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Elkhart, IN

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Theatre Geeks is a podcast and website focused on community theatre, featuring episodes and articles on acting, directing, technical and business issues, as well as other news and feature topics. Whether you call it community theatre, amateur theatre, or amdram, we've got it covered.

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Episodes

155 – Speak up and don’t talk with your mouth full! Enunciation and diction on stage.

5/7/2017
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The Geeks return to the issue of enunciation and diction in community theatre productions, how to deal with actors that just don’t get it, and why it’s so important. Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:37:02


154 – Interview with a college intern for a community theatre

4/30/2017
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In this episode, the Geeks chat with Bronson Bontrager, Elkhart Civic Theatre’s college intern for the spring 2017 semester. We discuss the benefits of internships, for both the theatre and the student. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:19:58


153 Return episode: Old or New? What sells best?

4/23/2017
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We are finally back on the pod. After a lengthy absence John, Dave and Marcia are recording episodes again. More will be coming your way, as there are several in the can and we have plans for more in the near future. In this episode we discuss a problem that plagues most of our theatres: do we do the old familiar shows, or risk something new that audiences are less familiar with? It’s hard because many audience members don’t like the idea of going to something that is outside their...

Duration: 00:23:36


152 Audition: Great, Performance:Not so much

2/29/2016
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What do you do when you give a new actor a chance, based on a good or even great audition, but they never seem to rise to the same level in performance? The Geeks discuss. Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:24:29


151 Deirdre Lovejoy, Ang Lee and cell phones in theatres

8/10/2015
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Deirdre Lovejoy Ang Lee Deirdre (Dede) Lovejoy joins the Geeks to talk about the recent Patti Lupone cell-phone snatch, working with Ang Lee in the upcoming “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” plus her own autobiographical play, “Bird Elephant China.” Join us for great conversation. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:39:30


150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv

7/20/2015
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Jill Olson of Funny Bones Improv and Storytown, Chicago Improv artist making a difference in Chicago Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning in an interactive show for young people. Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while introducing audiences to story structure and problem solving. Storytown uses the core improvisation fundamental of “yes, and” so every suggestion and idea is accepted,...

Duration: 00:31:00


149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick

7/14/2015
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Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for “Zombie Prom.” Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks’ home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Northern Indiana. He has created backdrops and scenic elements for such diverse shows as Count Dracula, Assassins, Company and many others. Collaboration with...

Duration: 00:29:03


148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

4/25/2015
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Aaron Nichols Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great conversation with the Geeks. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:23:35


147 Putting music on stage

4/5/2015
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Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals. Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage. But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money. You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good — or not. Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy. The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or...

Duration: 00:25:33


146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers

3/16/2015
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Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres. Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael’s insights in this lively episode. Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:24:23


145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael B

2/19/2015
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Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work, to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component. It will be performed by South...

Duration: 00:37:12


144 Say What? Theatre sound.

1/14/2015
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All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre experience for the audience. The Geeks discuss various sound problems, and possible solutions. Use our contact form to send us YOUR thoughts on this issue. Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:20:03


143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

1/14/2015
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It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the Geeks to talk about them are Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive & Producing Artistic Director for the Long Beach Playhouse, and Gil Savage, AACT’s Region 8 Representative and AACT Board Member. Join us for some interesting conversation about the festival process. LINKS: American Association of Community...

Duration: 00:30:20


142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

12/21/2014
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Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, AACT.org We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners. Ron Ziegler of the American Association of Community Theatre joins the Geeks with some great tips for states or regions mounting their first festivals, along with some interesting tidbits about the festival process, the reasons for some of the rules, and how some of theme have changed over the...

Duration: 00:36:23


How to save your theatre, part 2

11/13/2014
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Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” In this episode the Geeks talk about Kiley’s suggestion that a little alcohol makes for a happier audience. There are pros and cons, not the least of which are liability, audience composition and of course the legal and licensing issues. Also, can a theatre really make money offering alcohol to patrons? All...

Duration: 00:17:20


How to save your theatre, Part 1

11/13/2014
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Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves,” and it’s a pretty good read, even though some of the content is more geared toward professional theatres rather than community theatres. This is the first of two episodes in which the Geeks discuss a couple of Kiley’s assertions, and part two will...

Duration: 00:16:38


139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion

10/7/2014
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Broadcast, print, direct mail and the web — sorting out theatre promotion The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn’t and a bit about how the landscape has changed. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:22:44


138 Animals Onstage

9/28/2014
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Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes. Bell, Book and Candle‘s Pyewacket, Annie‘s Sandy and of course, The Wizard of Oz‘ Toto, are three that spring to mind. While these animals are essential, they also pose some special issues for actors and directors. While the goal is to get the best performance possible from an animal actor, the...

Duration: 00:24:55


137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright

9/22/2014
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Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process. Chicago Playwright Richard Engling It has been almost 30 years since award-winning author Fern Chertkow ended her own life, but her legacy lives on through the Afterlife Trilogy, a unique undertaking that fuses her writing with the work of novelist, playwright Richard Engling and his creative team at Chicago’s Polarity...

Duration: 00:33:32


136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more

9/14/2014
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Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts

Duration: 00:30:39

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