Category Archives: Conferences and Training
A short collection of the most interesting articles and features that found their way across my desk this week. I’ll be collecting these gems and posting them every Saturday. If you find any articles that rocked your world this week, let me know on my Contact Page and I’ll add them to the next Golden Goulash!
Once in a while, I get to crawl out of the depths of my theater and my city and take a trip to see how the other half lives. Recently, on a trip to New Hampshire to visit family, I was treated to a trip to see the opening night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Manchester’s historic Palace Theatre, located at 80 Hanover Street.
This was quite the treat for me. I had been in attendance at the San Diego conference in 2012 where the Palace from the Outstanding Historic Theater award from the League of Historic American Theatres (a great professional organization, by the way); I had been jonesing to see it ever since. Relatedly, being able to watch a show, that I don’t have to do anything for, incognito, so to speak, is always delightful. No (or at least, less) stress, no professional cringing at technical issues, no worries about overly long concession lines, no need to address bathroom backups. None of the myriad “emergencies” that present themselves when dramatic people, and the people who love them, get together for a show.I was in working-vacation heaven.
There is a lot to like about the Palace. The Will Call line was fast-moving and efficiently clerked, the lobbies were spacious and allowed for a free flow of traffic. They had a rather nice piece of donor wall-art, created with different-sized plates indicating donor levels. Other sponsors were alternated on the curtain before the show and listed in the program, some with topical and attractive program ads. The brochures and flyers that were available were attractively designed. Once inside the theater, the number of seats and size of the auditorium gave a cozy feel that lends itself well to seeing live theater. Our seats were in the third row, house left, and were well-spaced and comfortable. The complimentary beverage, and pre-orders taken by a friendly server, were a nice touch and made us feel special. They also saved us from standing in line at intermission! Certain tickets carry these perks.
The show was very well done. The performers were enthusiastic, energetic and talented, and the cast was peppered with some great dancers and singers, including a very young break dancer! The band of brothers were very funny and stole the show, and the audience enjoyed it thoroughly.
It was nice, as always, to see such a lovely historic space nestled comfortably into a thriving downtown area, and the Palace was located on a street with lighted trees and storefront shops. I would definitely visit again in the future. Kudos to everyone at the Palace—keep up the good work!
I’d love to hear about your travels to other venues and organizations. Feel free to contact me or share them below!
I love a good webinar, and there are a ton of them out there! For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, they are seminars on a variety of topics, offered over the internet, usually with an expert speaker and a visual presentation. They’re great training for people with limited training budgets who want to know more about a particular development topic; many of them are offered for a nominal fee, and some are even free! I’ll be posting a list of them weekly; if you’re interested, follow the link for more information and to register. See my Webinars page for an ongoing listing. (NOTE: Membership may be required to access webinars.)
So this morning I watched a few items of interest, which reminded me that everything (well, most things anyway) that I know about development, and life in general, can be learned from watching classic movies.
From the mosquito “fight” scene in Summer Daze, with comedians Karl Dane and George K. Arthur, I learned that teamwork is a good idea, more often than not. Also, don’t ever assume; communication is key!
From The Pursuit of Happiness, a colonial period light comedy, I learned from Francis Lederer that keeping a positive attitude when it seems that things aren’t going your way will sustain you until things start to look up. And I learned from Charlie Ruggles that even when you want to shirk your duties, eventually you will have to face the music, and may even like it!
From Rex the Wonder Horse in Wild Beauty, I learned that you can still be a good leader and be by being assertive and being yourself.
Unfortunately, I didn’t learn much from the trailers, but they were entertaining.
I’m sure I learn some other lessons over the course of the weekend. What lessons have you learned from the movies?