It’s been almost a full year since the Flint Journal decided to scrap the long tradition of reviewing local theatre productions. It was something of a shock to the local theatrical community as it left seven companies without a public venue for evaluation and promotion of their efforts. It was a shock to me as well. Reviewing these plays for the past 22 years had become an enjoyable routine. I missed it. So I decided to do something about it.
This blog is a first step toward restoring that public platform. Where will it go and how big will it grow? Hang around and see, but for now we’ll focus on our seven local troupes: Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint City Theatre, Flint Community Players, Flint Youth Theatre, New McCree Theatre, University of Michigan-Flint Theatre Department, and Vertigo Theatrics. We will include Kearsley Park Players during their fair weather season as well. Hopefully the League of Flint Theatres (LOFT) will help by providing us access to do reviews, information on season offerings, announcement of auditions and by promoting the existence of this blog in their programs.
A feature on each group might be an appropriate beginning. There is much variety with Flint stages existing in coffee houses and parks as well as in traditional theatre buildings. And your opinion is valued. Please let us know you’ve seen this effort and what you think can improve it. We are open to suggestion and will accept all offers to contribute to the success of Flint Area Theatres.