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  • Title: American Association of Community Theatre
    Descriptive info: .. REGISTER NOW!.. We're on Facebook Twitter!.. Another way to link with theatre folk.. Join AACT.. Learn more about AACT membership.. , or log in to your Profile page and.. renew your current membership.. Benefits for AACT Members.. ».. NEW:.. Discounts on ticketing from ExtremeTix.. Discounts on comedies from Heuer Publishing.. ».. Special offer on Thornton Wilder Agatha Christie titles.. from Samuel French, Inc.. Special Offer on selected Ken Ludwig titles.. MTI offers discounts on standard rental fees.. ASCAP Community Theatre License.. Save on Paint Supplies.. with 30%-40% discount from Sherwin-Williams.. Insurance Program.. : Property, General Liability, Directors and Officers Liability, Volunteers Accident Insurance.. etc.. More membership benefits.. AACTNewPlayFest.. Answering a critical need: developing exciting new plays that our audiences will enjoy.. More information, guidelines and application.. In the Know.. New Article:.. Six Secrets to Doing Less.. In the pursuit of innovation, leaders are often faced with three critical decisions:.. what to follow versus what to ignore, what to leave in versus what to leave out, and what to do versus what not to do.. Books, CDs.. DVDs.. recommended by AACT..  ...   Carmel, IN.. ,.. June 17-19, Carmel, IN.. Regional, State Local Listings.. State Regional events.. Theatre performance listings.. Non-AACT festivals, workshops, classes, etc.. Play Contests.. Post your events here.. Commercial Elite Members.. Focal Press.. Musson Theatrical, Inc.. Theatrical Rights Worldwide.. More on Elite Membership.. FEATURED RESOURCES.. Running a Theatre.. Management, business finance, jobs, start-up, volunteers, audience development, marketing, boards.. Making Theatre.. Producing, directing, acting, technical, plays, rights royalties.. Festivals.. AACTFest and the national festival cycle - state, regional, national international.. Advocacy.. Stating your case with business industry, community, state national leaders.. A-Z Site Index.. When you're looking for something on our site, but don't know where to find it.. Note:.. AACT members may.. contact the AACT office.. for a tour of both the public and member websites.. WEBSITE PROBLEMS.. We are experiencing technical difficulties with our website, and are working to restore all features.. We apologize for any inconvenience.. Home.. |.. About AACT.. Contact Us.. Services.. | Make a Donation |.. Press Room.. Copyright © American Association of Community Theatre.. Community theater topics: sets, lighting, production, management, volunteers, fundraising, directing, acting, audience development..

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  • Title: AACTivity Log-in
    Descriptive info: AACTivity.. T.. o use this database, you must:.. (1) be an AACT organizational member or AACTivity Playwright, (2) register for an AACTivity account,.. and (3) have cookies enabled on your browser.. AACTivity requires a different log-in than you use to access your member profile members pages.. [Forgotten your AACTivity log-in?.. Contact Webmaster.. ].. AACT Number.. AACTivity Password.. Remember login?.. Don't have account?.. Click here for more information.. Home Page.. |.. Community Page.. 20110527..

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  • Title: Benefits of AACT Membership
    Descriptive info: benefits services.. Set the stage for success.. Whatever your size–whatever your budget–AACT is here to help.. Come to the Source.. Connect to a national support system.. Share ideas, experiences, problems, successes with community theatre people nationwide.. Celebrate.. theatre.. State regional festivals culminate in a national festival (.. AACTFest.. ) in which theatres from AACT’s 10 regions perform before a panel of adjudicators.. Maximize your resources.. Receive.. discounts special offers from theatre-related companies.. , plus discount tickets from.. participating AACT theatres.. Current special benefits offers are highlighted on our.. home page.. Online, anytime.. AACT’s website includes a members-only area with how-to articles, e-mail discussion group, and.. in-depth data.. about member company budgets, box office, facilities, boards, staff and productions.. Read all about it.. Bimonthly newsletter, membership directory,.. Boards In the Spotlight.. (board-building), Money Marquee (fundraising ideas), AACTFest Handbook, and more.. Discover what works.. (and what doesn’t).. Tap into members who can share their expertise on a host of topics.. Or view a list of recent member productions, graded A to F for financial success.. Plus, great ideas in print and online.. Expand your skills.. through.. conferences workshops.. --including AACT’s national conferences for chief administrators, education directors, and artistic directors.. Reward excellence.. National local.. awards.. for distinguished achievement and service  ...   reporting; a suite of check acceptance solutions; gift and loyalty card programs tailored to suit your organization.. Learn more.. Share the Vision.. Because community theatre is important to you,.. then so is your.. membership in the American Association of Community Theatre.. AACT is the national voice of community theatre.. , providing data and information to non-members, businesses, other arts and nonprofit organizations, as well as the media and representatives of local, state and federal governments.. When you.. join AACT.. you will be a part of an organization dedicated to quality, live theatre as a contributing player in America’s communities.. Tools for Success.. Join AACT.. as an individual, an organization, or a corporation.. you’ll have access to a world of ideas and inspiration, publications, specialized expertise, educational conferences and workshops, and discounts on theatre-related products and services.. And for theatre companies, a wide range of affordable insurance plans, including property and accident, general liability, and directors and officers liability.. Best of all, AACT is people.. -- people who.. share your passion for theatre and understand its positive impact.. on the community.. MENU.. Member Benefits Services.. President's Message.. History of AACT.. History of Community Theatre in the U.. S.. Theatre Histories.. Member Companies.. Member-only Resources.. AACT Endowment.. Make a Donation..

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  • Title: ExtremeTix
    Descriptive info: ExtremeTix Ticketing Discount Program.. ExtemeTix is pleased to provide AACT members with:.. Complete Theater Ticketing Solution.. Box Office, online, outlets, call center each with multiple delivery options including print at home, will call, mail, email or mobile phone delivery.. Reporting.. ExtremeTix reporting suite is available online 24/7 and reports on key operating metrics like sales by seller, ticket type and payment method as well as redemption and demographic information.. Marketing.. Access to ExtremeTix’s  ...   electronic media.. Flexible Settlement.. ExtremeTix makes settlement easy with 24/7 access to an exhaustive reporting package and regular payments using ExtremeTix’s merchant account or your own.. AACT Members receive:.. 50% discount on Box Office Tickets - $.. 20 per ticket.. Full Ticketing Station (including scanners) at no charge.. Free Ticket Stock.. Reduced Customer Convenience Fees.. Customer Call Center for Sales Support.. For full information, contact Jill Patchin.. (616) 827-7454 or.. jpatchin@ExtremeTix.. com.. www.. Extremetix..

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  • Title: AACT/Heuer Publishing Benefit
    Descriptive info: Discounts on Comedies from Heuer Publishing.. LAUGH MORE: 10 GREAT COMEDIES.. AACT and Heuer Publishing are pairing up to put the spotlight on funny.. Heuer Publishing commemorates its 85th year bringing you the best of theatre with the launch of its “Laugh More: 10 Great Comedies” promotion, which will run between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.. This new program gives participating AACT member theatres the opportunity to hit some hilarious highs with ten great comedies.. Included in the promotion are ten of Heuer’s most popular titles:.. Adam’s Eve,.. by Matthew Carlin.. Barely Heirs,.. by David Lassig.. The Big Five-Oh,.. by Brian Mitchell.. Fashionably Late,.. by Gary Ray Stapp.. Full Frontal Nudity,.. by Jerry Rabushka.. Headsets,.. by William Missouri Downs.. Mind Over Matt,.. by Scott Haan.. A Neverland Christmas Carol,.. by Sheri Flannery Verrilli.. Parlor Games,.. by Brian Feehan.. With Friends Like These,.. by Robert Lynn.. Between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 only.. , Heuer Publishing is offering 10% off scripts and royalty fees for all of the  ...   AACT, in the “Customer Comments” section of the web order form, or by placing your order by phone at 1-800-950-7529.. To be eligible for the 10% script fee discount, theatres must purchase five or more copies of the script.. Script orders must be placed between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.. To be eligible for the 10% licensing fee discount, theatres must present three or more performances of the play.. Productions must take place between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.. Heuer can’t wait to laugh with you this season!.. Heuer Publishing was established in 1928 and today is one of the oldest publishing houses serving the educational and community theatre markets.. Heuer is a pioneer in commissioning and publishing unique works from a broad range of playwrights.. We are dedicated to promoting works that are entertaining, yet thought-provoking, family-appropriate, yet edgy, and that provide a standard formula for technical production with flexibility for directors who desire a greater challenge.. Find Heuer Publishing on Facebook or visit them at.. heuerpub..

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  • Title: AACT/Samuel French Benefit
    Descriptive info: Samuel French discounts on Wilder Christie titles.. AACT member theatres are receiving a new benefit.. due to two upcoming anniversaries, thanks to Samuel French, Inc.. Agatha Christie Thornton Wilder.. The 60th anniversary of Agatha Christies.. The Mousetrap.. and the 75th anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s.. Our Town.. will occur within the 2012-13 AACT membership year.. In celebration, Samuel French is reaching out to AACT member theatres by offering substantial discounts on all Wilder and Christie properties.. Abbie Van Nostrand, Director of Acquisitions and Marketing for Samuel French, expressed the company’s pleasure with the discount program.. “Samuel French is delighted that both the Agatha Christie and Thornton Wilder Estates saw fit to allow us to celebrate these extraordinary anniversaries of.. and.. with a special discount offering to the community theatres,” she said.. For Thornton Wilder plays, Samuel French offers:.. 10% Discount on orders on.. all.. cast copies of Thornton Wilder titles published by Samuel French.. 10% Discount on the licensing fees for.. any.. Thornton Wilder one-act play published by Samuel French, when the AACT Member theatre has a production that runs for two performances or more.. Samuel French is offering the following on Agatha Christie titles:.. 10% Discount on all orders of cast  ...   of AACT in order to be eligible for the discount.. ] Shows must be performed during the time period of the promotion.. Both programs are available for productions produced between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.. Applications for these discounts will be accepted beginning July 2, 2012.. For more information, contact Samuel French at.. outreach@samuelfrench.. Thornton Wilder one-act titles.. available for licensing fee discount promotion:.. Bernice.. Cement Hands.. Childhood.. Drunken Sister.. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden.. In Shakespeare and the Bible.. Infancy.. Long Christmas Dinner.. Love and How To Cure It.. Pullman Car Hiawatha.. Queens of France.. Ringing of Doorbells.. Rivers Under the Earth.. Someone from Assisi.. Such Things Only Happen in Books.. The Wreck on the 5:25.. Youth.. Thornton Wilder titles.. available for.. cast copy promotion:.. Alcestiad.. The Matchmaker.. The Skin Of Our Teeth.. Thornton Wilder One Act Series: Wilder’s Classic.. One Acts.. Thornton Wilder One Act Series: The Seven Deadly Sins.. Thornton Wilder One Act Series: The Ages of Man.. Agatha Christie titles.. And Then There Were None.. Appointment with Death.. Black Coffee.. Go Back for Murder.. The Hollow.. Murder on the Nile.. The Rule of Three.. Spider’s Web.. The Unexpected Guest.. Verdict.. Witness for the Prosecution..

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  • Title: Act Locally, AACT Nationally
    Descriptive info: act locally, aact nationally.. Celebrating Ken Ludwig.. AACT and Samuel French, Inc.. have joined forces for.. Act Locally, AACT Nationally: Celebrating Ken Ludwig,.. a program running through August 31, 2014.. Participating AACT member theatres can not only honor Mr.. Ludwig, but also get some great benefits.. (If your theatre is not an AACT member, now's the.. time to join.. for this and other discounts, such as for.. selected titles from Samuel French's storehouse of Thornton Wilder Agatha Christie plays.. Great Incentives on Great Shows.. As part of the celebration, Samuel French, Inc.. is offering licensing fee incentives and script discounts on all Ken Ludwig plays offered in this promotion:.. Licensing Fees:.. 10% off fees for all Ken Ludwig plays offered in this promotion.. Scripts:.. 10% on all orders of cast copies of all Ken Ludwig plays offered in this promotion.. Theatres must be members in good standing of AACT.. To be eligible for the licensing fee discount, the AACT-member theatre must present.. six or more.. performances of the Ken Ludwig play.. All script orders must be placed and shows must be performed from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014.. (More details will be posted soon.. In the "Comments" section of the Merchandise Order Form or Licensing Application, you must indicate that you are a member of AACT in order to be eligible for the discount.. Ken Ludwig Plays in the Promotion.. The Beaux' Strategem.. Be My Baby.. The Fox on the Fairway.. Leading Ladies.. Lend Me A Tenor.. Moon Over Buffalo.. Postmortem.. Shakespeare in Hollywood.. The Three Musketeers.. Treasure  ...   in the West End.. He has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has won the Laurence Olivier Award, three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards.. His most famous hits include.. , which won two Tony Awards,.. Crazy for You,.. which ran for four years on Broadway and in London,.. with Alec Baldwin, and.. with Carol Burnett.. He had three world premieres in fall 2011.. His latest book is.. How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.. Read our Exclusive Conversation with Ken Ludwig.. Ken Ludwig's connections to community theatre run deeper than the performances of his plays.. In his hometown of York, PA his mother was heavily involved in (current AACT member theatre) York Little Theatre, where she acted in several productions and Ken went to the theatre as a child.. In a recent interview, Mr.. Ludwig reminisced about his involvement in York Little Theatre as a high school student, including his (unsuccessful) audition for.. The Music Man.. "Community theatre has been very much a part of our life," he says.. "I love community theatre.. ".. Read the entire interview with Ken Ludwig.. , exclusively on AACT's Community Website.. For more information on the playwright and his work, visit.. kenludwig.. Samuel French, Inc.. Celebrating its 181st anniversary of continuous service to the theatrical community, Samuel French, Inc.. currently offers over 5,000 plays and musicals which can be found online or at its bustling performing arts bookstores in London, Hollywood and Studio City, CA.. Find Samuel French on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or visit their website at.. samuelfrench..

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  • Title: AACT: MTI Benefit
    Descriptive info: MTI gives AACT theatres a break.. AACT’s partnership with Music Theatre International, allowing for discounts on rental packages, continues for the 2013 membership year.. Under the agreement, AACT organizational members receive substantial discounts on standard rental fees on MTI musicals through August, 2013.. The discount structure:.. For the first four MTI musicals produced during the year beginning September 1, 2012, paid member theatres will receive a 20% discount on standard rental fees.. If a theatre produces five MTI musicals in a year, the fifth standard rental package is free.. According to MTI Senior Operations Officer John Prignano, most standard rentals cost between $750 and $1,200 per license.. Using that range, with a 20% discount AACT member  ...   program, a theatre must be a current, paid AACT member for 2012-13.. AACT has created a group on MTI's website all eligible participants must sign up and join the AACT group at.. MTISHOWSPACE.. to be eligible for the discount.. The AACT-member organization will work directly with their MTI agent to receive the discount.. The discount will apply to any MTI shows produced between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.. The agreement is retroactive.. If a member theatre has already paid rental fees for the period covered by the agreement, the cost difference will be refunded.. Rental discount applies to standard rental fees only.. Join the AACT group on MTISHOWSPACE.. Join AACT or renew your AACT Membership..

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  • Title: Sherwin-Williams Discount
    Descriptive info: special offer for aact affiliates.. AACT Partners with Sherwin-Williams for Discount.. How much does your theatre spend on paint and painting supplies every year? Want to cut that by 30% or more?.. AACT and Sherwin-Williams have negotiated a partnership agreement to provide AACT-affiliated theatres with a significant discount.. As a Preferred Partner of AACT, the Sherwin-Williams Company is offering a.. 30% discount on your painting needs.. Some items will be discounted up to 40%.. The discount can even be utilized by contractors purchasing for your projects, including building construction and improvements.. Here's how it works:.. Sign in to your AACT account at.. aact2.. org.. If you don't know your username and password, contact the AACT office.. Hover over "Programs/Resources" in the top menu bar and click on "Sherwin-Williams.. " On the next page, click the Sherwin-Williams flyer link.. Print the special flyer to take to your local Sherwin-Williams store.. Set up your Sherwin-Williams account, if you don't already have one, on your first visit to Sherwin-Williams (it takes only a few minutes).. It's as simple as that.. When  ...   and ProMar 200 Zero VOC paints, bushes, rollers, and tape are discounted even more.. Great savings to help your budget!.. Other Sherwin-Williams Advantages add to the sweetness of the AACT discount:.. The S-W Custodial Maintenance Record System keeps accurate records of products and systems you use, making repeat purchases easier.. S-W staff can help you decide what products to use.. Sherwin-Williams is a 145 year old paint company here to help your theatre look the best it can.. Consider the environment, including your painting environment with S-W's Zero VOC-Low odor-Eco-Friendly Paints.. AACT has special pricing on key products like ProMar 200 Zero VOC that can be tinted to S-W complete pallet.. S-W can help you find experience painters, if the need arises.. In addition to the theatre discount Sherwin-Williams contributes 2-4% of every sale to AACT.. So your Sherwin-Williams purchases not only help your budget, they help AACT provide great programs and services to promote and improve community theatre across the nation.. Sherwin-Williams and AACT working to make you look good!.. Copyright © American Association of Community Theatre..

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  • Title: Books, CDs, DVDs & More
    Descriptive info: aact bookstore..

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  • Title: AACT Tips of the Month
    Descriptive info: theatre tips of the month.. Ideas, suggestions, and how-to information on all aspects of theatre, updated monthly.. May 2013.. On the Line.. When considering candidates (volunteer or paid) for a position that requires dealing with people, do your first interview on the phone.. Listen carefully: Much of their work will undoubtedly be done on the phone, to it's important that they come across well.. Pro Bono Marketing.. Consider approaching a local advertising agency to design a season ticket brochure as a donation.. Such a project gives them the chance to be innovative and creative, as well as something they can enter in a design contest.. You get a great mailer.. Just be sure to agree in advance that any design they come up with can be produced at a reasonable cost.. Keep Cool.. Note the coolest place in your office.. Store pens, batteries, and other temperature sensitive supplies there.. Moving Experience.. The San Luis Obispo [CA] Little Theatre used the occasion of its move to a new location as a fundraising theme.. "The San Luis Obispo Little Theatre is a Very Moving Experience," said the handsome two-fold brochure.. "The new location is our interim theater until our permanent facility is completed.. Our community's financial support has always kept our curtains rising, and now with the cost of remodeling, we need your help more than ever.. " The brochure had a detachable panel that gave various donor options, and the entire piece gave the impression of an organization on the move--literally and figuratively.. Words to the Wise.. According to the publication.. The Professional Consultant.. , "Have a nice day" is said to be the single most grating and disliked message in America.. A simple "thank you" is better for your answering machine or voice mail, or even from your box office people.. Free!.. The best way to get a good response from an ad is to announce a free offer in your headline (it got your attention here, didn't it?).. This shouts to readers that they can get something without charge.. What you offer doesn't have to be expensive.. For example, you might offer a pen with your theater logo on it, a calendar, or some other inexpensive item.. Or offer a free ticket for every three purchased for a weeknight performance.. Audition Tip.. If you're an actor attempting a cold reading at an audition, expect that you may fluff a line or two, and don't apologize.. Directors know that mistakes will be made.. Instead, concentrate on the next line to be read.. Don't go back and correct yourself, either.. You spoil whatever momentum or character you've created.. Imagine how painful it must be for directors to witness an actor's obvious distress.. Don't aid in making them uncomfortable--you want to create a positive feeling about your work.. Giving Credit.. Some theatres charge a yearly membership fee.. In exchange you receive a season ticket, the right to attend the annual meeting of members and vote for incoming board members.. So far, typical benefits.. But wait: Being a member of some companies also means you are eligible to open an account at a local credit union.. Space Exploration.. Scouting for theater space in a storefront, warehouse, or other nontraditional space? Assess your space needs by listing the types of plays you plan to present.. Determine what size audience you want to reach, and allow for reasonable expansion in the future.. Define cast and crew requirements for backstage space and storage.. Be honest as you undergo this assessment.. Once you're in a space, it may be difficult to change if you find it isn't adequate for your needs.. 04-06.. March-April 2013.. Encouraging Lighting Feedback.. If, as a lighting designer, you find that the rest of the production staff say they are too busy to meet with you and go over plans for lighting, prepare a synopsis for circulation.. A synopsis is a list of cues, but in a general sense.. Since people often find it easier to edit than they do to fill in a blank sheet of paper, you can expect the list to come back with alterations and annotations which can be reconciled into a master synopsis.. Now, Where Was I?.. Before quitting for the day when working on a project, such as blocking a scene or preparing a report, write yourself a few notes on where you go next with the undertaking.. That will make it much easier when you pick up the effort again.. Group Costumes.. If you design costumes for a chorus, allow about four basic colors in various shades and hues.. The more you use colors in the same hues, the more stylized the effect.. Colors can be close to one another on the spectrum, or mostly earthy or pastel.. Either way, you can drop in a few bright spots here and there, just as long as they are distributed so that the result looks intentional.. Providing Answers.. Three words to avoid when dealing with ticket buyers over the phone or e-mail: That's our policy.. It's better to prepare explanations that sound credible to your customers; hiding behind policies turns them off.. Working with Difficult People.. When dealing with a know-it-all, don’t attempt to be a know-it-all in return.. When you disagree with know-it-alls, they will immediately freeze their ideas and won’t budge.. Then you’ve created a standoff.. It's better to ask questions about the idea, since know-it-alls.. love.. to answer questions.. As they look for answers, they might just discover that some ideas you present could be useful.. In fact, they’ll probably blend some of your ideas with theirs and think they came up with all of them.. Sounds Good.. If you're trying to create the effect of a radio or television playing on the set, use the unit's original speaker if possible.. Many old TV and radio speakers had a thin, tinny sound that is hard to create artificially.. It's usually as simple as disconnecting the leads that link the electronics inside the unit to its speaker and running your own speaker line to the built-in speaker.. Make sure that the rewired speaker works properly, and that it plays as loudly and clearly as you need.. 04-05.. January 2013.. Air Time.. When a children's production needed an anti-gravity device, designer Dex Edwards used a balloon half-filled with helium, half with air, so that it stayed roughly where it was placed in the air, instead of rising.. The effect almost always drew gasps from the audience.. (Depending on the balloon, you may need to experiment to determine exactly how much air vs.. helium.. ).. You Name It.. Avery Dennison's.. Swiftach guns and fasteners (photo, right) are used by retailers for tagging garments, but many costume shops find it useful for several projects that would normally take hours of hand tacking.. For example, keeping scarves and shawls attached to overcoats for fast chorus changes-- items that might fall off in the dark backstage.. One designer used them to attach silk scales to a foam pod to make dragon scales that fluttered when it moved for a procession in the musical.. Two Gentlemen of Verona.. The Swiftach gun and fasteners are manufactured by.. Avery Dennison, and are available online from many vendors.. The photo shows just one fastener type; there are others that may also suit your needs.. Keep It Simple.. The experienced actor thinks simply but deeply, and tends to follow a few hunches, writes Hugh Morrison in his book,.. Acting Skills.. A dramatic character will not stand up to psychoanalysis; what's needed is a deep human understanding, and the profoundest common sense.. Psychological Lighting.. For a production of.. The Women.. , lighting designer Brenda Berry used intensely bright light to reveal a character's duplicitous nature with a dazzling display of clarity.. In a profile about Berry in.. American Theatre.. , she describes how the stage lights had been dim for a very long time, and we brought all the lights to full and just flooded the space.. The first time we tried it in the preview everyone clapped.. It's one of the few times I can remember getting applause for a light cue.. Audience Focus.. A number of theatre companies offer.. special nights for each of their season's productions: pay-what-you-can on the first Tuesday of each run, for example; audio- described; sign-interpreted; Young Professionals Night (which includes a buffet and post-performance get-together); Lambda Night (offered as a social gathering for the gay and lesbian community); and a Half-Century Singles Night (for patrons who remember sock hops and big bands).. Other ideas:.. audio-described performances for some of the run, before which the blind or visually impaired audience members are invited to visit backstage for sensory seminars, where costumes and props are available for touching.. An Adopt-a- School program involves students from inner-city public schools who attend performances and workshops and then work in their own classrooms with theater professionals.. Beware the Hot Patch Overload.. Most lighting systems suffer significantly from having loads patched or plugged into the dimmer while the dimmer is on and its control channel is reading more than zero.. This is referred to as hot patching, and the resulting arcing damages the components of the patch system.. Another problem is overloading, which occurs when there is no proper documentation on what load is in each circuit.. Accidentally patching too many instruments onto one dimmer will trip the circuit breaker or other over-current protection device.. In newer setups this may cause a momentary inconvenience, but remember that as circuit breakers age they begin to fail under smaller loads and should be replaced.. Bypassing an over-current projection in any way can lead to serious damage to your equipment--or a fire.. Illusion is Everything.. When costuming a show set before the present time, remember that while you're trying to be true to a period, ultimately it's all illusion.. That's the advice of costume consultant Charlotte French.. You want to create something that looks realistic in terms of the period, she says.. However, you can only do so much.. Corsets, for example, changed over time, and we don't have access to all those.. So you're stuck with boning costumes or using merry widows that can at least give you the stiff body carriage.. The best thing you can do for actresses is to get them into a practice skirt, particularly if the costumes will have trains.. It will give them the chance to get used to the demands of the costume, and the result will be a more natural, more realistic, performance.. What's Past is Vast.. Several companies run a series in their newsletter (one is called Company Scrapbook ) that offers a look at the productions and events that made the company what it is today.. One edition focused on the company's 1990s production of.. No, No, Nanette.. , pointing out its shortcomings and successful moments.. This is a good way to remind long-time members of the company's progress--and make newer members more familiar with the company's history.. Bare Bleak.. To achieve a bleak, oppressive look for a production, professional lighting designer Brenda Berry bought yard lights and used them for footlights, then hung bare bulbs from the ceiling.. Lighting the show cost $20.. 94-03.. Sometimes New is Better.. Should you use authentic antique clothing as costumes? Probably not, says costume consultant Charlotte French.. Most old fabric doesn't hold up well unless it's been stored in boxes or drawers in tissue paper, she says.. However, old cottons and linens do quite well, even from before the turn of the century.. At one university where I worked they had a lot of wonderful old things given to.. them, like beaded silk chiffon dresses.. They were boxed and you could take them out to look at for a pattern or an idea, but you couldn't wear them.. More to the point, you really can't use real period pieces on stage unless everyone is wearing them, because they are so obviously different.. It's something intrinsic--they just don't look 'new,' which is how they should look on the character in most cases.. Past Endeavors for Future Success.. The home page of a typical theatre's website announces its current or upcoming season.. Many also have a page or more with photos of previous seasons.. This is excellent idea.. After all, you can only promise what's to come, but photos of the previous season prove that you can deliver.. Be careful in choosing photos, however, Use ones that are interesting in themselves, that don't depend on the viewer having seen the show.. And give your photographers' names major play--it's good exposure for them and may help keep.. their fees lower, if they charge for their services.. Advance Peek.. A number of theatres offer members the opportunity to sign up for a preview call-list.. Members get to see shows free in preview and the casts get to play before audiences prior to opening.. Fundraising Ideas.. A few years ago a Sacramento, CA, theatre sent out a fundraising letter that had response boxes for contributions of $500, $100, $50, $25 and Other.. At the suggestion of an anonymous-but-poor theater lover, the next year's letter asked for a $10 donation only.. The company received over $17,000.. Almost anyone can part with $10, and we know of one person who said, They only want $10; I can give them $20.. How much better your patrons will feel if they can double their gift rather than think they are at the low end of your gratitude.. 94-01.. December 2012.. Light on the Subject.. Looking for a bright flash to simulate lightning or explosions? One option is a photoflash lamp--use three or four in a group as a.. lightning flash.. They are really bright!.. Up in Lights.. Oklahoma's Gaslight Theatre developed an unusual fund raising idea a few years back.. Using its marquee, the company offered to create personalized messages or fake theater billings and photograph them.. For $19.. 95 theater patrons saw their name up in lights as the star of a play or musical of their dreams.. Patrons were encouraged to be creative in their messages.. Ask and Ye Shall Receive.. Each year a Washington State theatre company asks donors, subscribers and randomly selected single ticket buyers to help the company "formulate our future seasons and give us a report card on how we're doing," according to the company's newsletter.. "We received nearly 1100 responses.. " That is an impressive result.. While that survey showed that most theatergoers were happy with the mix of offerings, a similar survey in Paducah, Kentucky, indicated that its audiences wanted more musicals and comedies.. As a result, that theatre's 30th anniversary season featured two musicals and three comedies.. Based on survey results, it also removed its December family show from its season package, and instead offered it as a bonus production with more matinees and earlier evening performances.. Watch their Faces Light Up.. The effect of actors illuminating their faces with a hand-held candle or flashlight on an otherwise darkened stage can be dramatic.. However, have actors work in front of a mirror to determine the exact height to hold the light so that their features are visible.. This is particularly important if more than one person is illuminated in this fashion; the audience should be  ...   Light On the Subject.. When considering colors for lighting the stage, remember that no color and open white can be categorized as warm colors.. This is particularly true when used at low light levels.. The range of color from a white (un-gelled) light at level one to white light at full is often astonishing.. Ornamental History.. If you plan to give a company holiday party, decorate the tree with inexpensive glass ornaments on which are painted or stenciled the names of the shows your company has done.. If someone has true artistic ability, add artwork.. (If your company has been around for awhile, get started now.. Don't Nail It.. Using nails to attach flats to one another (or anything else) is at best a temporary solution.. Constant use will eventually weaken the wood.. Try to use nails only when it's essential and not as a replacement for screws, hinges or lash hardware.. Your flat frames will last longer and remain stronger without nails at all.. Free Isn't Always Free.. One community theatre company secured the assistance of its local Kiwanis Club in transporting 80 senior citizens to each of its final dress rehearsals, and back home again.. It should be noted that even though you don't charge admission for such an audience, many royalty houses consider it a free performance and charge royalties accordingly.. Tooling Up.. If you need to build up your supply of tools, put out the word to members and patrons to donate extra tools or unused tools.. Another tip: Many people enjoy hunting for bargains in thrift stores and flea markets.. Find out who and give them a shopping list of tools you need.. If you plan to reimburse them, make sure you also give some idea of price range.. Otherwise, if you are a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, you can provide a letter acknowledging a donation of the tools, based on the value established by the donor.. Unintended Consequences.. The building committee of a West Coast theatre group got itself into trouble recently when it set aside opening night for a special, one-time-only event for potential donors.. This inadvertently caused resentment among many of the company's longstanding opening night patrons.. To resolve the dilemma, the group quickly held a second opening night party after the first Saturday evening show.. The lesson: When looking for new support, don't alienate or abandon your current base.. 92-08.. July 2012.. A Family Affair.. Consider encouraging company members to attend auditions, whether they intend to try out or not.. Members can greet newcomers, help them fill out audition sheets, and introduce them to others.. Their very presence boosts morale and projects an image of a company that really cares about its people.. Announce in your company newsletter that non-auditioning members are invited, with no pressure on anyone to try out.. Then call a few people to act as official hosts.. Just make sure that members give equal attention to newcomers as they do to those they already know.. Season Ticket Bonus.. Some companies that sell season tickets offer subscribers a discount on additional single tickets purchased for friends (based on availability).. This is an excellent way to broaden your audience, since newcomers are more likely to attend a production when accompanied by someone who knows and likes what you're doing.. When notifying patrons of this service, you may need to include.. a statement such as "Because of assigned seating, it may not be possible to seat guests next to their friends.. Padding the Part.. If you want padding under a costume to look natural, it must have direct contact with the body and be held in that position to conform with the actor's movement.. In other words, if the actor's upper torso turns, his "paunch" should too.. Mount padding on a foundation garment which has been fitted to the actor.. The unit must be durable but light enough to be worn comfortably and worked in easily.. It must also be cleanable.. Since the actor must have time to work with and become accustomed to the padding, try to complete the unit early on in rehearsals.. This will help the costumer as well, since the padding must appear to be part of the body and the costume must be made to fit that body.. The Eyes Have It.. Make up the left eye first and then the right eye (unless you are left-handed, in which case make up the right eye first).. Why? If you make up the right eye first, your hand blocks your view when you try to make up the left one, and this makes it difficult to create a matching effect.. What's in a Word?.. About two-thirds of the way through rehearsal, a director may want to call a "word rehearsal.. " The cast sits comfortably and speaks the dialogue quietly.. There should be no attempt to project.. The object is to think about the play as a whole and to think about it in detail.. Not having to project or move around, the actors listen more carefully to the play and to each other.. Some actors close their eyes to concentrate even more on the language.. Often, directors find this type of rehearsal brings new insights and subtleties to a performance.. Happy Day.. If you have a company newsletter, publish member birthdays in each issue.. Collect the information at auditions, company meetings or during production periods.. You need not ask for more than birth month and day, and you can use a simple computer database program to compile, sort and print this information for the newsletter editor.. If you have membership software, birthday information should already be an option.. Pattern Patter.. It's difficult to refold tissue patterns and return them to their original packages.. Pattern pieces also get lost and the tissue tears easily.. So, when you find a pattern that you know will be used again, you might want to transfer it to heavy brown paper (butcher paper) along with the size and other identifying information.. Place the transferred pattern in a large manila envelope for storage and tape the original package on the outside for easy identification.. Hands Down.. When an actor gestures too much, try this.. Tell the actor to put his hands in his pockets and stand with a book on his head.. You'll find that all the energy that was going into movement now goes into line delivery.. Now have him repeat the exercise, allowing just three gestures.. Many actors will immediately feel the benefit of this exercise.. However, they will soon revert to old habits if you don't watch them.. Technique isn't acquired easily.. Good Neighbor Policy.. If your theater borders on a residential area, include a notice in your program that calls this to your patrons' attention.. Ask that audience members help respect neighbors' privacy and desire for peace and quiet when they arrive at or leave the theater or parking areas.. If patrons are not to park in certain spots--such as an adjacent church or restaurant parking lot--let them know.. Quiet Times.. Find the pauses in a script.. People don't talk constantly in real life.. Listen how conversation is littered with pauses, broken sentences, moments for reflection or for performing a task; moments of embarrassment or boredom.. Use these for more realistic portrayals.. And remember that a change of thought requires a chance of voice, inflection, tone, pitch, rhythm and/or tempo.. Dining Out.. Ask nearby restaurants to offer discounts on dinners to your subscribers.. Patrons can show their theater tickets to confirm eligibility.. In return, mention the restaurants in your program.. Take this cooperative effort one step further: If you offer special group rates (for example to groups of 15 or more) make the offer more attractive by offering to help plan an entire evening, including arrangements for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres or dinner at one of these restaurants.. Everybody wins.. 92-04.. June 2012.. Re-purposing: A Warning.. When using familiar household items for backstage use, be careful to make their new use obvious.. Mike Bromberg of the Sudbury [NH] Savoyards reported that one of the lighting crew had used a large plastic garbage can to carry cables to the auditorium where a company dinner was to be held.. "Several cables and two-fers were still in the bin when someone commandeered it (without looking inside) as a trash can for dinner garbage," Bromberg said.. "We found the cables at the bottom of much gummy foodstuff, and we had to wash the cables and hang them up to dry.. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words.. A publicity photograph in a local newspaper showed the cast of.. Arsenic and Old Lace.. While some care had been exercised in getting the leads into appropriate costume, the bad-fitting wig for one of the Brewster sisters gave a slipshod look to the photo.. Think about it: How would.. you.. judge the quality of the show when there is a half-inch gap between a wig and the actor's head? Audiences make quick judgments based on whatever evidence is before them.. You don't have much time to make an impression.. Even the smallest details can win--or lose--an potential audience member.. Stretching the Spaghetti.. Here's an idea we spotted in the Olympic Theatre Arts newsletter.. To make a batch of "spaghetti" last for 10 performances of The Odd Couple>, a large quantity of rubber bands--long ones, we presume--were sprayed white and heaped in a bowl.. No one was required to eat the spaghetti, by the way.. Be Careful with Color.. Be careful about colors in a brochure or website.. We recently saw an expensive brochure with six large photographs printed in dark green with text overprinted in dark purple.. The result was unreadable.. In some cases the text could have been reversed out--that is printed as white letters on the dark background.. But some of the photographs had light areas on which the reversed-out text would.. have been invisible.. When faced with such a problem, decide which is more important--the photograph or the text.. If it's the text, then have the printer screen the photographs to 30-40% of their original darkness.. They will still be visible, but won't compete with the text.. If the photograph is more important, then don't run text over it.. Use text beside or below, or in a box inset into the photo.. Online, you can do pretty much the same thing, including a semi-transparent screen over the photo where the text goes.. Audience Sponsor Buildin.. g.. Offer a specified "rebate" on season ticket prices for the first 25 or 50 subscribers who renew; invite your corporate underwriters or major donors backstage for a special after-show introduction to cast and crew; split the proceeds of one performance a year with a local charity.. Free Stuff.. Tell local businesses or corporations that you would like to receive older equipment as it's being replaced.. Everything from copy machines to heating and air conditioning systems are given to nonprofit organizations every year as businesses update systems.. 92-03.. May 2012.. Monologues for the Taking.. An excellent source of monologues is Edgar Lee Masters'.. Spoon River Anthology.. This book of poems, first published in 1915, is "set" in a cemetery.. After an introductory poem, the rest are supposedly "epitaphs," but actually each is the story of a dead person's life, and most often how they came to die.. Some are dramatic, some comic, some matter-of-fact.. They can be used individually, or with the introduction, as a group.. One person can do several to show his or her dramatic range, or they can be done separately if short pieces are needed, as in a class.. Since the poems are in free verse, they are easy to speak.. And because they cover the full range of human emotion, you can pick out those which best suit a particular person or performance need.. They make good audition pieces as well.. Since they are no longer protected under copyright, they may be used without permission or payment of royalties, and can be downloaded from.. bartleby.. Putting in a Good Word.. Offer to include your printing company's name on your high-profile printed pieces (mailers, brochures, programs) in exchange for a reduced price.. You save on your most impressive pieces and the printer gets a free testimonial advertisement.. Communication Lines.. The director of high school production should keep coaches and activity advisors informed of those students cast in a production or working backstage, along with a rehearsal and performance schedule.. You'll find this kind of thoughtfulness is appreciated, and allows others to plan around your rehearsals.. Going Large.. The simplest and most accurate way to transfer a drawing to a larger surface is to project the drawing with a computer projector.. First, scan the image, then save as a JPG or other editable file to a computer.. Clean up the image, if necessary, using a graphic software program like PhotoShop.. Then, using a projector cabled to a laptop or other computer, project the design onto an upright surface, enlarging it as much as needed.. (Be sure the projector is level so that there is no distortion of the projected image.. ) Use a pen or marking pen to trace the outline of the image onto a large sheet of paper, foam core, poster board or plywood--or a flat--as appropriate.. Card Expert.. Here's an idea that works for one publicity person.. She looks for offbeat postcards that fit area media personalities and sends the pre-stamped card whenever she travels for personal or business reasons.. "The response has been amazing and built stronger relationships, respect and interaction," she says.. "If the media hasn't received a card in a while, I'm asked why! They look forward to the cards!.. Seat Talk.. At the box office window, don't ask "Where would you like to sit?" If you do, along discussion is apt to ensue, holding up others in line.. If you say instead, "I can give you two excellent seats in the tenth row center.. " That way the transaction will proceed more quickly.. Behind the Scenes.. You can improve the appearance of muslin-covered flats by back-painting.. This opaques the muslin and stops light from bleeding from behind.. Since the back-paint is normally a dark color, it stops "bounce light" from backstage.. Use a medium-to-dark gray paint; the best source is to mix all the leftover paint from each production and save it.. If necessary, this can be tinted to produce a dark gray.. Making Light of Work.. When hanging or focusing lights, it's often difficult to make yourself heard to either the supervisor below or the technician above.. This is especially true if there are others in the theater who are also talking, hammering, or whatever.. Keep directions simple.. Even an inexperienced electrician can focus if he is given clear, intelligent instructions like "up," "down," left, right , "bigger" or "smaller.. " Plus, the person giving the orders reduces the likelihood of developing laryngitis from shouting complex instructions.. Getting Into Character.. Nazimova, the Russian-American actress (d.. 1945) said of preparing for a role, Once you know what she is, what she does becomes easy to interpret.. " Sir Laurence Olivier agreed: "To create a character, I first visualize a painting [the visual and physical characteristics]; the manner, movement, gestures, walk, all follow.. 92-01..

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