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Hello Readers!!

I trust that you all had an awesome summer full of sun and fun! We are ready for our amazing 50th Anniversary Season and we hope you are too! This year is going to be fantastic. We have something exciting coming and that is….drum roll please….A NEW WEBSITE!! That is right we will be debuting a new website for our 50th season! We are really excited about it. It will be user friendly and interactive. It will be going live in the next week or so, so to be sure to watch for it!

With our new season comes a new batch of interns. We are looking forward to working with this awesome group! I put together a list of fun questions for them to answer. That being said let’s meet our first intern! Meet Kim Alley one of our Acting/Administration Interns!

Kim Alley

Where did you grow up?
Grew up in Redford, MI

Where did you go to school?
Graduated with a BA in Theatre from Oakland University

Favorite snack food?
I love any and all food…really, if it’s edible, I’ll eat it.

Favorite actor?
Martin Freeman

Favorite movie?
I have so many favorite movies! I have to CHOOSE?!

Dream vacation?
Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand

Do you believe in Bigfoot?
While I do enjoy a good urban legend, no, I do not actually believe that there’s a giant, undiscovered creature out there who has successfully managed to evade humans for so long.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
I think I would be Bright n Bubbly Blue, because blue is my favorite color and I like to think that I’m a rather cheerful person

Which super power would you like to have?
If I had a super power, I would want it to be shape-shifting. It would make auditioning so much easier!

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world living or dead who would it be and why?
These questions are hard! There are so many people I want to meet, I can’t possibly just choose one!
 
If you were trapped on a desert island and you could only take three things, what would they be?
Stranded on an Island…I would take sunglasses, a water filter, and a boat 🙂

Stay Tuned for the next installment…

Casey S. Hibbert©

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Short and sweet.

Hello everyone!

Well today we meet the final intern. His name is Jon Giberson.

What is your name? What department are you interning in?

Jonathon Giberson Jr. – Lighting Intern

Are you from the area? If not, where?

I am from Corcoran, MN

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (You don’t have to write a novel)

I grew up in a small town, I went to school at McNally Smith.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Michigan? What about it is your favorite?

Any Coney Island – We don’t have them back home.

What are some of your favorite things to do? When not being an intern.

I like to hang out and talk about being interns and play video games I guess.

How did you find out about this internship? What did you do to apply for the job?

Backstagejobs.com I sent in my resume and had a phone interview.

What was the interview like?

Kinda nerve wracking! I remember exactly where and what I was doing though.

What has been your favorite part about this season so far?

Nunsense.

What has been the coolest thing you have done since you started your internship?

Played up on the cloud (the space above the stage) and in the steel.

What are some things that you have learned so far? What else would you like to learn?

Too many things to count, everyone shares their knowledge, but juggling is the best thing so far!

What is your favorite part about being an intern?

Getting paid to learn at a place that is awesome!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you want to do when your internship is over?

Touring with a band or theatre agency either Front of House or Rigging.

Alright thanks Jon! Short and sweet right to the point. Oh yeah..I taught him how to juggle!  So, what would all you readers like to see blogs about? Let me know! Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert© – Guest Blogger

And today….

Hello Everyone,

Today we have another intern for you all to meet her name is Mary Gietzen. But before we meet her I wanted to put in the plug about Nunset Boulevard. This show is hilarious. I went and saw it on Friday last week and I couldn’t stop laughing. For those of you who don’t know this is the last installment of the Nunsense Series by Dan Goggin. The sister of Hoboken New Jersey travel to LA to play what they think is going to be the Hollywood Bowl, but when they arrive they find out they are playing at the Hollywood-Bowl-A-Rama. A Cabaret lounge and bowling alley! If you have not had a chance to see this show you must come and see it! Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com, or you can call the Box Office at 248.377.3300. So back to the task at hand, here is Mary Gietzen.

What is your name? What department are you interning in?

My name is Mary Gietzen and I am the Wardrobe intern.

Are you from the area? If not, where?

I am originally from Warren MI but currently live in Rochester Mi.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (You don’t have to write a novel)

I recently graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where I was a Theatre Design and Technology Major. I worked in the theatre’s costume shop for five years, partaking in many of their productions whether in the capacity of design, construction or running shows. In the summer of 2009 I had the chance to work at the West Virginia Public Theatre where I was the Assistant Wardrobe Coordinator. I love working with people and clothing, which the costume area allows me to do both. I love designing, crewing and stitching and hopefully one day I can say that I have done them all professionally.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Michigan? What about it is your favorite?

My favorite place to eat at is Chipotle, simply because it is good food that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to fill you up.

What are some of your favorite things to do? When not being an intern.

When I am not at Meadowbrook doing my intern duties I enjoy being around my friends and family just hanging out, whether it’s doing karaoke, the movies or even the theatre, just having fun is what makes my time away from the theatre more special.

How did you find out about this internship? What did you do to apply for the job?

I found out about this internship while I attended Oakland University, I had heard about it not only from the friends I had that were interns themselves but from people at Meadow Brook. In order to apply for the job I had to send in my resume and a cover letter, once that was done I waited until I got an interview in which I showed my portfolio.  I knew they were adding the position of Wardrobe intern so I applied for both of the costume positions that were available.

What was the interview like?

The interview was at first a bit scary while I was waiting for my turn, but once I sat down to talk with Sarah Warren it wasn’t so bad. I showed her my portfolio and talked about the work I had done in my undergrad. She asked me a few questions and we talked about what the job was looking for and if I would be a good fit. It was an interesting process and in the end I am glad that I was able to do something that allowed me to receive a position.

What has been your favorite part about his season so far?

I love being able to spend time in my area and concentrating on being the best I can be has allowed me to learn more about it and expand. Being able to be efficient and helpful have always been important to me and learning how to do this on a new level is very satisfying. It is very rewarding to be able to help someone and make them feel like they are in good hands backstage. In addition I like knowing that an actor can concentrate on the show if they know that their costumes are taken care of. Theatre is truly a collaboration and the more you can work together the better each and every show will be, which is why I am truly glad that I have a great supervisor that I can learn from and eventually my experiences here will shape me into being a better supervisor in the future.

What has been the coolest thing you have done since you started your internship?

The coolest thing I have done so far in my internship was make new friends and be apart of memories that will last for a lifetime.

What are some things that you have learned so far? What else would you like to learn?

I have learned more about working with people and about tag teaming to make sure the job gets done. This goes for all areas of theatre because being part of a team makes the job ten times better than having to do it alone. I really want to learn as much as I can about the costume field, whether its about sewing or wardrobe, I just want to be the best I can be through out my costume career.

What is your favorite part about being an intern?

I don’t really have a favorite part simply because I am still learning and growing as a theatre artist and there are things that I haven’t experienced yet. I do enjoy getting to work in the different fields because in the end it will make me a stronger person.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you want to do when your internship is over?

In the next 5 years I see myself either in grad school or working on Broadway. When this internship is over I want to do something that will allow me to get closer to my goals, exactly what that is I am not sure yet.

Thanks Mary! I hope that you continue to follow your dreams! You will go far. Remember never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about! Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert© – Guest Blogger

This week…

Hello everyone!

So how about his weather! Wow. It is January and it feels a little like spring. What is going on? Anyway, today we are going to meet another intern, this week it is Theresa McKenzie.

What is your name? What department are you interning in?

Theresa McKenzie, Prop intern

Are you from the area? If not, where?

I’m from Virginia

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (You don’t have to write a novel)

I grew up in Virginia where I also went to school, Lynchburg College. There I gained a degree in technical theatre with a minor in elementary ed. After graduation, I spent a year in Memphis, TN as the scenic charge intern for Playhouse on the Square where we did 21 in one season. When my contract ended, I came to Michigan to work for Meadow Brook Theatre to be the prop intern.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Michigan? What about it is your favorite?

Buddy’s pizza. It’s possibly some the best pizza I’ve ever had and the people are really nice and attentive.

What are some of your favorite things to do? When not being an intern.

I like to watch movies, knit different projects, and read.

How did you find out about this internship? What did you do to apply for the job?

I found out about the job through Backstagejobs.com and sent an email with my resume and digital portfolio to the company.

What was the interview like?

The interview was two parts, first with Sarah Warren and then with Kristen Gribbin. The asked my about my interest in the company, told me what I could expect if I was to be hired, and then asked me about me experience and history. I told them about the different tools and techniques I’d worked with. The rest is history.

What has been your favorite part about this season so far?

I’m going to have to say running Christmas Carol because it was nice to be able to see all the other interns every day. I work in a different building so I only see them for meetings and special projects.

What has been the coolest thing you have done since you started your internship?

Getting to make the new Christmas goose for a Christmas Carol. It was something I got to make by myself and it’s neat to know that it will be in the show for the next 10-15 years.

What are some things that you have learned so far? What else would you like to learn?

So far I’ve learned how to work a patch board during light focus, been exposed to different adhesives, and have learned how to gold leaf. I’m looking forward to this week because I’m getting the chance to work with a finish carpenter on making some fine furniture, which will be a new experience for me.

What is your favorite part about being an intern?

Getting to learn and be exposed to different skills.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you want to do when your internship is over?

In 5 years I would like to be established enough to start my own children’s theatre both financially and in my career. After my internship is over I want to go on tour with either a national or international touring company.

Thanks Theresa! Don’t forget to get tickets to see Nunset Boulevard by Dan Goggin! It is a great show! Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert© – Guest Blogger

Stonewall Pumpkin Festival/Scarecrows in the City

Dracula, A Scarecrow

 

I know that October/Dracula, A Rock Opera/Halloween is over, but I wonder if anyone saw this guy stalking the streets of Rochester?

This is the second year that our interns participated in the Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester.  Each year they have created a scarecorw to join in the festivities during the festival and to then ‘hang around’ downtown Rochester.

Last year they made William Shakespeare into a straw creation, this year they “created a monster” by spending two days bringing Dracula, A Scarecrow to life!  Dracula was one of many entries to the festival this year.  Last year, the “Shakespeare” scarecrow won 3rd prize!

Dracula, A Scarecrow was proudly displayed until October 31, 2010 on the corner of  University and Main in Downtown Rochester.

I’d like to congratulate all of our interns on a job well done!  I love this year’s scarecrow and I love the imagination/teamwork/effort that went into building him!  I’m proud of all of you!

You can learn more about the Stonewall Pumpkin Festival here.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

20 Questions with Christopher Tefft of Dracula: A Rock Opera

Christopher Tefft joins the creative family at Meadow Brook Theatre this season as an acting intern.  He is extremely talented and we are so pleased that we’ll get him for the whole season.  In Dracula: A Rock Opera, Christopher plays many roles. You’ll see him as a monk, mourner, workman, tavern patron, townsperson, etc.  In playing this many characters, he will use his talents to strive to make each different from the others and he will also be understudying many of the other male roles.  Learn more about him in his 20 questions interview below…

Remember, Dracula: A Rock Opera tickets won’t go on sale until September 20 at 10:00 am.  Call the box office at 248-377-3300 to purchase tickets.  For more information please visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director


Acting intern Christopher Tefft plays multiple roles in Dracula: A Rock Opera

20 questions with Christopher Tefft

Where did you grow up? I was born in Austin, Texas, then shortly after moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan

Where did you go to school? I attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City Michigan for my Junior and Senior year of High School. I graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, in May, earning a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Who in your life has been your biggest influence? My mother has given me every opportunity from a young age: attending dance classes, joining choirs, telling stories, and traveling across this big ol’ country to see me perform. She taught me everything I know worth knowing.

What is your dream role? Sweeney Todd. I want to play Sweeney SOOOO bad. Also, the Beast.

Do you believe in Vampires? I believe in people that suck the energy out of you, that complain, gossip, undermine, or hurt in some other way intentionally, in order to gratify their own self-doubts.

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires? It’s the fascination with the dark side of magic: eternal life, but at what cost? They live forever, they are all-powerful. This puts self-preservation before outward-compassion

Favorite Restaurant?  LOVE Culvers. Concrete Mixers.

Last scary movie you saw?  INCEPTION was pretty scary. But THE STRANGERS were very creepy- especially when you go home immediately afterward and you’re utterly ALONE.

Last play you saw?  Are musicals allowed? LIVE I saw “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and I watched the PBS broadcast of “South Pacific”… and I’m hoping to see the National Tour too!

Last book you read?    Equus… the play!

Next project  after Dracula? A Christmas Carol! Haha, I’m an Acting Intern, so I’ll be here (Meadow Brook) all season!

Favorite place to visit? Chicago… got lots of friends there.

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count? I consider myself an only child. I have a half-sister in Texas, but unfortunately we’re not close.

Favorite Musician?   Popular music? Sufjan Stevens. Theatre Music? Stephen Sondheim

Favorite Playwright? Terrence McNally

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs) I can’t STAND Cinnamon Toothpaste- I LOVE Wintergreen Crest it’s my favorite!

Favorite onstage blooper?  This summer we did “All Shook Up” the Elvis Presley jukebox musical, and we performed during a HUGE thunderstorm and lost power during the show! We finished the last two numbers pointing flashlights at singers, a capella, to a standing O!

Favorite pastime? Reading, Video games, Journaling

Biggest pet peeve? Spelling errors in obviously hastily published materials. And ppl who can’t spell.

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have __________”

Stopped going to dance classes. Dancing is SO important in Musical Theatre, and I stopped trying around 8th grade.”