All Stories Tagged 'theater' (56)

Auditions [Gulp]

   I kept getting the emails: Landmark Musicals was holding auditions for 1776 this weekend. Hm. I hadn’t performed in 13 years. The idea was intriguing.…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on April 13, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Noble Profession

   This past Sunday, Barry Gaines, UNM Professor Emeritus, delivered a prelude to the production of Macbeth that would occupy our stage that afternoon. He reminded me of an historical fact that lived just outside the perimeter of my…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on March 23, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Force Majeure

   You’re headed to New York for a conference that starts Wednesday morning, so you have to be in the city the night before. You decide to catch the opera Tuesday night. Your plane is scheduled to land at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, the opera starts at 7:30:…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on March 9, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Always Right?

     A woman dabs on a bit of perfume for her night out. She and her husband are seeing a show in Popejoy Hall. They arrive at their seats. The man next to them complains to the ushers that the…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on February 24, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Talking Tomorrow

     Tomorrow, I’m giving a talk at Bookworks on Rio Grande.

     No, I haven’t written a book. Nor am I signing copies of…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on February 17, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Lessons from a Pro

     I love talking to people about theater, especially people who do it on bigger stages than I, so to speak. I got that opportunity last spring when I interviewed Jeff Moss, director for both …

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Added by Terry S. Davis on February 10, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Prince of Serendip

         Some mornings it’s tough to know what business I’m in.

     I work in a basement office. I process numbers, edit words, answer phone calls, attend meetings, monitor budgets. How different is that from any other office job?…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on January 27, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Building Commitment

     Tom Popejoy attended symphony concerts in Carnegie Hall with President Franklin Roosevelt and fell in love with the music. He loved it so much, his son said, that Tom Popejoy, Jr., never wants to hear Carmen again, his father played…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on January 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEAR OF FALLING-:-aerial dance performance

Fear of Falling at the AirDance ArtSpace

February10-12,2012

Josh Burgess and Morgan…

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Added by Jeff Hartzer on January 10, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Fame

     “I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly high.”

     People who perform for a living do it for the glory, right? They just want to be…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on January 6, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

A Holiday Tradition

     If two performers meet on Christmas Day — or New Year’s Eve or Thanksgiving — one will certainly ask “Where’s your show tonight?” People in show biz work a lot of holidays.…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on December 23, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Joy to Our World

     When I first watched the video of Alice Tan Ridley singing on America’s Got Talent, I had the same reaction as the judges: surprise, awe and a shiver of joy. When I…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on December 9, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Heed the Warning

If you want to save your friends money and grief, please share this blog with them.

Since we at Popejoy Hall began bringing shows like Wicked, Les Misérables and…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on November 4, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Shocking

About 150 years ago in Western cultures, men and women did not touch while dancing. It was considered far too indecent. Then along came the waltz.

Of course, now we consider the waltz to be a very tame dance, but in its origins the idea of a man putting his hand on a woman’s waist or…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on October 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Contrary Trend?

In ancient Greece, theaters were only active twice a year. The elders considered drama powerful enough that it was rationed to the public so as not to cause too much emotional distress for citizens.

In Shakespeare’s day, there were only a handful of theater companies, so…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 30, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Different Looks

Next year, Musical Theatre Southwest (MTS) will produce Miss Saigon, Footloose and Me and My Girl. They've also announced Legally Blonde for their new 100-seat space, currently under construction. All these shows were on…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 23, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Whites of Their Eyes

Try to imagine the Blue Man Group without their makeup. First, of course, they'd have to change their name. Second, they wouldn't be nearly as funny. That layer of cobalt greasepaint creates enough distance between "them" and us to allow us to see truth.

Truth?!? What's that got to do…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 16, 2011 at 6:08am — No Comments

Size Matters

It’s been 25 years, and I still remember the laughs from each person who watched Good Evening the first Sunday we performed it at The Vortex. When there are only 14 people…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 2, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Size Matters

It’s been 25 years, and I still remember the laughs from each person who watched Good Evening the first Sunday we performed it at The Vortex. When there are only 14 people…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 2, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Familiar Story

Consider how many stories you encounter every day. Include in your count all the sources for stories you have: television, radio, iPods, computers, phones, newspapers, magazines, other people. Make sure you take into account all the forms stories take: movies, videos, commercials, jokes, songs, news, plays, TV…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on August 12, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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