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    BIO: for more information check out Mini Minnelli’s Facebook fan page.

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    “You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester

  • Cold Case Files

    MISSING: Is there any play, musical or other such theatre related stage project, script, company or artist you cannot locate?  Let us know and hopefully all you Junior Drama G Men and out there can post some leads! For example, does anyone know what became of the Keith Haring musical “Radiant Baby?”

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    “You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester

  • Safety Tip

    To protect your intellectual property:


    U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress,
    Washington, D.C., 20559, 202-707-9100



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    “You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester

  • There Oughtta Be A Law

    Crime: “Gratuitous Standing Ovations”

    Once the barometer of a hit show, audiences now tend to stand up for virtually every single performance-whether they enjoyed it or not. Like it is an obligation that comes with your ticket price along with the theatre restoration fee; perhaps producers have rigged an electric shock under the red under your red velvet seats to zap you into military attention.

    Do not get me wrong, I am all for the grand tradition of honoring excellence by jumping to my feet in applause. That stated, when I am not compelled to stand, I feel as if the patrons around me (not to mention some of the actors in front of me) are staring at me, like I am some sort of cultural pariah-despite the fact that I may have loved the show.

    Please: by all means stand for the performance that moves you and, for the love of Liza do not leave the theatre during curtain calls because you do not want to wait on line at the garage.  But if you stand for no other reason than T.P.P. (Theatrical Peer Pressure), I suggest the punishment fit the crime:

    Fine:  one must watch the performance from the standing room only section and then sit down during the curtain call.

    What do you think about the crime of the Gratuitus Standing Ovation? Share your thoughts below!

    “You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester

  • Disorderly Conduct - Peter Pan

    A typical production of Peter Pan juggles such stage variables as child actors, production numbers, dancers in animal costumes, sword play, elaborate set changes, lasers, pyrotechnics, three types of smoke (dry ice, hazers and chemical fog) and, ideally flying (I qualified the later because some older road houses cannot support the ZFX or FOY rigging but I am getting ahead of myself). When all this stage craft works harmoniously the show delivers on its promise to be a place where dreams are born. When they do not, such is the magic of live theater that the audience is usually in on the joke and, so long as it is only pride that gets hurt, everyone exits the main or stage door smiling.

    To wit: my experience as an actor in a tour of Peter Pan included such unscripted moments as Captain Hook’s hook unscrewing and flying across the stage- forcing his fellow pirates to call him “Captain Stump;”,  the child actor playing Michael falling asleep onstage forcing Wendy to scream in his ear: “Wake up!!!!” - prompting the kid to jump to his feet like he just saw Elaine Stritch under his bed, before being latched to his flying rig, and yanked into the air-where he woke up somewhere over the mezzanine.  And of course the eluded to former vaudeville road house with such limited fly space only Peter Pan could sing, “I’m Flying,” while the little Darlings pondered how they were going to hitch a ride to Neverland.

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    “You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester

  • Wanted: Actors!


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    “You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester

  • The Lineup

    There was a recent press release announcing the licensing of 30 minute version of ANNIE.  This inspired the Drama Police to offer tips on how to make your show shorter:

    • Direct Jean Valjean to pay for the bread
    • Your Twelve Angry Men agree on the first ballot
    • Change the Guys line to “The Biltmore Garage is in!”
    • Have the apothecary prescribe Hamlet some Prozac
    • Make Danny & Sandy gay (like in the movie)
    • Direct the Darling family to lock their windows at night
    • Cut all the curse words from your Mamet play

    Have any tips to make a show shorter? Leave a comment below.

    “You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester

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