February Wrap

feb wrap February at Big Blue Door was one of the biggest months in our young existence.

On Wednesday, February 20th, we had the graduation showcase performance of our Telling True Stories class. We had 33 audience members and storytellers at Random Row Books, which is kind of astounding for a class show. Thanks to Ryan for having us. Thanks to Joan, Annie, Mark and Cat for the great stories!

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On Thursday, February 21st, we had our first-ever Big Blue Door Slam, presenting the jam-jar-winners of the 2012 monthly Big Blue Door Jams returning to compete for the title of Big Blue Door Slam Grand Slammer. There were a hundred people packed into Black Market Moto Saloon to hear music by Clear Blue Sky accompanying six great storytellers: Ray Nedzel, Browning Porter, Tom Clay, Jude Silveira, Matt Kleberg and Miller Murray Susen.

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The rules were tougher: Although the storytellers had a longer time limit than in the Door Jams (10 minutes rather than 8), any Slammer who went over 10 minutes was not eligible to win the title. The whole audience voted, and the trophy was taken home by Tom Clay, with the consolation toaster going to Matt Kleberg. Thanks to Matteus & Crew, our fantastic storytellers, Clear Blue Sky, Seth for the great sound, Christine, Mickey, and Mark, and everyone for coming out!

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On Tuesday, February 26th two improv classes sponsored by Live Arts presented their Improv Showcase. The introductory class, Improv Character & Scene, presented a ‘Monolog Deconstruction’ and a ‘Montage;’ The intermediate class, Improv Cuts, Tags & Callbacks, presented a form called the ‘Living Room’ and a ‘Montage.’ A great crowd braved the cold, wet weather for an evening of hilarious characters and truthful comedy. Thanks so much to Bree Luck and Live Arts for sponsoring these great classes.

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We have more improv classes at Live Arts coming up in April. Email bree@livearts.org for more information on those.

Speaking of improv and Live Arts, I got to teach a workshop for their kids’ theater festival. I also had the chance to guest-teach two workshops at Tandem Friends School for Larry Goldsteins improv class. Thanks to Larry and his great students for having me.

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Speaking of workshops, we have a comedy sketch writing workshop this Sunday at Park School 2-5 pm. Email bigbluedoor.stories@gmail.com if you’re interested.

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Jen continued her radio work at WTJU and WNRN, and relying on volunteer-extraordinaire, Sean Tubbs, of Charlottesville Tomorrow, we have the first batch of stories up on the Charlottesville podcasting network to coincide with the Door Slam. Sean, we couldn’t have done it without you, and we mean that.

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Also as prelude to the Door Slam our new Associate Producer Emily Bolecek directed a video of the storytellers with the help of Ellen. Emily has also vastly improved our Facebook presence. She’ll be working on upcoming Door Jams and other projects. Welcome Emily!

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Speaking of Facebook, go to our page and ‘Like‘ button right now!

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Starting in December WordPress began to distinguish visitors from views, so it’s early to get a picture of how this website is growing but we have about 500 visitors per month and most days between 4 and 5 views per visitor, tho’ views are much, much higher on days when we have pictures.

Special thanks this month go out to Piedmont Council for the Arts, Peter Jones at WTJU, and ALC Copies.

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