Category: Theater

Taking Recommendations

No (wo)man is an island, and I need some advice on a few things. I may get some answers at PodCamp this weekend, but maybe YOU have some advice too.

First, what camera/mic do you use/recommend for blogging/vlogging/webisodes, etc? Right now I just use my Sony Cybershot – same cam as I use to take pics. As I get more involved in social media, self-promotion, and web shows – I am looking to upgrade. Of course, keeping the cost down is always nice. What’s out there? Also, does it come with or do I need special software?

On the topic of software, what do you use for video editing? For my vlogs and things, I have been using Windows Movie Maker. It’s the base level program that came installed on my computer when I bought it a few years ago. It’s very simple. It does the trick for now, but what are my other not-too-expensive options?

And finally, who knows something about building web sites inexpensively? I have gotten a little advice on this so far, but still taking suggestions. I am thinking of starting a theater-related site that needs a little more oomph than just the static sites that I have right now. The site will need constant updates of show times, venues, auditions, etc. I know this is a little vague, but I am looking for jumping off points. It may need to be my own start-up money, grant money, and/or ad revenue that makes this happen.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Meghan

P.S. Check out my latest PBS interview here!

Weekly I receive numerous emails, tweets, facebook messages, texts, and good old snail mail about theatrical performances, auditions, charity events, and so on.  I often think there should be an easily accessed web site to find all of this information in one place.  I know a site in CT that tackles this accomplishment like CT Callboard, and there are sites that cover New England auditions like JAC NEED and New England Theater 411.  I remember a few years back there was a mass email that went out called Ghostlight.  I can’t remember if it covered MA, CT, or both.  (Pat Haynes are you out there?) But as far as I know, there is not a contained site for all things Western Mass Theater (i.e. Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Berkshire counties)  Is there something out there that is an umbrella site for Western Mass theater that I don’t know about?

Of course there’s always a question of where to end and where to begin. Even if this site became a reality, should it just cover theater? Only Western Mass? Include things like film? Dance? Musicians? There would need to be a clear focus. Oh, and a web site name. Have ideas? Is this something that you think there is a need for? Would it be a non-profit? Could it make money somehow? Should it try to get funded and provide grants to local theater? This blog is truly an off-the-cuff stream of consciousness.  Would there be enough people interested in contributing to a site like this? Reading it? Sharing it? Please comment on this post and let me know your thoughts.

Through Virgin Eyes

I am headed to Manhattan for a weekend trip Friday. I always love my NYC visits. I was just in Queens on New Year’s Eve and saw Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Patti LuPone  in its final weekend on Broadway. The weather was perfect for walking around, and everyone seemed to be in the New Year spirit. But, this weekend will be extra special. I get to see New York through virgin eyes.

The person I am traveling with has been to Manhattan before, but not as often as me and never with me in tow. (They’re in for a treat, no?) We are staying practically in Times Square. Bring on the bright lights, the crowded streets, and that unique feeling of Manhattan in winter. We are doing the theater thing: standing in line at TKTS for half-price tickets, seeing a few shows, and making a special post-show stop (no spoilers, sorry). And there will be a few other Meghan-tailored surprises, considering it’s their birthday Sunday. One exceptional delight will be drink…or 3…with the bitchiest waiter I know.

Does anyone have show recommendations or reviews to share? La Bete, Time Stands Still, Angels in America, and Billy Elliot are at the top of my list. Please comment with ideas of what to see or what to stay away from.

Start spreading the news, Meghan