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Jeez! This year is turning out to be a great one for progress on my improv dream! One of my students introduced me to the executive director of the chamber of commerce. He and I talked and he asked me to present an improv workshop at the annual convention of Mass. chamber of commerce directors October 14. These directors deal with business people all over Mass., so you never know! Back in January, I sent in a proposal to the NETC (New England Theater Conference) to be a presenter at their convention in November. My resistance monsters were working overtime and I mailed it on the day it was due. A couple of weeks ago they called and committee picked me as one of the presenters! This is a regional conference and they get apps from all of New England. If that wasn't enough, I get to audit a ten hour class with Keith Johnstone! This is like having a garage band and finding out you can spend time with Clapton. Being a singer at the VFW and finding out you can spend time with Streisand. That big.
Today I stopped into a little restaurant and ordered a sandwich to go. I was looking around and noticed they had this little stage area with a piano and a couch. So, I asked for the owner of the restaurant, told her I had an improv group and we could do a show in that area. She jumped at the idea! So, we have our first gig planned for December. We also talked about doing an interactive murder mystery (St. Valentines Day Massacre) in February. I also sent a demo-tape to the First Night people to see if we can perform on New Years Eve.
Right now, I'm in the flow. I talked to the owner of the restaurant. She is the new owner and was looking for a way to improve business. She mentioned that the other day the editor of the local paper was there doing a review and would be running a piece. I told her that I had spoken to him last month about our show at the church. Just so happened, that I talked to him on his very first day on the job as the new editor! He was so supportive and actually ran my press release three times! Anyways, I emailed him about the restaurant piece he was doing and how we are doing a show there. He emailed back that he wants to do an art piece article on our group prior to the show. Serendipity and connecting with these people makes me feel like we are all puzzle pieces coming together at the same time.