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    My love accepted community theatre tickets from these sweet little old ladies.
    Said they looked forward to seeing us.
    And that I would be a rose among thorns.
    2:00 pm Sunday matinee.

    I'm going but...

    ...I wonder if we have anysyrup of ipecac around the house.
    "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
    ~~Groucho Marx
    I have the hots for Khaleesi...

  • #2
    Originally posted by comfortably numb
    My love accepted community theatre tickets from these sweet little old ladies.
    Said they looked forward to seeing us.
    And that I would be a rose among thorns.
    2:00 pm Sunday matinee.

    I'm going but...

    ...I wonder if we have anysyrup of ipecac around the house.
    ...if not, you can always resort to the tried and true method of inserting your finger to the back of your throat.
    ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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    • #3
      Originally posted by comfortably numb
      My love accepted community theatre tickets from these sweet little old ladies.
      Said they looked forward to seeing us.
      And that I would be a rose among thorns.
      2:00 pm Sunday matinee.

      I'm going but...

      ...I wonder if we have anysyrup of ipecac around the house.
      Last night I wrapped up the first show I ever directed: a stage production of the infamous Orson Welles/Mercury Theatre On the Air 1938 radio drama War of the Worlds. It was something I had wanted to do ever since I started acting locally 15 years ago (right after my metal band broke up-had to get my performing fix somehow and I wasn't about to join a friggin' grunge or country band). In that 15 years I have been involved in 45-50 productions, mostly onstage but also stage managing, running lights and sound, performing in the orchestra or backing band on guitar, and have even written a show, a WWII drama, that went up to rave reviews.

      You need to open your mind a bit, dude. Live theatre is in many ways much more vibrant and involving than film-the actors are up there working without a net. It's the same difference as between listening to an album and seeing the same band in concert. There's weeks to months of work up there on that stage and a labor of love in play-outside of "scenes" like LA and New York, very few stage actors get paid, especially at the community theatre level. In directing War of the Worlds, for example, I spent seven months in research and planning to make sure I got the 1938 radio-studio vibe correct, and to make sure I had every base covered logistically so that my actors could do their work in peace without having to face uncertainties in schedule and rehearsal. Three months of that was spent on the live sound effects alone. Then the last two months were spent wrapped up in rehearsal, setbuilding, costuming and promotion.

      And it's a great way to meet new people. The best friends I have ever had are people I have met in the theatre.

      Give it a chance.
      "Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang

      "If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sea Fury
        Last night I wrapped up the first show I ever directed: a stage production of the infamous Orson Welles/Mercury Theatre On the Air 1938 radio drama War of the Worlds. It was something I had wanted to do ever since I started acting locally 15 years ago (right after my metal band broke up-had to get my performing fix somehow and I wasn't about to join a friggin' grunge or country band). In that 15 years I have been involved in 45-50 productions, mostly onstage but also stage managing, running lights and sound, performing in the orchestra or backing band on guitar, and have even written a show, a WWII drama, that went up to rave reviews.

        You need to open your mind a bit, dude. Live theatre is in many ways much more vibrant and involving than film-the actors are up there working without a net. It's the same difference as between listening to an album and seeing the same band in concert. There's weeks to months of work up there on that stage and a labor of love in play-outside of "scenes" like LA and New York, very few stage actors get paid, especially at the community theatre level. In directing War of the Worlds, for example, I spent seven months in research and planning to make sure I got the 1938 radio-studio vibe correct, and to make sure I had every base covered logistically so that my actors could do their work in peace without having to face uncertainties in schedule and rehearsal. Three months of that was spent on the live sound effects alone. Then the last two months were spent wrapped up in rehearsal, setbuilding, costuming and promotion.

        Give it a chance.


        It ain't all high school Lil' Abner retreads, is it, SF?
        "I didn't hear a single comment about airboxes, "carbashians", or how terrible the car looked. I did see dozens and dozens of little kids in awe of the speed and how cool the cars looked. We should learn from our children."
        --Danny Noonan

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        • #5
          Originally posted by skypigeon


          It ain't all high school Lil' Abner retreads, is it, SF?
          Not by a longshot. I've been trying to get a stage version of The Great Santini off the ground. I need to get the legal details straightened out first, of course-don't wanna step on any toes.
          "Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang

          "If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio

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          • #6
            I love live theatre and concerts.
            But I like to combine them with dinner and maybe an after production beverage or even retiring to a hotel room in da big city.
            Sunday afternoon just doesn't get it.
            Esp if it is not my choice.
            As it is, my love has not been feeling well and she is not up to it today.
            "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
            ~~Groucho Marx
            I have the hots for Khaleesi...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by comfortably numb
              My love accepted community theatre tickets from these sweet little old ladies.
              Said they looked forward to seeing us.
              And that I would be a rose among thorns.
              2:00 pm Sunday matinee.

              I'm going but...

              ...I wonder if we have anysyrup of ipecac around the house.
              I have performed in community theatre...

              You might be shocked at the talent that is out there waiting to be discovered. Not referring to myself, of course. But hey, I do work cheap, if anyone's casting.
              You've worked so hard on the kidney. Very special -- the kidney has a very special place in the heart. It's an incredible thing. Donald John Trump

              Brian's Wish * Jason Foundation

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              • #8
                In Chicago, they have a theater in the round on the lake front. During the summer, every week they have a different show. The shows are the best of the previous year of community plays. I have seen some very good plays in that theater, even some musicals.

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