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Playbill #6: Ford’s Theatre, Auditions, and TOYL Photos

By • Nov 28th, 2006 • Category: Reviews, ShowBizRadio, Stand Out!, The Time of Your Life

Listen to the ShowBizRadio Playbill #6 for November 26, 2006 [MP3 4:13 1.2MB]; or read the transcript. We talk about A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre, auditions and more photos of the Time of Your Life.

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio podcast for November 26th, 2006.

Mike: This evening Laura and I volunteered down at Ford’s Theatre in downtown Washington DC. We saw A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. We had a lot of fun. We got to meet some of the other ushers of course. We got to stuff inserts into the playbill and then help take tickets. We met a lot of people. The theater was basically sold out. It was a great show.

Laura: This was a standout show. Everybody did an amazing job. I enjoy ushering at Ford’s Theatre because they do such interesting things with the sets. It’s really a lot of fun to watch.

Mike: This show was just magical and it was incredible what they did with their set. I have never had so much fun watching A Christmas Carol. It’s almost the standard because there was so many unique things going on in the show.

Laura: Such as the entrances of the three ghosts: Christmas Past, Present and Future were incredible how they came out.

Mike: It was also the most colorful costumes I have ever seen for a Dickens’ play. It almost felt like Alice in Wonderland. You had giant hats and you had bright greens and just super colors. It was just so bright. The set itself was mostly white so the color just stood out. The lighting was incredible. It was a wonderful show.

Laura: Ebeneezer Scrooge was played by Richard Poe. He did an outstanding job. I was really impressed. When he first came out as Charles Dickens he looked up and acknowledged President Lincoln’s box with a nod that I thought was really classy.

Mike: All in all this was a very classy show. If you can get tickets to see A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at Ford’s Theatre, you should do it. It’s playing through December 30th and we’re going to call this a standout show. We really encourage you to go see this show.

Laura: A couple weeks ago I went over to The James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia and auditioned for a part in the upcoming Spring show of the Providence Players, Good Help is Hard to Murder. Auditioning is always a nerve wracking process, but it was a lot of fun. There were some newcomers and there were some returning people that I had worked with as a Providence Players groupie for Mike’s play The Time of Your Life. Unfortunately I didn’t get a part, but that’s ok.

Mike: And she had a fun time, I could tell. It was an all female cast. So I was sitting there. There were basically three men in the audience and there were thirty women all trying for eight different female roles. So it was a lot of fun to watch.

Laura: It was fun. We all got to try to do southern accents and I came away wanting to go rent Steel Magnolias.

Mike: Speaking of auditions, we do have an updated list of upcoming auditions on our website.

Laura: If you do go to an audition and you found it out on our website, let the theatre know you heard about their audition at

Mike: Getting ready for Thanksgiving, I took our digital camera out and made sure all the memory cards I had were cleared off of old photos. And I found a whole set of pictures from backstage of my show back in October, The Time of Your Life. So I’m going to put those up and make them available. There are even some videos of walking around the sets so you can see what it’s like going from backstage to onstage and then what it looked like from the theatre, looking out on the house from the stage.

Laura: And lastly, there are a ton of Christmas shows playing throughout the Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland region. Definitely recommend that you try to go see some of those shows. We have as complete a list as we can on our website:

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.