May 5, 2016

CPA Theatricals Blog

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  • New Look…..

    Again?  Isn’t that going to just confuse people?   – That is what I said in our marketing and PR meeting when we discussed a new logo design for our upcoming production of THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS.  Our marketing consultant assured everyone that this was quite normal and that we needed a new branding featuring […]

  • Casting Children in THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS

    When I was a performer I tracked my success rate of booking a job.  It was 1 in 14.  That means for every 14 auditions, I got one job.  While seeing those odds was somewhat disheartening, I also found it helpful.  So, I went to as many auditions as possible.  I auditioned for roles I […]

  • What a cast!!!!

    I am pleased to announce our cast for THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS!  Our new Christmas musical will open December 6, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago and run till December 29!  We will be performing in the upstairs main stage theatre – and boy are we excited! First, I want to introduc […]

  • We help each other!!

    I am reading Malcom Gladwell’s new book “Talking to Strangers” and one of the interesting points he makes is – We all default to truth.  Most of us, when confronted with a situation where we must evaluate another human, we default to “they are telling us the truth.” It is an optimistic, positive point of […]

  • Six Weeks to GO!

    In six weeks we will start rehearsals for our pilot production of THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.  Six weeks, long time, ha?  NOT I thought so as well.  Until I took a moment to reflect on what I did in the last week. Marketing / PR – w […]

  • So much to do…and to learn!!

    In his recent blogs, Larry Little described the complexities of mounting a staged workshop for THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS.  And he talked about some of the things he learned from the performances and from the audience feedback.  I learned a whole lot, too.  And I’m still learning.  But less about the show than about […]

  • Ahhh, the last minute challenges of live theatre!

    The drummer wrote his own arrangement for the music, but the composer had to answer some questions, and approve of the orchestration.  So, the two piece band rehearsed the night before till late, then again in the morning.  All to prepare for an invited dress rehearsal and the workshop performance of LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS. […]

  • Workshop Rehearsals!

    Well, our rehearsals are underway for our workshop production of THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS!  The children have been assigned roles – elves, toys and children.  The toys finalized – Fun Oven Supreme, Karaoke, Trivia, Taxicab Transformer, Barbara and Game Dude. The leads are memorizing their lines and the choreography is being taught.  Here ar […]

  • Workshop coming up!

    August means that we are about to start rehearsals for our workshop production of THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS.  On Sunday, August 25 at 4pm, at the Edge Theatre in Chicago, 14 cast members, two musicians, two directors, and several designers will be testing aspects of our new Christmas musical.  As we hear the great […]

  • Girls – age 10 or age 70+

    As you know, GIRLHOOD is a story of four 10 year old girls (Melissa, Amber, Morgan and Judy), as we see them struggle, grow and mature into young women.  The show is filled with young girls!  But today, I want to talk about girls a bit older.  Well, a lot older.  This blog was inspired […]


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