Tick Tock Boom Clap is inspired by my stories of theatre, but EVERYONE has a story.  Actors, directors, musicians, audience members, tech... all of you! Elementary school productions to Broadway opening nights.
Here's a place to share YOUR stories with others who love theatre!
Ideas:  What is your favorite story from theatre?  What was your first show?
What does theatre mean to you?  What has theatre given to you?
Thanks for sharing!
 


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Sara P., CA
04/20/2012 8:28pm

First show: The Frog Prince in 4th grade. I was the frog. And I typed up all the scripts by myself. Do you remember typewriters and carbon paper? :)
Sara P., CA

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Sara P., CA
04/20/2012 8:33pm

First full production: The King & I in 1979 at Napa High School. We had an amazing music department. We built our own sets, and costumes were hand-sewn. The high school students were the cast & orchestra. And we ran for 2 weekends to sold-out crowds. Watching the video, it truly was quite an accomplishment for a high school. I played Eliza and was assistant choreographer. The choir director, Larry Edwards, opened the door to theater for me, and I will be forever grateful. This was the launching pad for 25 years of "playing" on the stage.

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Craig K
04/21/2012 6:39am

I remember that show (my sister was in the pit orchestra)! In retrospect, the quality went far beyond a typical high school production...especially the performance of the student who played the King, he was, absolutely amazing.

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Erika B
04/20/2012 8:35pm

my first show... Oklahoma - I got the LEAD! (I fudged and said I'd been in some others... shhhhhhhh!) But my favorite memory is when I finally "had" to kiss Curley onstage (it was awful at the time). I was a freshman in High School and completely afraid of everything "opposite sex" My director was so incredibly patient. The lead was a Junior or Senior. He was all, "whatever". She walked us through that scene so gently (over and OVER, poor thing) and I finally did it. MWAH! I exclaimed... Kathleen Ray said, "GREAT, let's not make that noise onstage - shall we??"

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Raymond C. Duval
04/20/2012 8:47pm

Yeah, and I remember when WE did Oklahoma and you bit my lip during our kiss on purpose to F%$K with me!!!!!!

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Erika B
04/26/2012 7:48pm

who ME?!?!?

Jay P
04/20/2012 9:07pm

I met my wife in the first show I drummed for. She was the lead and it was my first experience ever with theater. That was 20 years ago. Theater really did change my life!

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Craig K
04/21/2012 7:06am

Becoming involved in our community theatre opened my life to wonderful new friends, that I love like family. Even though I've only been in one show, thusfar, it is such a thrill to support the incredible talent that walks through those doors. Why did I wait until I was in my 40's to start having the time of my life?

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Georgiann K
04/21/2012 9:48pm

When I was about 9 Dad took me to San Francisco to see The Nutcracker, just him and I. I thought it was the greatest thing ever!! I was always pretty shy about being on stage though. Over the years I have seen Wicked and Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and saw the Lion King in Vegas in December. Love the costumes, the sets, just the creativity of it all.

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Erika B
04/26/2012 7:52pm

YES! The Nutcracker was a yearly event for my family as well... so moving and so important to my understanding of the power of live theater. Love those memories.

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Erika B.
04/26/2012 8:01pm

My older children, who I shamelessly insisted be in theater from the getgo... were in the first shows I directed (at ages 3 and 6) at Contra Costa Children's Theater. They were entranced and serious. They would also sit for hours while I worked with the older kids. I don't have the chance to offer them that now, but I am blessed with a 16 year old who teaches dance and singing at the local school of performing arts school. And my daughter loves to act. So whatever I "MADE" them do in the beginning, has simply become their passion. It's something we can talk about when there isn't anything else to bring us together - and it extends to music outside of theater, life outside of the stage. So incredibly important to me and so valuable to our relationships. Thank you St. Genesius.

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George Doerr
04/28/2012 4:07pm

I love this stuff. I'm experiencing the essence of community theatre. We rehearse in a Jr High and in a Church. We get fitted for costumes in a storage lot. We put together sets in a warehouse and move them to the temporary site. This is Pittsburg Community Theatre, but it could be anywhere. I really love the true community theatre experience.

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