This year, I pushed myself to new limits and began to develop variety entertainment through my company, DreamQuilt. Producing variety entertainment is an exciting combination of theatre skills in action: you’re casting, creating a through-line or theme, writing performer descriptions and occasionally the host’s lines (or performing them yourself), and creating a marketing plan. You also end up doing front-of-house stuff and perhaps a wee bit of stage management. I was lucky to have some great crew managers this year to help all productions run smoothly.
I also firmly believe in giving back to the community, so the majority of this year’s shows were either benefit shows or tied directly to a community organization. After all, the performing arts can transform the world.
Rock Musical Revue (October 2016)
Zombieville (July 2016)
Well-received variety show that featured burlesque, music, and comedy in an immersive, post-apocalyptic environment that blended with the activities of local LARPing group Dystopia Rising. Also included film fest.
Bizarrelesque (June 2016)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tale Variety Show (March 2016)
This production was part of Red Soul Days, the anti-violence festival I singlehandedly produced twice a year between 2014 and 2016. The festival also included a concert, an art show, and workshops.