Theatre of the Mommies

Posted in Running the theatre, Theatre of the Mommies, Uncategorized on June 24th, 2010 by kellinewby

This afternoon Lex and I tried to write a grant. In the other room, her three year old played loudly with his dragon castle play set. Lex tried to find some comfortable position, a near impossibility at 8 months pregnant. My sweet little 3 month old slumbered angelically in his car seat. Just as we opened our laptops, he opened his eyes. And he started to cry.

Here we go…

We got through the history of the theatre in 500 characters or less and the mission statement, but my baby was not interested in grant writing (or eating, or having his diaper changed…). We did what we could and called it a day.

A year or so ago, Lex and I met with an MCLA arts management class. Because we were both there, no one was available to watch her little guy, so he was part of the presentation. The instructor laughed and told her students that they were getting a real look at life in the arts as we took turns chasing him around and talking about how to run a theatre.

And it’s true. Our children are a huge part of our lives, and so is the theatre, so finding how they overlap is an interesting, challenging juggling act. For the past coule years, there’s been only one theatre kid, so we could all take turns covering for babysitting during rehearsals and meetings, but now there are two and there’s another on the way. All boys. Now there is a baby I nurse during breaks in an audition, that I walk around and rock during a board meeting, who gets passed around and loved at a company meeting. He fits into the life the theatre the way he fits into mine.

It seems only fitting, then, that as my first big project back, I work on a motherhood Redroom. Stayed tuned for details.

Baltimore Waltz Press

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22nd, 2010 by kellinewby

The Baltimore Waltz has been getting a lot of press, including a great review.  Follow the links below to learn more about the show!

Review by Larry Murray

A preview piece from Berkshire Week

A preview in The Advocate

For those of you unfamiliar with Paula Vogel’s work, she has a way of taking the most profound and tragic moments of life and finding the humor in them without compromising her commitment to the integrity of the emotional reality.  Do yourself a favor and see what her work looks like on stage; it’s beautiful.

Wonderful Prizes, part II

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22nd, 2010 by kellinewby

And the winners are…

  • Grand Prize (Richie Havens concert and dinner at Gramercy Bistro): Darcie S.
  • 2 tickets to Sweeney Todd at Barrington Stage: Dawn D.
  • 2 tickets to Williamstown Theatre Festival: Paula J.
  • 2 tickets to Shakespeare and Co.: Carol S.
  • Season pass to Main Street Stage: John B.
  • Season pass to Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe: Arlene C.
  • Massage at Tsubo: Rich W.
  • Massage at Flow Bodywork: Ron W.

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and supported Main Street Stage!

Wonderful Prizes!

Posted in history on June 2nd, 2010 by kellinewby

Raffle tickets for sale.  $5.00 for one, or buy 4, get one free.  Prizes include a dinner for two at Grammercy and two Richie Havens tickets; a massage from Tsubo; tickets to WTF; tickets to Sweeney Todd at Barrington Stage Company; and more prizes to be announced later!

You can buy tickets at Papyri Books in North Adams and at the public library in Williamstown.

We’re having this great promotion because we have new board members.  Real board members.  It’s something we’ve talked about at meetings for the past three years, one of those items that keeps getting transferred to the next to do list, but never getting done.  Real board members, not just company members, but real ones…

We kept putting it off.  You have to be ready for real board members.  You have to have something to offer them.  You have to schmooze them; there’s been a fancy cocktail party in the planning for years now.  But there’s always the next  show, always the next bill to pay and fancy cocktail parties kept getting pushed aside.  We kept hoping someone would notice how hard we were working.  And someone did.  Two someones.

So now we are moving back into strategic planning.  We are working on the mission statement and all those things you do with real board members and, most importantly, we are fundraising.  Now, I’ve told the history of our fundraising efforts in a previous post, but the short version is we kept trying to put on a show to raise money for a show, and the double effort was exhausting and doubly disappointing if it didn’t work out.    The real board members suggested something like a raffle that requires much less work.   Great idea!

Want to buy a raffle ticket?

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