Twins Talk Theatre

Twins Cynthia Hennon Marino and Stacy Hennon Stone host a weekly podcast talking to the people behind the curtains. Take a trip back stage to learn what it takes to put on a production: design process, music study and execution, paperwork, meetings, management, unions, and all the excitement backstage that the audience doesn’t get to see. Enjoy the show!

067 - Meredith Pratt

January 11th, 2019

In the mid to late 90's the city of Chicago was full of amazing talent, and everyone looking for work in the theatre. On a whim Meredith Anne Patt moved out to Los Angeles with a friend and found herself in the film industry. Within a few years she was quickly drawn back to theatre when word got out that had done Stage Management at school. The Sacred Fools Theater Company and Theatre of NOTE were her two home bases. From there Meredith found herself looking for steady work and became Patron Services or House Manager at Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Los Angeles Theatre Center, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare LA and now East West Players. Along the way she got married and has an amazing son and adorable puppies. We also talk a little about acceptance in the theatre, Pronoun, and how everything is about growing and learning.

You can find a great write up about pronouns from UW-Milwaukee at https://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns

 

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065 - Danielle Ranno

December 28th, 2018

Why would someone with 7+ years of professional stage management experience, both her AEA and AGMA cards and year round employment decide to go back to school to get her MFA in Stage Management? So she could write a book on Opera Stage Management! Tune in to this week's podcast to learn how Danielle Ranno is at home in both musical theatre and opera, how to fake it until you make it, and an outline for a future (much needed) book!

 

 

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064 - Ashley Flowers and Eric Hart

December 21st, 2018

Ashley Flowers and Eric Hart are both amazing prop masters with some of the best stories. Who else so easily switches from fake food, different kinds of blood and safety with weapons on stage? All with a smile on their face? These two host their own podcast called "Silk Flowers and Papier Mache Hearts" where they go into more detail on a weekly bases. We did pick up some great tips. Always check for food allergies with the cast before providing food. Always stress the important of weapon handling and safety. And a big one, you can never communicate too much or give too much information to props people.

You can follow them both on Facebook and Instagram. And make sure to check out their web page and podcast at http://www.silkflowersandpapiermachehearts.com/

 

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063 - Christie Kelly

December 14th, 2018

063_-_Christie_Kelly.jpgChristie Kelly​ met Cindy as a driver for the last 2 seasons at Opera Philadelphia​ where she managed to drive a 26' truck around the old city, with a recently broken foot! For the first year at least.

But don't let that fool you. Christie is a Broadway veteran (revival of Man of LaMancha); knows how to do scenic painting the old school way; learned to do wig design and maintenance on the spot and even spends time in craft services. We are pretty sure there is nothing she can not do. At one point she was called in to "straighten bow ties" on a Discovery Channel​ documentary on Abraham Lincoln. But when they learned she was a wiz at wigs, they gave her a cheap wig in a bag, and 45 minutes she gave them back a stunning Lincoln wig.

 

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062 - Larry and ‘Phie Mura

December 7th, 2018

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It's a small world after all! Larry and 'Phie Mura met Stacy at Long Beach Playhouse, but they both grew up in Binghamton, NY where Cindy worked for a few years at Tri Cities Opera (Phie even says all her family has been in various productions of Carmen!) Larry and 'Phie met at Ithica College where they both graduated with a theatre degree. Soon after the ventured across the country to Long Beach, CA.
 
The Mura's open "Christmas Carol" at the Long Beach Playhouse on December 8th, which is their own adaptation of the classic that Larry directed and 'Phie choreographed.
 
Get tickets now at www.lbplayhouse.org!

 

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061 - Opera Columbus Madama Butterfly - Part 2

November 30th, 2018

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In part 2 of our discussion with the Madama Butterfly team at Opera Columbus we learn why director Crystal Manich has stopped using the word "traditional" and started thinking "traditional production approach" to differentiate the "tradition" of the staging vs the "tradition" of the music.   And how she finds the heightened moments of the opera to help tell the psychological story of the characters and their relationship.  This team has given us hope for the future of the classics.

 

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060 - Opera Columbus Madama Butterfly - Part 1

November 23rd, 2018

Butterfly_Friday_1_.jpgToday we welcome Director Crystal Manich, Choreographer Susa Van Pelt Petry, Set and Costume Designer Court Watson and Lighting and Projection Designer Tlaloc Lopez-Watermann as we discuss why doing a show like Madame Butterfly is important in 2018 and how a company can "re-tell" a story that so many people think they know WITHOUT changing the music or the words.

The conversation was so good we didn't want to limit it to one hour, so enjoy this episode and stay tuned for the second part next week!

 

 

 

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059 - Farrell Hirsch

November 16th, 2018

Farrell Hirsch has had quite the varied and exciting career in the entertainment world from script writing for TV sitcoms, to helping start the Ovation Awards in LA, to starting and running Sirius XM Radio's Playboy Radio. After retiring from Playboy Radio he was recruited to be the CEO of Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA.

You can find out more about The Muck at www.TheMuck.org

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058 - Steven Austin Younkins

November 9th, 2018

Steven Austin Younkins spends half of his year as the Audio Supervisor for STAGES ST. LOUIS and the other half running Q2Q Comics and hanging out with his amazing girlfriend Liz and their 2 very helpful kitties. Because the only thing more helpful and cute than kitties might be La Ropasucia! Especially when Steve's mom and sister hand knit them. 
Make sure you listen all the way through the podcast to hear Stacy and Steve nerd out over Dungeons and Dragons figure painting, the talented Matt mercer with Critical Role and of course, The Adventure Zone. Even back stage people need a little break and game time!

You can find all the comics, merchandise and ways to support Steve's work at www.q2qcomics.com

 

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057 - Bridget Reilly Beauchamp

November 2nd, 2018

Bridget Reilly Beauchamp always wanted to start a theatre company names Pulley And Buttonhole Theatre named from a poem she always loved: ""I want to be famous in the way a Pulley is famous, or a Buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do." - From Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye. Bridget is the Artistic Director and often the director of their 3 play season. When not directing she feels her job is to act as a sound board and back stop for the Director; giving support while not hovering. It is also to be the goat for the thoroughbreds. Go ahead and listen to understand her amazing reference!

You can find more about Pulley and Buttonhole at www.pulleyandbuttonholetheatre.org
 

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