Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

Theatre Keeps Us Human

Why is theatre such a different experience than going to a movie? After all, it’s ostensibly the same genre. It certainly has the same elements and many of the artists move easily between the two. Perhaps it has more to do with expectations than it does with the art itself. At it’s very core, going to see a play is a personal experience. It’s a ...

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The End of Each Year Brings a Time of Reflection

The end of each year brings a time of reflection. How was our year, what did we accomplish, where did we fail, and what can we change to better ourselves and our place in the world? We look back not just at the recent past, but also at the totality of our history. In the same way, we can ponder the nature of theatre. All ...

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Valley Performing Arts Center to Receive USITT Architecture Award

The Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University Northridge has been chosen to receive an Architecture Merit Award from USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, USITT Executive Director David Grindle announced Monday. USITT is the professional association serving individuals and organizations in the performing arts and entertainment design and technology industry. USITT’s annual Architecture Awards recognize outstanding architecture in performance spaces.This year, ...

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To Judge or To Be

Theatre, for centuries, answered a vast range of needs; entertainment, diversion, allegory, parable, history, spectacle and moral lessons. Mixed in there were healthy doses of variety acts, burlesque, farce and vulgar demonstration. This was all carried out at centralized locations, on some schedule that was convenient to audience and artist alike. But society has changed. In a fashion, theatre has become marginalized. Today the meaningless ...

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Confessions of a Critic: Or, a Jade in Search of Diamonds

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by Kyle Moore The funny thing is, when I became a theatre reviewer for a local paper, I couldn’t describe it as a job because I wasn’t getting paid.  Truth be told, I wasn’t even really allowed to be highly “critical,” as these reviews I was writing were supposed to be more along the lines of paid advertisements with a little feedback thrown in as ...

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Kelly Ford

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By Kyle Moore It always used to bother me to think of myself as a recovering Catholic.  And while this religion-free state of being had been going on for many years, I didn’t tell anyone because I thought somehow I had failed at the whole “God” thing.   But I really did love it when I was young.  The ritual, the costumes, the bombastic organ music ...

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THE MUSE THAT ROARED

Vince Melocchi

by Kyle Moore Vince Melocchi writes in a very organic manner, a habit which springs from his original training as an actor at Penn State.  While he swears that he’s not the stereotypical alcoholic playwright, it is true that when it came time to pound out a scene for his play “Lions” in which a character drunk-dials his ex, he did what any right-minded son ...

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The Colony Theatre

Los Angeles has hundreds of theatres that all aspire to greatness. Each filled with a collection of artists that dream of building reputations that will lead to sustainable careers. When these collected artists work together and focus their dreams to a common purpose, the theatre that houses them takes a huge step toward becoming an institution. A place where throngs gather to be entertained and ...

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A Day in the Life

by Jamie Ferguson Usually in college, people learn things like math, history, or science. They take lots of exams, do homework, and spend at least some time in the library. I, on the other hand, majored in acting. I spent four years learning how to figure out a character’s objective, how to appropriately apply fake facial hair, and how to slap somebody across the face. ...

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Refresh

For quite some time, we at FootLights have been trying to find a way to help you, the audience, find shows. From the start we wanted to bring to light the vast opportunities that local theatre has to offer. Every weekend, new shows open. Every week new gems appear and struggle to find an audience. Until now, you’ve either gone to ads in our programs, ...

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