Spring Cleaning at BAT

BAT spent a few Saturdays cleaning out its wood storage room.  It has been quite a bit of work and there is still one more Saturday to go (that will be sometime after “End Days images-1opens).  And BAT has not really touched its props room.  (If BAT had someone to run a garage sale, that would be fun.  Without that, a charity and/or the landfill will be getting some very interesting stuff.)

But more than just physically cleaning, BAT is looking hard at itself.  How to keep the progress going?  How to keep providing better live theater.  How to engage its audience more?  How to keep its volunteers happy and giving?  How to keep its donors engaged and happy?

Part of this introspection comes from the fire.  Fire is cleansing, and the rebuild (thank you BAT landlord, the Burien City Council) is a natural new beginning.  It is hoped that BAT will be able to head back home by the end of April.

images-3Part of this introspection comes from the added workload from the fire.  It is clear BAT needs some volunteers who are willing to take the lead on sections of the theater’s day-to-day operations, like ticket sales, donor and season ticket outreach, accounting, online media (even if just one of the platforms), snail mail outreach, grant writing, newsletters, ad sales, office work, data entry, concessions buying, arranging for art exhibits for concessions, new works development, and on and on.  These positions will not make you rich, in fact right now they don’t pay at all, but they will fill that desire to be needed and loved.

“End Days” marks the end of a wild season for BAT.  I do not recommend having a fire at your theater mid-season.  Due to the unknown build schedule, at the time decisions had to be made, it is very unlikely BAT will not do a summer show this year.  That will give BAT time to get moved back into its space and feel at home before the opening of its exciting 35th season, the 60th season of continuous live theater in Burien!  This is a great time to begin your volunteering with BAT.  (To help, contact BAT at info@burienactorstheatre.org.)images-4

If volunteers step forward there will be summertime fundraiser.  It will be the  unofficial start to BAT’s 35th season.  If not, the new season will kick off in September.

Hope to see you at a show!

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A sad reminder of a good thing

The last couple of weeks were a sad reminder of a good thing.  Theater is a family.  That is a very good thing.

The sad reminder is that the BAT’s theater family lost two of its own.  First was Henry Hart.  A long time actor, director and ex-BAT-trustee.  He was a wonderful man with a very long list of credits and awards.

The second was Joey Minar, a recent high school graduate who loved the arts and worked with managing director Maggie Larrick on his senior project, directing a play.  Joey was a rising star and very talented.

The passing of both of these members of the BAT family, at opposite ends of their theatrical careers, is another reminder to cherish every day and to be free with your complements.

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May at BAT – Back home?

Things are moving at BAT.  Construction is underway at BAT’s house.  The rebuild is well imgres-2underway.  The main part of the stage has been painted black.  The thrust still needs to be be build, curtains hung, electrics hung, etc.  But things are moving . . . . really.

If things stay on schedule, BAT will open “End Days,” a comedy, in its old home.  That would be grand!  Get your tickets HERE.

As BAT looks forward to “End Days,” BAT is looking for ways help you get more entertainment.  BAT has joined with Poets With a Purpose and Turbo Turkey to co-produce some late-night entrainment during the run of “End Days.”

So let’s look at where BAT is now; hold on to your armrest!

Friday – May 9 at 8:00 p.m. “End Days” – Opening night!  Always exciting.  Be the first to see the show and tell your friends.  Get tickets HERE.

Don’t miss the opening night party!  It is always a good time with food and more.

Saturday – May 10 at 8:00 p.m.End Days” – Date night!  All tickets are 2-for-1.  Get your tickets HERE.

Late-night improv with Turbo Turkey  – 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Back by popular demand.  More laughs into the night.

Sunday – May 11 at 2:00 p.m.End Days” – $7 Sunday.  That’s right just $7 for an afternoon of live theater.  Get your tickets HERE.

Friday – May 16 at 8:00 p.m. “End Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Late-night Poets With A Purpose10:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Amazing young adult artists showing their talents in a pay0what0you-will show!

Saturday – May 17 at 8:00 p.m. “End Days” Get your tickets HERE.

Late-night improv Turbo Turkey  – 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Sunday – May 18 at 2:00 p.m. “End Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Repeat:

Friday – May 23 at 8:00 p.m. “End Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Late-night Poets With A Purpose10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Saturday – May 24 at 8:00 p.m. “End Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Late-night improv with Turbo Turkey10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Sunday – May 25 at 2:00 p.m. “End Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Friday – May 30 at 8:00 p.m. “End Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Late-night Poets With A Purpose10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Saturday – May 31 at 8:00 p.mEnd Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Late-night improv with Turbo Turkey10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Sunday – June 1 at 2:00 p.m.  “End Days“  Get your tickets HERE.

Oh my, oh my, what a May!

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Henry Hart passes.

The one time president of the Board at BAT, actor, director and all around theater supporter and participant, Henry Hart (Hartog) passed away in the early morning Monday, March 31, 2014.

Henry Hart 2013

Henry Hart 2013

There is no doubt that without Henry, BLT, now BAT, would have gone dark long ago.  Henry lead the theater and then after he left and saw the theater struggling, Henry was key in bringing in many of those now involved with the theater.

The stage is a darker place without the bright light that was Henry Hart.  BAT will keep a spacial ghost light lit for Henry for the next 30 days.

Henry was last seen on BAT’s stage as the lead in “Visiting Mr. Green.”  A show he had wanted to be in for some time.  For Henry the curtain never goes down, just the venue changes.  Henry, break a leg and god bless.

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Thanks for “Noises Off”

BAT (Burien Actors Theatre) just completed its five week run of “Noises Off” at the old noises-web-artStaples space in Burien.  BAT moved to that location following the fire at its home theater space.  It just goes to show, if you give art a chance, it will happen wherever.

BAT’s old theater space is being rebuilt.  Thanks to the City of Burien.  Thanks too to the City for granting BAT a permit to use the old Staples space.

Big thanks also go to BAT’s audience, both new and old, who followed BAT to its temporary space to enjoy “Noises Off.”  The show was a great success.  Audiences loved it.  There is a very good reason why “Noises Off” is called one of the funniest scripts ever written, and BAT’s production highlighted all of the laughs.  Thank you, thank, thank you.

BAT’s audience is sole the reason to put on a show.  Without you, there would be no reason to produce better live theater.  BAT draws its strength from its audience.  Thanks to all who came to see “Noises Off.”

BAT’s donors made it possible for BAT to move into a space which was much more expensive than BAT’s normal rent.  (Retail space does not come cheap, at least not from non-profit standards.)  Join BAT’s donors by donating online HERE.  Check out some of BAT’s current donors HERE.

Once again BAT’s volunteers stepped up and made the production possible.  This time not only did they help with the building, and front of house, but they came and cleaned the old Staples space before BAT moved in.  BAT got the keys to the old staples space just two weeks before “Noises Off” opened.  BAT’s volunteers swarmed in and made the place livable.  Hat tip to each and every volunteer.

New for “Noises Off,” BAT joined with Turbo Turkey to provide some late-night fun in TT_20140301_14jpg-500x375Burien.  From 11 to Midnight, on Saturday nights, BAT presented improv.  It was one laugh after another.  It was so successful that BAT is considering bringing Turbo Turkey back on Saturday nights during the BAT’s next production “End Days.”  (It is always good to have a late-night laugh in Burien.)  “End Days” is in rehearsal now and opens on May 9, 2014.

Thanks to one and all who made “Noises Off” such a success!

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Thanks to Poets With a Purpose

BAT gives a big hat tip to Poets With a Purpose.  On Friday, March 21, PWAP put on a searchfund raiser for BAT.  After the fire at the theater, PWAP stepped up and asked what they could do to help BAT raise money.

PWAP presented a poetry slam and open mic.  Due to my being at “Noises Off” to help rotate the set, I could only be at about an hour of the fund raiser, but my oh my, I was in awe of the talent in that group.  If you have not been to a PWAP show, go!  I know I am going back.

Maybe BSAT can get then to come to our space.

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Get well Henry

BAT asks you to keep one of its longtime volunteers in your thoughts and/or prayers.  The

Henry Hart 2013

Henry Hart 2013

unstoppable Henry Hart is in Hospice Care.  He was last seen on BAT’s stage in “Visiting Mr. Green.”  He has done so much for BAT.  It is certainty that BAT would not be here today without Henry’s hard work and dedication.

As those of you who are around theater know, theater is a family.  That could not be more true than at BAT.  One of the elders of our family needs you to send your best thoughts and, if you do that, prayers.

Speaking for all of us, Henry, we hope you get better soon.

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A taste of late-night

Thanks to Michael Brunk, HERE, HERE and HERE are video clips of just a bit of last Saturday’s late-night improv w/ Turbo Turkey.

This is BAT’s first attempt at late-night comedy.  If you need a good laugh, show up at BAT’s pop-up theater at 14907 4th Ave SW in Burien at 11 pm on March 8, 15, or 22 and laugh ’til Midnight.  (If you haven’t already seen “Noises Off” come for the show stay for TT_20140301_14jpg-500x375the improv.)

Last Saturday, after “Noises Off” was hoot.  The hour flew by.

Here are some frequently asked questions about late-night improv:

“If I come to ‘Noises Off’ can I stay for late-night improv without paying more?”  Yes, late-night improv is strictly a pass-the-hat show.

“Can I go out for dinner and drinks on Saturday, and then come to late night improv?”  Yes you can.

“Can I stay at home on Saturday evening, and leave home just in time to make late-night improv?”  Yes, you can.
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Weekend 2 of “Noises Off”

The second weekend of “Noises Off” is past.  (Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 and noises-web-artSunday at 2 at 14907 4th Avenue SW in Burien.)  The second week of a run is always interesting.  Opening weekend everyone is tired, having worked hard to get the show up and ready to open.

Theater is one of the very few jobs where you simply cannot get an extension.  The show opens on the day it opens.  There is no “give.”

Opening weekend everyone’s adrenaline is working overtime.  That is part of why BAT has date night (2-for-1 tickets) and $7-Sunday in the first weekend.  Big crowds help keep the actors and crew on their toes.

By the second weekend everyone, hopefully, has had a chance to rest a bit.  The show begins to take on the rhythm it will have for the rest of the run.  Hopefully all of the bugs have been worked out.  Luckily, with “Noises Off” there were very few bugs from opening weekend to work out.

All in all, from now on this show will be consistent every night.  Having said that, this is live theater and no two shows are ever exactly alike.  You, the audience, change the show.  Your energy becomes the actors’ energy, as we all go on the wild ride that is “Noises Off.”

Get you tickets HERE.

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Improv!

BAT is pleased to present Turbo Turkey as Saturday late-night!  Every Saturday night after TurboTurkeynew-alternate“Noises Off,” from 11 pm to midnight, Turbo Turkey brings their comedic stylings to BAT’s space at 14907 4th Ave. SW in Burien.  That’s BAT’s temporary location in the old Staples store.

Every Saturday is a laugh filled night.  Come noises-web-artsee “Noises Off” and stay for Turbo Turkey’s improv.  (The latter is a pass-the-hat show.)  Or just come to see Turbo Turkey for some late-night fun.  Either way you’ll laugh and laugh and laugh.

 

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