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Awards for My Favorite Theatre!

Just letting everyone know (if you didn't already) that the Retro Dome has been nominated in ten categories for the 2012 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards!
The critics have made their nominations (thank you!) and the audience votes. So, they're asking you - their audience - to please vote.
Here are our nominations:
-Best Choreography (Local): Shannon Guggneheim
-Best Costume Design (Local): Julie Engelbright
-Best Direction of a Musical (Local): Scott Guggenheim
-Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Local): Ric Iverson
-Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Local): Breigh Finnerty
-Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Local): Stephen Guggenheim
-Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Local): Shannon Guggenheim
-Best Local Musical: The Game Show Show!
-Best Special Theater Event: Becoming Britney
-Theater of the Year: The Retro Dome
It'll be great for the Game Show Show to win some awards, as they're hoping to perform it in other localities (maybe even on Broadway! One can dream...) So to say it was the best local musical of 2012 would be a great door opener.
Of course getting theatre of the year would be wonderful as well, and a fitting tribute to their efforts as they end their time at their current location.

Talk, Talk, Talk...

Originally posted by theretrodome at Talk, Talk, Talk...
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. - Oscar Wilde.

Here at the Retro Dome we like being talked about. Whether it's here on LiveJournal, or FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, Yelp or any of the other social media sites. Even better is if you talk us up to your friends, family, and co-workers when you're face to face (or even on the telephone).

The point here is talk about us. Tell everyone what you like about us, and - in the interest of fairness - tell them (and more importantly us) what you don't like about us. Just talk about us. With all the mega-plexes and big-budget theatre companies out there, the smaller organizations - like us - need word of mouth to keep alive.

What's Happening at the Dome...

Originally posted by theretrodome at What's Happening at the Dome...
Well, this weekend we are pleased to present one of our favorite Sing-Along Experience: Hairspray. This is the film version of the Broadway musical of the John Waters film - and we have a lot of fun with it, with cast members leading the audience in their participation with the film. If you've never been to one of our Sing-Alongs (which begs the question: Where were you this summer?) then this is one not to miss!

We announced this past week that we'll be holding auditions for youth actors for our holiday show Santastic! So if you know any aspiring future star, send them over to our audition page. If your youth needs to brush up on their audition techniques, we'll also be hosting an audition master class the weekend before the auditions.
You'll Laugh Your Blank Off!
Of course the big news is that The Game Show Show is returning on October 5th, and if you're already on our e-mail list you will have received our recent mailer that includes a discount code. If you're not on our e-mail list, it's easy to join - just click this link. If you saw the show in it's workshop stage this past spring, then you know how catchy the tunes are and how funny the dialogue is, but we also took on board suggestions from our audience and made some tweaks - changed some songs, and made the game play more inclusive of the whole audience. We also have four new cast members, and we'll be profiling them in the coming weeks on our e-mail list - so more incentive to join the list.

So the schedule for the near future here at the Retro Dome is as follows:

Legion of Rassilon's 30th Anniversary Party

Just trying to get the word out about the Legion of Rassilon's 30th Anniversary Party on Saturday, 28 January. More information can be found at http://www.facebook.com/events/297436630302362/ or the club's site www.legionofrassilon.org.

We're hoping to reach as many past members as we can, so if you can help increase our bandwidth, that would be super.

Thank you!

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by twbasketcase at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

So, I Have a LiveJournal...

This is really because I have some friends that have these LJ thingies, and I can see all (or most) of their postings this way.  I've got my own site, where I do my bLogging - and that's at DVillage.org, which I've had for a few years.  So I'm going to continue to post there, and maybe one day there will be a way to port Joomla to Livejournal (you can do it from WordPress, but I'm not switching again...)  So, unless you know how to get Joomla entries to port over to Livejournal, you'll have to go to DVillage.org to read my entries.