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Selling theater tickets locally becoming trickier business

Las Vegas Little Theatre may be on to something. The folks there don’t just announce their new titles each season. They demonstrate them.

Last week, four actors (John Ivanoff, Barbara King, Leo Limauco and Courtney Sheets) and a moderator (Brian Scott) presented snippets from the major plays coming up on their mainstage (“Moon Over Buffalo,” “The Ritz,” “How the Other Half Loves,” “House of Blue Leaves,” “As Bees in Honey Drown” and “The Bermuda Avenue Triangle”).

And of course, people were standing by hawking discount subscriptions. No telling how far a troupe could take something like this. Maybe a fully produced scene or two of each work? Maybe some wine and cheese to lighten up the wallet?

Selling theater tickets is becoming a trickier business with every year, and it seems the gimmicks are working much more effectively than the standard cry of “Come to the box office.” …

Las Vegas Little Theatre also picked up some easy cash last weekend with a yard sale. It unloaded $400 worth of old show costumes to people who are apparently readying up for Halloween. …

Rainbow Company is having auditions at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Reed Whipple Center. Local fans know that while the productions there are geared toward young people, age-appropriate casting applies, and professional attitudes are the norm. The folks there are pretty demanding, and it shows in the quality of the product.

They emphasize, “No experience or seasoning is required, and anyone may indulge in our afternoons of refreshing improvisational exercises and fun. No formal attire is required. Just wear comfortable shoes and enjoy.”

Technical director Kris Van Riper notes that the company also is preparing a season of year-round classes for students from age 4 through high school. Offerings will cover the gamut from dance, mime, acting, scenery, lights and costumes. …

It seems there are some disgruntled auditionees out there.

E-mails are making the rounds to actors, directors, board members and critics accusing a local director of being intoxicated during rehearsals, casting friends, and not allowing the best actors the right to their roles.

Of course, the e-mails are anonymous, and the facts don’t quite add up. But it goes to show: Some people take theater very, very seriously in this town. I can’t imagine the threats major movie moguls must have to endure, since they get caught up in situations where great fame and fortune can be involved.

Anonymous letters are so easy. It takes guts to put your name behind your thoughts.

Anthony Del Valle can be reached at DelValle@aol.com. You can write him c/o Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125.

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