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July 4, 2018 - Independence Day

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Our Path to Greatness Must Be Restored

"'We hold these truths to be self-evident,' they said, 'that all men are created equal.' Strange as it may seem, that was the first time in history that anyone had bothered to write that down. Decisions are made by those who show up. Class dismissed."
-- President Josiah Bartlet, (as written by Aaron Sorkin), The West Wing, Season 1: episode 22 "What Kind of Day Has It Been?"

Let me repeat that one line: "Decisions are made by those who show up."

This is virtually the same post I did last Fourth of July. It seems like it bears repeating. The situation is more dire for The United States this year than it was last year. Some people don't believe it, maybe some of them are in denial. But people in power in our government, especially the executive branch, have created concentrations camps where they are purposefully abusing children and their parents; they are ripping families apart as a deliberate act of cruelty. They are knowingly, deliberately violating basic human rights and attempting to dehumanize an entire group of people. A larger swath of "Americans" are going after "the other," too. They are systematically progressing a devaluation of gays, lesbians, transgenders, women, African-Americans (though, that's not exactly a new sport in America, is it?), Muslims, other foreigners (especially non-white, non-European immigrants), the disabled and, for God's sake, Jews -- this mostly being various of the federal, state and local governments. The people who poo-poo the clear parallels to what the Third Reich did in the 1930' and 1940's are not paying attention, or have been taught the erroneous story that it wasn't really that bad, or, of course, that the Holocaust is a hoax. Or maybe they refuse to believe that such could ever happen here, not in modern times. These comparisons are a stretch to them. Sure, we've had our "checkered past," but we've grown past those things -- you know, the genocide of Manifest Destiny, the slave culture, the internments camps, Jim Crow laws, such things as these. I'm not sure I know how such a stance accounts for brazen neo-Nazi rallies happening in present-day America or politicians and clergy unabashedly calling for the execution of homosexuals. I don't know how we can have grown past it when we are seeing acts by the executive branch that correspond virtually perfectly to those of the Chancellor of Germany and his government just prior to World War Two.

There are too many in government, with the help of particular of the uber-rich, who are threatening the very fabric of American democracy, and not inadvertently. The arduous path toward the ideal America that the document we celebrate today set us upon those 243 years ago is seriously threatened. An American oligarchy is almost firmly set in place and the democracy that was founded and then grew into something miraculous that has always promised to get more miraculous has been compromised, has been wounded.

I think far, far more of us Americans don't want this than do want it. Yet, I, personally, feel mostly powerless. I am not sure what effective action I can take to make a difference, to help us get back on that path, trudging toward the ideal America, one we have never arrived at, if we're honest with ourselves, but the one we have struggled toward and have, in many ways, made great strides toward. As for what I can do now as my part to help us get back on that track, I can't even hardly throw money at anything, but I need to have some sort of engagement, even if it's simply to make sure I go to the polls and encourage everyone I can to do the same. Though I am worried about how compromised the election will be due to some in power here (again, federal, state, and local) and by foreign entities. And isn't it interesting that those in the government who are actually trying to secure and protect our election process are getting stonewalled by others in our own government?

I guess the answer is that with all the meddling and the chicanery that will be happening, the best hope for America is overwhelming voter participation. Let's face it, a degraded SCOTUS has just co-signed undemocratic gerrymandering, and voter suppression is a big game in many places. Is there any reason whatsoever to believe that the foreign (i.e.: Russian, mostly) interference and influencing, as well as hacking, is going to be any less than it was in 2016? I'm afraid it's going to be worse. Overwhelming voter numbers are our best chance.

It also might not be bad idea if all that need for the purity of a candidate, "or I ain't votin'!" foolishness be set aside. It's prevalence in the last presidential election, by far, wasn't the only reason we have the current occupent of the Oval Office that we have, but anyone who thinks it wasn't a contributor isn't thinking well on the subject.

I could go on and on, but, I'll stop here with this reiteration:

"Decisions are made by those who show up."

Painting of the Continental Congress at the signing of the Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably i nterrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
     Button Gwinnett
     Lyman Hall
     George Walton
      Column 2
North Carolina:
     William Hooper
     Joseph Hewes
     John Penn
South Carolina:
     Edward Rutledge
     Thomas Heyward, Jr.
     Thomas Lynch, Jr.
     Arthur Middleton
      Column 3
Massachusetts:
     John Hancock
Maryland:
     Samuel Chase
     William Paca
     Thomas Stone
     Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
     George Wythe
     Richard Henry Lee
     Thomas Jefferson
     Benjamin Harrison
     Thomas Nelson, Jr.
     Francis Lightfoot Lee
     Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
     Robert Morris
     Benjamin Rush
     Benjamin Franklin
     John Morton
     George Clymer
     James Smith
     George Taylor
     James Wilson
     George Ross
Delaware:
     Caesar Rodney
     George Read
     Thomas McKean
      Column 5
New York:
     William Floyd
     Philip Livingston
     Francis Lewis
     Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
     Richard Stockton
     John Witherspoon
     Francis Hopkinson
     John Hart
     Abraham Clark
      Column 6
New Hampshire:
     Josiah Bartlett
     William Whipple
Massachusetts:
     Samuel Adams
     John Adams
     Robert Treat Paine
     Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
     Stephen Hopkins
     William Ellery
Connecticut:
     Roger Sherman
     Samuel Huntington
     William Williams
     Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
     Matthew Thornton







THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE logo.
POST-MORTEM
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The Narrator and his beard

I wouldn't say this will be the deepest, most thorough post-mortem of a show that you'll ever read, but I have to write something about this fine, fine experience. When I read the script it seemed to me that I was best typed as the narrator. I was far too old to be either Ransom Foster or Liberty Valance, and a little bit too old to bring off Bert Barricune. I think I also could have played the Marshall, but for whatever reason, my focus was on The Narrator. The ungodly, pretty-much-out-of-control beard I had going was prime for the role, too. When Director J. Gary Thompson called me to offer me the role, he even said, "There's one condition: you have to keep the beard." I don't think the beard was the reason I got the role, I'm confident I gave a great read in audition, but I don't think it hurt my chances, and it was perfect for The Narrator.

As for The Marshall, which I did not read for, I could have pulled him off successfully, I have no doubt about that, but I think we were extraordinarily fortunate to have had Jim Walker step into the role. His work was nothing short of dead-on fantastic. Yeah, I believe I could have made a decent Marshall, but I am so very glad Jim got to give us his version.

There were so many stellar performances in the production: Mike Beerbower as Ransome Foster, Kelli Locker as Hallie Jackson, Mark Diffenderfer as Bert Barricune, Austin Vega as Jim Mosten, and Zach Katris as Liberty Valance, these especially were outstanding performances.

The rest of the cast turned in good work, too: Trenton Napier (Jack Dowitt), Josh Richardt (Deputy), and the ensemble members (Mark Goodwin, John Juergens, Jamie McQuinn, Dan Raridan, and Steve Varu). What could be called the weakest performance was only comparatively so and was not "bad" work, at all.

All the way around this was a production it's very much worth having been a [art] of. Another great set from Chris "Red" Newman, costumed well by Barb Jorgensen and carol Finley, crack production crew, in general, which, along with Chris, Barb, and Carol, also consisted of Mellissa Kerr Ertsgaard (assistant director), Mellanie Shannon (production stage manager), Scott Wright (lighting designer), Sarah Saunders (my co-sound designer), Brian Erstgaard (who subbed for Scott Wright as light tech during a performance),Brian Buttrey (sound tech), with Adam Randolph and Sarah saunders filling in on sound the first weekend, Logan Dabney (stage crew & gun wrangler), Scott Madden (weapons specialist), Gary Minyard (fight choreographer), and Adam Randolph (again) and Alaina Martin, both who filled in the last weekend as crew for the show when our AD, Melissa, had an important conflict and couldn't be there.

And, of course, Director J. Gary Thompson guided us toward his wonderful vision for the show.

As for my overall assessment of my work on the show? I certainly am happy with the soundwork Sarah and I contributed to the show. I am chagrined that my favorite sound effect from the show -- a bullet hitting the saloon piano -- was Gary's idea and not mine!

I am also, overall, happy with my Narrator. I'm not quite as happy about the times I flubbed lines or out-and-out went up. My personal disaster show, which I blogged about in the June 18 post, does not thrill me the least bit, either. Still, I am most happy with the Narrator that I constructed, and that Gary let me construct on my own. One of the other actors in the show told me he thinks it is hard to create a strong personality for a character that virtually never interacts with the other characters in the show, and he thinks I infused great personality into the Narrator. I greatly appreciate that compliment, though I am not so sure it's a greater task to create a personality under those circumstance, but I am thankful he thought I created such a personality for the Narrator. However, the insecure egomaniac in me does note that during the many standing O's we got for the show, the audience did not stand until later in the curtain calls, after I had already taken my bow -- meh.

Now, some pics:

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Mike Beerbower strapping on his gun belt
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Kelli Locker at her dressing room station
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Mark Diffenderfer looking at his lines
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I wait for my cue for my next entrance
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PSM Mellanie Shannon in the greenroom
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Jim Walker in the greenroom
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Trent Napier in the greenroom
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Jaime McQuinn waits back stage
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Logan Dabney & Mellanie, back stage
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Lighting Designer/Tech Scott Wright, and Director J. Gary Thompson in the tech booth
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The gun prop table
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The cast (and crew) was addicted to Cheez-Its! -- That would be Austin Vega photo-bombing
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Ensemble members (Josh Richardt, Mark Goodwin, Steve Voris, & Trent Napier), with Hallie Jackson (Kelli Locker) in black, and the narrator (me) in the background
photo by Craig Roberts
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The Narrator
photo by Craig Roberts
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Ransom Foster (Mike Beerbower) & Hallie
photo by Craig Roberts
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Jim Mosen (Austin Vega) & Ranse
photo by Craig Roberts
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Bert Barricune & Ranse
photo by Craig Roberts
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The Marshall (Jim Walker) & Hallie
photo by Craig Roberts
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Liberty Valance (Zach Katris) & Hallie, with two of Liberty's gang (Steve Voris & Dan Raridan) in the background
photo by Craig Roberts
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Hallie & Ranse
photo by Craig Roberts
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Jim sweeps up the saloon
photo by Craig Roberts
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Liberty Valance is NOT a good man!
photo by Craig Roberts
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Ranse & the Marshall
photo by Craig Roberts
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Ranse & Bert
photo by Craig Roberts
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Ranse & Liberty
photo by Craig Roberts
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Bert & Hallie
photo by Craig Roberts
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The narrator
photo by Craig Roberts
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Ensemble during the Epilogue
photo by Craig Roberts
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The whole cast of The Dayton Theatre Guild production of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
photo by Craig Roberts
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One last look at my Narrator and his beard
photo by Craig Roberts
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The evening of Closing Day, the beard comes off!
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Now, I move on from The Narrator to John Adams *(see the next entry)



JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre
The performance last Saturday at Caesar Creek Vineyards went quite well. It was an outside performance and it was hot and humid, so we did bake just a little bit in our full period costuming -- okay, more than a little bit.

I think all of us tripped over a few lines during the reading, and a few lines were dropped. I actually said a wrong word at one point -- I don't even remember what word it was or what I said instead. Toward the end of Act II my mouth was so dry that I mangled a couple words, not getting all the consonants out of my mouth.

Those little snafus aside, it was a good night and the audience of about two dozen liked it, so....

Tomorrow night we do a cue-to-cue for the performances this Saturday and Sunday at X*ACT.



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In Memorium
Once again I've missed a lot of passings I'd like to recognize. Here they are now.

Rest in Peace Seymour Cassel, Jan 22, 1935 – Apr 7, 2019

Rest in Peace Georgia Engel, July 28, 1948 – Apr 12, 2019

Rest in Peace Ken Kercheval, July 15, 1935 – Apr 21, 2019

Rest in Peace John Singleton, Jan 6, 1968 – Apr 28, 2019

Rest in Peace Peggy Lipton, Aug 30, 1946 – May 11, 2019

Rest in Peace Doris Day, Apr 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019

Rest in Peace Tim Conway, Dec 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019

Rest in Peace Leon Redbone, Aug 26, 1949 – May 30, 2019

Rest in Peace Dr. John, Nov 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019

Rest in Peace Max Wright, Aug 2, 1943 – June 26, 2019

Rest in Peace Arte Johnson, Jan 20, 1929 – July 3, 2019



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Closing Today

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

    I'll have a post-mortem, of some sort, posted soon.


    XXX

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    MR. ADAMS, MR.ADAMS.......OH, WRONG SHOW:
    JEFFERSON & ADAMS, by Howard Ginsberg -- at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theatre
    POST-MORTEM

    Our three dramatic readings of Jefferson & Adams: a Stage Play went well, I'd say. I was happy with my work and I think the ensemble did a good job.

    The first show was an outdoor performance at Caesar Creek Vineyards the last weekend of June. Probably about a dozen people, maybe a few more, were in attendance, on the patio at the vineyard. It was a hot day, somewhere around 95° -- though with us actors in full period costuming, it felt like 100+° -- and it was a tad muggy, as well. I, in fact, despite having a glass of water usually handy, still had several spots where my mouth was so dry that I swallowed some consonants as I spoke; these were all moments when I was up from my desk and was down center, and thus, away from the inviting, wet drink of water that I needed at the moment. My two castmates, Mike and Amy Taint, had similar dilemmas, but we all soldiered through. The audience liked the show, so, there ya go!

    The next weekend we had two nice performances at the X*ACT theatre to reasonably full houses. It was a nice venture and I'm glad i was approached and that I decided to sign on.

    Of course, there's always a wrinkle in the fabric. This time it was my being hit with an attack of summer allergies during the week leading up to the final two shows. Adams yells a bit in the show. But, you know, you push through. It wasn't too terrible, but I had a few unpleasant moments. I made it though and some audience members said they could not tell, so, I may be exaggerating the problem, in my head.


    SO HERE'S HOW I KEPT MY LIFE A LITTLE HECTIC POST-JEFFERSON & ADAMS:
    NEXT icon SOUND DESIGNING ICON FutureFest 2019 at The Dayton PlayHouse.

    Festival July 19-21, 2019
    Tickets:
    DPH Tickets
    Somewhere during the time I had started rehearsals for Jefferson & Adams, I started seeing posts that FutureFest 2019 was in need of a sound designer for the forthcoming festival. As time went on, the call kept being repeated. Eventually I contacted the powers that be and asked if they still were in need. They were. I said I'd do it, but that I wouldn't really be able to give it attention until after Jefferson & Adams closed. I also insisted that I not be the sound tech; the only time I don't want to sit in the audience at FutureFest is when I am on stage for a FutreFest production.

    Unfortunately, I was not paying close enough attention to the calendar when I made that caveat about when i could start. Jefferson & Adams closed Sunday, July 7. I'd failed to recognize how close on this heel FF2019 is. It opens Friday, July 19. That means that the first tech rehearsal would be Friday, July 12, with five more following over the course of the next two days. I had only given myself four days to meet with six directors and find out their needs, then harvest and curate music and sound effects (and likely have to build some sound), then program the sound cues for six productions -- and during a period of time when I had no vacation leave to spare, so I could not take off work to attend to this stuff.

    The good news is that three of the six directors already knew what music they wanted, for pre-show, intermission, and production music, with some of them not needing various of the three categories due to the nature of their shows. The next good news is that most of sound effects for all of the shows were either ones that I had already in my library or was able to easily acquire. The little Foley sound I had to create was not difficult. The three shows I had to curate music for were also not a challenge. One was especially easy since I went with Mozart for all of pre-show, intermission, and all production music.

    Still, despite that things could have been far more tasking than they fortunately have been, I have been dedicating all my time away from the rent-payer (and sleep) to FutureFest 2019 sound design since Monday the 8th.

    We've moved into the dress rehearsals, (two a night), and will finish that up late tomorrow evening. Of course, there are tweaks to the sound going on. In a couple cases there are some sound added that either I or the director missed and realized such during the techs over the weekend.

    Friday the festival opens. So, however ready the sound is, it's go time, regardless......


    VIDEO PRODUCTION STUFF ICON
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    I'll be shooting a DV movie Thursday evening. I'll share more about this later.


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

    The Cast of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

    CHARACTER
               ACTOR
    Elsa Van GrossenKnueten
          Lynn Vanderpool

    Michael Kelly
          Brad Bishop

    Patrick O'Reilly
          Dave Nickel

    Ken De La Maize
          Jeff Sams

    Helsa Wenzel
          K.A. Mercuri

    Nikki Crandall
          Lolli Mitchell

    Eddie McCuen
          George Merusi

    Marjorie Baverstock
          Jennifer Lockwood

    Roger Hopewell
          Chuck Larkowski

    Bernice Roth
          Melissa Ertsgaard




    COMING SOON!
    BEEN DOING STUFF
    VACATION: NEW YORK IN MAY Paul McCartney Freshen Up Tour
    Now it's been more than two months since I returned from my little Broadway weekend, and that full plate of things waiting for me when i got back has not relented. As I've moved one thing off the plate, something else needing immediate attention has taken its place. The latest being the sound designer gig I just took for FutureFest 2019. So, as is so often the case, I am running behind in recounting excursions. Atticus & Scout Finch, the good folks of Anatevka, The Met, and Sir Paul McCartney (plus other stuff from both trips) are on their way...

               ...at some point........

    The big thing is processing and sweetening the photos, especially from my several hours at The Met.





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

    DECISION HEIGHT by Meredith Dayna Levy
    ICEBERGS by Alena Smith
    MR. RICKEY CALLS A MEETING by Ed Schmidt



    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 28 and Oct 27, 2019.

    NOTE: If you would like to audition but are unavailable Aug 26 or 27, please contact the director at d-senatore@hotmail.com to schedule an alternate time.

    Character breakdowns:
    Character ages range from early 20's to late 40's, and can be of any ethnicity. The goal is to represent the array of women from varying social/economic backgrounds and cultural experiences who were able to bond over their love of flying.
    CHARACTER
          NOTES
    Virginia
          Good natured, empathetic observer who takes strength from her faith

    Edith
          Blunt, quick-witted, hot shot pilot whose hard shell protects a soft center

    Norma Jean
          Strong, confident, leader with a natural grace and Southern charm

    Rosalie
          Soft spoken, self-doubting youngster with big dreams of adventure

    Alice
          The repressed housewife who is able to liberate herself through flying

    Carol
          The energetic optimist who's larger-than-life personality makes up for her short stature

    Mildred
          Brassy girl who likes to generate drama, especially if it means self-gain. She's a woman of few loyalties

    Mrs. Deaton
          The government-employed den mother of the WASPs

    Ziggie
          The female pilot instructor hired to train the recruits. Their safety is her top concern. Hard edged. Tough. A rare woman

    For more information please contact:
    David Senatore at d-senatore@hotmail.com





    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.

    NOTE: If you would like to audition but are unavailable Oct 14 or 15, please contact the director at dannkent@aol.com to schedule an alternate time.

    Character breakdowns:
    CHARACTER
          NOTES
    Calder
          35-40-ish*, a filmmaker

    Abigail
          35–40-ish*, Calder's wife, an actor

    Reed
          35-40-ish*, Calder's friend and a paleontologist, African-American

    Molly
          30-45-ish*, Abigail's friend and a fortune-teller

    Nicky
          30-35-ish*, Calder's agent

    *DIRECTOR'S NOTE: I am more interested in whether you can play this age than if you actually are this age.

    For more information please contact:
    Producer K.L.Storer at kl.storer@daytontheatreguild.org
    Director Debra Kent at dannkent@aol.com





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

    Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Dec 2 & 3, 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 Rick Flynn
    Produced by Deirdre Root

    Production Dates: Jan 24-Feb 9, 2020

    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.

    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 Dec 4, 2019 and Feb 9, 2020.

    Six men:
    Clancy Hope
    Branch Rickey
    Jackie Robinson
    Joe Louis
    Paul Robeson
    Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
    *specific character breakdowns to be announced

    *ALL AUDITION DATES ABOVE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE



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    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 #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.

    The Cast of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

    CHARACTER
               ACTOR
    Elsa Van GrossenKnueten
          Lynn Vanderpool

    Michael Kelly
          Brad Bishop

    Patrick O'Reilly
          Dave Nickel

    Ken De La Maize
          Jeff Sams

    Helsa Wenzel
          K.A. Mercuri

    Nikki Crandall
          Lolli Mitchell

    Eddie McCuen
          George Merusi

    Marjorie Baverstock
          Jennifer Lockwood

    Roger Hopewell
          Chuck Larkowski

    Bernice Roth
          Melissa Ertsgaard

    And following The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at the Guild



    DECISION HEIGHT, by Meredith Dayna Levy, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

    Directed by David Senatore
    Produced by Kathy Mola

    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.

    Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Tue, Aug 26 & 27, 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 Aug 28 and Oct 27, 2019

    NOTE: If you would like to audition but are unavailable Aug 26 or 27, please contact the director at d-senatore@hotmail.com to schedule an alternate time.

    Character breakdowns:
    Character ages range from early 20's to late 40's, and can be of any ethnicity. The goal is to represent the array of women from varying social/economic backgrounds and cultural experiences who were able to bond over their love of flying.
    CHARACTER
               NOTES
    Virginia
          Good natured, empathetic observer who takes strength from her faith

    Edith
          Blunt, quick-witted, hot shot pilot whose hard shell protects a soft center

    Norma Jean
          Strong, confident, leader with a natural grace and Southern charm

    Rosalie
          Soft spoken, self-doubting youngster with big dreams of adventure

    Alice
          The repressed housewife who is able to liberate herself through flying

    Carol
          The energetic optimist who's larger-than-life personality makes up for her short stature

    Mildred
          Brassy girl who likes to generate drama, especially if it means self-gain. She's a woman of few loyalties

    Mrs. Deaton
          The government-employed den mother of the WASPs

    Ziggie
          The female pilot instructor hired to train the recruits. Their safety is her top concern. Hard edged. Tough. A rare woman

    For more information please contact:
    David Senatore at d-senatore@hotmail.com




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

    the rest of the season....

    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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