Community Theatre clubs come in all shapes and sizes, with many varied levels of organization. Some are very structured, with committees and procedures that put everything into place for a successful season.
Others are simply an ad-hoc group of people who like live theatre, and get together in someone’s living room to start putting on a play. And there’s a vast range of in-betweens too. Regardless of where your local club is organizationally, Theatre BC offers an outstanding opportunity to either broaden your horizons by taking advantage of many resources, or to actually become a resource yourself.
By becoming involved in the local zone process, TBC member clubs have an opportunity to meet and network with like-minded people. While it may not be easy for some zones to gather together in one room due to distance, they might want to consider a Skype video call as a means to meet. If not video, then Skype audio calls can be held to help foster this communication. (I also understand Google+ can be used in the same way, although I have no personal experience with it). For clubs with specific questions or issues, why not reach out within and beyond your own zone club members for help? The people of Community Theatre are very giving and will most likely be happy to share their experience and knowledge to help another club. Your zone chair is networked into the broader Theatre BC community – do reach out to them.
At the recent Theatre BC Strategic Planning Session, one of the key themes that came out was how “communication” flows in more than one direction. An exercise with a ball of string reinforced this. As we all gathered around in a circle, the spherical prop was tossed from person to person, and we all kept hold of our little loop. When we were done, the string was made taut and any one movement affected everyone else. So, while the TBC office is an important resource for member clubs, it is strengthened by the knowledge, experience and skills that we all have in our own home clubs, and as individuals.
Clicking on the blue Theatre BC logo will take you directly to the Theatre BC website, while clicking on the map will take you to a detailed page about the 10 different zones of Theatre BC. Once you’re at the website, the map includes “hot spots” over each zone – just click on your region to bring up a page with more info about your zone.
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