Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

Last post before the holidays - have a good one everybody, and I'll talk to you again next week! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quick Update

Not much to report today - things are slowing down a bit for the holidays, I guess. A lot of stuff is coming down the pipe, though - we're getting ready to announce the 2010 season on January 1st, so I'm furiously working through what I need to do in order to get that ready. Watch for big things to be coming soon.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cleaning up at the end of the year

Happy solstice to my pagan readers!

It's almost the end of the year - time to get a few things finished up. My posts this week will be brief, since many of you are already gone for the holidays, but also because I'm going to try my best to end 2009 the way I'd like to start (and stay) in 2010 - on track. I've got a lot of work to do!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Postings on Hiatus this week

I'm renovating the bathroom right now. More witticisms to report next week.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Long Winter

I don't think that I suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) yet it seems that with the onslaught of bitterly cold weather my personal outlook has taken a nosedive. The persistent cold certainly has a lot to do with it, as well as the inanities of actually trying to work outside in said cold. But I think more than that it's the realization that for me this is going to be another long, cold, isolating winter, one that I'll simply have to wait out before I can do a lot of the things I want to do with my life and Grinder Productions.

Or perhaps its more sinister then that. Perhaps, just perhaps, I'm feeling so poorly at the start of this long winter not because of what's to come but because of what's already transpired. It was a very long year for me, with a few ups and a lot of downs, including a few cheap shots below the belt. What hurts the most though are the things that go unspoken, and the people who stay away.

It's going to be a long winter, and I am going to do a lot of rebuilding - much work has been done already. But honestly, I think it's more than getting in from the cold that I'll have to do before I can enjoy the summer's warmth once again.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Friday Send-off

I've tried to come up with some organic content to share with you this week, but I'm afraid that in the early morning fog I'm drawing a complete blank. Suffice it to say there is more and better material on the way - I'm writing at a furious pace in my more lucid moments. I want to take this blog higher in 2010 (and maybe actually start earning some revenue from it) and I know that it will start with creating a lot of witty, informative and entertaining content for you all to enjoy.

Here's to next week!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gift Certificates and Grinder Cards

Just a quick reminder that we still have Gift Certificates and Grinder Cards on sale - they make the perfect last-minute Christmas gift or the gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Call 519-780-7593 or e-mail grinder@grinderproductions.org and get yours today!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Performing the Role of Lighting Designer in a Theatrical Production

Another Helium article that's proving popular - just click on the title to go to the aricle.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What it's like to be a stay-at-home writer

Since this is what I'll be doing most of the winter I decided to write an article about it for helium. Just click on the title of this post to read it - it seems to have struck a bit of a chord with the Helium audience.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Monday Morning After

Well folks, it looks like we've brought the curtain down on another season here at Grinder. With the final performance last Saturday night of Grinder and Friends we're now down until our open auditions in March. Congrats to everyone who was involved in this production for a fine performance.

Now what will I ever think of to write about tomorrow....

Friday, December 4, 2009

Stand by, Mackenzie

This story will be published in 12 installments in the newsletter in 2010, as well as on the blog:

Mackenzie Kern is a skinny 18 year-old with a Grade 12 education, a bookkeeper mother and a lay preacher father. At the end of her last year of high school her best and only friend Bethany moves to the city with her boyfriend, leaving Mackenzie all alone in her whistle stop hometown of Sheridan's Falls.

Bored, broke and completely unsure of where to take her life next, Mackenzie gets a call from the Technical Director of the summer stock theatre troupe that has moved into the Lion's Hall for the summer. He's heard that Mackenzie helped out with the community theatre's production of The Grapes of Wrath last winter - would she like to come and be a part of the crew for a professional show?

Thinking she's just been given a job offer Mackenzie readily accepts, but soon realizes that she's just a volunteer, and that these "professionals" aren't nearly as adept at putting on plays as she thought they'd be.

But on the day before she plans to go to the TD and tell him she's outta there something happens that will make this one summer that Mackenzie will never forget....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Grinder and Friends Opens Tonight


Get your tickets at the door or here on the blog. So many people have worked so hard on this, so if you're looking for something to do this weekend we'd love to entertain you with this light-hearted family show.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Newsletter now available

Click on the title of this post to go to the December 2009 newsletter - chock-full of information about what we're up to this winter at Grinder

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Version of the website now uploaded

Refresh your browsers to see the latest version of www.grinderproductions.org. Please let me know thoughts, feedback, etc - and if you like what you see there's even a place to buy me a coffee!

Click on the title of this post to go to the new version of the site.