Welcome, friends, to Richmond Shakespeare's new blog!
I am Andrew Hamm, Director of Training, and I will be your moderator for this discussion. No longer content to just comment over on my own blog, I'm beginning a new endeavor of a more official nature over here.
This will be a bit more casual, and a lot more interactive, than RS's official website, http://www.richmondshakespeare.com/, but no less informative. I freely acknowledge the debt of inspiration I owe to the big, beautiful Barksdale Buzz for giving me the idea. We can only hope to be as gorgeous as that site.
This site will be your web-source for news, updates, discussion, reviews, and general chit-chat about the goings-on here at RS. Please participate in the discussion! You can start by clicking on the "comments" link below to tell me what you'd like to see on this blog.
Anonymous posting is not permitted on this blog. This is not to discourage people from commenting, or even from disagreeing with each other. I love a good debate! But it has been my experience that anonymous posting allows much more irresponsible, insulting, and generally thoughtless web chat than if you sign your name to your comments. I encourage you to sign up for a Google account; it's quick and easy to do. If you don't have one, you'll be prompted through all the steps in the "comments" screen. The "Anonymous" posting option will remain for those who don't wish to sign up for a Google account, but any "anonymous" posts that do not include the poster's real name will be deleted. If you have a Google screen name that does not include some version of your real name, we similarly require that you sign your name to your post.
You can always email me at Andrew@richmondshakespeare.com with any questions or issues that you don't wish to make public on this board. Your confidentiality will be kept absolutely.
So what can be expected here?
- Shows! What's playing right now, what's in rehearsal, and what the process is like.
- Classes! What's going on in the Training program? (Hint: it's big!)
- Auditions! When can you audition for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall? (Hint: pretty soon!)
- Pictures! A behind-the-scenes look at what's going on in our corner of the Richmond theatre world.
- Links! To our friends around town, companies, organizations, and individual artists we know and love.
- Discussions! We Shakespeareans like to think deep thoughts (in between the sex, violence, and supernatural that pervades the plays, of course), and I think theatre artists like to talk about their craft. In fact, I've read lots of discussions about the art and business of theatre on my blog, Barksdales, and the invaluable Richmond VA Theatre blog. This will be a place to come for highbrow and lowbrow discussion of our world.
- Fun Stuff! Who wants to read a boring blog? I don't, and I sure don't want to write one. Hopefully this will be an entertaining place for Richmond Shakespeare's friends, fans, and family to visit a couple times a week for updates and discussion.
So what it really boils down to is this: Big things are in store for Richmond Shakespeare over the next weeks, months, and years as the company continues to grow and expand faster than we ever have. And we want the Richmond theatre community to be able to share in the experience. So here we are.
That's all for now. Come back for updates and for new features on the sidebar.
May the Bard be with you!