of course, he has a bit of an acting career, too. Just this year he's appeared on several TV series: Veronica Mars, A.P.Bio, Happy, My Little Pony, Veep, The Goldbergs, Those Who Can't, and Schooled, as well as the movies, The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Kim Possible.

Adrienne Iapalucci opened for him Saturday night and she was funny, too.

Here are some pics from the night:

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See the black coat on the seat? That's my seat. Third row. Fortunately, when he did his crowd work, he stuck to the first row!
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I was closer than the photo to the left makes it look, only about 20 some feet from the zone Patton walked during his show.
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Adrienne Iapalucci
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The technicians: The unsung heroes of a live show, be it a theatre production, a concert, or a stand-up performance.



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PLAYWRIGHT WORK:
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I've returned to working on the play, but at a slow pace -- mostly because I am now involved as an actor and a co-sound designer for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at DTG. Still, I'm working on what I am officially calling "Draft 2," though in these modern times of being able to tweak any portion of an electronic document at any time, exact draft numbers are not as clear cut as they used to be. So I just go with the end of a massive overhaul, and call that a draft.

I've already moved a small passage from Act 2 to Act 1, to a spot where it makes as much sense being placed, if not more, and perhaps gives better cohesion to the passage. I'll be looking to make other such moves from A2 to A1, if they can make sense. The big reason is that if this play is going to stay two acts, I would rather Act 1 be longer. Right now Act 2 is longer.

Of course, as I've written before, the big thing is that I'd prefer this be a one-act play, byt right now it would be too long. I'd like to condence it but I also would like to not lose any material, any of the elements that are there now. If that means it has to stay two acts, then two acts it will stay. Another bitch is that I have realized there is a particular aspect, germain to a main tension in the play that I have not even touched on, so, even if only briefly, I have to incorporate that in as well.

So the first part of this second-draft revision is moving whatever I can from A2 to A1, then adding in that missing aspect; the second part is then going back and seeing what can be cut without sacrificing what I am happy about. Let's hope the lion's share of that will come from tightening passages up.


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First week of rehearsals are done, and I'm called for the first half of next week. The off-book date for Act 1 is in two weeks -- but really, my lines are a total of three monologues in Act 1, none of them long. In Act 2, I only have four, of equal length, with that off-book date is a week later. I should have no worries. Of course, I'll be breaking out the index cards to make my flashcards before we get to this weekend -- I'll probably record all the monologues, too, so I can listen to them.

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Meanwhile I and co-sound designer Sarah Saunders are gearing up to start that work. Because I will be either absent or very late for the Tech Sunday rehearsal, the goal is to have the sound design tech ready by Monday, May 27, the Monday before Tech Sunday, so that we can tech the sound during those several rehearsals leading up to Tech Sunday.



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LESS THAN A MONTH......JUNE 1......NUMBER 11:
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Paul McCartney Freshen Up Tour

Yep! In just twenty-seven days I see Macca in concert for the eleventh time. And, for those who don't know, this time I have a VIP ticket which gets me a lot of things, the two most important things being a good seat and attendance at Sir Paul's sound check.

The official statement says that for my $1605.90 I get:
  • One (1) premium ticket
  • Priority check-in and entrance
  • Pre-show hospitality reception
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Limited edition numbered lithograph
  • Merchandise item designed and created exclusively for package purchasers
  • Collectible laminate to remember your evening
  • Onsite check-in staff
  •            *and let's not forget......
  • INVITATION TO SIR PAUL McCARTNEY'S SOUND CHECK
  • *See the graphic below for my seat: Section 1, Row G, Seat 21.

I'm geared up for this! I have my hotel room. Going down the night before. This mostly because check-in at the hotel doesn't begin until 3:00 pm and I don't know exactly when I need to be at Rupp on Saturday for the sound check, etcetera. I may need to be there before 3:00. I won't know the VIP itinerary until about a week before the show. I might try to catch some sight earlier in the day on Saturday. Looks like there are a few nice parks and some interesting museums close by. I'd hoped there was a zoo but it doesn't look like it. whatever it is I do it's got to be something cheap because between the money dropped for the Macca show and for the New York trip just three weeks prior, I will be ont razor's edge of broke.

The big question is: will I meet Paul?. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's probably not as likely a scenario as I'm trying to make it. There is a chance we VIP ticket people will meet him, but it's not all that great of a chance, just more so than others. My understanding is that it has happened before. It seems it depends on two things: 1) his schedule; 2) his mood. It's not impossible that he'll either pop into the hospitality reception or might come up to our seats at some point before, during, or after the sound check. I hold out hope, but I'm trying to ground that in reality -- I'm trying to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for the high probability that he'll do neither. But, man do I want him to!

Here is my "Paul is Live" list:

  1. WINGS OVER AMERICA TOUR - MAY 27, 1976, CINCINNATI, OH (RIVERFRONT COLISEUM)
  2. THE PAUL McCARTNEY WORLD TOUR - FEB 12, 1990, CINCINNATI, OH (RIVERFRONT COLISEUM)
  3. THE NEW WORLD TOUR - MAY 5, 1993, CINCINNATI, OH (RIVERFRONT STADIUM)
  4. DRIVING USA TOUR - APR 29, 2002, CLEVELAND, OH (GUND ARENA)
  5. BACK IN THE US TOUR - OCT 10, 2002, COLUMBUS, OH (JEROME SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER)
  6. US TOUR - OCT 22, 2005, COLUMBUS, OH (JEROME SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER)
  7. ON THE RUN TOUR - AUG 4, 2011, CINCINNATI, OH (GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK)
  8. OUT THERE! TOUR - JUL 14, 2013, INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE)
  9. OUT THERE! TOUR - JUL 9, 2014, CHICAGO, IL (UNITED CENTER)
  10. ONE ON ONE TOUR - JUL 10, 2016, CINCINNATI, OH (US BANK ARENA)
  11. FRESHEN UP TOUR - JUN 1, 2019, LEXINGTON, KY (RUPP ARENA)
VIP ticket - Sec.1, Row G, seat 21 - for Paul McCartney at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY, June 1, 2019
Seatinc chart - pinpointing Sec.1, Row G, seat 21 -  for Paul McCartney at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY, June 1, 2019
WHERE IS MY SEAT? YOU ASK: Front section, seven rows back, pretty much in the center. Best seat I've had yet for a McCartney show. The closest was Columbus in 2005, where I was maybe 15 rows back on the floor, close to the center isle, which was about the same as Cincinnati in 1993 at Riverfront Stadium (the old Reds ball park).



BUT LET'S NOT FORGET THAT FIRST THERE IS.......:
VACATION
New York in May 2019
Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - a new play by Aaron Sorkin, starring Jeff Daniels, at The Shubert in New York City Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS - at The Signature Theatre in New York City THE MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) - New York City FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish - at Stage 42 in New York City
I leave this Friday!


Closing Today

NICE GIRL, by Melissa Ross, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Debra Kent
Produced by K.L.Storer

In suburban Massachusetts in the mid '80s, thirty-seven-year-old Josephine Rosen has a dead-end job as a secretary and still lives at home with her hypochondriac mother. She started college but never finished, and has settled into a life that doesn't offer much hope for the future. But when a new friendship at work and a chance flirtation with an old classmate give her hope for the possibility of change, she dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes and begins to take tentative steps towards a new life. This is a play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.

The Cast of Nice Girl

CHARACTER
      ACTOR
Josephine (Jo)
      Carly Laurette Risenhoover-Peterson

Francine
      Cassandra Engber

Sherry
      Heather Atkinson

Donny
      Scott Knisley

The Promocast for Nice Girl


THEATRE OF SOUND - SOUND SCULPTURE CONCERTS AT DTG:
Sound Sculpture Concerts, Theatre of Sound, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Michael and Sandy Bashaw will once again do a weekend of Theatre of Sound, sound sculpture concerts at the theatre after our season has closed. They will be joined this year by Sharon Leahy and Rick Good.

The three shows will be over the weekend of June 28. Friday and Saturday will be 8:00 p.m. shows; Sunday will be 3:00 p.m.

I highly recommend this. I've attended the two previous Theatre of Sound shows they've done in our space and both were most excellent.

Tickets are $25.
*As of this posting the tickets are not yet on sale, but should be shortly.



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I'm wrapped for the week from rehearsals. I won't be called again until next Tuesday at the earliest, mostly because I won't be back in town from my broadway district weekend in New York until late Monday night. It's been a pretty light week for me, called for no more than an hour each of the two nights I was there. they were blocking rehearsals, with everything subject to change, of course.

My usual line work process of creating and using flashcards (my lines on 3x5 index cards) has begun. As I wrote above, the off-book date for Act 1 is coming up. It's next Tuesday, then the following Tuesday is that for Act 2, but, again, as I wrote above, if I can't be off-book with the minimal amount of words I have to memorize by these deadlines, then I need to give up stage work. I have an eight-hour drive Friday, and open times over the weekend, and an eight-hour drive on Monday. It's not at all impossible I'll be off-book for the whole show this coming Tuesday.

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On the sound design front, co-designer Sarah Saunders and I have a dinner meeting tonight to get our gameplan together. With the license for the show, comes a full collection of scored music for the show, with a lot of underscore. Both I and Director J. Gary Thompson are not of the mind that we will use all of the underscoring, but we laid down some not insignificant money for the music so we will not be even coming close to ignoring it. There are also several places where sound effects are necessary and indicated by the script. We may find some other spots we want place some SFX, too.

Both Sarah and I have got maneuvering to do, as we are both just a little bit busy. She's SM for the Undercroft Players production of Enchanted April which held auditions last night and will again tonight -- she's heading there after our meeting. So she'll be busy with rehearsals for that while we are working on this design. I will, of course, be busy as an actor in the Liberty Valance rehearsals as well, as at various points, dealing with the prep for two forthcoming dramatic readings, not to mention a couple mini-vacations, such as this weekend.



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VACATION: NEW YORK IN MAY
Day 1

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Amarone Ristorante on 9th Ave. in Manhatten
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Out my hotel window - pt.2
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The view from my seat at Amarone

Yesterday was pretty much about the drive from my humble abode to my hotel room on 49th St. in the New York Theatre District.

Both Google and Siri estimated that it would be a nine-hour drive. It wasn't. It was a ten-and-a-half-hour drive due to several highway slowdowns, plus my occasional breaks.

I left a little after 8 a.m. and arrived a little after 7:30 p.m.

An almost eleven-hour drive is a little tiring, but when I got in, I just could not allow myself to not do something. So, upon the recommendation of the front desk, I walked down the street to Amerone Ristorante where I sat on the patio and was served a fine dish of Chicken Parimagiani.

I was thinking perhaps I would start the day off by visiting the Central Park Zoo, but it doesn't open until 10:00 and the opening curtain for Mockingbird is at 2:00. It's a $20 ticket to get into the zoo, I'm not going to drop twenty bucks for what would have to be a short visit -- I wouldn't want to do a short visit even if there was no admission fee. I will probably go to Central Park, just not to the zoo. I've tried to arrange a lunch with one a of several of my NYC theatre connections, but nothing has come about.

Well, I certainly still have some good stuff on my set itinerary for the day.....:

this afternoon
Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - a new play by Aaron Sorkin, starring Jeff Daniels, at The Shubert in New York City

this evening
Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS - at The Signature Theatre in New York City



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VACATION: NEW YORK IN MAY
Day 1

I'll be more detailed later, but here's a quick rundown on yesterday

Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - a new play by Aaron Sorkin, starring Jeff Daniels, at The Shubert in New York City

In a nutshell, making the trip and spending the money to see this script performed by these actors was worth it. At curtain call the audience gave a standing ovation. Often when that happens, I don't stand. Such audience response needs to be earned, not by "good" work, but by extraordinary work. I stood. Sometimes the Standing O is appropriate.

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Success!
Unfortunately, Jeff Daniels did not come out the stage door after the show, which I thought might be a possibility. There was another show last night, just two-and-a-half hours after that closing curtain. It was probably regroup time for him. I initially planned to go back this afternoon with the hope to catch him after today's one performance. I really wanted my Blackbird script signed.

But as I thought about it my heart sank, because I realized I'm seeing Fiddler on the Roof (Yiddish) at 6:00 at Stage 42, today and Mockingbird will end about 5:30 or later. I'd never be able to make the Fiddler opening curtain! I was bummed, literally heartbroken about this. I've been anticipating getting Mr. Daniels' autograph on that script for months. So, I made a decision. I decided to sacrifice attending Curse of the Starving Class last night in order to be at the Mockingbird stage door, in the hopes he would come out and I could get that coveted autograph. The Curse one was the cheapest ticket. Getting Jeff Daniels to sign this script was important to me! It's one of my favorite roles I've ever done and I know he feels the same about that role.

I am happy to report that I was able to get the script signed by Mr. Daniels after the evening show. But it was looking like it might not happen. It slightly sprinkled rain several times as the end of the evening performance was coming. I was worried that there would be a full-blown shower right at the time that the actors would come out, which would have probably put the cabash on them doing so. Fortunately, the theatre godess was watching over me.

Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS - at The Signature Theatre in New York City

And so, I missed one of the shows I planned to see. Had it been a one-act that ran shorter than its actual two-and-a-half hours, I would have had time to get from there to the The Shubert and the Mockingbird cast coming out the stage door.


Day 2

this morning
THE MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) - New York City

this evening
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish - at Stage 42 in New York City



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VACATION: NEW YORK IN MAY
Day 2

THE MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) - New York City FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish - at Stage 42 in New York City

Again, more detailed later, but for a quick rundown on yesterday, I loved The Met and, as I suspected would happen, I realized I need way more time allotted to visit. And last night I was treated to an amazing production of Fiddler on the Roof -- (A Fidler Afn Dakh). I got a cool surprise, too, as Bruce Sabath had to step into the role of Tevye for the day. More on both these when I can sit down and get it all out. Right now I have hotel checkout to deal with.

Monday:
vacation over
now the drive home...


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I believe I have a decent handle on my character, but don't think I'm all the way finished building him. I have his walk, a bit of a limp in there; it's rather cliché but it works for the character, so perhaps it's not all that cliché. I'd put myself at 90+% off-book, though maybe I'm being conservative; maybe it's more like 95+%. It ain't 100%, I can tell you that!

Most of the cast sings two songs, (as town folk, not as in a musical), I being one of those cast members. The songs are two old traditional ballads, "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Oh Blame Not Me." For some reason that is beyond me, I've been having the most difficult time getting the lyrics to the first one correct. Something keeps tripping me up.

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Co-designer Sarah Saunders and I pretty much have the sound design together, save, of course, for the tweaks that will come durung Tech. Last weekend we curated the production music and yesterday we built some SFX and programmed the sound plot into Show Cue Systems.

There will be a dry tech next Saturday. I will be in Lexington for the Paul McCartney show (where I have early entry for the pre-show hospitality reception AND attendance at the sound check -- thank you very much). My co-designer, will, however be there, so all the tweaks that day are in her capable hands. The plan is to run sound at least once during a rehearsal this week, more if possible. This is mostly because I did not think I would be able to make some, or maybe any, of Tech Sunday the day after the McCartney show. However, since the day is starting at 3:00, I probably will be able to be there. I'll be leaving Lexington mid or late morning that day. It's a two-and-a-half-hour drive, so I should be able to make the 3:00 start. It still does not hurt to run the sund at least once this week, for both the design itself and for the cast.

Later today, our main sound tech, Brian Buttrey, and our back-up tech, Adam Randolph, will drop into the theatre to learn the sound cues, at least initially. Brian will not be able to make Tech Sunday -- he's working the latest Young at Heart Players show. He'll also miss our first weekend, so Sarah is picking up two of those three performance. Unfortunately, she cannot do the Saturday evening performance, enter Adam, who will pinch-hit that one performance. It's not at all ideal to not have one tech for everything, all rehearsals and all performances, but sometimes in non-professional theatre that must be the case.

And, hey! We got this!


      
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Meanwhile, here's the little shameless, self-promotional graphic I'm sending out as a postcard:

Join me, K.L.Storer, and my talented castmates in this wonderful western period play, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE -- June 7-23, 2019, Daytn Theatre Guild, 430 Wayn Ave., Dayton, OH 45410



DRAMATIC READINGS:
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  • The Night My Brother had a Meltdown at the Golden Globes ... and Other Sorrows, by Robert Garvin -- Last Saturday evening, May 18, I participated as a reader at the Mary L. Cook Library in Waynesville, Ohio, reading this two-act play by my friend, Bob Garvin, a tremendously nice fellow and the epitome of a walking encyclopedia of theatre. I got to play a jerk politician, which is always a fun sort of role to climb into. Matt Beisner, whom was one of my castmates a while back in The Beard of Avon at DTG. Also there, in the role of narration was Natasha Randall, who directed The Beard of Avon as well as the production of Blackbird I was in. And she was also one of the co-stars of my short, Be Or Not, as well as other movies and stage work. The evening was a lot of fun, and I'm glad Bob invited me to participate.
  • Jefferson & Adams, by Howard Ginsberg -- the Saturday evening was the table read for this script which, along with Mike and Amy Taint, I will be performing for X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater. The first performance will be Saturday, June 29, 8:00 at Caesar Creek Vineyards. Then it will move to the X*ACT stage the next weekend, Saturday, July 6, 7:30, and the next day, July 7, 3:00. I'm in the role of John Adams; Mike is Thomas Jefferson; Amy is Abigale Adams.



  • PLAYWRIGHT WORK:
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    There hasn't been a lot of new work. I did tweak it to what I have labelled "Draft 2." I've given this draft to one person to read. As I told this person: I have some concerns and am looking forward to seeing which of my concerns match with the reader's thoughts. Now I'm nibbling on "Draft 3," occasionally doing a little tweak here and there. I'll give it more attention when my schedule makes more direct attention possible.


    WHERE'S MY VITAL INFORMATION FOR NEXT SATURDAY'S MACCA SHOW?:
    Paul McCartney Freshen Up Tour
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    fb post screenshot of McCartney ticket and the Freshen Up tour banner - text -- "Impatiently waiting for the email to tell me what time and what entrance I use next Saturday for the sound check!"

    Shortly after I bought my VIP ticket for Paul's show next Saturday night, I enquired about the time and the exact location for my entry for the pre-show hospitality reception and for the sound check. I was told at that time that I'd get an email with the instructions about a week before the show.

    So, here we are, about a week before the show...

    Less, actually...

    Where the heck is my email!!!



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    THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE logo.
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    Rehearsals have been going well. I find myself going up a lot on lines that I know. I believe it's because I have been splitting my focus between my role in the play as Narrator and role for the production as sound designer. But I am personally happy with my work as the Narrator and I believe Director J. Gary Thompson is, as well.

    SOUND DESIGNING ICON
    Since we started Tech for the sound early there has already been some tweaks made to what co-designer Sarah Saunders and I put together. Today, in less than an hour from the moment I type this, in fact, Sarah will join the production team at the theatre for a dry tech. Then, I should be able to be back in Dayton and at the theatre for the cue-to-cue that kicks off Tech Sunday, tomorrow.


    TONIGHT (flashing) Paul McCartney Freshen Up Tour

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    It turns out that I had received that email Friday of last week, that which I last posted on Monday I was waiting on, that email with instructions about the time and the location for my entry for the pre-show hospitality reception and for the sound check at tonight's show at Rupp Arena, in Lexington, KY. It was buried among the myriad of junk mail. I had emailed Rupp arena a couple days back to ask who do I contact to get the necessary information. They gave me the contact company and said that I should have received the email Friday. They also forwarded a copy of said email, so I had the info even if I had inadvertently deleted and purged the one from Friday. I hadn't, I found it today. Either way, I know when and where to go, what to and what not to bring. I'm all set!

    So, tonight, do I meet Sir Paul or not? Odds are: not. But hope springs eternal.



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    Opening Today

    THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, by Jethro Compton, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

    Click here for the promocast of the show



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    THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE logo.
    Opening Night was last night. Tech Week wrapped Thursday. There were some obstacles during the tech rehearsal period, but they were all minor and all in all the last stretch to the opening of the show went well. Most of the obstacles had to do with manipulating and maneuvering set pieces and props. Some of the prop plot gets complicated, especially the part dealing with setting and clearing booze bottles and shot glasses. Most scenes have specific needs. I have three occasions to need a bottle and shot glass handy.

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    My own assessment of my work is that I have built a pretty damn good Narrator. He really hasn't changed much, or perhaps at all, from the Narrator I presented at audition, so perhaps "built" is not wholly correct. I did add the limp that I mentioned in an earlier post, so I suppose that could be considered a build onto the character. It also helps that I have an annoying little corn on the little toe of my left foot, and that the Narrator's boots are just a small bit uncomfortable. So, though I'd already planned the limp, these elements contribute.

    My off-book status has been at, or close to, 99% for most of Tech Week. I stumbled a few times. On a couple occasions it was because I was distracted by what was going on with sound; my head was not completely on stage.

    The password is: Focus

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    Sound was "completely done" going into Tech Week, with the exception that it wasn't completely done. There was going to be a special effect at one point that had not been rigged yet. Director J. Gary Thompson ask for a back-up sound effect just in case. He asked for it Tuesday during notes. I built it the next day and we used it that night. Gary liked it, so it's now in the production and the SPFX has been nixed.

    There were some tweaks made Tech Sunday but with the exception of the new sound added, I can't think of any changes since Sunday. There were some adjustments on the timing of cue executions, but no actual cue editing or sound changes made.

    All of our sound techs, Brian Buttrey, Co-Sound Designer Sarah Saunders, and tonight's pinch-hitter, Adam Randolph, are all up on the sound. Since the show opened last night, that's a good thing!

    On Stage icon
    ACTING ICON
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    We opened last night and it was a solid performance all the way around. Some of us, myself included, had some line flubs, but nothing that wasn't easily fixed and nothing that the audience would be aware of. My flubs were mostly using synonyms. In once case there was word that I went up on, but fortunately it was part of a small litany so I could move on without it being noticeable. I think I might have mis-delivered one particular line, also. I am supposed to say, "Whatever was to come"; I am reasonably sure that I said, "Whatever was to happen," but I'm not 100% sure. I was, though, quite happy with my Narrator, and can report that, in my opinion, the cast as a whole did great work.

    Sarah was on sound, and, as is the case when Sarah is on sound, it went swimmingly!

    The only bummer about last night was that I could not parttake of any of the snacks in the greenroom or the Wheat Penny pizza during the Opening Night Gala, because I was on a twelve-hour fast before getting blood drawn this morning for some routine lab work. [insert sad-face emoticon here]

    DTG Promocast Production logo
    Meanwhile the promocast was shot Monday evening, and has been up since Tuesday afternoon.

    Click here to see it.


    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre
    In REHEARSAL icon
    I've been fitted for my period costume for the Jefferson & Adams dramatic reading that runs starting the week after ...Valance closes.

    Our next rehearsal, which will be more table work is this coming Tuesday evening. I'll be able to come to that one a little more focused on Adams and this script.

    Here's the official promotional poster:
    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre


    Today my mother would have celebrated her 102nd birthday.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM
    My Mom, June Storer, at my college graduation, 1994
    June Storer
    1917-1997


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    FIRST WEEKEND DOWN:
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    Opening weekend is done. We had a strong first weekend, with, of course, some glitches -- it is live theatre, after all. Regardless, (or as my lovely, dearly-departed mother would say, "irregardless"), we had a beautiful weekend of performances. We didn't have the audience sizes we would have liked, but at least we weren't barren of spectators.

    PRODUCTION GREMLIN ICON
    That G()|)|)/\[\/]N gremlin decided to play some games with us during the Saturday performance. Our SM banged her hand while moving a set piece onto the set, and some swelling ensued. Next, a chair fell apart; it's back fell off during a scene. Fortunately, the stage crew was able to locate a suitable replacement chair and get it on stage during the next scene change, there which an actor was going to need to sit in it. Lastly, an audience member had a personal alarm go off accidentally during a most tense moment in the play, one that really works much better with as little sound happening as possible. But, it was an incident that was pretty much beyond the person's control, so it's difficult to be pissed about it -- I'm telling you, it was that DAMNED gremlin!

    Of course, I'm still on a quest for that perfect, absolutely-verbatim, off-book performance by myself. It's a good thing the magic is in the journey, because I haven't achieved my arrival just yet, and this weekend was more "almost but not-quite" steps on the trek. In two of the three performances I said the term "old coot" instead of the correct "old wreck." Saturday night I went up on a word. I'm lucky it was part of a list, so I was able to swiftly move on without it being a stumble. Sunday, I did stumble over my last monologue, just a tad. I started to say a wrong name, then, because that threw me, I again went up on a word, "conscience," and pulled the word "courage" out of my ass to substitute. All minor, but the last one bugs me the most, it's the last moment of the show, it's the period at the end; I hate that it was not a solid moment.


    SECOND REHEARSAL TONIGHT:
    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre
    In REHEARSAL icon
    Tonight will be our second rehearsal and our second night of table work. There actually will be a sparing amount of rehearsals for this. Agter tonight there are only three more before our first performance on June 29 at Caesar Creek Vineyards. I was able to sit with the script last night and do a little bit of script study.


    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Yesterday morning I got to send a private message on facebook to congratulate someone I have worked with in a theatre production for his freshly won Tony award. That's pretty awesome -- to be able to congratulate a colleague, whom I know at least to some extent, for his winning of the most prestigious award in the theatre world!

    His name is Joey Monda, and he is one of the producers of the multi-Tony-winning Hadestown. I know Joey from his work on the production team for Caroline, or Change at HRTC. I believe he was the ASM for that. Joey is not a close, personal friend of mine, but he is a theatre colleague I have worked with and we have kept in some contact via facebook. I can say that he's a nice guy and I am thrilled that I can say I know a Tony winner!



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    HAPPY 243rd BIRTHDAY TO
    OUR AMERICAN FLAG



    SECOND WEEKEND BEGINS:
    THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE logo.
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    I forgot to mention that at last Sunday's performance we had three vistors from the Hopewell Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio. They are mounting the show next season and came down to see our production and ask a few questions about how we mounted it. One being a question of how we approached sound design. We had a nice post-show talk-back sort of thing with them.

    Of course, the second weekend starts tonight. There was a brush-up last night. I was not required to attend. i was going to, but then I had an opportunity to see a show *(see below) so I elected to opt out.

    I'm hoping we have bigger audiences this weekend!


    THE "NEXT" IS "NOW":
    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre
    In REHEARSAL icon

    Meanwhile, I'm slipping into the next project with the second night of table work that we had this past Tuesday night for Jefferson & Adams. I'm working in some script study, but need to make room for more. The first performance is not really all that far off.


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    This week I saw two really excellent stage performances by women.

    1) I saw the final dress of Lizzie Wednesday night at The Human Race Theatre Company, (the Pay What You Can Night). the show is a lot of edgy fun with a really dynamic cast of bad-ass women, rocking' it out. Bad-ass band, too! Congratulations to Deanna Giulietti, Natalie Bird, Leslie Goddard-Baum, Michaella Waickman, Jamie Cordes, Jay Brunner, Kevin Anderson, Jacquelyn Duncan, and all the rest involved in the production!

    I highly recommend the show! It runs through June 30.

    P.s: I did not get to see the Lizzie understudy, Rachel Mary Green, but I have a strong suspicion she's at par with her sister cast members. Who knows, I may drop back in to see it again and catch her in the role....

    2) Last night I saw the incomparable @Jennifer Joplin in her superb one-woman show, which she authored, The Milf Also Rises at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Unfortunately the performances of it there are over. I would hope it gets picked up and she does it again -- in fact, I know that there is "a conversation" going on about a run at The Human Race Theatre Company. If it shows anywhere again and you can get to it, I recommend seeing this wonderful hour of intimate theatre. She/it was great!



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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL (McCartney)



    NOW PAST THE "HUMP WEEKEND":
    THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE logo.
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    The second weekend went just as well as the first. We even had an up-tick in the audience counts, no full houses, but edged closer to that. I had a shaky Friday; I'd even go so far as to say it flirted close to a personal disaster show for me. I just had a lot of line issues, going up several times, dropping lines, or using synonyms. Most of the errors were likely not perceived by the audience. One time, I had to start a line over, however, and that was most certainly perceived by the audience. I felt like sneaking out the back door after the show to avoid the audience, altogether. I didn't, but I contemplated it. I was unhappy.


    MORE REHEARSAL FOR THE NEXT ONE:
    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre
    In REHEARSAL icon
    Tonight we'll be at the X*ACT theatre space for an on your feet rehearsal, incorporating the little amount of blocking we have. Beforehand, however, I will be rehearsing my lines out-loud at home. I haven't had a lot of chance to speak this script and, as the language is the language of a couple centuries ago, my modern tongue needs to become better accustom to it. Plus, I want to work on the slight accent I'm giving John Adams.


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY (Nilsson) 2019
    This is belated -- three days late, but, still....

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    Closing Today

    THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, by Jethro Compton, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

    Directed by J. Gary Thompson
    Produced by Barbara Jorgensen
    Assistant Producer - Scott Wright

    Journey into the Wild West in the year 1890, in this classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life, he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home. A local girl gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? He must make the choice to turn and run or to stand up for what he believes.

    The Cast of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    CHARACTER
          ACTOR
    Ransome Foster
          Mike Beerbower

    Hallie Jackson
          Kelli Locker

    Bert Barricune
          Mark Diffenderfer

    Jim "The Reverend" Mosten
          Austin Vega

    Liberty Valance
          Zach Katris

    Marshal Johnson
          Jim Walker

    Jack Dowitt
          Trenton Napier

    Deputy
          Josh Richardt

    Narrator
          K.L.Storer

    Ensemble
          Mark Goodwin
    Jamie McQuinn
    Dan Raridan
    Steve Varu

    The Promocast for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    COMING SOON! :
    POST-MORTEM
    I'll probably post my post-mortem for the show tomorrow, but, of course, no guarantees....


    A show I'm in
    Showing June 29, July 6 & 7, 2019
    Tickets available...
    X*ACT Buy Your Tickets Now
    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre



    Showing weekends
    Aug 23-Sep 8, 2019
    Tickets on sale soon...
    DTG Buy Your Tickets Now
    THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 logo.



    COMING SOON!
    VACATION: NEW YORK IN MAY Paul McCartney Freshen Up Tour
    You know how it goes. I returned from my trip to New York with a full plate of things to do next, mostly that I was already in rehearsal for ...Liberty Valance, as both an actor and a co-sound designer, all which has continued on through the McCartney show in Lexington. So, I haven't had the time to get to these two adventures.

    Soon......He writes with a cute optimism......

    In Memorium
    There have been a few artist pass lately that I have not yet acknowledged here. I will get to them soon, as well as these other things.





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    Dayton Theatre Guild
    forthcoming
    AUDITION NOTICES
    of the 2019/2020 season

    THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 by John Bishop
    DECISION HEIGHT by Meredith Dayna Levy
    ICEBERGS by Alena Smith



    The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940
    by John Bishop
    THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 by John Bishop

    Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, July 8 & 9, 2019*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

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

    Directed by Doug Lloyd
    Produced by Debra Kent

    Production Dates: Aug 23-Sep 8, 2019

    The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher," assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at an exclusive Westchester estate. But the infamous "Slasher" reappears and strikes again and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, a blizzard cuts off any possibility of leaving. Bodies start to drop in plain sight, and the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate helps solve the mystery in the nick of time and the "Slasher" is ultimately unmasked.

    Casting Requirements:

    • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
    • A résumé and headshot are not required but are appreciated.
    • Please bring all scheduling conflicts between July 10 and Sep 8, 2019.

    CHARACTER
          NOTES
    Helsa Wenzel
          The maid, played by a male, must be able to do a German Accent

    Elsa Van GrossenKnueten
          Attractive, middle-aged patron of the arts

    Michael Kelly
          Sergeant of the NYPD

    Patrick O'Reilly
          Large in stature, somewhat sinister, must be able to use an Irish and Brooklyn accent

    Ken De La Maize
          Handsome, mid 40's, tan, very Hollywood, the director

    Nikki Crandall
          attractive, mid to late 20's, looks like a dancer

    Eddie McCuen
          attractive, late 20's to early 30's, energetic, poor struggling comedian

    Marjorie Baverstock
          35 to 60, rich, royal, elegant

    Roger Hopewell
          30's to 50's, the music director

    Bernice Roth
          40-50, Librettist, very creative, dresses like a gypsy dancer

    For more information please contact:
    Director Doug Lloyd at distinctiveglassdesigns@gmail.com





    Decision Height
    by Meredith Dayna Levy
    DECISION HEIGHT by Meredith Dayna Levy

    Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Aug 26 & 27, 2019*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

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

    Directed by David Senatore
    Produced by Kathy Mola

    Production Dates: Oct 11-27, 2019

    Decision Height tells the story of six Women's Air Force Service Pilots (called WASPS) who flew aircraft during World War II. While they didn't see combat, these ladies were responsible for transporting planes and pulling targets for live ammunition training, freeing the men for active duty after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The WASPS proved an important asset for the military, but have been largely forgotten in the history books. This play was the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

    Casting Requirements:

    • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
    • A résumé and headshot are not required but are appreciated.
    • Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Aug 26 and Oct 27, 2019.

    Character breakdowns to be announced





    Icebergs
    by Alena Smith
    ICEBERGS by Alena Smith

    Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Oct 14 & 15, 2019*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

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

    Directed by Debra Kent
    Produced by K.L.Storer

    Production Dates: Nov 29-Dec 15, 2019

    Welcome to Los Angeles, California, where the weather is always nice, and the future looks bright -- mostly. We visit the trendy Silver Lake hills of L.A. on a warm November evening, on the Day of the Dead. Calder is a promising writer/director, and his wife Abigail is an actor still waiting for her big break. An old school buddy of Calder's visits, as does his agent, and Abigail's friend Molly -- who stops over to read Tarot cards. The evening weighs in on loyalty, principles, climate trauma, carbon footprints, the fear of having children, and the fate of humankind.

    Casting Requirements:

    • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
    • A résumé and headshot are not required but are appreciated.
    • Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Oct 16 and Dec 15, 2019.

    Character breakdowns to be announced

    *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....

    FIRST, A PRODUCTION I'M APPEARING IN

    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre
    Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play, written by Howard Ginsberg, is the story of the turbulent 52-year friendship of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Adams' wife, Abigail. Based on the collection of letters between these prolific founding fathers – and one equally astute wife -- the play fuses compelling political thoughts with passionate personal beliefs. By focusing on the unique relationship between the characters and the spirit of the time, the play reveals each of the three as thoughtful, persevering, dedicated, innovative, relevant -- and human.

    An X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater production

    Directed by Amy Taint

  • Saturday, June 29, 8:00 -- Caesar Creek Vineyards
  • Saturday, July 6, 7:30, and Sunday July 7, 3:00 -- X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater.
  • CHARACTER
          ACTOR
    Thomas Jefferson
          Mike Taint
    John Adams
          K.L.Storer
    Abigail Adams
          Amy Taint

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



    A SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

    Sound Sculpture Concerts, Theatre of Sound, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

        SOUND SCULPTURE CONCERTS
        THEATRE OF SOUND at The Dayton Theatre Guild

        Sound Sculpture Concerts, Theatre of Sound, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.
        L-R: Rick Good, Sandy Bashaw, Sharon Leahy, & Michael Bashaw.

        featuring The Elements:
             Michael Bashaw
             Sandy Bashaw
             Sharon Leahy
             Rick Good

        Michael Bashaw's Theater of Sound will present a concert of original works and classic songs from American folk traditions performed by The Elements and featuring Bashaw's famous Sound Sculptures. The Elements are: Michael Bashaw, Sandy Bashaw, Rick Good and Sharon Leahy. Augmenting the Sound Sculptures with their signature vocals and an arsenal of guitars, banjos, flutes, harmonicas and stringbass, The Elements are sure to create a Theater of Sound you won't want to miss!

        IN CONCERT
        June 28 & 29 at 8:00 p.m.
        June 30 at 3:00 p.m.

        Tickets on sale soon now: https://daytontheatreguild.thundertix.com

    AT THE END OF THE SUMMER

    Opening #75: the 2019/2020 Season:

    THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940, by John Bishop, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

    Directed by Doug Lloyd
    Produced by Debra Kent

    The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher," assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at an exclusive Westchester estate. But the infamous "Slasher" reappears and strikes again and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, a blizzard cuts off any possibility of leaving. Bodies start to drop in plain sight, and the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate helps solve the mystery in the nick of time and the "Slasher" is ultimately unmasked.

    Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, July 8 & 9, 2019*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

    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 July 10 and Sep 8, 2018

    CHARACTER
               NOTES
    Helsa Wenzel
          The maid, played by a male, must be able to do a German Accent

    Elsa Van GrossenKnueten
          Attractive, middle-aged patron of the arts

    Michael Kelly
          Sergeant of the NYPD

    Patrick O'Reilly
          Large in stature, somewhat sinister, must be able to use an Irish and Brooklyn accent

    Ken De La Maize
          Handsome, mid 40's, tan, very Hollywood, the director

    Nikki Crandall
          attractive, mid to late 20's, looks like a dancer

    Eddie McCuen
          attractive, late 20's to early 30's, energetic, poor struggling comedian

    Marjorie Baverstock
          35 to 60, rich, royal, elegant

    Roger Hopewell
          30's to 50's, the music director

    Bernice Roth
          40-50, Librettist, very creative, dresses like a gypsy dancer

    For more information please contact:
    Director Doug Lloyd at distinctiveglassdesigns@gmail.com




    Dayton Theatre Guild - TThe Stroeis We Tell - #75 - 2019-20 Season

    the rest of the season....

    DECISION HEIGHT by Meredith Dayna Levy
    Decision Height
    by Meredith Dayna Levy

    Decision Height tells the story of six Women's Air Force Service Pilots (called WASPS) who flew aircraft during World War II. While they didn't see combat, these ladies were responsible for transporting planes and pulling targets for live ammunition training, freeing the men for active duty after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The WASPS proved an important asset for the military, but have been largely forgotten in the history books. This play was the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

    Directed by David Senatore
    Produced by Kathy Mola

    Show runs Oct 11-27, 2019

    Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Aug 26 & 27, 2019*


    ICEBERGS by Alena Smith
    Icebergs
    by Alena Smith

    Welcome to Los Angeles, California, where the weather is always nice, and the future looks bright -- mostly. We visit the trendy Silver Lake hills of L.A. on a warm November evening, on the Day of the Dead. Calder is a promising writer/director, and his wife Abigail is an actor still waiting for her big break. An old school buddy of Calder's visits, as does his agent, and Abigail's friend Molly -- who stops over to read Tarot cards. The evening weighs in on loyalty, principles, climate trauma, carbon footprints, the fear of having children, and the fate of humankind.

    Directed by Debra Kent
    Produced by K.L.Storer

    Show runs Nov 29-Dec 15, 2019

    Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Oct 14 & 15, 2019*


    MR. RICKEY CALLS A MEETING by Ed Schmidt
    Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting
    by Ed Schmidt

    In a NYC hotel room, in the spring of 1947, Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, meets with four prominent African-Americans to discuss breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. He wants support from their community to help with the controversy he knows will ensue. Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Paul Robeson, and Bill Robinson, aka Mr. Bojangles, attend the meeting, but it isn't an easy fix. Concern about loss of jobs, as well as suspicion about Branch Rickey's motives come into play. The 2012 revival was nominated for three Jeff Awards for Play Production, Direction, and Ensemble.

    Directed by Rick Flynn
    Produced by Deirdre Root

    Show runs Jan 24-Feb 9, 2020

    Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Dec 2 & 3, 2019*


    MORNING'S AT SEVEN by Paul Osborn
    Morning's at Seven
    by Paul Osborn

    This 1939 comedy tells the story of four aging sisters who live in a small mid-western town, and their long-standing sibling rivalries. Three of them -- Ida, Cora and Arry -- have lived next door to each other for fifty years, and Esther, the eldest, lives only a few blocks away. We quickly learn that living so close to one another has taken its toll. Some start to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it's too late. In 1980, Morning's At Seven was nominated for the Tony award for Best Revival of a Play.

    Directed by Kathy Mola
    Produced by Christina Tomazinis

    Show runs Mar 20-Apr 5, 2020

    Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Jan 27 & 28, 2020*


    THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON by Book/music/lyrics: Pigpen Theatre Co.
    The Old Man and the Old Moon
    Book/music/lyrics: Pigpen Theatre Co.

    The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post to find her and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea reminds them—and us—of the unwavering power of love. This is basic storytelling at its best and a lesson about the inevitability of change, reminding us of the magic of folktales that take place in a timeless land far, far away.

    Directed by Jeff Sams
    Produced by Brian Buttrey & Debra Strauss

    Show runs May 29-June 14, 2020

    Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Mar 23 & 24, 2020*


    *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
  • 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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