2009 in ReviewBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 3rd, 2010 • Category: ShowBizRadio
In 2009, there were 112,000 visitors to the ShowBizRadio.net web site, viewing 288,000 pages. ShowBizRadio writers covered 132 productions, conducted 21 interviews, and wrote 24 opinion columns. In addition, ShowBizRadio is still supporting high school theater through the Cappies program, publishing 61 reviews written by high school students, as well as presenting an award at the Cappies Award Gala at the Kennedy Center in June. Laura and I also continued to maintain our comprehensive cross-reference directory of local production companies, listing auditions and performance schedules. Our system has been improved, we now provide the full street address and maps to each performance venue.
ShowBizRadio also launched a Twitter feed, where we provide links to all of the theater information covered in local media (web publications, newspapers, television, and magazines). So far, we’ve linked to nearly 700 articles in the local press, covering previews, interviews and reviews from other publications.
We are very excited that the writers for the site are active in local theater. Here are a few examples of the activities that ShowBizRadio writers were involved in throughout 2009:
- Mike and Laura Clark conducted 21 interviews and reviewed 32 productions. Mike stage managed four shows with Laura’s assistance: Pippin at Prince William Little Theatre, Rehearsal for Murder with the Providence Players, Arcadia with PWLT, and The Miracle Worker at Fauquier Community Theater (opening on January 15th). He also was tech director for Shakespeare in Hollywood at Nova Woodbridge Theatre Group, and was the light board operator for American Century Theater’s Seascape.
- Aside from writing 14 reviews, Courtney Ferguson worked as a sound/lighting technician for both Company and the musical U.G.L.Y and was a dancer in the spring 2010 dance concert Yes we can, all performed at Howard University. She also worked as a dialects coach for the production of Anna in the Tropics at Howard and will be working again as a dialects coach for their upcoming production of The Sirens.
- Mark Lee Adams reviewed six productions, and taught Advanced Acting for adults at The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) (New classes begin soon). Just after completing a run at the Dorothy Strelson Theatre (Off-Broadway, NYC) playing the lead in Eugenio at the end of 2008 appeared in Margarita at the Footlights Theatre on Broadway in NYC. Mark played Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln & God at the DC Fringe Festival, the title role in David at The National Press Club, the lead role in It Runs In The Family (which won the 2009 Best Performance by an Actor Award at LTA), the role of Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind at Aldersgate Church Community Theater. Mark appeared in documentary Films for USPS and Homeland Security and a political commercial during the 2009 election season concerning cruelty to animals.
- Ty Unglebower wrote 24 columns on various aspects of theater. In February he did a one night only reading of Guerney’s Love Letters for Full Circle Theatre Company out of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, but actually took place in Brunswick, Maryland. In July he was in The Bard’s Men production of Romeo and Juliet in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In December he participated in two productions: a two night reading of A Christmas Carol as part of a Fundraiser for Full Circle Theatre Company, and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play for the Winchester Little Theatre.
If you’re interested in writing for ShowBizRadio, please contact Mike & Laura. While it’s not a lot of money, we are proud that our writers are paid for each review or article published on the site.
For those of you working in a theater: break a leg! And for those of you attending theater: thank you! I hope 2010 is successful for you, however you define success.
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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.