WBEZ | Jason Loewith http://www.wbez.org/tags/jason-loewith Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Dance at American Girl Place http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-21/daily-rehearsal-dance-american-girl-place-96587 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-21/900707345_98af1542eb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Gilbert &amp; Sullivan's <a href="http://www.footlights.com/chicago/events/event/view-event/gilbert-sullivans-the-gondoliers.html"><em>The Gondoliers </em></a></strong></span></span>is up at Mandel Hall at the University of Chicago the weekend of March 9. It&nbsp;"takes place in 19th-century Venice, where two handsome and charming would-be Kings – both gondoliers – vie for the disputed throne of Barataria." Riveting! Will there be water? Another fun fact: When it opened, "the comic opera was Gilbert &amp; Sullivan’s last great success, opening in 1889 and continuing for 554 performances—at that time the fifth longest running piece of musical theatre in history." And a final fun fact:&nbsp;2012 is the 28th consecutive year that the proceeds from the production will benefit the University's Department of Music.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. We've got more detailed thoughts</strong></span></span> about the power of regional theater from Jason Loewith at Howlround.&nbsp;The gist? Stop whining! "Managing institutional expansion while staying true to a theater’s intimate roots is a huge challenge when companies try to break financial barriers, <a href="http://www.howlround.com/in-case-you-missed-the-revolution-by-jason-loewith/">he writes</a>.</p><blockquote><p>"A success story I love was written by Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois. The company, which began in 1992 with fifty seats in the back of a bookstore, traded on its intimacy between artist and patron, and within ten years had grown to a budget of $1.2 million and 5,400 subscribers. When the company designed a new space in 2003, it held on to its hallmark intimacy by increasing to only 108 seats; the company retained (and even grew) its near-capacity subscription base, and now boasts a budget of $3.5 million.</p></blockquote><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Red Orchid's <em>Megacosm </em></strong></span></span>has been extended through March 11. Read more about the production <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/dado-comes-back-chicago-red-orchids-megacosm-96019">here</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-21/900707345_98af1542eb.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 225px; " title="Just imagine they're ballerinas (Flickr/C.J. Peters)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. An activity I would have gotten behind as a youth </strong></span></span>(and, let's face it, am totally into now):&nbsp;The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and American Ballet Theatre (ABT) have joined up to host a dance class for girls 8 and up at the American Girl Place in Water Tower. "Visiting ABT teaching artist and former ABT dancer Anna Spelman will lead four 20-minute sessions featuring an introduction to the basics of ballet and movement from ABT’s upcoming performance of <em>Giselle </em>at ATRU (March 22 – 25)." It's a free event, but space will be limited. March 10 from 11 am to 1 pm.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Theaters just love conversations these days</strong></span></span>. Strawdog is the latest; they're doing a series called "Play Rites!" that starts March 5 will Bill Savage. He'll be moderator for&nbsp;“American Criminals,” a spin-off of The Petrified Forest. Topics of discussion include gangsters and outlaws of all kinds.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-21/daily-rehearsal-dance-american-girl-place-96587