Advocate or Abdicate or Fish or Cut...

I see that three of you read my last blog post. My numbers are soaring!  So to stay accountable – here’s how I’m doing with my “to do” list:   Watching my TED videos; even the one about self-healing asphalt. Wow…asphalt. Installed Rosetta Stone French and began Lessons. Elle boit. Preparing for Idea Camp talk with PCB Chamber of Commerce. “If Les Miserables leaves New York at 8:00PM EST.” Prepare to begin Local Arts Agency grant application for FY2015. Already?!   So far, so good.  In the midst of Elvis Lives, Styx, Rodney Carrington, Hall & Oates and trying to...

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Why are you asking me for that info...

It takes less than a minute to give us the basic info we need to process your order.  And I understand why I get a curious look from some customers, as if they are saying (or they actually DO say): “Why do you need that info when I just want to get a ticket?”   First off, if you use a credit card to purchase, our ticketing system uses a program called XCharge.  This program requires a billing address to be filled in to process, without it the card will not go through.   Here are a few scenarios in...

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Remembering to be inspired

I tend to occupy my mind most of the time – double entendre intended.  Thoughts of myself (my shortcomings, my hopes, my tasks) occupy my mind and I tend to live in my mind rather than act outside of it.  I am more a thinker than a doer.  Thank goodness for deadlines and a guilty sense of accountability.   Here’s what I’ve been thinking about   The To-Do List Making a Difference Becoming Inspired Staying Inspired   It is only just recently I’ve decided that the order of that list is a little out of order and I could do...

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Getting engaged with Taylor the Lat...

Compromise: It’s important in a relationship. So goes the song by Marcy & Zina, authors of “Taylor the Latte Boy”, the song that put Starbucks on the map. But I hardly had to compromise when I got the call from my friend Scott Coulter (fabulous Broadway & Cabaret tenor from New York). I immediately picked up the phone when I saw his name on the caller i.d. His mellifluous voice wafted through the fiber optic line as he asked if I’d be interested in having them come perform in September. Then the words that were nothing short of melodious materialized...

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Signs! Everywhere Signs!

I really try not to bombard our patrons with an immeasurable amount of signage in our lobbies and on our windows. With every new show, new signs seem to be needed. Still, I try and keep it simple and to the point. Pertinent information only. I wonder, what’s the magic trick to getting people to read them, however? I keep my signs clear and concise. Bold, easy to read font Straightforward message Sometimes a pop of color to grab attention And sometimes, perhaps a symbol or picture to get the message across even faster Most patrons seem to find these...

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Sort of like having to go back to w...

People often comment to me about how great it must be working in a performing arts theater because I get to see so many shows. Unfortunately, although it is a great place to work, I rarely get to see an entire concert of performance. What with reconciling seating disputes, radio-ing for more paper towels in the restroom and doing the financial settlements with promoters, I have few opportunities to sit and watch…..or stand and do the “rock on!” hand signals. Sometimes I’ll hear bits of audio coming through the house sound system or see the patrons coming out smiling and...

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Changing Seasons

It is interesting how the seasons change in a theater. We can divide our events up into three categories: The CULTURAL SEASON starts in the fall around the end of September and runs till around the end of March. This is the time of the year when the acts get out on tour and we will host everything from a symphony, a Broadway musical, a ballet, a play or any type of popular musical act. We often refer to DANCE SEASON and for us that runs from when the schools graduate until the end of June. It kicks off with...

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Welcome!

Welcome to our new website. We’re hoping it is more user friendly, content rich and relevant to all of our visitors.  I’m excited about the opportunity to “blog” here because I have missed the creative writing outlet I had with the Bay Arts & Entertainment Magazine.  If you’ve known us very long – we used to publish a quarterly booklet about the arts in the county, but the economic climate required that we adjust to live within our means.  Now we publish a Community Cultural Calendar every couple of months that runs in the Panama City News Herald and is...

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