Welcome to Hitting The Stage from Stu Hirayama
|July 31, 2012||Posted by Stu Hirayama under News|
Stu Hirayama is Reviews Editor for Hitting The Stage. He has been a part of Hawai‘i’s theatre scene for fourteen years, as an actor, improvisor, and sound designer.
Welcome to Hitting the Stage. The site is still growing, and we are looking forward to you to help us do just that.
As mentioned in Troy’s welcome message an impetus for starting HTS was a negative review for a show that many thought was a strong production. A number of thoughts came up when considering this. You can’t satisfy everyone all the time. It’s just one person’s opinion. You need to consider the source. Knowing these things, I felt there was a way to improve the theatre community. Getting away from the single reviewer from the one daily newspaper was one means to do that. The peer review site suggested by Frank and mentioned by Troy in his message is definitely a step in that direction.
I am glad to be a part of this project. It’s great to hear multiple views of a show, especially one that I had seen myself. It is very interesting to know what other people thought about it. And yes, I will still read the newspaper review (though if I’m in the show, I try not to even hear about it until the run is over).
But now, we need to take the next step.
We want YOU to start submitting reviews to us.
In the age of Yelp and foursquare, people are on the lookout for a great hole-in-the-wall, the coolest club, or a reliable mechanic. Individual reviews may not matter too much, but you develop a sense of who is giving an insightful review and who is making a knee-jerk reaction to a single bad experience. We want a whole community of people to give their opinions about the shows they see.
Though the jump-off point was to have a peer-review site, the audience also has a place in this community.
Even if you are NOT an actor, director, designer, stage manager, or worked in any other facet of a production, you are NOT “just an audience member.” The mere fact that you are reading this indicates to me that you care about the theatre scene. I invite you to be a part of the process. I am sure that many of the artists would love to hear your feedback.
We want to hear your honest reactions. We want to know what made you laugh uncontrollably and what made you cry unabashedly. We want to know what that performance made you think about – because sometimes a show will stir up thoughts about something entirely different. We want to know if a show made you feel so good inside that you swear your late night dinner tasted better because of it. We want to know if the show brought you and your significant other closer together.
We want to know if you didn’t like the show. We want to know if you think someone didn’t do their job well enough. We want to know if you think someone didn’t do their homework to perform a role. We want to know if a performance made you not want to see another show ever again.
Theatre plays numerous roles in its community. Sometimes it’s sheer fun. Sometimes it’s educational. Sometimes it’s thought-provoking. And of course, sometimes, it’s all of those. As I see it, theatre is wonderful, and I want to share it with the world.
Thank you for caring about our community, and for visiting this site. Please consider contributing to our community, and share your theatre experience with your family and friends.