Gotta Love a Matinee!

This past weekend, Ian’s show The Man Who Came To Dinner opened with the Parkside Players. I helped with House Management because 1. I was going to be there anyway, 2. I knew how important the show was for Ian, and 3. they needed extra hands.

Plus, I do enjoy ushering and chatting with the audience. It’s one of my favorite things to do as a producer. And it’s important to add a little extra when the show is longer than most shows these days. Don’t worry. It’s only 7 hours long…KIDDING.

As you have read in my past blogs, the lack of respect from the audience during a performance makes me nuts. However, it doesn’t make me too crazy as I have gotten used to the
Sunday Matinee audience. This weekend phones rang and answered (yes), commentary was given at moments at the show, latecomers arrived as the show started and spoke aloud (I quickly sat them), and my fave, audience members who decided to sit where they wanted.

On the plus side of this craziness is the expectedness of all of this. I’ve been doing theater for a long time. Prior to the invention of personal cell phones, the instances mentioned have been going on for as long as I can remember. In any type of theater. In any city. In any type of show. I have to wonder if it’s because it’s bright outside so it seems not as important as an evening show. Do people not care? Do people think that the actors work less than at night? I have no idea. If you have one, post a comment.

All in all it was a great show with good attendance. In my opinion, I’ll take those two over the negative ūüôā But please, as mentioned before, if you can hear the actors, they can hear you.

Visit HERE for further info on The Man Who Came To Dinner.

Also, Godspell had a great week with guest star, Paul Shaffer (who is now following me on Twitter – woot!) and being on Project Runway!

Whitney, Godspell, The Man Who Came To Dinner

What do the three have in common? A person walks into the lives of others and changes them forever.

I was all ready¬†to¬†write about¬†what an exciting theater week¬†we’ll be having when¬†I got the news of Whitney¬†Houston passing.

There was much to say about her on Facebook. I actually had a bit of a fight on my status…that didn’t include me. I wrote the status. Others agreed. One didn’t. Then¬†a war of words¬†began and I deleted my status.

Because the point is not how¬†Whitney lived¬†her life but how she contributed to our lives.¬†¬†We’ll never¬†know what her demons were and why she¬†had to use alcohol and drugs to cover¬†her pain.¬†We also are assuming this early on that it was an overdose. It might not have been.¬† And even if it turns out to be¬†that, Whitney isn’t a bad person. Just sick. There are many people in my life that have suffered with¬†alcoholism and addiction. I have seen them spiral and¬†I have seen them do a 180. Either way I love them. I wish they didn’t have to suffer.¬†I¬†know what it is to have an amazing life and feel¬†very alone at the same time.¬†It is weird to¬†be¬†in¬†the¬†light and in the dark at the same time.¬†¬†

I want to thank Whitney¬†teaching me¬†how¬†to sing¬†by listening to¬†her ALBUMS. The Greatest Love of All, I Will Always Love You, One Moment in Time and to this day, I still sing her version of our national anthem. I’d like to also thank her for her contribution to music.

Now back to the THEE-A-TER!

It doesn’t get better than this! This is the week of love…love of the theater! On Thursday, February 16th, Paul Schaffer, the original Toronto Godspell¬†Music Director and current MD of ‚ÄúThe Late Show with David Letterman,‚ÄĚ Paul Shaffer, will be making a cameo appearance in Godspell AND giving a talkback about his history with the show! So cool.

And…we are going to be on Project Runway All Stars!!! DVR it as it’s on Thursday, February 16th and you will be attending the show. Get tix HERE

And lastly, but not least, Ian and friends are in The Man Who Came Who Came To Dinner which opens this weekend. Check out Parkside Players’ website for more info.

See you at the show!