September 2014

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August 2014

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Summer Visitors

We've been delighted to welcome members who have visited the National Office in Syracuse while passing through the area.

Rick Boychuck stopped in on his way from his home in Canada to talk about his recent research on very, very, very early rigging systems and how looking at past developments helps us think about the future. He was featured in a session on the subject at CITT and will present at the Cincinnati 2015 Conference & Stage Expo.

Tina Shackleford, of Stage Management Mentoring Project fame, was on her way from a summer gig in Vermont back to start the semester at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, when she found a few spare minutes to drop in and say hello.

We were delighted to see them both.

Lori Baruch Featured in Local Press

Another member with ties to SMMP was featured recently in her local press. Lori Baruch's distinguished career with the Reagle Music theatre was highlighted in the article (Waltham native has longtime career behind the scenes at the Reagle), talking about the huge variety of roles she plays in keeping Reagle's productions and behind the scenes activities on track.

Congrats to LRLR

The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) successfully completed their 11th annual charity motorcycle ride and boosted the total amount raised in 2014 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the PLASA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program to more than $50,500.

The ride started in Columbia, Maryland on July 12 and ended back there on July 18. It included stops at the Flight 93 Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania, and at Appomattox Court House, in Virginia, as well as a jaunt across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The route took the riders through the lush farmlands and ranches of Pennsylvania and Virginia and into the mountains of West Virginia with some of the best twisty bike roads the group has seen in quite some time.

The top ten comments heard on the ride this year were:

10) Pass out the kazoos when we leave the restaurant, not when we go in.
9) Why does this bottle have barbed wire around it?
8) What's a "humanitarian break"?
7) Why does Moe have an R and an L taped on the toes of his shoes?
6) Does he know that they're backward?
5) It's just a little rain shower. It'll pass quickly.
4) Gather 'round for another banner photo.
3) Anyone bring a corkscrew?
2) Amen. (After Ida finished blessing the bikes.)

And the # 1 comment heard on the 2014 Ride. Oh look! A bunny!

Visit for more information. The 12th annual (2015) ride will take place in the Ozark Mountain region of Tennessee and Arkansas. Ride Marshals Alison "Earth Girl" and Mark "Hobnail" Heiser have tentatively set the ride dates for Saturday, May 30 through Sunday, June 7.

LRLR bikes on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Photo/Bill Ellis