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Wally Pfister - What it's like to be a director with a $100 million budget.

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A Photo Essay of the history of WBTV in Charlotte North Carolina

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Musicians organize against Lionsgate for unfair practies.

The American Federation of Musicians , state legislators, labor union officials, community leaders, and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra organize for fair treatment of musicians

Read it at Creative Loafing Atlanta

The father of Sara Jones says the death of his daughter on set was senseless.

Her parents have hired an Atlanta law firm to hold someone accountable for the accident and explain why they were working on the train tracks without permission.

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The Mineola Twins

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MineolaTwins.jpgCongratulations to the cast and crew of The Mineola Twins playing now through Sunday at Winthrop University as a part of Rock Hill's Come See Me Week.

It is a story of two young women, identical twins, who long to leave Mineola for bigger things.  Riley Ketchum shines playing the parts of both Myrna and Myra. Bridgette Smith has a strong and comical performance as Jim in the first acts and Sarah in the latter part of the play. Not to be outdone, Rodrick Freitas is outstanding as Kenny and Ben.  

The play starts out with Jenn Fant as The Voice who hauntingly narrates the dream sequences that appear throughout the play. Her and the ensemble: Sydney Bertsch, Jesse Pritchard, Nora Webb, and LaShawn Woolridge illustrate what's happening in the dream sequences as well as appearing as individual characters later in the play.

This is  a comedy with a serious subtext to it covering the periods from the Eisenhower era to the Nixon and Bush Sr. administrations.  Myra and Myrna are as different as night and day and are never in agreement as siblings sometimes are.  No one is perfect though as you will learn.  

There were many sets used throughout the play that were well designed with a modern look while being  simple and effective at projecting the style of the play and being the perfect backdrop for the performers.  The sound design and lighting emphasized what was happening onstage very well and the acoustics and sound in the auditorium was spectacular.  This helped create the magic of The Mineola Twins.

GSN This Week

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Romeo at Juliet's Deathbed

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Romeo & Juliet: Eternal Love is will debut in Miami, Florida on May 15 thru 17th in the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.  It promises to be unlike any other production of Romeo & juliet in it's modern approach and use of holography in the presentation.

They are looking for both English and Spanish singers with great skills along with the ability to read sheet music.

Available Roles:

Romeo: Montague's son, age 18-30. Tenor. Great stage presence. Inclination for acting and performing, and with outstanding singing skills.

Juliet: Capulet's daughter, age 18-30. Soprano. Great stage presence. Inclination for acting and performing, and with outstanding singing skills.

Mercutio: Romeo's friend, age 18-30. Tenor with vibrant vocal skills. Inclination for acting and good gesturing.

Tybalt: Juliet's cousin, age 18-35. Baritone.

Juliet's Nurse: age 30-50. Mezzo-soprano

Friar Laurence: high priest of a church in Verona, age 25-35. Baritone.

Lady Capulet: Juliet's mother, age 25-35. Mezzo-soprano.

Capulet: Juliet's father, age 40-50. Bass.

Uncle Capulet: Capulet's brother, age 40-50. Bass.

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If you are a writer or filmmaker who would like to learn more about writing and share some comaraderie with like minded folks this is the class for you. Beginning February 5th and continuing every Wednesday at Jade Castle Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.

The instructor will be John Norwood who graduated from  the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television.  

Starting Wednesday Feburary 5th at Jade Castle Studios.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

More information at:
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Acting classes for adullts and kids/teens being February 5th at Jade Castle Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.  The classes are limited to 10 students and you must register by January 31st.

Taught by veteran actor  Ron Joseph.

Wednesday Feburary 5th thru April 23rd at Jade Castle Studios.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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One of Tweetsie Railroad's two steam locomotives, 2-8-2 #190, on May 20th, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tweetsie Railroad, located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is seeking entertainers for their 2014 season.

They are needing singers, dancers, actors, equestrians, magicians, and specialty acts.

2014 Local Auditions
January 25 & 26
9:00 am Registration / Auditions begin at 10:00 am
I.G. Greer Hall
Appalachian State University
401 Academy Street
Boone, NC

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Presented by Charlotte Viewpoint as part of their CV Conversations series there will be a reception followed by a preview/rehearsal of Mallery Avidon's new comedy O Guru Guru Guru -- or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you.  Donna Scott will moderate a Q and A session with Mallery  and Mrichael R. Simmons, the artistic director of CAST after the play.

I understand there will be a guest appearance by Julia Roberts as well.

Don't miss this entertaining event.

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Galileo Galilei. Portrait by Ottavio Leoni. Detail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like to act and entertain?  Maybe you've been to a Renaissance Festival and would like to join in.  Here's you chance.

Casting calls and auditions for the 2014 Florida Renaissance Festival - Deerfield Beach and Miami shows. The Deerfield Beach show will take place at Quiet Waters Park on weekends from February 8, 2014 to March 16, 2014. The Miami show will kick off on the weekend of March 29, 2014 at Cauley Square Historic Village until April 13, 2014.


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Tuscon 40 is a sci fi, fantasy, and horror convention held in Tuscon Arizona.  This years event will be November 8th thru 10th, 2013. 

Here is an an event you'll like if you're a beginning actor.

6:00 pm Saturday, November 9th
Acting for Film an Active Lesson

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Eric Shumacher of Picture Arizona will be there teaching a film acting class where he'll go over the fundamentals of film acting and how it's different from stage acting.  He will also tell you about set etiquette so that you'll appear more seasoned when you appear on set.

As many attendees as possible will be involved in working a scene together and will cover how to nail a performance.  Special effects and how to act around them will be touched upon.

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las...

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)

America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.

Find the city closest to  you below.

Broadway After Dark

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Debbie's Angels Productions presents Broadway After Dark!  Back by popular demand, this racy, rowdy revue is coming back to Jacksonville!  This is our 3rd year and our cast is bigger and better than ever!

This cast will be performing songs from shows such as Chicago, Rent, Cabaret and many more!   Girls night out?  Date night?  Just want to have a good time? 

Come out and be BAD with us!

SETC Fall Auditions.jpgActors, singers, dancers.  The Southeastern Theatre Conference has their professional acting auditions coming up this September.  The auditions will be held at the Atlanta Airport Hilton.  Representatives from dinner theatres, professional stock, repertory, touring, theme parks, and cruise lines will be there to see your audition and choose talent for their productions.

To qualify you must have a minimum of two paid acting contracts in theatre or be a fully paid and current member of the Actors Equity Association.  You must also be 19 years old or older and, have recommendations from two professional credits listed on your application unless you are an Equity member.

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John Mellencamp (Public domain photo by Peter Rimar. via Wikipedia)

What do you get when you put John Mellencamp and Stephen King together then add T-Bone Burnett for good measure?  A musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.  

Conceived by John who enlisted the help of Stephen King as the writer, it's a southern gothic musical about a sibling rivalry that turns to tragedy.  John wrote all the songs for the musical.  After more that 10 years of collaboration they brought on T-Bone Burnett (music producer of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and many others) to help pull it all together.

The musical will have shows coming this October and November in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa.  In addition it will be released as a digital and hardcover book.  The soundtrack which is available on iTunes includes Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Roseanne Cash, and John Mellencamp with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz.   

See the promotional video for the musical below.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.JPGSouthwest High School in association with Debbie's Angels Productions presents the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  

The show is about the highs and lows of elementary school kids trying to win the spelling bee trophy.  But there is a twist!  We need you to be a part of the show!  That's right, we need audience volunteers for every show.  Just sign up in the lobby before the performance.  

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Debbie's Angels Productions is holding auditions for its popular revue Broadway After Dark.  This is a racy, rowdy revue of some of Broadway's biggest hits including songs from Chicago, Rent, Gypsy, Smokey Joe's Cafe, etc.  They are looking for men and women. You will be performing songs, dances, scenes and monologues from various shows when you audition so please be prepared.

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • 32 bars (a verse and a chorus) of a Broadway song.  If you don't know any Broadway songs, prepare a pop, rock, gospel or country song.  Bring sheet music if you have it but also be prepared to sing acapella.
  • If you are NOT a singer, please prepare a 1-2 minute comedic or dramatic monologue.
  • Bring a headshot and resume if you have it.   If you don't, no worries. Just come anyway!

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Debbie's Angels Productions is seeking a music director for their Spring theatre classes.  You must be able to read music, teach vocal parts and play the piano.  There is some pay.  Please email your resumes to  Looking for someone in the Onslow County or surrounding areas of North Carolina. 

Meme Simmons Loves Theatre

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Meme Simmons HS1.jpgThe theatre is something special.  Meme Simmons knows that.  She was drawn to it as a child.  First singing in the choir at age four then performing in high school plays for five years since she did her first musical with the high school when she was still in the eighth grade.

From high school she went straight to college in New York City.  Eventually landing roles in off-broadway productions and touring companies.

Now she's back in her hometown bringing her theatrical talent to the people of Jacksonville, North Carolina.  Here she has established Debbie's Angels Productions to produce shows and teach acting with the help of her relatives and friends.

In Jacksonville she has helped produce a musical at Southwest High School and directed theatre classes for the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  Debbie's Angels produced a musical called Broadway After Dark last year and has plans for two more adult performances this year and one for kids.