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Meet our friends at TRU (Theatre Resources Unlimited)

 
 
As you may know…we LOVE theatre! Please meet our friends over at TRU, that’s Theatre Resources Unlimited. We hope that if you are in theatre and or LOVE theatre like we do you will check out their website! They lovingly posted our info on their website on the events page. Check it out here: http://www.truonline.org/EventsPage.htm

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For more info on TRU: 

Welcome to Theater Resources Unlimited, a 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers. Programs include monthly educational panels, Producer Boot Camp workshops, a new plays and new musicals reading series, monthly programs for actor members, a Producer Mentorship program, a monthly community newsletter and much more.

MISSION

TRU was formed to promote a spirit of cooperation and support within the general theatre community by providing information and a variety of entertainment-related services and resources that strengthen the capacity of producing organizations, individuals producers, self-producing artists and other theater professionals.

TRU achieves its mission through 1) maintenance of a member network of producers and other industry professionals in the New York area; 2) linking members to valuable resources both within and beyond the theatrical community, 3) providing public forums for introducing and sharing information, including specific requests for help and support, 4) publishing a printed and electronic newsletter for services, discount offers and other programs of benefit to the membership, 5) providing educational opportunities (including TRU-sponsored events and competitive scholarships) on industry-related topics and training, and 6) serving as producer for selected events that provide practical opportunities to the membership and other theater professionals.


HISTORY
TRU (Theater Resources Unlimited) was organized in March, 1992 by Bob Ost, the group’s current president, Cheryl Davis, its vice-president, and Gary Hughes, its former treasurer. The initial goals were to bring together a supportive network of both established and newly developing producing organizations in the New York area in order to interface these producing organizations with other potentially valuable resources both within and beyond the theatrical community. As part of its networking mission, TRU gives newly formed organizations a forum in which to clarify their goals and become more effective in communicating and pursuing them. TRU also provides all participating organizations with the opportunity to learn and benefit from the knowledge of each other’s successes and disappointments, and to offer everyone a forum in which to make specific requests for what they need.

From its beginning meetings in the founders’ living room, the organization has grown to where it now has an active membership of about 450, and a database of over 7000 theater professionals. TRU holds monthly seminars on a wide range of subjects important to theatrical producers and directors, conducted by panels of experts from both the commercial and not-for-profit segments of Broadway, Off-Broadway and the motion picture industry. These seminars are open to the general public as well as members and are frequently attended by 50 or more actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. TRU publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and a Weekly Email Newsletter Update, provides discounted tickets to members’ productions, frequently serves as a clearinghouse for theatre and rehearsal space, personal services and production props and materials, as well as offering a referral database for tracking down designers, performers, directors and any other staff that might be needed for a production.

Over the years, TRU has developed a structured range of programs to address the needs of its members. TRU served as the umbrella organization for a co-production by several of its member companies as a part of the first annual New York Fringe Festival. From that experience, the organization expanded its production efforts by creating the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series, the TRU VOICES Annual New Musicals Reading Series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings of new works for theater, with the primary goal being to offer a developmental environment for new producers as well as new plays. The TRU FACES Cabaret Fundraiser was created to showcase self-producing member writers and performers, as well as network them with other producers.

In 2001, TRU began giving annual scholarships to The Commercial Theater Institute, to encourage the development of aspiring producers. By 2007, TRU had started a Producer Development Program for a select group of spiring producers, with a special interest in developing producers of color. The program features special monthly panels, plus the opportunity for consultations, mentorships and internships with top commercial producers and general managers. TRU now offers a series of Boot Camps, workshops created to help theater professionals learn and develop essential skills, including “Raising Money for Theater,” “Pitching and Presentation Skills” and “Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing.”

A 2003 program was initiated to increase networking opportunities between producers and performers: an annual TRU Audition Event, a weekend of auditions in which 40 to 50 producing entities, plus casting professionals, can view the work of over 100 performers. To service actor members, TRU has also added special Resource Nights in which perforrmers “Speed Date” with casting people, coaches and others, plus free monthly seminars for actor members.

TRU interfaces writers and producers with a unique series of Writer-Producer Speed Date evenings, and further guides writers in the business of theater with a “Practical Playwriting” workshops and a “Director-Writer Communications Lab.”

Howell High School

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Howell High School Parent and Teachers Association (P.A.T) held their annual Fashion Show/Gift Auction event on April 5th, 2013 at The Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, New Jersey. The event this year was entitled “Broadway Bound”,and was considered their largest and most successful fundraiser of the year.

We are so happy that we were able to contribute to their organization! Pics and donation info to come!

Coney Island Dancers!

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We love sharing tours with tourists and New Yorker’s but especially sharing them with fellow music lovers like ourselves! Our friends The Coney Island Dancers (a well-known organization of adult volunteers in the Coney Island community who throw parties and events on the boardwalk year round) had damage to their equipment due to Hurricane Sandy. They held a special  fundraiser on February 16th at Tom’s Restaurant. They roasted their own Chief of Command, Rican Vargas for donations and laughs. We were very happy to help them out with some gift certificates for tours!

More info about their organization can be found on their website: http://coneyislanddancers.com/

C.I.D. WAS ALSO FORMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING THE DANCERS WITH QUALITY PARTIES AND SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY. WE ARE INVOLVED WITH HELPING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH AUTISM. WE HAVE BEEN ON THE BEACH SINCE 1996, DANCING TO THE SOUNDS OF HOUSE MUSIC, FUNK, SOUL, and DISCO. OUR SUMMER SEASON (FREE PARTIES ON THE CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK) USUALLY STARTS IN MAY & NOW ENDS IN OCTOBER.

2013 National NewBorn Festival

February 2nd! Check out a FREE staged reading and win a chance to get a free tour for a New York Broadway Tour for two from us! MTWORKS are friends of ours and we love theatre so please show your support and check them out. Info on the shows and dates and times are below. ENJOY! :)

FREE READINGS
WED, JANUARY 30 through SAT, FEBRUARY 2RESERVE TODAY:
http://tinyurl.com/b7aw6gpSCHEDULE:WED, JAN 30 @7:30PM :: NAC Ballroom
**Excellence in Playwriting Award Winner**
OUTSIDE DAUGHTER
Written by Ann Magaha
Directed by Dev BondarinIvy came to the US from Jamaica on a work visa, but when she loses her job, must run from deportation and put herself at the mercy of others. She runs to Florida where she works multiple jobs for little money to support her family back home. The more money she is able to mail home, the greater her own estrangement from them; and that no matter how long she stays in “the money tree,” she will never fit in, either with the white family she works for or the African-American family she marries into. It is the deep friendship she forms with Granny, the blind old woman in her care, that enables her to endure and ultimately to come of age.

THU, JAN 31 @7:30PM :: NAC Ballroom
FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS
Written by Randy Baker
Directed by Tom Slot

On a small island in Indonesia, Reverend David Holiday lives with his wife and young son, preaching the word of God and trying to convert locals. When the son of a spiritual town leader comes to visit one evening with a mission of his own, the Reverends world is turned on its head. Is his son truly suffering from neurological damage, or is the spirit of the town working its way through him? His beliefs are questioned and family ripped apart as he struggles to maintain his beliefs while forcing others to change theirs.

FRI, FEB 1 @7:30PM :: NAC Lecture Hall
GREEN EDEN
Written by Noah Mease
Directed by Joan Kane

Philip Cummings welcomes a young poet to his cold farmhouse on a winter’s night, but this is not the first Spanish poet to find him in the solitude of Vermont. Philip spends their one night together chasing the memory of a long-ago August when Federico García Lorca visited him on the shores of Lake Eden. The play flows back and forth through time and memory from that winter night to the August of 1929 – at least half a century earlier – and the rented cabin in Eden. Philip doesn’t know how exactly he wants Lorca and their confused attraction is diverted into the task of translating Lorca’s poems into English, and hikes in search for talc mine abandoned somewhere in Eden’s hills. Like the impossibility of a true translation of poetry, their relationship becomes something else entirely, and Philip, now older, is at a loss to explain it to the young poet, or to himself.

SAT, FEB 2 @7:30PM :: NAC Lecture Hall
Resident Reading
DARK WATER
Written by David Stallings
Directed by Heather Cohn

The swampland of Louisiana is hit with the most massive oil spill known to history. Barnacle, an old sea turtle, fights against man’s destruction, nature’s wrath, and her enemies of the wild to save her children trapped in the spill. Poetry, allegory, and movement, take this magical whimsy to tragedy.


All readings are followed by Question & Answer sessions.

Now on its seventh year the National NewBorn Festival is MTWorks’ playwriting competition and flagship program created to find talented emerging playwrights from across the US, introduce their work to the New York community, and open new doors to regional voices.

MTWorks mission is to present plays that do not take place in New York City, many of the past selections from the festival have had productions by MTWorks and other notable companies. Readings are free and open to the public. This is the third year the festival is proudly sponsored by the Psychology Club and Psychology Department of the City College of New York.

The winning plays (with the exception of the resident reading) are eligible for two other awards:

o The Audience Favorite Award: voted upon by the audience attending the festival.

o The Excellence in Playwriting Award: bestowed by the MTWorks’ Board of Directors. The board selects the winner before the festival takes place and is not influenced by the work the director and actors are achieving at the readings. Winner this year is Ann Magaha with her play “Outside Daughter”

Sponsored by the Psychology Club and Psychology Department of the City College of New York (160 Convent Avenue New York, NY)

The 2013 National NewBorn Festival is developed in The Living Room Series sponsored by The Duo Multicultural Arts Center.

FREE
All readings will take place at the The City College of New York (160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031) at the North Academic Center (First Floor).

Readings on Wed & Thu will take place in the Ballroom.
Readings on Fri & Sat in the Lecture Hall.

Magical Music For Life Foundation!

We are excited to announce our sponsorship to help this beautiful organization called Magical Music for Life Foundation. Magical Music for Life’s mission is to develop and produce a wide range of musical projects that can provide a positive approach to everyday life for young children and their families. As a way to reinforce self-confidence and further self-esteem, each of these projects is designed to enable children to participate with professionals in the performance and/or recording of these productions.

They are holding their second annual Tunes In Times Square sing-a-long on May 5th in Times Square and we have donated some gift certificates of free tours for 2 lucky families.

SINGING SONGS ALL DAY LONG TO BENEFIT “SONGS FOR SKILLS” PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. 

Last year’s event (2012):

…Magical Music’s singing groups & Russell, the Hermit Crab cast,s,
professional kids from Broadway shows:
Madeleine Rose Yen (War Horse) * Sadie Seelert (Mary Poppins)
Brianna Gentilella (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
Ashton Woerz (Priscilla Queen of the Desert)
Alison Horowitz (Sunday in the Park, Mary Poppins)
Matthew Schechter (Newsies) * Marissa O’Donnell (Shrek)
many other talented young singers invited from CT & NY,
and guest appearances by adult Broadway stars:
Corey Mach (Godspell) * Jed Resnick (Avenue Q)
Jill Paice (39 Steps, Curtains) * James Moye & Randy Redd (Million Dollar Quartet)

ALSO

Broadway Workshop (NYC), New Canaan Dance Academy (CT),
The Harvey School Chamber Singers (Katonah, NY),
Random Farms Kids Theatre - Kids Who Care (Elmsford, NY),
The Studio Singers (New Canaan, CT)

We hope you can support them and check out their event on May 5th and we look forward to seeing you on the tour!!!

Meet our friend, The King of Karaoke

Meet our friend Eddie who runs the King Of Karaoke DJ/KJ company here in New York.

His karaoke show and karaoke singers will be featured on QPTV for a show called Music, Music, Music which will air on television! We have sponsored his company with a couple of gift certificates for FREE TOURS. All you need to do is show up and sing to be entered into the drawing!

The Karaoke show is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013 from 8pm-12am at THE SLY FOX INN.

ALL SINGERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME TO APPEAR ON THIS T.V. SHOW ABOUT KARAOKE!!

Visit his web site for further information: www.tkokny.com

Address:
The Sly Fox Inn
177-23 Union Turnpike Fresh Meadows, NY 11366)
Telephone (718) 969- 8169

See you there!