August Wrap-Up

August is almost done, our third official month of Big Blue Door,and thanks to all of you we continued to grow as an organization!

We had our second Big Blue Door True Stories Jam at Bluegrass Grill with a sold-out house, more great stories and storytellers, and our first experiment with audience-volunteer judges.

We continued our first Telling True Stories class, co-sponsored by The Bridge and the Piedmont Council for the Arts. The last session was this past Sunday, and the class showcase will be Tuesday, September 4 at The Bridge.

We began getting things in order for our fall classes. Our second Telling True Stories class begins at The Bridge on Sept 16, and our second Improv Character & Scene class starts Sept. 9 at Live Arts. Both classes run Sundays in September and October. The Bridge class opens for registration next week while the Live Arts class is already online and filling up nicely.

Most promising, although we had less media coverage this month than in July we still had to turn people away at the door for our August show (not that it’s pleasant to turn people away!) Also, despite taking almost two weeks off to move (again) this website had over 1600 hits–more than in July.

Areas where we are less successful include: 1. Facebook. We need to switch from a Facebook ‘group’ to a ‘page’ and generally ramp up our social media. 2. Improve the drop down pages at the top of this website so it will be more useful for those interested in taking class, telling stories, or just coming to a show. 3. Fundraising. We’ve done no fundraising. 4. Find production help. Basically with the baby, the multiple moves, and the growth of Big Blue Door we’re not ahead enough on our monthly production schedule to work on long-range development, but we feel ecstatic and grateful to be busy enough to be in that situation!

Thanks to The Bridge, Live Arts, Piedmont Council for the Arts, the Bluegrass Grill, Peter Jones, Meghan Eckman, WTJU, WNRN, Jamie Dyer, Jeff Romano, Browning Porter, Sabra Guzman, Aunt Claire, and the Daily Progress for giving us particular help this past go around. Thanks as well to everyone for performing, taking pictures, working the door, taking classes, coming to shows, reading what we’re up to, or just clicking on a photo or link!

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