Monthly Archives: March 2014

We need you! (If you want to….)

A total aside, and pardon my use of the blog for this.  But it’s important… kinda.  Especially since we’ve become masters of “Dark Shadows Blocking.”

As many of you know, I’ve done a lot of work on the history and analysis of DARK SHADOWS.  The site for whom I write — — has been nominated for a major award, THE RONDO.  Just as in theatre, we do what we do out of love, so recognition like this is a big deal.

This was an explosive year for the site… a Jonathan Frid memorial documentary, countless articles, art, numerous podcasts covering every corner of DS’ past and future, and a whole book!  

Now, I can’t tell you for whom you should vote.  But I will say that webmaster Wallace McBride put in an astounding amount of work, bringing DARK SHADOWS fans hundreds of dollars worth of show history and entertainment for free.  And I mean, hundreds of dollars per fan, were it to have been sold as a package.  It is a place of endless imagination and passion and detailed, precise excellence.  If you appreciate the imagination, then don’t let me stop you… vote!

And tell your friends!

Thank you so much for reading this on a well-earned spring break!


And… scene.

9 March, 2014 13:39

Very nice work everyone. Both my son and I enjoyed the show. The fights looked good and safe. The opening fight was too fast. What was the mark on father’s face? 🙂

X Period Preview Call

Keep on chugging! Goin’ great!

Tomorrow, the following need to come during X to prep for preview. We’re doing the Big Fight.

  • Jackson Mullins
  • Katherine Valiant
  • Nathan Wolfenbarger
  • Chase Clayton
  • Chase Brown
  • JB Crawford
  • Lucy Keh
  • Corey Spurling
  • Will Lauver
  • Sara Sims-Wilbanks
  • Michelle Rukeyser
  • Jennye Merrell
  • Emma Gray
  • Alinda Horton
  • Lydia Bailey
  • Annie Samples

And Katie and Maddie!

The decision about Friday…

There was a bit of confusion from some about the decision to bump our opening from Friday to Saturday.  That was my decision, and if there is any unclarity about that, I hope that clears it up.  

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks.


‘nuff said!

Act 2…

Should be over before 9pm for those with/giving rides. Thanks!

Patrick McCray

Go on Friday…

…is at 7:30pm.

Patrick McCray


Please send them to

Plan B

Okay, the call came in from Mr. Hutchinson with GREAT regrets. He’s aware of the difficulty it poses, but student safety takes priority. Campus is to be cleared by 5:15. That means we’re re-set for chapel by 5:14.

This is what will happen…

I’m not sure what the scene-changing timeline is, so we will do fight call. If you have a fight, please be here for that.

I will sacrifice a lot, but not safety (within the time allotted).

The theater seats (roughly) 500. We’ve rarely had more than 1000 (total) for a non-musical show. I think we will be okay if we open on Saturday, and play that night and Monday. Sunday crowds are notoriously unenthusiastic, and limiting the play to two nights ensures saturated and enthusiastic crowds.


ALL rehearsals are open to ANYONE. That means that the Friday final dress, which is traditionally preview, is open to ANYONE. So, the more of an audience we have for that final dress rehearsal, the better the show will eventually be. I won’t call final dress a performance, but it is a fully-tech-equipped and polished enactment that anyone is invited to come see.

This isn’t in cement yet, but it’s in very firm sand… close to cement.