Monday, May 28, 2012

Mondays are Dark

It's Memorial Day Weekend, and we've been spending our holiday with family, which is why your reading list is a little late today.


They're Back!
Of course, the good news last week was the announcement that Women's Theatre Project has found a new venue to present their shows.  The Drama Queen reports that director Genie Croft, who also directs for the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, made the connection to the Willow Theater at Sugar Sands Park.  Both companies will be producing shows in the space.  Florida Theater On Stage notes that it's a much better venue than the cramped warehouse space they were in.  Congratulations to the entire WTP team!

Update on Crowdfunding
Butts In Seats has his latest story about the use of crowd funding for the arts.
If you have been reading my blog regularly over the last few months, you know I have been keeping an eye on the possibility of the crowd funding elements of the recently passed JOBS Act replacing non profit status as a viable method of creating and sustaining an arts organization.
Roll the Dice
Speaking of creative fundraising, Florida Theatre On Stage reminds us that Mosaic Theatre's Monte Carlo Night is this coming Saturday.
Dressed to the nines you can eat, drink, hear good music and play casino-type games such as blackjack, roulette, poker and craps beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. You have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at 15 gaming tables and a 50/50 raffle in which “silent players” may purchase tickets even if they are unable to attend.
Line-ups Announced
The 27th Annual Hispanic Theatre Festival has announced this year's line-up; The Miami Herald goes through the plays in detail for us.  Meanwhile, Florida Theater On Stage has Boca Raton Theatre Guild's line-up for next season.

Hometown Girl
The Miami New Times catches up with Syndee Williams.  The 25 year old Miami native is in town with the national tour of The Lion King, playing Nala.
Driven and passionate, she joined anything at school that would get her on a stage performing in front of a crowd. "I was in every single extracurricular activity there was," she says. "Chorus, dance, musicals. I did stuff for Latin History Month, even though I'm really not even Hispanic. If anyone was like, 'Syndee you wanna do —,' I'd be like, 'Yes! I'll do it!'"
Home is Where You Wear Your Hat
Howlround has been asking various theater artists from around the country about their search for their "artistic home."  Ashley Forman of Washington's Arena Stage talks about her experiences.
Like your childhood home, your arts home will leave a mark on you and will in turn be influenced by your unique voice. And like any home, an artistic home can be complicated—troubled, supportive, broken, or stable. Ideally when artists are at home, particularly young artists, they feel safe enough to take huge risks, knowing that if they fall they will be caught and if they fly they will be supported.
Talkin' Bout Those Generations
Over on the Minnesota Playlist, Sulia Altenberg talks about being a young actor caught between children actors and... mature... actors. actors treat me differently from their fellow actors when we are not rehearsing or performing. I clearly cannot connect with them on the same level. This is usually because:
    a. I am not from their generation, or
    b. I am not as worldly and experienced in life as they are, or
    c. I just don’t know the same people they know.
Theatre Podcast
If you're wondering about The Plaza Theatre, which took over Florida Stage's old digs in Manalapan, Arts Radio  Network has a podcast interview with producer Alan Jabcobson on its site.

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