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Playbill #4 for 2007, Various Topics

By • Apr 12th, 2007 • Category: ShowBizRadio

Listen to the ShowBizRadio Playbill for April 12, 2007 [MP3 4:02 1.2MB], where we talk about what we’ve been doing the past few weeks.

Mike: This is the ShowBizRadio Podcast for April 12th, 2007.

Laura: This has been kind of a busy last few weeks. We were both in our church’s Easter play. I think it went very well.

Mike: A few minor mistakes. We had a ton of volunteers. People who usually don’t do theatre. That’s always fun having people learn about blocking and the basics of theater. Things that most performers and people involved in theater take for granted. But it turned out pretty well.

Laura: It was Friday and Saturday night, April 6th and 7th. It was about a two hour production with an intermission. Everybody pulled together really well and it was a lot of fun to perform.

Mike: I played a potter so I had to grow a beard. We’re going to put up pictures on the website of the before and after so you can see what I look like with a nine week beard growth. I don’t know how people with beards do that all the time. Growing a beard was something I’ve never done before. After our show closed on Saturday night we went to see The National Community Church’s production of Godspell. It was at Ebenezer’s Coffee House a block from Union Station in DC.

Laura: It was a great show. A really good use of space. It was downstairs underneath the
coffee house. It was a lot of fun. Really good singing and we enjoyed it very much.

Mike: It was very creative. Godspell is one of those shows that you can do a lot with. They used the theme that all of the characters were on the metro. They had a couple metro seats and announcements and things like that. They did a pretty good job. There were some sound problems, a couple of the songs were muddy, but for the most part it sounded pretty good. I liked it.

Laura: We enjoyed the production very much and we will be keeping an eye on National Community Church and their future productions and will probably be making some more trips out to Washington DC.

Mike: Like we advertised on our website a couple days ago, Ford’s Theatre is looking f or ushers. Laura and I are both ushers at Ford’s. Their production right now is Meet John Doe. We ushed last night and stayed for the show. It was pretty good. It was set in the 1930’s. It was fun. It was a musical based off of the Frank Capra story Meet John Doe. It was very solid.

Laura: I enjoyed it very much. I always like how they change the set around at Ford’s Theatre. It’s always very creative and very smooth. I enjoyed the singing and the dancing I thought was very good. We are going back tonight to usher again. We probably won’t stay for the performance, but we will be there for a little while. It’s a great place to see some really good theater.

Mike: So I encourage you to check out Ford’s Theater. They’re always in need of volunteers. Their shows usually run for four to eight weeks. Meet John Doe will be closing May 20th so there is still plenty of time to ush for them. Then the theater will be going dark until Christmas Carol in November. So if you want to check out Ford’s Theatre, this is the time to do it.

Laura: Something that we have started doing is we are supporting the Cappies. The Cappies are high school students reviewing high school productions. What we will be doing is posting one Cappies review a week so that you can see what’s going on in the Northern Virginia area. And see what the up and coming theater critics are doing in the area and learning how to become theater critics.

Mike: Also like to remind you that you can send press releases to us. If we can help out your theater by publishing your press release we will. For example we just posted yesterday a press release from Vpstart Crow in Manassas, Virginia. They are looking for directors for their 2008 Season.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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