Steam Heat

I’ve been away from my blog for a while, but for good reason: a show, of course. Helping out with the local high school production of “The Pajama Game”. For those who don’t know it, it’s set in a 1950s pajama factory, where labor issues are brewing. And of course there’s love, because it’s a musical. The script is mildly sexist, very off-color, and completely inappropriate. The songs are good to awesome, especially this one, Steam Heat. You feel like you’ve seen it before, but it never gets old. Watch more Pajama Game videos on my Pinterest board or YouTube channel.

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Goodreads Contest Winners Announced

Congrats to the 10 winners of the goodreads book giveaway. Melissa of NC, Nicole and Bernadette of NJ, Cathy of TN, Terry of IN, Dianne and Niki of KY, Katie of SD, Casey of NY, and Catherine of FL are all being sent a free copy of Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups. They say music is the universal language, but look how a book can unite people from all over. Welcome to the Bit Players world, winners – I hope you enjoy it!

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It’s Curtain Time

7:50 PM on a Saturday night. For many people in many theatres along the eastern seaboard, it’s almost curtain time. The cast are backstage, fully costumed and made up, chatting aimlessly amongst themselves, or maybe off in a corner for a few minutes of centering time. The pit orchestra is warming up, making that odd cacophony of warring sounds that sends a chill through theatre-lovers because they know what’s coming next. In the audience, people of all ages and backgrounds wait, some patiently, talking to their friends, others impatiently, waiting to see a friend perform onstage, or to witness the show they’ve dreamed about seeing for months, maybe years.

TheatreSeats_2The anticipation is a sweet, sweet part of the experience. If the show lives up to expectations, though, that anticipation is just the warm-up. Whether the show makes you think new thoughts, feel new feelings, or just laugh, it’s magic.

To all the casts out there preparing to perform, break a leg. To all the theatre-goers waiting in the stalls and balconies, enjoy your Saturday night magic.

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A Script for Life

Ever wish you could script your own life, or at least turn tense and awkward moments photointo scripted scenes that you control? That’s what Sadie Perkins, narrator of the Bit Players book series, does whenever her stress level skids into overdrive. Okay, maybe thinking in script doesn’t actually give Sadie control, but it does help her make sense of the situation as she isolates the dialogue and intersperses stage direction only when really necessary. Is it only theatre addicts who think this way?

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Win a Free Copy of the New Bit Players Book

I’m giving away 10 copies of Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups on goodreads.com. Click here to enter to win. Not using goodreads yet? If you love to read, it’s a great site. You might want to check it out. And who doesn’t love free?

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Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups by S.M. Stevens

Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups

by S.M. Stevens

Giveaway ends March 30, 2014.

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Amazon Specials on the New Bit Players Book

In honor of the launch of Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups, Amazon.com is offering two specials on my new novel. The paperback is being offered at a sale price, and the e-book is available for free “borrowing” through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Not sure if Bit Players is for you? On Amazon’s paperback page, you can click “Look Inside” to get a closer look and read an excerpt. If you love Seussical and musical theatre, please check them out, and spread the word. :-)

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Seussical Fans Unite: “Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups” is Here!

As if a novel set in a high school theatre program isn’t reason enough to pick up a book, now the latest installment in the Bit Players series has a Seussical theme, so all you Seuss-lovers out there, take note!Screen shot 2014-02-07 at 8.47.05 AM

Sadie Perkins and the Crudup Drama Club put on Seussical for the school play, and they spoof the beloved musical with Whossical, their one-act Senior Class Play that transplants the Seussical story to real life in modern times.

Read more about the plot here.

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