Community Theatre Association of Michigan CALLBOARD NOVEMBER 2014 Registration open for AACTfest Owosso Community Players excited to host Michigan AACTfest in March 2015 The best and brightest of Michigan’s community theatre organizations will be on full display in mid-Michigan as the Owosso Community Players host the 2015 AACT State Festival. The festival will be held at the newly renovated Lebowsky Center, part of the Shiawassee Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Owosso. The $6 million facility, which was almost completely lost to a tragic fire in 2007, reopened in May, 2014, after an extensive capital fundraising campaign. wonderful experience hosting the festival in the past and we’re happy to have the opportunity to open our doors to Michigan’s theatre community again,” said festival chair Cheri Ramirez, pictured below with ED Ryan Bladzik.. Lodging accommodations are arranged through the OCP’s official hotel and conference partner, the Comstock Inn and Conference Center (www.comstockinn.com) at a special rate of $100 per night for AACT Festival registrants. “We could think of no better way to celebrate the rebirth of the Lebowsky Center than by welcoming theatre lovers and groups from around the state and host the 2015 AACT State Festival,” said Ryan Bladzik, Executive Director (pictured right). The registration deadline for both individuals wanting to attend the festival and for groups wishing to compete is February 28, 2015. Final schedule of performances will not be determined until after the deadline. Complete registration information is on the OCP website listed at the end of this article. The Lebowsky Center is a 500-seat, LEED-silver certified proscenium arch theatre with state of the art technology and vibrant accommodations for cast, crew, and patrons. The Owosso Community Players last hosted the AACT State Festival in 2005, prior to the tragic fire. “It was a The 2015 AACT State Festival will begin on Friday, March 27 and conclude with the annual awards brunch on Sunday, March 28. Group and Individual registration and festival information can be found at http:// www.owossoplayers.com/shows-and-events/ aact-state-festival-2015/. Helping Community Theatre thrive in Michigan since 1951. The Prez Sez… 2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Are you getting ready for AACTfest? From the buzz I hear around the state, this will be a great year! Because all three levels of the competition will be in Michigan this year, there is an extra incentive to participate … either as a competitor or simply as an observer! President - Mary Lou Britton Grosse Pointe Theatre [email protected] Vice President - Michael Schacherbauer Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing [email protected] Secretary - Betsy Willis From personal experience, I can remember wishing we would come in second so that we didn’t have to pack up everything and head off to some distant city to perform at the next level. (It’s not the performing that’s the problem, but rather the fundraising and arrangements to get everyone to the same place at the same time!) Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City [email protected] Treasurer - Christy Frick Gratiot County Players [email protected] At-Large Members of the Board But this year is different! It’s all in Michigan! (See the dates below on the calendar.) So, even if your Board decides to not participate, you still have the opportunity to see some of the greatest theatre in the land. Joanne Berry................. [email protected] Bay City Players Kristen Chesak ....... [email protected] Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Jill Patchin ...................... [email protected] Grand Rapids Civic Theatre November is the traditional month to count your blessings! I am thankful for the many beautiful friends and memorable moments that have entered my life because of my love of theatre. Thank you to all my CTAM friends for enriching my life. Tracy Tiffany [email protected] Twin City Players, St. Joseph Suzan Witt ....................................... [email protected] Tawas Bay Players Executive Secretary ............. [email protected] Nancy Peska Mary Lou Britton Gratiot County Players Affiliated with American Association of Community Theatre Callboard Staff Editor ................................................. Mary Lou Britton Contributors .............................. Members of the Board CTAM Calendar This is the official newsletter of the Community Theatre Association of Michigan, issued monthly to all group and individual members with e-mail addresses on record. Distribution is by e-mail with a link to the newsletter on the association website. Back issues are available on the association website at www.communitiytheatre.org. Correspondence to the Callboard should be sent to the Editor at [email protected] Productions and dates should be sent to the Editor. Show photos should be carefully selected and sent to the Editor, along with identifying caption and permission from photographer for us to publish said photo.. Short informational articles are accepted and will be used on a space-available basis. Updated e-mail and postal addresses are maintained by the Executive Secretary Nancy Peska and should be sent to her at [email protected] 2 Nov. 8, 2014 Regional Directing Workshop at Tawas Bay Players (see page 6) Nov. 14-16, 2014 The Leadership Conference, hosted by Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City Nov. 16, 2014 CTAM Board meeting, Traverse City March 27-29, 2015 State AACTFest Hosted by Owosso Players April 16-19, 2015 Region III AACTFest Hosted by Midland Center Stage June 22-28, 2015 National AACTFest Hosted by Grand Rapids Civic Last call for Theatre Leadership Conference The 2015 Theatre Leadership Conference is only weeks away, so you’re running out of time to make your reservations. See the CTAM website for all the information; a copy of the registration form is on Page 8 of this newsletter. The dates are November 14-16, 2014 The place is Traverse City’s Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. 8th St., Traverse City The cost to “fully participate” is $125 for individuals whose theatres are CTAM Group Members and $150 for individuals who are from theatres that are not CTAM Group Members. The cost for “observers” is $50 for participants from CTAM Group Members and $75 for those whose theatres or businesses are not Group Members. Awards chair Terry Jolink, left, with 2014 McKenna winner Kevin Arnett. Kevin Arnett wins 2014 McKenna Award The 2014 Robert A. McKenna Award winner is Kevin Arnett, nominated by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. The award, pictured below, was presented at the Fall Conference Saturday evening banquet by Awards Chair Terry Jolink. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. The rate is $89.95 plus taxes per night for single or double occupancy. To make hotel reservations, call 231-946-5000 (The toll free number on the hotel website does not have access to group information). Even though it is late and past the hotel’s registration deadline, refer to CTAM or Community Theater Association of Michigan to see if the special rate for the conference is still available. Kevin has been involved with theatre his whole life. Starting out with Bay City Players, Kevin and his family were involved in every aspect of the theatre. From his dad building sets, designing….to his mom directing and selling tickets – I’m pretty sure Kevin and his siblings were right there with them. Before Kevin moved to Grand Rapids, he was volunteering his time with Bay City with lights and sound. No doubt you have questions. Please feel free to email Betsy Willis or call her at 231-838-0269 and she will be more than happy to fill in the blanks. With CTAM, Kevin served on the Board for many years and for a long time served as the CTAM Treasurer. He is still active with the board as a volunteer and continues to track the Accreditation information and hours. He has been a member of AACT and has served as the AACT Region III liaison and State liaison. His involvement with the State and National organizations has been long served. Kevin was involved with the Scholarship auditions for many years and was a timer for many of the state AACTFest competitions. Bay City’s Pit & Balcony opened their season with Company, to rave reviews! A terrific cast, above, made a great night of theatre for their audiences. The McKenna Award is presented annually to an individual who is involved in community theatre at the local and state levels. Nominations are due by July 1 each year. 3 Adjudication: A great learning experience for everyone Why adjudicate? Why should we have our production adjudicated? We did what we wanted to do. We’re satisfied with the results. Are you really satisfied that your production is the best that it could have been? Why not listen to someone outside your group review your production – someone who is trained in the adjudication process? Adjudication involves more than a listing of what the adjudicator liked or disliked. It includes an evaluation of what works in the production or what doesn’t work and why it does or doesn’t work. The “why” is the important element. The adjudicator evaluates the various aspects of the production and tries to help the director, cast, and crew learn from their experience. Even if you don’t agree with comments of the adjudicator, you have been given some food for thought. Chew on it. Remember it when working on your next production. CTAM has several trained and experienced adjudicators available. The CTAM treasurer has set aside enough funds to provide one free adjudication per season for up to ten groups. Take advantage of this gift from your state organization. Contact Adjudication Chair Joanne Berry to make arrangements. Once you’ve had your one freebie, the fee to help the adjudicator with travel expenses is $50. A few groups are having all or most of their productions adjudicated. Adjudication Training During the past year, several people have expressed interest in adjudication training. During the National AACTFest in June in Grand Rapids, there will be a training class. You must register for the festival and pay an additional fee for the class. This is an unique opportunity to take adjudication training with people from all over the country. Some who are interested in the training may not be able to attend the national festival. Since CTAM usually has a training class during 4 Hardbody Truck for Sale! Pit & Balcony Theatre (Bay City) has closed the curtain on their first play of the season (Hands on a Hardbody) and are looking to sell the truck used on stage. It is a 1997 Ford Ranger XLT (Nissan Hardbody). It is wired for headlights, taillights and a horn, and has a new paint job, but the engine, transmission, radiator and gas tank have been removed. Finding the truck is not an easy task, so if this play is on your upcoming list, you might want to talk to our friends at Bay City! Price: $2500. For dimensions and other questions, please contact Gary Reid directly at 989992-9475 or [email protected] our state festival, we would consider doing it if there is enough demand. We have always had excellent classes with outstanding instructors who have adjudicated at a number of festivals, including the national festival. These are adjudicators such as Shirley Harbin, Michael Fortner, Ross Roland, and Ron Ziegler. Our classes are usually small and therefore provide adequate opportunities for practice during the festival. If you take the CTAM class, you would have to register for the festival and pay an additional fee for the class. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in a CTAM-sponsored class. If we have enough people register to cover the cost of the trainer’s expenses, we will organize the class. Please contact Joanne Berry if you would be interested. Board Appointments for 2014-15 Below are the Board and Committee assignments for the current CTAM year. Many thanks to the generous members who have agreed to serve for — in most cases — another year. If you would like to get involved in CTAM by serving on a committee, please contact the individual chair responsible, any of the Board members, or President Mary Lou Britton. We could use your extreme creativity and expertise! POSITION and BOARD RESPONSIBILITY President -- Mary Lou Britton Contracts Correspondence Parliamentarian Executive Secretary COMMITTEE CHAIR AND MEMBERS Nancy Peska Nancy Peska Kristen Chesak Nancy Peska Programs and Services, Internal -- Betsy Willis Awards Terry Jolink, chair Directory Nancy Peska Historian Kim Boysen (Kalamazoo Civic) Nominating committee Vince Weiler, chair. Kristen Chesak, Jill Patchin Programs and Services, External -- Tracy Tiffany Accreditation Betsy Willis, chair. Kevin Arnett, statistician Adjudication Joanne Berry, chair. Michael Schacherbauer, Art Nemitz Playwriting Contest Vince Weiler, chair Script Library Sauki Amdursky, Librarian. Preston Misner Membership -- Suzan Witt Group Memberships Individual Memberships Suzan Witt, chair. Jill Patchin Tracy Tiffany, chair. Suzanne Kline, Jim Taylor Education and Advocacy -- Joanne Berry Advocacy Affiliations Education Joanne Berry, chair. Joanne Berry, chair. Joanne Berry, chair. Art Nemitz, Nancy Peska, Michael Schacherbauer, Vince Weiler. Marketing -- Jill Patchin Marketing Newsletter Website and Social Media Jill Patchin, chair. Mary Lou Britton, editor Dave Wahr, chair. Bill Anderson Fund Development -- Jill Patchin Fundraising, Donations and Grants CTAM Merchandise CTAM Trip Joy Butler, Christy Frick Tracy Tiffany, chair. Suzan Witt. Art Nemitz, chair. Jill Patchin Long Range Planning -- Kristen Chesak Long range planning Constitution and by-laws Kristen Chesak, chair. Mary Lou Britton, Board Kristen Chesak, chair. Joanne Berry, Betsy Willis, Karl Heidemann, Chancey Miller. Conventions and Festivals -- Michael Schacherbauer Theatre Leadership Conference 2014 Traverse City, Betsy Willis AACTfest state 2015 Owosso AACTfest Regional 2015 Midland, Emily Anderson, chair AACTfest National 2015 Grand Rapids, Mary Jo DeNolf, chair Fall Conference 2015 Mary Lou Britton, chair. Suzan Witt, Assistant Chair Spring Conference 2016 TBD Fall Conference 2016 Suzan Witt, chair Theatre Leadership Conference 2016 Traverse City, Betsy Willis AACTfest 2017 TBD Finance -- Christy Frick Scholarships 5 Christy Frick, chair. Karl Heidemann, Kevin Arnett Tips ‘n Tricks from AACT Regional Director’s Workshop November 8 in Tawas City Here are a few tips, lifted from the AACT website for your amusement and edification! To Dye For Recently costume consultant Charlotte French purchased a large quantity of buttons, cheap. Trouble was, they were not the right color for her immediate needs. Then an idea struck, and presto! Some navy blue Rit dye transformed a group of these buttons from brownish gray to bluish gray. "You often find cards of buttons on sale," she says, "and usually you have to go with the color you get. Of course, dye isn't going to change a bright red button to navy blue, but if the button is light colored--and most of them are--you should be able to tint it enough to work with a particular costume." Sweet Surprise "Finger Jell-O" makes a good (and easily made) substitute for prop candy, says theatre consultant Charlotte French. French learned this when she had to come up with a plate of exotic candy for a production of Kismet. "You can cut it to any size, and it's not messy," she explains. "It's easy to eat, not filling, and doesn't stick in the throat like some real candy. The sugar-free kind doesn't leave a sticky residue, either." A workshop for all aspiring community theater directors will be held at the Tawas Bay Players’ theater on Saturday, November 8th from 9:002:00 pm. The theater is located at 401 Newman St. in East Tawas. For $20, participants will receive lunch, a copy of Jim Carver’s Manual on Community Theater Directing and formal accreditation hours from CTAM. WitzEnd will supply water, coffee and doughnuts. This workshop is for any and all people interested in community theater: Experienced directors, potential directors, and even actors will learn something at this educational and FUN day! Topics to be covered are Preparing the Production Concept, Blocking, Auditioning Actors, Rehearsals, and Directing Actors. Pre-registration is required. Please text or leave a message with your contact info at 989.820.5257 or email [email protected] That's Oil, Folks! The product's "real" uses (at least as advertised) are to stop squeaks, protect metal from rust, and free sticky mechanisms. But in the new (and immensely entertaining) WD-40 Book, authors Tim Nyberg and Ken Massey discuss a host of other uses of this familiar backstage fixture: removing glue from fingers; removing lipstick stains; unsticking a computer keyboard and mouse; deterring wasps from building a nest under eaves; and removing gummed labels and duct tape residue. Steam and Clean Birmingham Village Players and their production of Songs for a New World. 6 Is the inside of your backstage microwave oven beginning to look like the Carlsbad Caverns? It's easy to happen when many people use the same oven and don't clean up after themselves. You can steam-clean the oven by boiling a bowl of water inside. The steam softens the grease and dried food particles so that you can wipe the oven clean. If spills are particularly gruesome, cover them with a wet paper towel and run the oven on "high" for 10 seconds. This will loosen most baked-on food. What’s playing around Michigan this fall ? Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing Center Stage, Jackson Gratiot County Players Manistee Civic Players Port Austin Community Players Rosedale Community Players Village Players of Birmingham Stagecrafters, Royal Oak Northland Players, Cheboygan Heart of the Hills Players Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City Clarkston Village Players Community Theatre of Howell Grosse Pointe Theatre Flint Community Players All-of-Us-Express Children's Theatre Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Monroe Community Players Players Guild of Dearborn Southgate Community Players St. Dunstan's Theatre, Birmingham Master Arts Theatre, Grand Rapids Muskegon Civic Theatre Farmington Players Hartland Players Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing Holland Civic Theatre Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City Bay City Players Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph Cadillac Footliters Gratiot County Players Lapeer Community Theatre Manistee Civic Players Pit and Balcony Theatre Players de Noc, Escanaba Twin City Players, St. Joseph Wyandotte Community Theatre Grosse Pointe Theatre Blithe Spirit The Addams Family Grease Agatha Christie Made Me Do It Annie Drinking Alone Songs for a New World Other Desert Cities Damn Yankees Cole On the Verge** Once on This Island* Fool for Love Shrek, the Musical A View from the Bridge Miracle on 34th Street The Frog Prince/Remarkable Puss-in-Boots* Mary Poppins Grand Ole Music Greater Tuna South Pacific 1940's Radio Hour Candy Mansion Caper* Sanders Family Christmas A Christmas Story Leading Ladies It's A Wonderful Life- Radio Play Shrek, the Musical Cinderella* Christmas Show A Christmas Story A Christmas Carol Ten Minute Plays Sorry! Wrong Chimney! Christmas in Nashville The Christmas Schooner Miracle on 34th Street Spamalot Dashing Through the Snow The Christmas Schooner Parallel Lives The Music Man, Jr.* Oct 23-Nov 2, 2014 Oct 24-Nov 2, 2014 Oct 24-Nov 2, 2014 Oct 24-Nov 2, 2014 Oct 24-Nov 2, 2014 Oct 24-Nov 8, 2014 Oct 24-Nov 8, 2014 Oct 31-Nov 16, 2014 Nov 1-8, 2014 Nov 6-21, 2014 Nov 6-22, 2014 Nov 6-9, 2014 Nov 7-22, 2014 Nov 7-16, 2014 Nov 9-22, 2014 Nov 13-23, 2014 Nov 14-22, 2014 Nov 14-Dec 14, 2014 Nov 14-22, 2014 Nov 14-16, 2014 Nov 14-Dec 7, 2014 Nov 14-22, 2014 Nov 14-23, 2014 Nov 21-Dec 14, 2014 Nov 21-Dec 7, 2014 Nov 28-Dec 20, 2014 Nov 28-Dec 7, 2014 Nov 28-Dec 14, 2014 Nov 28-Dec 7, 2014 Nov 29-Dec 13, 2014 Dec 4-13, 2014 Dec 5-14, 2014 Dec 5-6, 2014 Dec 5-13, 2014 Dec 5-13, 2014 Dec 5-13, 2014 Dec 5-14, 2014 Dec 5-14, 2014 Dec 5-13, 2014 Dec 5-28, 2014 Dec 5-6, 2014 Dec 6-7, 2014 * indicates youth productions; ** indicates second stage productions, if submitted. Please be sure to fill out your Dues Renewal Form completely, as that is the source for this information on shows! If your information is incorrect or missing, please send the correct information to The Editor to be corrected or included in the next issue. A more complete list is also available on the CTAM website.
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