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    Master Thespian

    I'm doing a civic production of Music Man and I'm playing Mayor Shinn (a comedic role). I haven't done community theater since about 20 years ago (I suppose one could argue the Planning Commission qualifies as 'community theater' but that's a whole different thread!). It's fun for me cuz I really like to make people laugh, but it is an ENORMOUS commitment in terms of time. We've had rehearsals probably 3 nights a week (7 - 10:30) since rehearsals started 4 weeks ago and now we're having them 5 nights/week till opening night which is 2 weeks off! Work has been pretty cool about it and is having Michaelskis sub for me staffing the Zoning Board meetings. But damn, it's a LOT of work!!!
    Being as planners are notorious for working evenings I'm curious if anyone else has ever been able to do theater, particularly while involved in the planning profession?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Prior to grad school, while I was serving as a City Councilmember and working @ the Chamber of Commerce, I participated in the "Sooner Follies." This performance was held every other year and the cast was made up of community/business people. That year the theme was "Hooray for Hollywood" and I was in three of the acts. In one act ("Broadway Baby"I had to tap dance which I have never done in my life! So I just shuffled around like a buffalo but it was so much fun! We did shots of Rumpleminz in the dressing rooms -- I think it helped with stage fright!
    I didn't get much sleep for a few weeks but had a great time and lost some weight in the process

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    I used to do community theatre too, but have not mixed planning and theatre together yet. I thought going to board meetings were also a form of community theatre too. I have been thinking about auditioning for a play, but I don't know if I would be able to juggle it or if I need additional drama in my life.

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    Quote Originally posted by Trail Nazi
    I don't know if I would be able to juggle it or if I need additional drama in my life.
    The 'drama' on stage doesn't affect you internally the same way the real life drama at council meetings do.
    But you knew that.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Maister, you gotta send the details on when and where the show is playing.

    Kalamazoo has a pretty active arts scene. Quite a few quality venues for a city of its size.

    Myself, my first major in undergrad was theater. I was going to be an [snob face] actor [/snob face]. In Decatur, I sang in the Greater Decatur Chorale, where I played James Cagney singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Unfortunately, theater hasn't been an option, because of the nighttime commitment. Now that I'm in the private sector, I will probably have less opportunities. 'Tis a shame, as I've got greasepaint in my blood.

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    Is also great
    And would suffice.

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    I did theatre up till I turned about 20, then life commitments got in the way. There is no way now that I could ever devote the time necesary, not even for stagecraft.

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    Quote Originally posted by DecaturHawk
    Maister, you gotta send the details on when and where the show is playing.
    I was going to PM you, but what the heck, there are enough Cyburbians who live wthin travelling distance that could see it if they wanted to - so I'll post it here.

    Performance dates at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre:
    9/23 7:30
    9/24 8:00
    9/25 2:00; 8:00
    9/30 7:30
    10/1 8:00
    10/3 2:00
    10/6 7:30
    10/7 7:30
    10/8 8:00
    10/9 8:00
    possible additional holdover performances
    10/10 2:00
    10/15 8:00
    10/16 8:00

    Tickets can be ordered online at www.kazoocivic.com
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I have weekly performances of Sir drinkalot and the drunks of the bar table! Merlin the bar tender always hooks us up with magic formulas of long islands, captain and coke, and my personal fav, mystical Oberon!

    He is so dedicated that he even missed a night out at Walt’s (selected staff members getting together to enjoy beverage of choice, play pool, watch sports, complain about work, and comment on the lack of females at said bar) We did give him a lot of greef over it.

    As for the ZBA, I am handeling it in impressive fassion. Found a way that one applicant can go to the Planning Commission for an easy case later on, and the other is expected to get tabled, so my supervisor told me that my attendance is optional since nothing will happen at the meeting. (she said that she is expected to be there regardless).

    If I do have to go, I just want to make it home in time for kick off.
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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