In the theatre, the turning of these seasons can tell us a lot: about theatres and their directors, venues and their audiences, experiences and their reception.
each theatre has its own procedures for sifting through all the possibilities for production, as well as its own unique set of criteria for selecting its season’s offerings – but there are similarities, too.
The artistic director(s) and their creative team must consider whether a particular play will satisfy their audience. Does the combined season provide variety, fun and some deeper thinking challenges? Are they choosing plays that are possible to produce within the venue? Are plays being chosen that the production team can actually execute (ie: Melodramas require a director who is familiar with that unique style). Do the plays appeal to and/or educate the audience we wish to attract? Is the play appropriate for the community in which it will be performed? Should we select a play to challenge our audience?
Will the audience have a preconceived picture of this play based on a recent touring production or movie? Is the play still timely or has a change in the mores or society in general made it dated?
On the practical side we must consider - do we have a balanced yearly production schedule? Have we planned a season of production dates to avoid conflict with other organizations event dates where possible? How many performances are planned per play?
Camino Real Playhouse has an advantage in that it has two stages. The Mainstage offers more mainstream productions with a general audience appeal while the black box theatre, Stage II, offers more new works and cutting edge themes. This combination gives our patron base the best of all theatrical worlds.