Thursday, May 29, 2008

Show Notes from the latest Call-Back Podcast Episode #100

The podcast can be found at or by searching iTunes for Call-Back with Geoffrey Short.

Hello! Thanks for downloading. It's been a long time since the last audio podcast episode of Call-Back. The show evolved into a video theatre documentary series airing locally here in Cleveland Monday nights at 10:30p on Cox cable channel 45. But podcasting is so important and it's great to be back!

In this episode:
We talk about musical revues. I was just in one - The World Goes Round - the music of Kander and Ebb at Brecksville Theatre on the Square ( in Brecksville, Ohio and I will be directing another this summers - Some Enchanted Evening - the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein at Huntington Playhouse in Bay Village, Ohio ( This prompted the question - "how do you stage a musical revue? Does the lack of a structured book thrill you or scare you? How much creative flexibility can you have with a revue? Do you approach it as sort of a staged concert or with more plot structure? I personally love the freedom a revue gives you and for someone who is so focused on music in all its forms as I am, I think they give us great new ways to present wonderful music.
Speaking of musical this episode we get a preview of Some Enchanted Evening ( This preview is also a video that is on the S.E.E. site as well as on YouTube. In it I discuss auditions, rehearsals, concepts, etc.
We also take a look at starting a "new" 30-year old theatre - The Cassidy Theatre in Parma Heights, Ohio. For 30 years this community theatre has been municipally owned and operated. In light of ever-increasing economic challenges a group of us got proactive and began the process of becoming a new non-profit, independent entity late last year. We formed a new board, wrote articles of incorporation and have been applying for various grants. This is not a unique situation and I would love to hear about similar experiences in your towns. The ups and downs of this adventure certainly provide enough drama for a show in and of itself!
Then we go behind the scenes of auditions for the upcoming CAMEO production of Thoroughly Modern Millie ( We'll be documenting this show on Call-Back and is the case with every show this is the first step! Enjoy!

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