Which Way do We Go?
MTA turns twelve this year. My how time flies. It seems like only yesterday it was born and now it's on the verge of becoming a teenager. Before we know it the new millenium will be here. Where will the year 2001 find MTA? The last year has been a tumultuous one for theatre in our area. Companies have been born and companies have died. Controversy has raged and new support has been found in unexpected places. Throughout , MTA has sailed onward. But in what direction? A number of questions were raised about MTA as our year ended. Some were addressed but most were not. As we start this twelfth year, your board has decided to set aside the usual pattern of our meetings to invite the membership to discuss, reflect and explore just where we are. So, instead of a guest speaker at our first meeting, we are are going to open the floor for a frank and open discussion of just what is it the members want MTA to be. This is it folks! Happy with the status quo? Then say so. Want MTA to do other than it has? Name it!
MTA will meet on September 12 at 5:30 pm at Theatre Charlotte. Members should RSVP by 5:00pm on September 6 by calling 376-3777. The show for this meeting will be My Fair Lady. Remember member organizations are entitled to 2 tickets only.
Welcome to Daina Giesler the new Artistic Director at Theatre Charlotte. Ron McIntyre Fender has taken over at Montgomery Community Theatre in Troy. Keith Cassidy is the new Artistic Director at Gardner Webb University.
The Metrolina Theatre Association was organized on April 1, 1984 with the following mission statement:MTA's mission is "to support and promote the growth of dramatic arts in the Metrolina area through member-group cooperation."
Achieve Mission by:
1. Preventing duplication of productions each season within the Metrolina area
2. Increasing communication and cooperation among the various theater groups
3. Keeping all members actively involved in MTA events and other theater activities throughout the area
4.Sharing theatrical properties, costumes, etc. among MTA members
5. Encouraging the effective management of performing arts companies
6. Maintaining a current list of available theatre personnel and their resumes
7. Maintaining a current list of media contacts
North Carolina Theatre Conference 1996 Meeting in Winston-Salem November 7-9
Southeastern Theatre Conference 1997 Meeting March 5-11 Miami,FL
Candace Sorenson will present an update on the AATE (American Alliance of Theatre Educators ) convention coming in 1997. Doug Robinson will bring us up to date on what's involved in sponsoring AACT/FEST(American Association of Community Theatre) in 1999 or the International Community Theatre Festival in 2000.
We want to spotlight available theatre technicians in the metrolina area at the October 25 MTA meeting at Children's Theatre . So if you're a techie and are looking for work, contact a board member and come to the meeting with resumes .
On January 24, 1995 the EXCom of MTA met at Children's Theatre in a special long-term
planning session. Several ideas were presented to the group for hosting several national
conventions in Charlotte. The first of these, the American Alliance Theatre Educators,
convention will take place in 1997. The time is upon us to apply to the American
Association of Community Theatre to host the national convention in 1999 or the
International Community Theatre Festival in 2000. Is this something MTA wants to do? Such
conferences will require the involvement of the entire membership in fund raising and in
manpower. Are there other more local needs that MTA needs to be addressing? What do you
want MTA to do for Theatre in this area in the next five years? Come to the September
meeting and speak your piece.
Fort Mill Community Playhouse is looking for a director for their future production of Fiddler on the Roof. Interested? Contact Joyce Sullivan or Nancy Moose at (803) 548-8102.
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