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A Season of Scrooges

It’s the holiday season indeed! There are carolers singing under palm trees, 5th Avenue had the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree last week, and Gulfshore Playhouse has opened its third show of the year. The Holidays are here! As an early holiday gift, this week in the New York Times, Gulfshore Playhouse had its...

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The Joy of Christmas Present

A Dickensian Cody Nickell popped into the office during break in full costume to say. “Yo-Yo Ma’s Christmas Album”. Apparently it’s worth a listen. It seems to be Marley-Cody’s holiday “jam”, if you will. I really cannot believe it’s the holiday season. Mostly because I’m not bundled up to my eyelashes in scarves, comforters, wool...

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Immediate ROI

If that isn’t a blog title that makes you want to read further, I don’t know what is! Today a very generous donor gave a very generous donation of a very generous amount. Let me publicly declare our sincerest thanks! And let’s talk about how immediate a small theatre’s needs are. These gifts, whatever size,...

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Marley was ____ to begin with

I have fond memories of Dickens’ tale A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I remember the lines like old friends, really, with their own character. Those adjectives! I’ve heard an anecdote that ol’ Charlie was paid by the word when he was published… I have watched  many renditions of the holiday classic. I have read the original text...

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Countdown to Thanksgiving 2013

I couldn’t decide what to write about today. I thought, maybe I’ll write about how small the theatre world is. Maybe I’ll write about our next book club book. Maybe I’ll talk about the Synergy panel I served on last weekend. Maybe I’ll write about how I’m spending Thanksgiving at Harry Potter’s Magical Kingdom (I...

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A Note from the Second Tree to the Right

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why I work in theatre. Some people might think it’s a no-brainer: thought-provoking art, talented performers, glamorous opening nights – and it is that. I love those exciting things, don’t get me wrong, but I’m talking about my theatrical beginnings. My ah-ha moment of “Yes! I want to...

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Comfort in the Ritual

A line in our upcoming show has stood out to me each time I’ve heard it in rehearsal. In Something Intangible, Sonia, the doctor, says she finds “comfort in the ritual” of going to the theatre. I’ve thought about that line all week. More than likely, my ritual of “going to the theatre” is different...

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My Veruca is Showing

Okay, go back with me to a film you might remember “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. (It was a book by Roald Dahl first, but who’s counting?) I’m going to a specific scene and a song. Veruca Salt, the spoiled little girl who gets removed from the factory as a “bad egg,” sings a...

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Fundraising?! More like FUNraising

Now, before you stop reading my blog post, let me first say that I’m not using this blog to ask you for a donation. I’ve been learning a lot about fundraising lately, and I find the psychology of giving and behind-the-scenes processes fascinating. I thought I’d use my post today to explore what I’m learning...

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Sometimes You’re Too Busy to Write a Blog

We are running on all cylinders here at Gulfshore Playhouse! Let’s see if I can summarize things: we’ve just opened our first show of the season VENUS IN FUR to incredible response, the phones are ringing off the hook with ticket purchases (get them quick! They are selling fast!), today we had a full staff...