Student Stories – Danielle Katz: Circle of Production Life

Hi, it’s Danielle Katz again with another update on advertising, proofreading, and the box office.

Things with ads are coming to an end as we get closer to this weekend…Typesetting Weekend…when all of the ads are proofread until they are correct and placed into the final order for the playbill. I’ve hit my class goal of $595 and my personal goal of $1,000 (Mr. Danielson gives you really good cookies if you sell that much), and I’m so proud of the people in the cast and crew who have hit their $595 and those who have kept selling as well.

As previously mentioned, we need one final large push in ads selling to get to where we need to be in order to make Hairspray as great as any past PPP productions. The proofreading crew has made my job as one of the proofreading chairmen so much easier than last year! Erica Alexander, Olivia Gregory and Victoria Roberson have played major roles in keeping everything on track, and I am very happy with their work.

Last but not least, box office. The first discount code is now available! It’s HAIRSPRAY2 and gives $2 off of any adult tickets on every night except for Opening Night (which is in two weeks!). Ticket sales should spike up pretty soon because of that, but, as usual, many tickets are purchased at the last minute. I’m excited for the rush.

With writing these blog posts, I’ve realized many things. One of them, the one I feel like sharing right now, is that each of my jobs is connected to another one of my duties, not just to the PPP but to each other as well. It starts with ads and then connects to box office, because I make sure all the advertising money records are accurate and then bring the money to the box office, deposit it and update our records down there too. Ads connects to proofreading because after we file the ads, the typesetters set the ads and then the proofreading crew looks over them again. I see the ads multiple times and am aware of how things should be. The box office connects back to both ads and proofreading because people go through me to buy tickets and end up seeing my work in the playbill during the show.

It’s a circle of life, well in production that is. It’s a kind of crazy life, but that’s one reason why I love it.


Student Stories – Danielle Katz: Live from the PPP…It’s Musical Season

Danielle Katz looking over an ad contract

One of Danielle Katz’s many jobs for the musical is processing the advertising contracts for the playbill.

Not live from the Poplar Pike Playhouse, it’s the weekly Danielle Katz blog post.

I feel like my life has been like Saturday Night Live lately, full of a crazy sense of humor and going from one thing to another in a small amount of time. But that sounds much worse than it actually is. I’ve been switching from writing teacher biographies for the playbill, to proofreading, to box office, to advertising work. Most of the work has been recurring, similar to recurring sketches on SNL.

The teacher biographies are fun to write because you get to learn more about a teacher’s past that you may not have known before. For example, I learned that Ms. Argodale, our set construction coordinator, has an extensive background in music, math, and of course, carpentry. Ms. La Bate, one of our costume designers and art teachers at GHS, designed costumes for theatrical productions in Nashville before moving to Memphis. Proofreading has become busier since the typesetters are receiving more and more ads to put in the draft of the playbill. We accomplished a lot last weekend. I’m so proud of the people on the proofreading crew that have helped out so far.

Tickets have gone on sale here at the PPP, and I am very excited for more people to buy tickets! If you call us, maybe you’ll end up talking to me. If you’re a student at GHS, be on the look out for Fine Arts Student Night discount coupons coming soon. Michaela Amos, my co-box office chairman for Hairspray, and I will finish making the coupons by the end of the week.

Last but not least, it’s time for the advertising update. More ads than I expected to get have come in this week, giving me much hope that we will reach our goal. We’ve been doing a lot of processing, filing and depositing, but the class needs to make one final large push to hit the goal and make Hairspray as amazing as, if not more amazing than, our past productions have been.

Back to the SNL theme, I’d like to thank the musical guests and the proofreading, box office and advertising crews. Thanks to everyone in the cast and on any other crews as well. (Plot twist) For the Poplar Pike Playhouse and Germantown Community Television, I’m Danielle Katz. Have a great day!

Student Stories – Danielle Katz: There’s Fun in the Details

A headshot of Danielle Katz

Danielle Katz

Hi! As shown above, my name is Danielle Katz. Like all the other student bloggers have done so far, I’m introducing myself. I am a senior and this is my second year in the production workshop. Here at the Poplar Pike Playhouse I’m a theatre management/behind-the-scenes type of girl. I worked on the backstage crew for Into the Woods, the box office crew for The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild and The Wiz, and was the box office manager and secretary for Fools this past fall. I am the proofreading chairman, the assistant advertising director and a box office manager for Hairspray.

It gets more and more hectic for me as musical season goes on, as more tickets are bought and as more ads are sold…but I love it. I have a deep love for the little details of each job I do. As weird as it may sound, I actually love making sure the information on each ad and bio is accurate and grammatically correct. I do like processing ads (typing the information from the advertising contract into our designated computer). I like math and challenges, so I really enjoy fixing the daily box office worker’s petty cash back to normal. Once it hits January 27 and tickets go on sale, I get to do that again.

I do get stressed and/or worried at times, but it’s because I want to make sure that everything is as perfect as I can get it to be. As anxious as I am for what’s about to come my way, I’m also excited. What I do makes a difference at the PPP. Not only does it help the Playhouse run efficiently, but it also makes me happy because I try to find the fun in the work.