Production Updates

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
– Thornton Wilder

Things are progressing on the theatre front.  You already know that I’m directing Doublewide, Texas at CAT Theatre, June 1-16, 2018.  The show has been cast, rehearsals are well underway, and set construction started this weekend.

The new news, if you will, is that this week Williamsburg Players announced their 2018-2019 season. I will be directing the classic comedy You Can’t Take It With You written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, March 29-April 13, 2019.

There’s more news coming with regard to my original script Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, but I can’t quite talk about that yet.

All of this means a lot of juggling, a lot of prioritizing, and figuring out what is, and isn’t going to be done.

That’s all to say that the productions will go on. And we’ll keep building this business.

Have a production need? Have an event you need produced? That’s what I do.

More news is coming.  Stay tuned.

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I’m directing a thing

Here at Historic Occasions I talk about the script I’ve been working on that is closer and closer to completion.  But that’s not all we offer.

This spring I’ll be directing Doublewide, Texas, the final mainstage show of CAT Theatre’s 54th Season.  Auditions are coming up.

Here’s the official announcement:

CAT Theatre will conduct auditions for Doublewide, Texas by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten (Dixie Swim Club, The Red Velvet Cake Wars) on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12 at 7 pm. Auditions will be held at the theatre at 319 North Wilkinson Road, Henrico.

Doublewide, Texas runs from June 1 through June 16, 2018.

Doublewide, Texas rounds out CAT’s 54th season with this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, where the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas – four doublewides and a shed – are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. Friends, enemies and neighbors realize they’ll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they – and their way of life – have a snowball’s chance to survive being swallowed up by ‘the big guys.’

Director Mike Fletcher is seeking three men and six women. All actors will be paid. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY.

The characters are as follows (ages are flexible):

• Joveeta Crumpler (F, 40s) — vivacious and driven, she has had it up to here, having been passed over again for a promotion at work.
• Caprice Crumpler (F, 70s) — Joveeta’s beer swilling, feisty mother who tends not to dress her age.
• Norwayne “Baby” Crumpler (M, 40s) — Joveeta’s good ol’ boy brother who is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously.
• Big Ethel Satterwhite (F, 50s) — nurse at the Stairway to Heaven Retirement Village. She’s nobody’s fool but a fool at heart.
• Geogia Dean Rudd (F, 40s) — ball of fire, owns a diner, takes in every stray animal she comes across
• Lark Barken (F, early 20s) — baby on the way and down on her luck, looking for a job and a place to stay.
• Haywood Sloggett (M, 70s) — curmudgeon who lives across the road from the Crumplers and loathes their “trailer-trash” ways.
• Lomax Tanner (M, 40s) — officious city manager.
• Starla Pudney (F, 40s) – the mayor’s conniving, high-maintenance wife

Audition sides will be selections from the script. The sides are posted at http://www.cattheatre.com/auditions.

Let’s Get Creative

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Here at Historic Occasions we don’t believe there’s such a thing as a non-creative person. It’s just a matter of what you create.

We’ll talk here about creating special events or special occasions, or even (don’t tell the bosses) boring conferences and meetings.

Look, there’s such a thing as natural talent. Most of the time it’s just figuring out what that talent is. But talent, and creativity have to be developed and nurtured.

Here are a few ways to do that.

1) Pick up a pen and doodle. Never mind that you think you can’t draw. Just see where the pen takes you.

2) Take a class. Knitting. Painting. Writing. Woodworking…heck…accounting. Just do something to get those brain powers working.

3) Check out your enviroment. Here at Historic Occasions our home office is filled with books and mementos from projects and accomplishments over our years in the business. But the wall also has pictures of family, and beaches. Find, or make a place that makes you comfortable and allows you to sometimes just sit and think.

4) Go for a walk, or a run, or a swim. Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting off your backside and getting the blood pumping again. The ideas will come.

5) Carry a book of ideas for sketches, or notes, or favorite quotes or even things that piss you off. Use that energy.

6) Read. There’s a world of knowledge and creativity out there. If you’re a writer, you need to read. Heck, everyone needs to read. Pick up a book and be inspired.

7) Put down the phone, or the iPad, or the mouse. They’re great tools when we need them. But we don’t always need them. It’s okay, you can do it.

Got some ideas about how you channel your inner creativity? Share them in the comments.

Adapted from: 9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes