Archive for October, 2011


Arts and Entertainment are two fields of interest for many folks who have ever had a positive moment in the theatre or on his or her television. Between a staged performance of ANYTHING GOES to American Idol, people all over the world are interested in knowing what is going on when. The segment of the 3rd Annual PR & Social Media Summit that I was able to enjoy was entitled, Social Media Impact on Arts and Entertainment: A Discussion. The gentlemen and brilliant woman who sat at the panel were, Greg Kot, music critic from the Chicago Tribune, Mary Louise Schumacher, art and architecture critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Joshua Arter, advertising student from Marquette University.

Greg Kot, Mary Louise Schumacher, and Joshua Arter at the 2011 PR & Social Media Summit at Marquette University

Much of what was said at the Summit focused around the theory, If you’re not giving the customer what they want, they’re not going to be your customer for long. In one way or another, each of the three folks on the panel touched base on how social media could be the best thing for an organization if used wisely and efficiently, or it could be viewed completely as a trivial thing that a given organization should do.

If a given organization is in tune with the social media it has, the organization can reap the benefits of being increasingly more in tune with what the audience/listener is thinking. That being said, it was mentioned that Facebook is too much where as twitter allows for important information to be nice and condensed. This generation is very much about instant gratification, and twitter allows people to be satisfied. However, with Twitter the risk is run that orginazations or even people who badger information. Creating a help me/help you situation is the best way to work the social media playing field.

Many of these helpful hints in regards to properly and effectively working through the social media world can be found on Greg Kot’s as well as Mary Louise Schumacher.

Greg Kot at his Chicago Tribune Office

Mary Louise Schumacher

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Marquette University’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS brings many smiles and much laughter to the Helfaer Theatre on campus.

Over the course of the past few months, the Marquette University Department of Media and Performing Arts has been working day and night to produce this year’s first production, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. The show has been an incredible success, as well as a joy to watch. Lead, Timothy Braun, senior Theatre Arts and Public Relations Majors, shines as he portrays Seymour. Between the heightened interpretation of his character, and his ability to seemingly effortlessly hit every note in the scale, Timothy’s performance is a joy to watch. He as been seen on Marquette’s Stage in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTRY SPELLING BEE among many others. Timothy will be seen in the next Marquette Mainstage production of Holy Days as Will, one of the four leads.

Timothy Braun as Seymour with Maria Tsikalas, Brittany Green and Alexis Hamburg as the trio.

Alexandra Bonesho portrays Timothy’s opposite as the role of Audrey. Alexandra is also a senior Theatre Arts Major. She was last seen in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.

Lex Gernon, Timothy Braun, Alexandra Bonesho and Armando Ronconi in the ending scene of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

Marquette is extremely proud of their students in many ways. The Performing and Media Arts department is thrilled to share with students, faculty, staff and members of the Milwaukee and Chicagoland areas (among many others) the brilliant talent these young men and women bring to the stage.

Please consider purchasing tickets to future Marquette Theatre Productions at http://theatretickets.marquette.edu.