1. One of the Goodman's Youth Arts Council members, Lauren Escobar, has been honored by NBC Chicago as one of 11 Hispanic-Americans recognized during Hispanic Heritage month for "continued contributions to the Hispanic community." Being a Youth Arts Council member means that you work with your school and community to encourage theater, and you lead workshops for young kids as well. They come out of a crop of kids who complete a General Theater Studies program. Escobar was acknowledged at a lunch last week at NBC Chicago studios.
2. WNEP says they're "feverishly working behind the scenes to prepare for our next show." Check back on their website soon for further announcements (or I'm paying attention, here).
3. New Leaf Theatre is letting you vote on whether or not you want them to extend their show Burying Miss America, and if you do, how so. Through Friday evening, vote on their blog for the performance time you'd go to, and if enough people vote (20 or more), the show will happen. Democracy in action, people.
4. Reviews are in for The Game Show Show...and Stuff! after their big move to the Mercury Theater. It's still a fun night, but Chris Jones says that when you move to a big marquee, "expectations change." And he has specific recommendations. "Here's what needs to happen for this show to work in such a space: It has to be much, much faster and funnier — Lawfer needs more material and he should have a lot more fun with his eager volunteers."
5. Interested in TimeLine Theatre's marketing techniques this year? Photographer Ryan Robinson fills you in on the "million x-acto blades and stacks and stacks of paper" it took to make the images promoting this year's plays. And watch this video, it's definitely cool.
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