Get Your Tech Theatre XMAS Wish List Ready
MTA will meet on November 12 at 5:30pm at Barbizon-1016 McClelland Ct.. This promises to be a different kind of meeting than we've had in a while. Please consider bringing the more technically inclinded or challenged, as the case may be, to learn about all the latest in theatre tech wizardry . Regional spotlight for this meeting will be brought to us by the Green Room of Newton-Conover. To reach Barbizon see directions on page 3.
Here's a big MTA Thanks to Stage One for hosting the September meeting. We would especially like to say thank you to Stan Campbell for being our guest. Good Luck in the new space George!
IThe September 23rd Primary election results held out some hope to the Arts Community. In all three of the key races (Districts 3, 6 and 7), candidates opposed to arts funding were defeated-some by small margins and some by landslides. In an election with a small voter turnout, the efforts of the arts and business community to get out the vote made a difference in the outcome. Several theatre groups sent letters to their entire mailing lists encourgaging them to vote. Others encouraged supporters to change their political party status to unaffiliated so that they could vote in either party primary. Corporations sent absentee ballots to all employees at on corportation with the requst to check their travel schedules for out-of-town trips on election day. At another firm, employees wearing an "I Voted" sticker given out at the polls were eligible for prizes. Thosands of telephone calls were made by volunteers calling from their private homes encouraging citizens to "Vote with Their Art." A larger battle looms ahead in 1998 when the Mecklenburg County Commission is up for re-election. The lessons learned in the 1997 election will be refined for further implementation along with several new initiatives that are currently in the planning stages. The "Cultural War" in Charlotte is far from over, but an important battle has been won and the tide is certainly turning in our favor!
Thanks to Jon Hartness of Barbizon for his donation to the MTA Script Library. If you have any scripts from past productions, please send them to the library's new home at CPCC. To check out scripts contact Tom Hollis or Tom Vance at CPCC.
The Arts Online project at Charlotte's Web is looking for participants for next year. MTA and Theatre Charlotte were participants this year. Contact Sam Eneman at Charlotte's Web if you're interested.
At the Fall Board Meeting, the SETC Board of Directors approved a resolution honoring
the accomplishments and contributions of Bill Rackley, a former secretary of SETC who died
in May at his home in Charlotte, NC. The resolution called for the following citation to
be sent to his family. The citation said: "We mourn the death of our brother, Bill.
He was a willing servant, a boon companion, a generous colleague and a gentle soul. The
Southeastern Theatre Conference celebrates William Rackley's life, his service to the
Southeastern Theatre Conference, and his dedication to theatre in every form. He honored
this organization with dedication and fellowship. We shall miss his good example and his
friendship." After passage of the resolution, members present stood 'for a moment's
silence to mark the passing of a dear friend.'"
Grass Roots Grants Applications Available: December 1, 1997 Deadline: March 2, 1998
(noon) For more info, call ASC at 372-9667.
Surf over to the SETC's home page at http://www.spyder.net/setc.
November 7-9 NCTC ,Asheville,NC
March 11-15 SETC ,Birmingham,AL
If you don't see your season listed in the 97-98 calender, then you haven't sent it to Tom Hollis. Get this info in fast so that it will appear in the next Callboard as well as on the MTA website. Also remember to send a copy to Keith Martin at Charlotte Rep for inclusion in the season conflict resolution database.
Since we don't hold meetings at regional member theatres, we allow one regional theatre spotlight permeeting. If you'd be interested in making a brief presentation about your theatre at a future MTA meeting, contact Ginger Heath and she'll schedule your appearance. Regional Spotlights are a good opportunity to blow your theatre's horn.
Check out the new and improved MTA website. After a year with the Arts Online Project, some changes and additions have been made to our home on the web. We now have direct FTP access to the site so wechanges no longer have to go through three layers to make changes. Several of our member theatres have their own sites now. Also new is a Links section of theatre sites around the world. If you come across a site you want to have added to the list, let Tom Hollis know.
There are two ways to get to Barbizon at 1016 McClelland Ct. First, if coming from
downtown, take Graham St. north (toward I-85) approximately 2 miles to the intersection of
Graham and Atando. Turn left on Atando. Then take the first right onto Asbury. Then turn
left on McClelland. Watch for the Barbizon sign on the right. If coming from I-85, take
exit 40 onto N. Graham St. At the top of the ramp turn left toward town. Go approximately
1 mile to the intersection of Graham and Atando. Turn right onto Atando. Then turn left on
McClelland. Watch for the Barbizon sign on the right.
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