Month: December 2014

Throwback Thursdays

imagesOne initiative that I started recently on the Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre facebook page is Throwback Thursday posts, and they have been more effective than I ever thought they could be.

Throwback Thursday is a weekly social media posting theme where users follow the theme of posting a “throwback”, basically anything that happened in the past. It is supported by the hashtag #TBT or #throwbackthursday. Anyone can participate in the Throwback Thursday trend by posting content (usually a photo) on social networking sites like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook to remember a past event. Photos can be from years ago or from just a few days ago. It’s so popular that there are over 40 million pictures  tagged with #tbt on Instagram. (more…)


The Newsroom’s Fake Twitter Accounts are so many Twitter users watching television while on Twitter. Many shows have a hashtag for users to share their opinions or quote their favourite parts while watching. One really cool way a TV show is taking advantage of Twitter is the show The Newsroom. Within days of the premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, multiple accounts had been created for just about every character, from Waterston’s Charlie Skinner to Jeff Daniels’ Will McAvoy. The various characters constantly talk to each other and to fans — creating a thriving ecosystem of political and social critique that matches perfectly with The Newsroom. I follow all of them and it’s like being part of the discussion. (more…)

Dark Nights

tumblr_inline_nfigx0tXSN1rtfw2r 2Our theatre follows the idea of a Dark Night. After spending all weekend at the theatre as part of Tech Weekend, then working through Monday and Tuesday’s Dress Rehearsals, we use the Wednesday as a dark night, your night off from the theatre: a time to relax, run errands, and catch up on life items like laundry.

As a stage manager, I always loved dark nights. It was a chance to step away from the show for a moment and return to real life. Throw on a load of blacks, so you get to wear your favourites throughout the run. Empty and refill the fridge that has likely not been opened over the past week. Worry about the little things that you can’t solve from your apartment. Get your prompt book organized and ready for the show. You get to walk into Opening Night with a fresh perspective and the atmosphere in the theatre is infectious, as your cast comes back in rested and excited to really get the show started. (more…)