Back to tweeting

Okay, I am not tech geek (although I might play one on stage). I was notified the link on this site to BAT’s twitter feed had been changed. It no longer took people to BAT_tweeting.

BAT’s current site, a mix of old and new, is a “pleasure” to work on when all you know spin_prod_665491601-1about coding is a few slashes and an ampersand. Nevertheless, I waded in where coding angels would fear to tread.

It appears the twitter link is back up and working. (Don’t really ask me how, even though I fixed it.)

If you see a problem with this site, please let BAT know at typo@burienactorstheatre.org. Assuming it is not completely out of my pay grade, we’ll be right on it.

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2015 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwright Festival winners

 

This year BAT had so many very good scripts submitted to the Bill & Peggy Hunt CAFEMURDER2Playwrights Festival that choosing the winners was a real challenge.  Thank you to every author who took the time to submit a script.  BAT understands how hard writing is, and the high quality writing BAT saw in the scripts submitted to this year’s festival was exceptional.

Thanks too to the judges of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwright Festival scripts.  Picking the winners out of so many amazing scripts was no easy task.

The winners of the 2015 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival are:

First Place Full-Length play: “Four Gone Conclusions,” a comedy, by Kevin Boze

Second Place Full-Length play: “The Skilled Use of Blunt Objects,” a drama, by Thomas Pierce

First Place One-Act play: Dr.Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock,” a drama, by Jim Snowden

Second Place One-Act: “The Study Group,” a comedy, by Stephan Feldman

 

 

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$437.00

BAT lives, literally, on the kindness of others. It is only because of BAT’s wonderful donors that BAT can function.

This week BAT received a check in the amount of $437.00. Not only was it wonderful to dollar-signreceive such a check, it was from a retirement fund. What that tells us is that someone gave up part of their retirement to help BAT. Sometimes it is humbling.

In this case, the donor called BAT a few days before the check arrived. The donor said that a check they hoped to have sent BAT had been returned because it was mis-addressed and they were looking for the correct address. They explained the funds were from their retirement fund. This gave me a chance to personally thank the donors and talk to them a bit. That was a treat.

It makes BAT so very happy to receive support like this. A day like any other suddenly overwhelms BAT with joy. It is a compliment, in deed, when you receive a donation. You get the idea what you are doing is important to others. And it does not take $437.00 to make BAT feel loved. Rounding up an on-line ticket purchase does the same thing, as does a $5.00 or $10.00 check or online donation.

BAT does have a spacial bottle of sparkling wine waiting for its first $25,000.00 to $50,000.00 donation, but that does not take anything away from the joy provided by a lessor amount. My guess is that when BAT receives that $25,000.00 to $50,000.00 donation it will mean as much to the donor as many of BAT’s $5.00 and $10.00 donations do to those donors. Give according to your means: BAT celebrates any amount.

I looked into the effects of giving. All my research, and person experience, says that giving makes the giver feel better. Knowing you are supporting something worthwhile brings internal joy that cannot be replicated by anything else you do.  Your action makes wonderful things happen!

As BAT prepares for ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” your gift makes the work a little easier.

Thank you.

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“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” details and deals

This is BAT’s 35th season.  To honor that event BAT wanted to do a show from its past.  Looking back (photos from BAT’s last production), “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” sounded like fun.

The show is a Broadway classic.  A little background on “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now i_love_you__you_re_perfect__now_change_large_YFD3D_13156Change.”

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” opens on February 13, at 8 pm.  (Come to the show and stay for the free opening night party!)  Bring a heart-shaped object or wear something with hearts on it and get $5 off tickets that are purchased at the door.

Saturday, February 14 is VALENTINES’ DAY (you have been warned), and does BAT have a deal for you and your sweetheart!  All tickets are half-price!  (If your sweetheart is not around, come by yourself and enjoy this sweetheart deal.)

Only on Sunday, February 15 at 2 pm, the first matinee of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” all tickets are just $7.  (This a one in run deal, don’t miss it.)

Looking for dinner and show?  Enjoy a  course meal at the Mark Restaurant & Bar for $35.00.  Dinner and at ticket to “I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change” all for $35.00.  Call the Mart Restaurant and Bar for reservations! 206-241-6275.

TICKETS!  General admission $20, Seniors $17, Students $10.

Show dates:

Friday – Feb 13 at 8:00 p.m – Opening Night!

Saturday -Feb 14 at 8:00 p.m. – VALENTINES’ DAY – Date Night, half-off tickets!

Sunday – Feb 15 at 2:00 p.m. – $7 Sunday

Friday – Feb 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday – Feb 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday – Feb 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday – Feb 27 at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday – Feb 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday – March 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday – March 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday – March 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday – March 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday – March 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday – March 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday – March 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday – March 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday – March 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday – March 22 at 2:00 p.m.

 

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First of I Love You. . . .

At the first read through (sing through?) of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” i_love_you__you_re_perfect__now_change_large_YFD3D_13156What a great cast. It’s already fun.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a musical comedy presented as a series of vignettes. The play’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.”

Each scene stands on its own, but flow so as to suggest an overall arc of relationships throughout the course of one’s life. For example, a first date scene is before the scenes dealing with marriage, and scenes dealing with marriage come before those dealing with child rearing. There are many characters, but the show is typically done with a comparatively small cast: the original Off-Broadway production used a cast of four, BAT has a cast of 6.

The script has been translated into at least 17 languages, including Hebrew, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, German, Catalan, Finnish, Mandarin, Norwegian, French and Turkish. BAT’s will be in English.

I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change” opens February 13 with a great after party opening night. BAT is planning all sorts of deals and discounts for Valentine weekend, and a couple of very special cocktails. So make your plans now.

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Halfway through

BAT is now halfway through its 2014-15 season. And the fun has just begun. Still to come bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198.pngthis season is one of the funniest musicals of all time, “I Love You, You’re Prefect, Now Change.” Then the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival. The latter is 4 new works in just 4 weeks!

This year’s festival winners cover all of the bases, and are more then worth your time.

Plus, due to popular demand, more classical music and dance music. Not to mention things BAT has not thought of yet. BAT is just getting started.

Although the new year is underway it is not too late to support better live theater: Buy a ticket; make a donation, if you can.

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BAT’s Holiday Concert on TV

On December 17, 2014, BAT held a Holiday Concert fundraiser with the Northwest quintet-poster-finalSymphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.  If you missed it there is still time to (1) see the concert and (2) make a donation to BAT.

The concert will be shown on King County TV (Channel 22 on Comcast and Wave Cable) on December 24 at 7 pm and then again on December 25 at about 7:14 am.  3:23 pm and 11:32.  The times on Christmas are odd, because King County TV will be airing nothing by Holiday events back to back.

The concert is also on YouTube.

You can also make a donation online HERE or send a check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien WA 98148.

 

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Tipping the Tip Toppers

Talking to the Tip Toppers after they finished their run at the “Tip Top Lounge” as part of

Allan Loucks on keys Dan Seese on percussion

Allan Loucks on keys
Dan Seese on percussion

“Bob’s Holiday Office Party” on Sunday. (It was the first time BAT had live pre-show, intermission and post-show music. Thanks to Tip and Top.)

The Tip Toppers (who is Tip and who is Top still eludes me) started getting more and more tips as the weeks progressed. So, I asked why?

What they said is when they played more traditional Holiday tunes the tip jar over-flowed. When they played more modern Holiday pieces the tip jar slowly filled. When the abandoned Holiday tunes all together, the tip jar went wanting.

What does this say about BAT’s audience? The Tip Toppers? Or the power of Holiday music to cause one to tip? BAT does not have those answers, but keep this random real life study in mind when you walk into an establishment with traditional Holiday music playing.

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Elephant in the room

There is a reason why BAT is holding three fundraisers in December, while it also has bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198.pngBob’s Holiday Office Party” on the main stage. Like every small theater, it is impossible for BAT to cover its expenses through ticket sales.

BAT’s work is well worth over $200 per seat, but that is out of range of many who now come and see better live theater at BAT. Art should not only be for those who can afford $200 plus tickets. Theater should be for everyone: a way to grow and support Burien. That philosophy is why BAT has not raised ticket prices in over 5 years, and why $7 Sunday (the first Sunday of the run) has become a tradition at BAT.

But you cannot go to see small theater without understanding what this articles says. “Nonprofit theatres all over the country are in trouble.” Small theaters like BAT need your support.

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Buy local

BAT buys local when possible. Here is a good example, the Bourbon in Bob’s Bourbon Rider, one of the specialty cocktails BAT created for “Bob’s Holiday Office Party” was IMG_0235distiller nearby, in Woodenville. Not right next door, but not that far away.

While doing your Holiday shopping, if you cannot find what you are looking for locally, and you shop Amazon remember to use Amazon-Smile and select BAT as your charity.  If you do that BAT will receive .05% of your purchase price DETAILS.

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