Friday Fun Things

We are in Tech Week for The Woman In Black at Williamston Theatre, man it’s going to be a terrific show.  Set, costumes, everything is just coming along beautifully.  The actors are fabulous, and it’s a nice spooky piece!

Other fun things: I love this picture of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan… and Elmo.ianpatrickelmo

Sometimes…when you get a package in the mail that has a lot of bubble wrap… you need to just roll around on it. So this happened at my house…

Aaaaand this is share-worthy just because it’s fabulous:

Also, I’m excited about the new freelance gig I’m doing with TV Talk! I’m hosting a show discussing the new CBS drama Hostages! My friend Joe Zettelmaier and I are co-hosting, it’s a ton of fun. The pilot ep of the show was quite good, I’m looking forward to watching and discussing/dissecting it more over the season. You should check it out – you can get the TV Talk App at, or you can also just listen to the show there, too! It’s fun – the app has an option for listeners to join in on the discussion. And while you’re there check out the other shows available. TV Talk: Hostages is one of over 60 shows you can listen to, so if you’ve got a favorite tv show, grab the TV Talk app and join in with a community of folks chatting about it!

Happy Friday, y’all!

Monday: A Pic Post Of Good Things

Random moments from the life of a Dad, Artistic Director, and Geek.

Sometimes your daughter gets old enough to drive a car.

And then you’re like


But then you get to do some light reading for work:


And you’re reminded


And the truth in that quote hits you like


And you think “There are a heck of a lot of wonderful things in my life”. Such as this renovation of the seating banks at Williamston Theatre:
From this…

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20130826-123340.jpgwhere the second, third and fourth rows will have MUCH better sight lines to the floor of the stage, which is one more step to providing the best theatrical experience we can for our patrons!

In other good news, the Chelsea Community Fair was this weekend, and we had a blast. Along with rides and junk food and demolition derbies, we got to see this pig and her brand new piglets. Adorable, and now we’re fighting the urge to get a pig.


And, lastly, I’m excited to announce a new freelance gig – this Fall my pal Joe and I will be hosting a show on the TV Talk Network. TV Talk is a company that produces short-form talk shows discussing today’s favorite television entertainment. Joe and I will be hosting TV Talk: Hostages, a show about the new CBS series “Hostages”! Check out the details and download the free app at TV Talk – join us, it’ll be a ton of fun!


Wednesday Pic Post

Random pictures from the life of a dad/husband/geek who runs a theatre.

One of the ladies at work wore this recently – hilarious!

Theatres use a lot of these lamps – this is the picture I took to remember the details so I could order more of the right one! Feeling generous? Feel free to donate a box! 😉

I spent 4th of July cleaning out my garage. (These things happen….) and in a box of “miscellaneous stuff” I found this picture of my kids from about 10 years ago.


Now they’re both teenagers, and I suddenly found myself alone in the middle of the garage feeling melancholy and old, but also incredibly lucky for my life and family!
All those “they grow up so fast” cliches are true!

Then there’s this!

A quick shot from the dress rehearsal of Tuna Does Vegas!


Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Friday Pic Post

Opening 10:53 tonight, and started rehearsals for Ernie this week – it’s been a terrific week to have my job! Plus we’ve had some terrific Quality Family Time, with track meets and orchestra concerts and show choir performances!

To celebrate this good week, here are some random photos from life!

Maggie rocked it in her “Company C” performance. She’s the one in the red top, in the first two pics. In the 3rd pic she’s on top left, playing the bass!




Ernie, the beautiful play by Mitch Albom, returns next month, and rehearsals are going well!



Had a blast at the Motor City Comic Con with my son, who liked this young lady and her Doctor Who cosplay!

And this little sparkly Darth Vader was cute as can be!



20130524-091852.jpgThe fabulous cast of10:53 by Annie Martin. Preview audiences loved the show, Opening Night is tonight.

This beautiful sunset view is right out our front window, and sometimes it’s gorgeous!

And lastly… This is the closest to a sweet rock-n-roll superhero action shot that I’ll probably ever get!



Thursday Pic Post

So I found myself in LA for a few days. I got to fist-bump Shrek while I was there.

I also, while looking at all the famous stars, found one that seemed perfect for a photo.


Aaaand it turns out that Princess Jasmine and I are friends. (Because when she’s not Princess Jasmine, she’s the wonderful Jade Waters Burch, a former Otterbein student who I directed in a Showcase!)


While in LA, my friends Mike and Jason took me to Meltdown Comics, an awesome comic book shop that also is the home of the NerdMelt performance space. They also have this:


Additionally, I was in NYC for a few days, but it was a quick trip filled with mostly work, and one of these…


And on the flight home, the airline wanted to remind us…

20130418-214825.jpg…not to throw geometric shapes into the airplane toilet.

In non-related news, my wife and kids look great in this picture:


And here’s a nice reminder:


Happy Thursday everybody. Work hard, play hard, love each other, and hug people!

Friday Pic Post

Some pics from Sweet Mercy, now running at MSU, that I took with my iPhone!



Beginning set sketches for the next show I’m directing, 10:53.


My son in Schoolhouse Rock, cracking up the audience as he reacts to being given a shot during the “Interjection” song. Horrible photo of a hilarious moment!


I know I’m easily amused, but this is the coolest cream pitcher any coffee shop has ever had! (cravings in Stockbridge, MI)


Continuing my efforts to improve my diet and fitness, so I thought I’d share this. Copy it, use it!


Lastly, a snapshot of a script page from Sweet Mercy: A phrase in Kinyarwandan, and the English translation.


Have a safe, wonderful weekend everyone. Amahoro iwanyu.

Sunday Night Pic Post

A great week. We had a wonderful four previews of End Days at Williamston Theatre. The shows were terrific (and very well sold!), and we got really good feedback from four excellent audiences.

John Manfredi and Eric Eilersen

Also, my son had his first Solo and Ensemble competition, where he got a 1 and 2!

20130127-215238.jpgHe loves playing his violin, and I’m really proud of him!

20130127-215345.jpgIt’s that time of year again! My friend Duncan is the Head Brewmaster at Grizzly Peak BrewPub in Ann Arbor, and since 2005 he’s brewed a seasonal beer named after me, Bitter Tony’s Rye Bitter!

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So, tonight a bunch of us went and enjoyed some good food and my eponymous drink!

One of the wonderful people involved in End Days cleaned the snow and ice off my car after the show the other night before I got outside… and if that wasn’t enough, they left me a note on my trunk! 🙂

Thanks anonymous snow scraper!

Last pic of the night:
We had a great morning on Saturday, playing a bunch of Get Bit!

What’s Get Bit, you ask? A fun silly family game where you’re all a bunch of robots, swimming away from a shark… And to win, you have to be the last one to lose your limbs! Check it out here!

Tomorrow is Monday – have a productive, fun-filled week everyone!

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
-James Allen