Raise the Royalties

BAT must pay the royalties for it’s 2015 musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” dollar-signby November 1, 2014. The royalties are steep! Please help Bat raise the royalties. Donate today and join the production team!

Two BAT donors have agreed to match your donation, so your good deed will go twice as far. The first $10,000.00 donated before the last performance of “Out of Sterno,” on October 19, 2014, will be matched!

So far, BAT donors have given $4,631.44, all of which will be matched. (Last updated September 30, 2014)

Please help raise the royalties. DONATE ONLINE, or send your check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien ,WA 98166.

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Yes Officer

At the opening of “Out of Sterno” BAT had a searchlight. It was . . . well . . . bright.

searchlight beams shine in the night sky. Sept. 26, 2014

On the opening night of the BAT production of “Out Of Sterno”, the searchlight beams shine in the night sky. Sept. 26, 2014. Photo by Craig Orsinger for Burien Actors Theatre.

Before opening night, BAT called the Port to make sure there would be no problem with using the light to announce the opening of BAT’s 35th season. The airport is just about 4 miles away.  BAT was thinking of using a searchlight at every opening this season.

Last season at “Noises Off,” which BAT presented at the old Staples storefront just two blocks south, BAT had a searchlight. No problem.

This time, back home, about two hours into the searchlight doing its best to invite people to the opening of a very funny fable of our time, four police cars show up. (It must have been a slow night in Burien.) Officer Friendly comes into BAT’s office and tells me pilots are complaining about BAT’s searchlight. He politely, in that way police officers do, asked me to turn off the searchlight, which I did.

A little while later the Captain shows up (more proof it was a slow night in Burien) and gives me a name of the supervisor of air traffic control, and asks me to call him.

Burien Actors Theatre hired a searchlight to announce the start of "Out Of Sterno". Sept. 26, 2014

On the opening night of “Out Of Sterno”, Burien Actors Theatre hired a searchlight to announce the start of the production. Sept. 26, 2014. Photo by Craig Orsinger for BAT

Of course, the phone number was not correct. A few web searches and phone calls later I get to talk to Mr. Vale.

It turns out that at this time the planes are landing from another direction. Hence, the call to the police. It looks like things are well on there way to being worked out, and BAT should have searchlights for the each opening night this season. But for a while there, things looked dark.

Everyone throughout this process was very nice and although apparently causing a small problem, we all agree that searchlights at opening are cool.

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Try a Sterno or a Holy Moly

In concessions at “Out of Sterno” BAT is offering hard cider, light and dark beer. BAT is IMG_0154also excited to have two specialty cocktails for this show, a Sterno and a Holy Moly.

The Sterno is a wonderful blue color, but like its name sake, sterno, the drink is mostly alcohol. The Sterno has been a big seller on the opening weekend.  (Take a look at what comes up when you google “color of sterno.”

The Holy Moly is chocolate on top of chocolate with a little cream. If you like chocolate, you’ll love a Holy Moly.

If alcohol is not for you, BAT has coffee, tea, and pop, There are also cookies from a local shop and a wonderful assortment of candy.

Come early and relax in concessions until the show begins. Concessions is open an hour before the show.

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Slight Change In Comments Policy

The spam comment load on this website has become unbearable. Part of the reason is that, for reasons best known to themselves, spammers are sending comments to old articles. Our filters catch them, but the extra load on the server and the fact that there are now multiple “comments” appearing daily in the spam filter makes it impossible to determine if any are, indeed, not spam, make a change necessary.

For this reason, I’ve turned off comments for articles that are more than three weeks old. If you have a concern about an older article, please tell us by e-mail to user webmaster at the server’s domain, which is burienactorstheatre.org.

Update by Craig (Sept. 29): I’ve also disabled comments on media attachments, which is what our blog software calls the pictures, videos, and other non-text things that appear in articles. Hopefully, this will be a temporary thing.

Your comments are important to us. The main reason I’m doing this is that it had become impossible to make sure that real comments by readers of this blog were not discarded as spam.

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Color of Sterno

I admit there are more things in the internet, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your Fullscreen 9:24:14, 8:41 PMphilosophy.

I googled the color of sterno to see what color one of BAT’s drinks should be.  BAT is going for that sterno color.  Check out what is in the images for color of sterno.  Yes, that is BAT’s logo.

Get your ticket to color of sterno “Out of Sterno” HERE.

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Auditions for “Bob’s Holiday Office Party”

Auditions for comedy “Bob’s Holiday Office Party” at Burien Actors Theatreimages-1

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the Northwest premiere of the comedy “Bob’s Holiday Office Party,” written by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk. Actors of all ethnicities invited to audition.

Synopsis: In this irreverent satire in which no cows are sacred, insurance agent Bob Finhead’s whacked-out friends and clients stop by his small-town Iowa office for their chaotic annual holiday bash. The town mayor, the sheriff, the twin farmers, the stoner, the town floozy and the pastor’s wife have already RSVPed for this year’s raucous event. Will Bob fulfill his dreams of a bigger life and escape their narrow-minded thinking, or is there a purpose for him in Iowa? Will any of it matter once the party starts, the bickering begins and the drinks hit the floor? “Devastatingly funny!”—L.A. Times. The show has been a smash hit in L.A. for 18 years.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Nov. 28 through Dec. 21, 2014. Rehearsals begin on Oct. 20.

The stage director is Isaiah Crowson.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Monday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Callbacks are Thursday, Oct. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.

To audition, please prepare two contrasting short contemporary monologues (serious/comedy) totaling 3 minutes maximum. Bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment: audition@burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180.

Character Descriptions

Note: Actors do not need to be the ages listed, but must be able to convincingly play them.

Bob Finhead – Male, age 25-40. The insurance man, a part-time inventor, and the nicest guy in town.

Sheriff Joe – Male, age 30-50.  Bob’s know-it-all, slightly paranoid best friend.

Mayor Roy Mincer – Male, age 25-45. Husband to Marjorie, but he also likes the fellas.

Elwin Beewee – Male, age 25-40. The resentful big shot who made good.

La Donna Johnson – Female, age 25-35. The richest farmer in the county.

La Voris Johnson – Female, age 25-35. Her equally conservative sister.

Marty – Male, age 25-45. The Town Stoner.

Marjorie Mincer – Female, age 25-40. Mayor Roy’s obsessive wife.

Carol – Female, age 25-45. The minister’s disturbed wife.

Brandy – Female, age 25-45. The town floozy.

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Allan composes for BAT

For “Out to Sterno” BAT is excited to work with the amazing composer Allan Loucks. Allan web-art-Sternocomposed the score for a number of shows at BAT. His work is amazing, and always adds a level of creativity that is unmatched to any show.

BAT first had the chance to work with Allan in “Dracula.” I still play that score on Halloween. While listening, chills run up and down my spine as I wait for the wee ones to take candy from a stranger.

For “Out of Sterno” Allan tried something a little different. Instead of composing a sound track for the show, he wrote the pre-show and intermission music. It is . . . . well let Allan explain:

For this production, the intent was to compose music that creates a quirky, up-beat, “where-did-that-come-from” mood, as well as provide references to many items in the script. Sort of a silly “prelude”, if you will.

The main motif consists of 4 ascending notes and 4 descending notes. This serves as a “basic-shape” for the entire score.

The music was inspired by the character “Dan,” who exists as several different personas in the story. The motif (AKA the basic-shape) is analogous to “Dan,” and the seemingly incompatible styles and passages are analogous to the various characters that he portrays.

I had a lot of fun composing this, as well as playing all the instruments.

I hope you get the same “kick” out of it. :-)

-Allan Loucks


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Sad, if true

Saw this online. It is one of those times you hope not everything you see on the internet is true. The story is the Balagan Theatre is dissolving. READ STORY HERE.

If true, and I hope it is not true, this is a sad day in the theater world. Theaters thrive and grow because there are other theaters doing good work. When you see a good show at another theater, it gets you to step up your game.

Over BAT’s 35 year history there have been ups and downs, not every show BAT has done sparkled. There was a sea change 8 to 10 years ago and since then BAT has constantly stepped up its game. Theaters like Balagan made stepping up the game essential to survive. Good actors like to work with good production companies. Audiences like good productions with good actors. It’s a no-brainer that to grow you need be be good. Balagan pushed us all to step up our games.

As I said, I hope it is not true that Balagan will dissolve, but if it is true, or not, the story is a reminder to support live theater in any way you can.

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Nice read on theater blood.

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This is what a season’s worth of BAT tickets looks like. After a few false starts the tickets photo-24are here and ready for the opening of “Out of Sterno,” and the rest of BAT’s 35th season. And what a season it is!

See you at the show!

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Tidbits of 15 shows!

While surfing the net I stumbled across a tribute to BAT.  Someone posted bits and bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198.pngpieces from 15 shows from the last 10 years.  What fun to look back.  CHECK IT OUT HERE.

It’s 30 some minutes long, but you can skip around.

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