Monday updates…

My daughter is home today with bronchitis.  Poor thing feels yucky, and was ordered to spend the day on the couch, drinking fluids and resting.  Since she had just finished the book she was reading this weekend, she was complaining that she didn’t have anything to read… so…

I decided that since she’s almost 14, it was time.

I got down my copy of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and gave it to her.

I’m happy to say she’s halfway through it already, and loves it!  This fills me with an irrational amount of joy and pride – Nerd Dads, you know what I’m talking about!**

In other news, I spent the weekend working with the Otterbein University 2012 Acting Seniors, they had their campus performances of the Senior Showcase that I’ve been working on with them, and it went fabulously!  We’ll be taking it to NYC in the Spring, and they’ll perform for about 150 casting agents, talent agents, directors and producers.  It’s a fun gig, and the energy from the students is always a rejuvenating thing!

The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) does an annual survey of the national not-for-profit theatre to get a handle on how the industry is faring.  Here’s a blurb about the one they’ve most recently published, “Theatre Facts 2010” –

“Theatre Facts 2010 provides three lenses through which to view the not-for-profit theatre field’s attendance, performance and fiscal health. Based on the TCG Fiscal Survey 2010—which covers the fiscal year that theatres completed anytime between October 31, 2009 and September 30, 2010—the report shows that the year 2010 brought a slight reprieve after two years of difficult times during the height of the recent economic crisis. The average theatre ended 2010 with a positive Change in Unrestricted Net Assets (CUNA), even though total income growth fell short of inflation over the 5-year period by 1.4%, and average working capital was negative in each of the five past years becoming even more severe in 2009 and 2010. However, capital campaigns left theatres with substantial growth in investments and new, improved or expanded facilities”

To get a look at the whole document, visit the website here, and click the “Download Theatre Facts 2010 PDF” link.

**As I’m about to hit “publish” on this blog, she’s in the other room, quoting it for her brother and laughing.  This is a Milestone Moment.  🙂

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