Why only professionals?

Since our launch, I’ve received several emails and Facebook messages about the website. There are people genuinely excited for this and that makes me happy. The goal of this site is to be a resource, a news site, an opinion site, a calendar, venue information, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera (see what I did there?).

With every new thing, there come questions. What about this? Why don’t you try that? For this website, one of the constants has been: Where are the rest of the theatres? Good question. Great question. We don’t know where they are, but we are going to find them and when we do… Wait. This isn’t a Liam Neeson movie. I know where they are. So does Sara Rae. And Omega Jones. And Colin Dowd. And Erin Shildmyer. We’ve worked with all of them.

That begs the question then of why aren’t they included, doesn’t it? To answer simply: We are building the following of the website. Seriously. Our target is to bring the whole of theatre to a wider audience. To that end, we are trying to build ourselves as a legitimate source of theatre news in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Region. That means our target isn’t the people who already know about the smaller theatres. Our targets are the people who think The Muny and The Fox are the only theatres in town.

You and I, we know that’s not true, but they don’t. We’ve got to lead the horse to the watering hole.

“That’s awesome,” you say, “but what about community theatre? When does it get a chance on the page?” Good question. We have plans for expansion. They’re in the works. I’ve got it all in my head. Before I reveal all, let’s look at some facts:

  1. There are 30 professional theatres and 2 festivals in St. Louis.What does it mean to be professional in theatre? It means everyone involved in the production itself is paid. No, that does not include ushers before you ask. Not even the Fox pays all of their ushers.
  2. We are a staff of 5 people with different responsibilities. In addition, we are all unpaid. This is a passion project. If you’d like to help make it not so passionate and more monetary, consider donating today!
  3. We’ve only been doing this for a little over a month.

Before you say I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not. This is MY project. I took this on. It’s been awesome and enlightening. I can’t wait for everything to start working like a well-oiled machine and I can be a little more hands-off (I probably won’t be though…).

Enough about all that. What about the community theatres? Here is my current plan of action moving forward. Please note this schedule is subject to change and is not set in stone.

Winter 2016/2017 – Add theatres for young audiences and opera theatres
Summer 2017 – Add community theatres
Winter 2017/2018 – Add universities and colleges

Like I said… That’s only a tentative maybe-it-happens-this-way-maybe-it-doesn’t-we’ll-just-have-to-wait-and-see schedule. How do we make it go faster? Help me. We have a calendar that needs near-constant updating. We have news happening left and right, and we need to cover it. I want opinions on St. Louis theatre. Share the Facebook page and website with your friends and family. Get them to like it and discuss it and USE it.



Sean Michael is a local actor and director as well as founder of The Scene Shop. He has been seen on stages from St. Charles to Grand Center. See what’s next for him on his website.


**DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this post are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of THE SCENE SHOP.


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