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6: Behind the Music at DPAC with Wayne Leechford, DPAC Music Coordinator

Wayne Leechford, Music Director at DPAC, is responsible for hiring all of the musicians when concerts, comedy shows, or Broadway tours need them. And sometimes he gets to play in the shows too! Find out how it all works – what shows usually bring their own musicians, how long the contract musicians at DPAC have to learn the music, how many instruments they typically play, what the coolest show Wayne has ever played was, and so much more!

Wayne Leechford, Music Coordinator at DPAC (Find out more about Wayne at WayneLeechford.com)

Tickets for all of our shows are available at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster, or the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC.

DPAC is the Durham Performing Arts Center, located in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, North Carolina, right by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and within walking distance of incredible hotels, restaurants, and more.  Our theatre has 2,700 seats and we host over 200 events a year. From Broadway shows, to concerts, comedy, family shows, and more – there’s something for everyone at DPAC.  With everything that’s going on here, we thought it was time to take you backstage at DPAC!

This show is hosted by Taylor Zansberg, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

58: Mental Health Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs, with Root & Restore’s Catrina Ballard

Life is stressful. Owning a business is stressful. Clients are stressful. Parenting is stressful. Relationships are stressful. As a creative entrepreneur, it’s not possible to be all things to everybody at all times. Sometimes it feels like life is in complete disarray. Catrina Ballard from Root and Restore has been both a creative entrepreneur AND a counselor, and she comes on the show today to give some tips for managing stress!

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Listeners, we are nominated (!!!) in the IndyWeek’s Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to IndyWeek and vote for us in the “Out and About” Section!

Catrina Ballard, Root and Restore (all images by Becki Smith of Smith House Photo)

  Root and Restore on Social Media: Instagram: @RootAndRestore   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Danielle Summons from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, on her Difficult Journey to Broadway

Like Carole King, Raleigh NC native Danielle Summons’ road to stardom hasn’t always been “some kind of wonderful”. From 2011 to 2017, Danielle struggled finding her place in New York City. But she always new that acting was her calling – and now, she’s in the cast of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, which will be at DPAC May 7th to 12th.  On the show today, Danielle talks about her journey, the musical, and what she loves about being on stage!

Danielle Summons from the cast of Beautiful

 

Tickets for all of our shows are available at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster, or the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC.

DPAC is the Durham Performing Arts Center, located in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, North Carolina, right by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and within walking distance of incredible hotels, restaurants, and more.  Our theatre has 2,700 seats and we host over 200 events a year. From Broadway shows, to concerts, comedy, family shows, and more – there’s something for everyone at DPAC.  With everything that’s going on here, we thought it was time to take you backstage at DPAC!

This show is hosted by Taylor Zansberg, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

57: Creative Dining in Weddings, with Snap Pea’s Jacob Boehm

Jacob Boehm, owner and head chef of Snap Pea Creative Dining, doesn’t run a typical catering company. He caters a few weddings, but not many. He doesn’t do menu tastings. In fact, if you’re working with him for your wedding, the menu that you pick…well, he might change it by the time your wedding comes around. And for his clients, that’s one of the reasons he’s so unique and in-demand. Find out more about what makes Jacob and Snap Pea special by tuning in!

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Listeners, we are nominated (!!!) in the IndyWeek’s Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to IndyWeek and vote for us in the “Out and About” Section!

    Jacob Boehm, Snap Pea Creative Dining (image by Tim Lytvinenko)   (image by Food Seen)   Snap Pea on Social Media: Instagram: @snappeanc Facebook: @snappeanc   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

3. Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery

On this podcast from Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh North Carolina, we go beyond the obituary to share memories of loved ones who have passed on. We’ll also hear from some people in the death industry – hospital chaplains, therapists, clergy, and (like today’s guest) cemetery directors.

Robin Simonton, executive director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery in downtown Raleigh NC, is so passionate about the history of the cemetery and of the 25,000+ people who are buried there. On the show today, she talks about that history (and shares some amazing stories!), societal norms of funerals, the Death Letter Project which commemorates Oakwood’s 150th anniversary, what exactly Green Burial is, and so much more.

In addition to being the cemetery director, Robin is a speaker and author, and co-wrote “Historic Oakwood Cemetery“, which you can find at Quail Ridge or Amazon.

Historic Oakwood Cemetery Raleigh NC

Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery

 

Robin mentioned a few stories of people buried at Oakwood, including:

Bobby Crocker

Myrtle Hilton

Rachel Blythe

Burning Coal Theatre Company will be at Oakwood May 17th-19th, and you can find more information and buy tickets on their website!

Renaissance Funeral Home and Historic Oakwood co-host Death Cafe. For more information on what exactly Death Cafe is, and when and where to attend, check out the Renaissance Funeral Home Facebook Page.

Beyond the Obituary is hosted, edited, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

Jonathan Weir, Jafar in Aladdin, on Playing Some of the Most Hated Disney Characters On Stage

From Scar to Jafar, Jonathan Weir has played some of the most evil and most hated Disney characters! So if he gets booed at the curtain call, he knows he’s done his job well!  We talk to Jonathan today about his early acting experiences, keeping the show fresh after 700+ performances (!!), being the youngest of 10 children, and why everyone should go see Aladdin when it comes to DPAC October 2nd through 26th.

Tickets for all of our shows are available at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster, or the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC.

DPAC is the Durham Performing Arts Center, located in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, North Carolina, right by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and within walking distance of incredible hotels, restaurants, and more.  Our theatre has 2,700 seats and we host over 200 events a year. From Broadway shows, to concerts, comedy, family shows, and more – there’s something for everyone at DPAC.  With everything that’s going on here, we thought it was time to take you backstage at DPAC!

This show is hosted by Taylor Zansberg, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

56: Eva Clark on Compassion in Weddings

International Wedding Planner Eva Clark from Eva Clark Events has planned over 400 events. Some of those clients have been more difficult to work with than others. But still, she wants to make sure that everyone getting married has a memorable experience in a positive way. How does she do that? By making sure she infuses compassion into her professional and personal life.

Support this show by supporting our sponsors:

If you’re a wedding vendor, you should be using Honeybook! And you can use promo code “WeddingsForReal” for 50% off your first year!

Listeners, we are nominated (!!!) in the IndyWeek’s Best of the Triangle Awards!  You can go to IndyWeek and vote for us in the “Out and About” Section!

 

International Wedding Planner Eva Clark (image by Shauna Veasey)

Eva Clark on Social Media twitter: @evaclarkevents Instagram: @evaclarkevents Facebook: @evaclarkevents     Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

WWD11: IndyWeek Best Local Podcast Nomination, One-Year Anniversary, Weddings on Mars, and More!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us over the past year plus! And we’re so excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for Best Local Podcast on IndyWeek! Even though we have very little chance to win, we would love for you to vote for us (starting Monday April 8th)!

And on today’s Weekend Wine Down, we talk about our one year anniversary, weddings on other planets, wedding season, podcast recommendations, and more!

 

The host of Weddings for Real is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

DPAC 2019-2020 Broadway Season Announce Special with Michael James Scott, Tee Boyich, and Jacob Holland

The 2019-2020 Broadway Season at DPAC has been announced, and we’re so excited to share this season of magic with you.  On the podcast today, we have two stars from the shows, Michael James Scott, who plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, and Tee Boyich, original cast member of Mean Girls. Both of them came to the Season Announce Event recently, and we caught up with them backstage. Plus we bring back Jacob Holland, Johnson Lexus President’s Club Membership Manager, to give his thoughts on the upcoming season. The shows in the 2019-2020 season are:

  • Disney’s Aladdin: Oct. 2 – 26, 2019
  • A Bronx Tale: Nov. 5 – 10, 2019
  • Come From Away: Jan. 14 – 19, 2020
  • Mean Girls: Feb. 11-16, 2020
  • The Band’s Visit: April 7-12, 2020
  • Escape to Margaritaville: April 28-May 3, 2020
  • My Fair Lady: May 19-24, 2020
  • Jesus Christ Superstar: June 2-7, 2020

Tickets for all of our shows are available at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster, or the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC.

 

DPAC is the Durham Performing Arts Center, located in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, North Carolina, right by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and within walking distance of incredible hotels, restaurants, and more.  Our theatre has 2,700 seats and we host over 200 events a year. From Broadway shows, to concerts, comedy, family shows, and more – there’s something for everyone at DPAC.  With everything that’s going on here, we thought it was time to take you backstage at DPAC!

This show is hosted by Taylor Zansberg, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital.

55: Rachel Sheerin on Preventing Burnout and the 80-20 Rule

Rachel Sheerin is a keynote speaker and trainer focused on helping hospitality professionals sell more and be happy! Featured in Inc. Magazine for her unorthodox, high energy style,  Rachel has been an advocate for authentic sales and preventing burnout in our industry. Today she talks all about the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80-20 Rule, and how it applies to wedding vendors.

Images from the amazingly talented Jeremy & Debby Deal, Lunahzon Photography, www.LunahZon.com

 

If you’re making the world better, then she’s your sales whisperer. Rachel currently serves as International Director of Education for WIPA, is a long time NACE member and takes her margaritas on the rocks. 

Rachel Sheerin Contact Info: www.rachelsheerin.com hi@rachelsheerin.com www.instagram.com/rachel.sheerin www.linkedin.com/in/rachelsheerin www.facebook.com/rachelsheerinspeaker    

Support our Sponsors:

Visit GreenChef.US/WeddingsForReal for $50 off your first box of Green Chef!

This Sunday from 4-7pm head over to one of the most stunning wedding venues in the Triangle, The Parlour at Manns Chapel for their Spring Open House hosted by our good friends at Harmony Weddings. This event is FREE and open to the public. It is especially perfect for engaged couples- come tour the beautiful venue and meet some of the top local vendors, all in one day! As a thank you for attending, if you book the Parlour as your venue, you can enjoy FREE use of all Parlour Vintage Rentals. This event is also wonderful for local vendors to get to tour The Parlour, network and meet new vendor friends. Last but not least, they will be unveiling a big bridal suite surprise!! Eventbrite Link here to register.

Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Happy Hippo Digital