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ShowBizRadio Welcomes 2008 by Looking Back and Forward

By • Jan 1st, 2008 • Category: ShowBizRadio

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Laura: This is the Spotlight for January 1, 2008.

Mike: We took off most of the month of December. We were traveling, visiting family, resting and recuperating. We are looking forward to working hard in 2008.

Laura: Looking back on 2007, it was a great year for theater. We published 192 reviews. We did 41 interviews. We shared eight talkback discussions. We focused on four events from the backstage area. We shadowed Springfield Community Theatre’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown which performed in February. In June we learned more about the NVTA One Act Festival. In November we shadowed Port City Playhouse’s To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. Then on Thanksgiving weekend Mike and I were actually in a show called John Smith: The HiStory of McLean and Great Falls. It was a pretty busy 2007.

Mike: Of the 192 reviews that were published on in 2007, Laura and I saw 139 of those shows. We published six reviews from Lisa Kay Morton and forty seven reviews from the Cappies, the regional high school reviews. We are very happy to be a part of the Cappies process.

Another thing is the number of people visiting the website has increased fairly steadily. We have tweaked the site some to make it more user friendly. The numbers have gone down some in the last half of the year verses the beginning of the year, but over all we have done pretty well.

Laura: As we get ready for 2008 season, as always we are open to changes and suggestions from the theater world, comments on what you like or do not like about our site. Please feel free to leave comments on our website, or email us directly. One thing we are thinking of doing is increasing the number of professional theater groups to our website.

Mike: Right now we do review some of the smaller professional groups in the metro area, such as American Century Theatre, Vpstart Crow. We’ve reviewed one show with Metro Stage. Should we do continue to add more professional groups or should we keep our focus on community theater and smaller professional groups? Please share your thoughts about that.

Laura: Another thing we are thinking about is should have more news about theater in the DC region? Some theaters send out press releases for auditions or changes in their show schedules and things like that.

Mike: Some of the theaters in the area are really good about keeping us informed about what they are doing. They send out press releases about auditions, about casting decisions, about opening weekend, closing weekend. We are just wondering if you would be interested if started publishing that information on it’s website? We don’t want to overwhelm you, but at the same time, there is a lot of information that we get that we are filtering out.

A related question to that would be, would it be useful if we started including links to other reviews of shows in the area? There are lots of places that do reviews like Potomac Stages, DC Theatre Scene, The Washington Post, the Washington Times, The Connection Newspapers. It is a lot of information and although we don’t mind coordinating the information and linking to it from our site, is it too much information? Which do you prefer?

Laura: Something else we are contemplating is should we do more videos?

Mike: Is there a value to seeing our beautiful (or handsome) faces doing a review? Should we do our interviews on camera instead of just on tape? Let us know if that is worth it or not. Some people have told us that the audio reviews are useful when they are driving. Let us know your thoughts about doing video.

Laura: Also this year the theaters where we shadowed a show, like Port City Playhouse’s To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday and then earlier in the year, Springfield Community Theatre’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Did you find the shadowing process helpful and useful?

Mike: We did a lot of interviews in the process. We went to a lot of rehearsals. We learned a lot, but did that come through in how we did that? We’d like to find out your thoughts and suggestions about how we can make that process better so that you can learn more about theater.

Laura: And then there is the question about advertising. Is it too expensive? Do you think it’s a good value? Let us know your thoughts about it.

Mike: We do love theater. That’s why we started up the site two and a half years ago. Unfortunately, it does have to generate an income for us. We are very grateful to the theaters that do buy advertising on the site. We think our rates for the advertising banner are reasonable and a great value, but we need to know from you if that is a good value or not. We are also thinking of some other ways of raising funds. If you have any ideas about that, we’d love to talk with you. We are pretty flexible.

One area of the site we are definitely looking at is the side bar of the site. It currently has a listing of all the shows going up in the next week and is sorted by date and time. Things opening today will be at the top of the list. It shows up on every page of the website. If we start tracking the professional theaters in the DC region, that will add about 100 more theaters and add 50 to 100 more shows at a time that are on the side bar. Keep in mind, that most professional theaters do many more performances. Therefore the side bar may become a sponsored area or it may just go away. We are not sure what would be most useful. So let us know your thoughts about that. We’d love to hear them.

Laura: That’s our year in review. We look forward to hearing from you. We hope to see you at the theater!

Mike: And now, on with the show.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College.