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Here's the very first post from our summer intern, Lauren! She's going to be letting you in on some inside information on how to spend a great summer in Bloomington from a student's perspective. Be sure to leave her a comment or two!
Last Thursday night I got to see a preview of the newest BPP production "Still the River Runs". This was my very first visit to the Bloomington Playwright's Project and I can't believe I waited this long to go! The theater itself is small yet comfortable and the fog machine definitely set the mood for the play, which takes place in the swamplands of central Florida. It's only a two-man show with a fairly simple set but they honestly don't need anyone or anything else. Gabe Gloden and Daniel J. Petrie put on a great show! Their performance was both lighthearted and thought-provoking and they seem to have a natural ability to capture the audience and draw you into the story. On the surface the play is about two brothers who steal their grandfather's body from his coffin during the funeral and bury him in a place that holds more meaning. As the play progresses the audience learns more about the brothers and the internal struggles and challenges they face. Even by the end, I left wondering what would happen next in the brothers' lives. There are parts that made me laugh out loud (listen for the whale talk) and other parts that were very deep and sincere. In short, this production is definitely worth a look and if you're a fan of country and folk music you don't want to miss it!
Also, if you're looking for something to do before the show, Scholar's Inn Gourmet Café and Wine Bar has created a special drink called the Swamp Thing Martini inspired by the production. It is an Arnold Palmer "with a strong Southern kick" and it's sure to be a hit!
They will also be performing May 26-28 and June 2-4 at 8 pm so you have plenty of opportunities to catch this performance!Posted on: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:38 PM by: Tosha Daugherty
Tonight is the official opening of Bloomington Playwright Projects latest production, Still the River Runs. We have ticket vouchers to give away so you can get into the show! Just leave a comment about your favorite theater or show experience in Bloomington and you'll be entered to win. We'll pick a winner on Wednesday (May 25) so you'll have to time pick up your voucher and redeem them for next weekend's showing. Or you can use the voucher at one of their fall productions. (Vouchers must be used in 2011.) Let the comments begin!
Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2011 11:39 AM by: Julie Warren
You may have noticed that we haven't been posting as often as usual here on our blog or on our various social media accounts. Well, I'd like to let you all in on what's been taking up so much of my time lately...
If you haven't been to our website lately at www.visitbloomington.com, now is a really great time to go check it out. We launched a brand-new and much improved version of the site last Thursday during National Tourism Week.
There's a lot to see on our new site,so take some time to explore, and don't forget to view the mobile version on your smart phone or other mobile device while you're at it! It's a huge improvement over our old mobile site and will allow visitors to have on-the-go information about what to visit and, maybe most importantly, where to eat when they're in town! The new mobile site also has all of our event calendar listings too, just in case you're looking for a performance to attend.
Once you're finished looking aroud, we'd love to have your feedback, in fact we've created a special survey to make it easy!Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2011 7:33 AM by: Tosha Daugherty