Curtain Call is a tell-all behind the scenes look into the lives of performers and backstage talent alike at the Downriver Actors Guild located in Wyandotte, Michigan. Join host Benjamin Apostle as he pulls the curtain back on some of downriver's most talented individuals.
The Show Must Go On!19/10/2020 Duração: 41min
We're Baaaaaaack!Host Benjamin Apostle and Producer Bryan are back with your inside look behind the curtain of all the theaters in the downriver area. In our first episode back since the pandemic, host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Chuck Bollman from The Downriver Actors Guild, Sydnee Corbin for Southgate Community Players & The Players Guild of Dearborn, and Daveaux Riggs & Nathan Kubik from Spotlight Studios in Monroe. Here we learn a little about how each group has found ways to keep theater alive and what the future may hold for local theater.
Pulling back the curtain on The Curtain Call24/03/2020 Duração: 39min
In this week's episode host Benjamin Apostle sits down with ?????, wait huh, this can't be right. He sits down with Producer Bryan? The two share how the podcast got started and named, their "first time" stories, and generally try to keep everyone entertained during this quarantine process.
State of the Theater: COVID-19 Edition14/03/2020 Duração: 26min
!!Special Edition!!The theater management team of Joel Bias Director of Operations, Denny Connors Director of Development, and Debbie Aue Artistic Director all sit down with host Benjamin Apostle to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on The Downriver Actor's Guild. For more inormation please visit www.downriveractorsguild.net.
Spotlight Series: Inspire Theatre11/03/2020 Duração: 35min
This week we are changing things up! We are releasing our first in a line of Spotlight Series showcasing other community theater groups in the southeastern Michigan area. First up, Inspire Theatre! Host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Inspire Theatre founder Len Fisher and Inspire veteran Jazzmin Sharara as they discuss what makes their theater group special.For more information regarding Inspire Theatre, please visit www.inspiretheatre.com
A Real Downriver Success Story26/02/2020 Duração: 27min
This week we change things up! Host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Ryan Crum, a professional bass player for local, regional, and touring musical theater. Currently, Ryan is the bass player for Spongebob: The Musical national tour. Ryan shares his experiences and stories from the road as well as providing insight on how to become a professional musician.
Not Right or Not White?12/02/2020 Duração: 54min
In this week's episode host Benjamin Apostle takes a deep dive into the discussion of minoritized people and groups in community theater. Leading the discussion are our guests Amanda Chatila and Domingo Guzman. Both are active in multiple community theater groups in the southeastern Michigan and northern Ohio area and share their stories, experiences, and opinions.
Duct Tape & Swords: A Stage Manager's Best Friend29/01/2020 Duração: 33min
In this week's episode host Benjamin Apostle sits down with 3 stage managers (Kristin Davis, Maria Vespa, and Valerie Compau) as they discuss what it takes to stage manage both community and professional theater. The three share the perils of working backstage and some of the things audiences never get to see.
A Woman Would Never Get Away With That15/01/2020 Duração: 52min
In our 2020 return, host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Ashley Blevins, Kayla Harwood, and Gerald Hymer to discuss the pervasive problem of male privilege in community theater. The three share their opinions, stories, and experience working with productions at the Downriver Actors Guild and beyond and how male actors are treated differently than female actors.
How long you been in plaid? ... Forever16/12/2019 Duração: 53min
In our last episode of 2019, host Benjamin Apostle sits down with the guys from Forever Plaid to discuss embarrassing moments on stage, gold stars, and of course their show. Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear a live listen at their rehearsal. See you in 2020!
You don't live here???08/12/2019 Duração: 44min
In this week's episode of Curtain Call, host Benjamin Apostle sits down with downriver directing royalty Paul Bruce and Debbie Aue. The two share stories about their current productions, how they got started in theater, and Debbie Aue gives a little background on the origins of the Downriver Actor's Guild.
Life outside of DAG02/12/2019 Duração: 53min
In this week's episode of the Curtain Call, host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Taylor Charbonneau and Sydnee Corbin to discuss how other theater compaines compare to the Downriver Actors Guild. The two share their stories of working with groups like DYPAC, SCP, and The Players Guild of Dearborn.
Casted is not a word!25/11/2019 Duração: 40min
They're baaaaack! One episode wasn't enough to contain these two powerhouses. In this week's episode host Benjamin Apostle continues his discussion with Former Downriver Child Star Sam Ramirez and Nathan Vazquez. The two get a little more personal, sharing their own experiences performing.
Avenue A Cappella: The Episode20/11/2019 Duração: 39min
In this weeks episode (albeit delayed due to Producer Bryan), host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Avenue A Cappella members Kyle Harwood and Melanie Aue. The two discuss the origins of the group, how songs are chosen, and what the group looks for in perspective members.
Former Downriver Child Star SAM RAMIREZ!...and Nathan10/11/2019 Duração: 46min
In this week's episode, host Benjamin Apostle goes into an in-depth discussion of high school theatre. Nathan Vazquez serves as the director for Melvindale High School and Sam Ramirez serves as the Roosevelt High School director in Wyandotte. The two share their stories, wisdom, and anecdotes related to their time as high school directors.
The Obligatory Frozen Episode28/10/2019 Duração: 28min
In this week's episode, host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Josh Gray (Director of Frozen Jr.), Kylie Scarpace (Queen Elsa), and Chloe Scarpace (Princess Anna) as they discuss being in the Downriver Actors Guild's production of Frozen Jr. Kylie and Chloe share what it's like being sisters in real life and on stage together. To get tickets to Frozen Jr. visit www.downriveractorsguild.netPerformances are 11/8 - 11/10 & 11/15 - 11/17 and the cost is $15.
If you didn't need black people, would you still call me?21/10/2019 Duração: 52min
In this week's Curtain Call, host Benjamin Apostle sits down with Nick "Big Papa" Brown and Mishana Green to discuss the point of view of African Americans in community theater. Nick and Mishana share their stories, opinions, and struggles of being an African American actor in predominately white community theater companies. Contact Mishana about voice or acting lessons at [email protected] To see "Frozen Jr" 11/8 - 11/17 at The Downriver Actors Guild, get your tickets at www.downriveractorsguild.netTo see Nick Brown in "Elf: The Musical" 11/22 - 12/8 at The Croswell, get your tickets at www.croswell.orgTo learn more about The Downriver Actors Guild visit www.downriveractorsguild.net.
There's one QUEEN in the room, and it's me!13/10/2019 Duração: 57min
In this episode, host Benjamin Apostle talks to Betsy and Spencer Genrich who are the lead instructors at the Downriver Dance Academy. Betsy and Spencer share their stories of being life-long dancers, choreographers, and performers. Ben also gives you an exclusive look with the cast, crew, and audience of Evil Dead the Musical playing on the DAG stage October 11-12 & 18-19.
Come Take My Part!30/09/2019 Duração: 33min
Host Benjamin Apostle takes a deep dive with guests Denny Connors and Melanie Aue. The two share stories, secrets, and feelings about past and present productions at the Downriver Actors Guild.