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Happy New Year Valued Theatregoers!

From: rick h.
Sent on: Sunday, January 1, 2012 12:46 PM

Hey everybody!

I hope this year brings you and yours many happy surprises, peace and greater prosperity!

...and of course some wonderful and inspiring moments enjoying LIVE theatre!

Speaking of which, I must recommend The Wild Bride now playing at Berkeley Rep. I didn't have a chance to plan a Meetup for this incredible show but would love to see it again! The incredible uber-actors can sing, dance. act, clown and play musical instruments. They are AMAZING! Brought to the US by the incomparable Kneehigh Theatre Company from Cornwall, this company developed, Blues-inspired, devil at the crossroads, Faustian, fairy tale is a tour de force of dance, music and storytelling which will stay in your mind for weeks - if not forever! However, this is an adult show with adult themes. I do not recommend it for children. This is the same company that performed Brief Encounters at ACT which was of my favorite Meetups ever! It has been selling out for weeks and has been extended till late January. SEE IT! If I can finagle a free ticket or usher, I will announce a Meetup for that date. If you'd like to suggest a date or announce your own Meetup, GO FOR IT! If you can cover the cost of my ticket, I will offer you a private tutorial about the history and background of this company, the show and it's themes, and some insights that only a theatre professional and educated insider can offer!

Please consider becoming an Assistant Organizer. My New Year's Goal for this Group is to TRIPLE our membership and become a MUCH more active group - that means I could use YOUR help! If you want to see a show or schedule a Meetup, do it EARLY and then we can ALL join the fun! If it's last minute, consider posting a message on the Message Board and you might be able to Meetup with some new friends!

As always, if you have some ideas on how we can grow this group, plan more Meetups, or if you would like to become an Assistant Organizer, please let me know. I will also be approaching the group sales and marketing folks at several Bay Area theatres to offer them the opportunity to advertise, promote shows, schedule Meetups and offer special discounts for our members. Of course, the more members we have, the more likely we will be to enjoy special discounts, backstage tours and pre- and post-show discussions and mixers.

Thank you for your membership, your enjoyment and support for LIVE theatre, and your help in spreading the word about the many FUN opportunities we will share in 2012 and beyond! I especially want to thank my fellow organizers and all the wonderful members that I have already met and shared some great times in and outside the theatre!

All the BEST for 2012!

:0) Rick



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