MTA Invited to Celebrate CP Summer Theatre's 25th "Silver" Anniversary
MTA will next meet on June 23, 1998 at 5:30pm. Our host will be CPCC Summer Theatre. Please RSVP by June 19 by calling 330-6534 before 5:00pm. The show for this meeting will be Will Rogers Follies. The regional spotlight will be on the Union County Players . Originally Theatre Charlotte was to have been our host in April, but as you will recall, due too casting problems at MCT, Theatre Charlotte exchanged dates with them in February.
Here's a big MTA "Thank You" to Matthews Community Theatre, Stan Campbell and Corporate Capers for their contibutions to our April meeting. Good Luck MCT with the renovations to the Matthew's Community Center.
In response to the chronic lack of performance and storage space for theatre in the Metrolina area, MTA has assembled a panel to discuss with MTA members common solutions to this age-old problem. The panel makeup is still open at this writing. Contact Ginger Heath if you're interested.
Several companies in our area have had to move in recent weeks due to this problem. And all of us have had to dispose of costumes, props and scenery because we just didn't have any place to keep it any more.
This is exactly the kind of issue MTA was founded to explore. Alone we don't have much
hope of solving this problem. Together we have an opportunity to improve our individual
lot, but only if you get involved. Don't just stand and curse the darkness alone, join
your voice with others and bring in the light.
Charlotte Rep won the Governor's Business Award. They were one of nine companies in NC awarded this honor by Gov. Jim Hunt. It was presented in a ceremony at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh on May 7. The award was in recognition of various creative partnerships Charlotte Rep has developed with local and national businesses. The Governor's Business Council on the Arts and Humanities gave Charlotte Rep a specially commissioned ceramic work by Wilmington artist Dina Wild-Ramsing.
Check out Mike Stair's new web site at www.tntie.com/stawsh/. Just type Mike's address into your web browser or go to the MTA site and click on the link there.
NCTC's annual gathering will be held November 5 - 8th at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
in Lenoir. The event will be sponsored by the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, Caldwell
Community College and Foothills Performing Arts,Inc.
Congratulations to Tom Vance for coming in second in the Republican Primary for County
Commission at Large. He is busy now getting ready for the November election. Anyone
interested in helping should contact him at 704-545-3581.
The 1998 NC Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival will be hosted by Wilkes
Community College October 29-31,1998. Next year the festival will be hosted by
UNC-Wilmington and in 2000 it will return to Catawba College in Salisbury. Interested in
entering? Contact David Reynolds at Wilkes Community College (910-838-6231) or Jim
Epperson, state ACTF Chair, at Catawba College (704-637-4771)
Community theatres that want to participate in the community theatre festival next November at NCTC must submit their applications by October 31,1998. The winner of the state competion will advance to the regional level at SETC in Greensboro in March,1999. The National AACTFest will be in Memphis,TN in July, 1999. The proximity of the regional contest in Greensboro makes this a great year for NC community theatres who have felt that the travel expenses prohibited entry in the past. Contact Sandy Tuten by phone (910-692-7882) or fax (910-692-0950) for entry info.
Send SETC workshop ideas to Mark Malinauskas, 1600 Keenland Dr., Murray, KY 42071. Proposal submission dealine is June 15, 1998.
Include your web address in all your marketing efforts. Not sure what your MTA web address is? Contact Tom Hollis at CPCC(704-330-6835) and he'll be glad to give it to you. Don't have a web address. Contact Tom and he'll help set yours up. It's one of the benefits of MTA membership.
SETC plans a special 50th anniversary issue of Southern Theatre for next year. Plans
include an SETC Sampler- a series celebrating high-profile people in the arts with ties to
SETC. Send ideas to Tom Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send photos to Tom at 5204
Wedgewood Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503-4210. A second feature will be anecdotes about
Executive Director Marian Smith. Send these to Herman Middleton, 203 Village Lane, Unit A,
Greensboro, NC 27409-2531 or by phone at (336- 292-3323). Finally, if you have pictures
from past SETC events, send them to Deanna Thompson at 4223 Princeton Ave., Greensboro, NC
The Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development publishes the North Carolina
Calendar of Events annually. Listings are by town and must be of interest to the general
traveling public. Call 919-733-7501 to request a form for submitting your events for the
1999 booklet. Check out the NC Arts Council's website at www.ncarts.org. Contact the NCAC
by email at email@example.com.
Chair-person- Check mail weekly. Schedule meeting sites. Prepare meeting agendas.
Schedule Excom meetings. Vice-Chair-person- Schedule speakers for meetings. Schedule
regional spotlights for meetings. Secretary-Prepare and distribute meeting minutes.
Maintain mailing list. Prepare mailing labels. Organize telephone tree for each meeting,
Maintain organization archives. Treasurer-Prepare financial reports for each meeting.
Manage income and expenses. Control bank account(s). Send membership renewal invoices. At
Large-Represent constituent areas of MTA to board.
From: "Cheryl L. M. Adkins"
Subject: Little Theatre of Gastonia
Date Sent: Thursday, May 7, 1998 11:53PM
I just wanted to send a greeting to the cast and crew of Divorce Southern Style now performing at the Little Theatre of Gastonia. I read on the web about their opening night.
From the Playmakers & Co. (Blackesburg, VA) cast and crew of Divorce Southern Style, we our best wishes to everyone for a great run!!!!
Cheryl L. M. Adkins (character of Elizabeth)
Subject: La Jolla Playhouse Link
Thank you for listing us in your theatre links page. We now have our own domain and would like the link to go to http://www.ajollaplayhouse.com.
La Jolla Playhouse
Send in your season schedules to Keith Martin and Tom Hollis as soon as they are final.
Keith will enter them in the Conflict Resolution database and Tom will include them in the
Callboard and see that they are posted on the web. Got a prop you want to swap? Looking
for an unusal prop? Send it in to the MTA Prop Swap-(Tom Hollis-704-330-6835). Nominations
are still open for next year's MTA board. See the job descriptions on page 3 and send your
nominations to Susan Smith Nominations Chair on the form below.Volunteer to host an MTA
meeting for '98-'99. Present your theatre in a regonal spotlight. Got an idea for a
meeting topic? Contact any board member ASAP.
The primary elections are past now and unfortunately most of the "Gang of
Five" were chosen to run again in the Fall. Some with opposition, some with none. The
turnout was again very small, resulting in the election of county commisioners by a
minority of voters.
Plans are underway to continue the fight for "arts minded" officals in the Fall. Contact the candidates of your choice and work for their election.
Susan Smith has been named an At-Large member of the South Carolina Theatre Association
board for next year. Congratulations Susan and good luck with your new duties.
The Carolina Theatre Preservation Society will conduct tours of the historic Carolina
Theatre in uptown Charlotte at 11:30am, noon, 12:30 and 1:00pm every Friday through
September. Located at Sixth and North Tryon streets, the Carolina Theatre opened in 1927
and was one of Charlotte's grandest performance spaces through the 1960's. The CTPS was
founded to restore this fine old landmark. They are currently surveying area theatre
companies to determine demand for use of the venue. If your company is interested, contact
the society at 366-4239.
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