Survey Results: What Would You Like To See?By Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 14th, 2009 • Category: ShowBizRadio
Our survey asked: What would you like to see on ShowBizRadio that isn’t there currently? Here are the responses we received:
- Perhaps a monthly feature highlighting a single group – its history, agenda, performance space, organization, etc
- A broader base of interview across the DC community theatre scene.
- More interviews?
- More in-depth articles about promising/new upcoming community theater productions. Features on key people in community theater around the area.
So it sounds like more in-depth behind the administrative scenes of a theater group would be useful. We’ll see what we can do. Would anyone like to volunteer their organization for a few in-depth interviews?
- More ads.
Uhmm, what? I’m not sure if this is a serious suggestion, or a satire. While we definitely need for the site to generate more of an income, we aren’t selling out our current inventory of ads. So, adding more ads doesn’t make sense.
- More pictures of productions.
OK, that is fairly simple to do. We’ll start doing that.
- A separate RSS feed for the auditions pages as it’s updated.
Now that is a great idea! It would involve some serious reprogramming to our database, but is probably feasible. Are you subscribed to our current RSS feed for the entire site?
- More information about auditions. I suppose you have to get the information to pass it on. We at (local community theater) will try to see to it that you do.
That is a major headache for maintaining the site — keeping the audition information up-to-date. So, if you update your web site, please send us an email letting us know of the change. Or, if you have to change the audition schedule, make sure you also update your web site. It gets confusing sometimes when we are told one thing by a director, but the “official” web site has the wrong information.
- Sometimes when the performance schedules are listed — it lists 12:00 as the performance time — regardless of the actual time.
As hard as this might be to believe, some groups forget to put the time of their show on their web site. When we can’t find a time, we leave the time as midnight, figuring it is safer to have an obviously wrong time showing on the site, than guessing at the time and being slightly wrong. Usually we will contact the group and ask for clarification and never get a response.
- More articles by area actors/directors/tech people.
- The opportunity to be a reviewer– much like WATCH has multiple people watch and critique a show
We are always looking for more people to write for the site. Reviews, interviews, columns, you name it, we’ll probably have an audience for it. Contact us!
- Basically I’d like to see honest reviews of what you see and not “Oh they did a great job”. Grow a pair.
OK. Tell us who you are, and we’ll come out to your next show and give a flat-out, no holds barred, honest review of the production. Do you really want that? We will be honest without being vindictive.
When we were first starting out, we got some advice from another local theater reviewer: “Never say ‘you shouldn’t see this show.’ There is always something that is positive in a show. If you are too negative, the theater won’t allow you back.” So for our first couple years, that’s what we did. And there were a handful of productions that we saw that were horrible. But we nuanced, and searched, and shared some of the positive things we saw in the show. I remember one show we saw that was pretty poorly put together, and we agonized over the review. Eventually we posted a brief review highlighting a couple of bright spots, and mentioned some of the significant problems with the show. We met one of the actors a few weeks later, and he complimented us on our review. He said we were very fair, and that working on the show was a horrible experience.
Looking back at our early reviews is embarassing. But I believe we have grown and improved since 2005. Hopefully, you also have grown and improved at your craft since 2005 as well.
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Laura & Mike Clark 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.