Great Lakes Theater Social Media Night and Discount

by Julie on February 27, 2013

in Cleveland

Hi all,

Let’s pretend for a second...

What would you do if you were married for a few years and all the sudden, your husband/wife’s previous husband/wife {who died} came back from the grave to haunt you and your husband?

That’s exactly what the Blithe Spirit, presented by the Great Lakes Theater, makes you think about.

Wait. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself.

Let me back up. You see, Great Lakes Theater had a Social Media Night last Friday in which we attended the play {tickets provided free of charge – thank you!} Blithe Spirit, learned how to make the perfect cocktail, and how to navigate a cocktail party.

First, we learned about the perfect cocktail. Olive and lemon martini’s were on the menu and they were strong and delicious.

Great Lakes Theater

Next, with our martinis in hand, we were escorted to another room where Colleen Harding, an Etiquette Consultant, taught us how to navigate a cocktail party using the best etiquette.

Folks, can I be frank here? I mean, it is my blog so I can and you won’t judge me, right? I suck at etiquette. I am beyond certain that there are people nodding their heads at me right now. Those people would include anyone who has ever come to my house for a get together or been to a party with me. I’m the type of person who spills, makes a mess, and constantly says the wrong thing. Despite my etiquette wrong doings, I mean well. I am just a klutz. I am pretty good at etiquette after the fact, though. I can write a nice thank you note and follow-up in the best way I can. Either way, I feel like this etiquette session was made for me.

In fact, just to provide more evidence about my klutziness, as I was walking to the etiquette session, I was talking to Rachel about my delicious martini and my head was turned towards her and away from where I was headed. Two seconds later, I look ahead and almost spill my martini all over Stephanie‘s back. See? Klutz.

My takeaways:

- Learn names. During the session, I asked Colleen about the common scenario when you do not remember someone’s name and you need to introduce them to someone. She said that no matter what, never ask someone what their name is, if you met them before. Ah, as much as it pains me to hear this, I see where Colleen is coming from. However, in this 2013 world of social media and my day job of meeting a ton of people all the time, it’s hard. Typically, I tell people that I am “not good at names” and I was beginning to believe this. While I say this often, I wonder if I am labeling myself too soon. On Friday, Katie made an excellent point that she no longer says that she is bad at names and instead, says that she is good at names. Having this belief has helped her and I’m going to adopt that perspective!

- Hold a wine glass at the stem. Also, stemless wine glasses suck {yet, I still kinda like them}. I kinda knew this already, but holding wine glasses at the stem is good because if you hold the top, the temperature of your hand may eff up the wine. I totally see where Colleen is coming from, but I like ALL wine, hot or cold ;-) She also mentioned that stemless wine glasses only work if you are at a table and can put them down in between sips, so you don’t mess with the temperature. I think they are cute though, so…

- Don’t give out your business card like they are coupons. This, I totally agreed with. Don’t give out your business card unless you are asked for one. I’ve been to a lot of conferences in my day where I end up with random business cards in my bag because someone gave out fifty cards in one night. Typically, those cards go in the trash because I didn’t have a meaningful conversation with the person.

Great Lakes Theater

Anyways, I really enjoyed listening to Colleen talk and I honestly could have listened to her forever. She was really nice and down-to-earth too.

Great Lakes Theater

Next, we received a tour of the theater from Chris Fornadel, the Audience Engagement Manager. I really adore the Great Lakes Theater and always have fun when I attend.

Great Lakes Theater

Here is the super fun group who attended! Thanks for coming, guys!

Great Lakes Theater social media night

Gosh, I love Tom Hanks…

Great Lakes Theater Hanna Theatre Bar Tom Hanks

As I alluded to earlier, The Blithe Spirit is about a married couple whose husband’s deceased wife comes back from the grave. As morbid as that sounds, the play was hilarious and kept me guessing towards the end. If you think about it, it’s a pretty funny scenario and the actors play their characters very well.

You know what rocks? The Blithe Spirit runs from February 22 – March 10, 2013 at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare AND you can grab YOUR tickets for $10 off using the promo codeĀ NEO.

Great Lakes Theatre Discount

Please let me know if you decide to go. It’s a great time and I know you won’t be disappointed.

Hugs and kisses,


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Genevieve February 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

I totally agree with you about the stemless glasses. LOVE them. Don’t care if they heat up the wine. Just set them down, right?


Holly February 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

Sounded fun! Bummed I couldn’t make it.
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Shannon February 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Sounds like a great time! Love the bar from Tom Hanks! ;)
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Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev) February 28, 2013 at 12:18 am

Soooo sad I had to miss out – looks like a fun night! I love the stemless glasses but definitely not at a cocktail party – too hard to juggle them and food and all that.
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Steph February 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

Such a fun night!! Oh, btw…I forgot to give you my card ;)
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Julie Smith & Stuart O. Smith, Jr. March 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

Julie, thank you so much for letting us know about this fun evening at Great Lakes Theater. We had a great time.

We added a link to your blog post in ours:


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