Monday, February 11, 2008

Where did last week go?

It's been said that life is what happens while you're busy making other plans, and the same is certainly true when it comes to a life in theatre. While it's not that anything monumental happened last week that caused me to go a whole seven days without a posting (though I was busy with the usual multitude of mundane tasks for which this blog serves as a welcome distraction), it's just that life, or something like it, got in the way of all. Now perhaps it's a good thing; I've learned over the years to regard with suspicion decisions that have been made in haste, as quite often those hasty decisions are followed by sharper, more considered ones, that are much more appropriate to the nature of the issues at hand. Still, my apologies for my tardiness.

It's very, very cold out here in Grinder country today. Very cold. January, February and March have to be the three worst months to try and make theatre in this country. It's hard to get people out to see shows, the weather is always questionable, and of course, something as simple as a warm place to rehearse can even be a challenge. It's enough to have forced the bulk of Canadian Theatre to give up on the winter months - the height of theatre in this country comes during the summer, and, in fact, that's when this company is at its busiest as well. Nevertheless, we shall slog on through the snow until spring, but not without some of those "sharper, more considered" decisions, brought about by repeated battles with frostbite, snowbound cars and frozen water pipes.

First off, we're going to post-pone the "Dating Disasters" and "Laughing out Loud" events until March, combining them with the "Vintage Gut-busters" show at the Elora Centre for the Arts March 13th - 15th to create one "super-weekend" of love and laughter. With any luck by then it will a bit warmer, and it will be possible to get someone out to see these three great shows.

By that time as well we'll also have a lot more to tell you about the upcoming summer seasons in Ennotville and Belwood, including how you can get a season pass to see all seven of these shows for just one low price.

And finally, of course, there's The Hollow, March 27th - 29th at the Fergus Grand. Again, that's what I do in my copious amounts of spare time, direct Agatha Christie murder-mysteries. It really is a great show - it's still early but I have a hunch that it will be our best Agatha Christie yet - we have a great cast and crew, and we're having a blast in rehearsals.

So with any luck it won't be another seven days before I make another posting - tomorrow sounds good to me. One thing that would really be cool is if you, my readers (whomever you may be) put in your two cents worth on these postings. Feel free to comment on this or anything else you see on here. Maybe there's a show you think Grinder should do, or you've got the next idea that will "fill the theatre!" (Just to warn you, I get on average about one of those a week and so far no golden eggs) or you just want to say hi. Whatever it is, I'm always ready to hear you out because I figure that since you've heard me out the least I can do is return the favour.

Stay warm, everyone.

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