A Look Behind the Musical, STOLEN

MARTHA BOLTON BLOG: A LOOK BEHIND THE MUSICAL, STOLEN When the Blue Gate Musicals team—Dan Posthuma (Producer), Wally Nason (Composer/Director), Martha Bolton (Playwright), and Jaime Janiszewski (Marketing Director)—chose Wanda Brunstetter’s Daughters of Lancaster series to turn into our 2018 musical, we knew it was going to be a fun challenge. Because it’s a trilogy, we…

Memories of the Great Tim Conway

REMEMBERING TIM CONWAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH COMEDY WRITER GENE PERRET By Martha Bolton May 15, 2019 My long-time friend Gene Perret was a staff writer on the Carol Burnett Show, as well as being a Bob Hope staff writer. Gene is the one who recommended me to Bob Hope, and we worked together on Bob’s…

Inspired by a True Story: The Christmas Tree Ship

  Martha’s Blog When I first came across the true story of the Rouse Simmons, the most notable of all the Christmas Tree schooners that were sailing Lake Michigan back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, I was captivated by it. I picked up every book I could find on the subject and even…

From the Playwright: A SIMPLE SANCTUARY

Martha’s Blog What does it take to bring a Blue Gate Musical to life on the stage? Well, it takes a team and a process. The Blue Gate Musicals Team consists of Dan Posthuma (producer), Wally Nason (composer/director), Martha Bolton (playwright), and Jaime Janiszewski (Marketing & Development Director). A Simple Sanctuary is based on Beverly…

THE OSCARS: Looking for a Little Hope

While the search continues for who will host the Oscars on February 24th, it brings to mind one individual who hosted the annual event a record breaking eighteen times—Bob Hope. With that many Oscar night credits under his belt, you might say Bob knew a thing or two about navigating his way around all those…

OF RINGS, ROSES, AND NEVER GIVING UP

The romance between my husband and I began when I was 15 and he was 19. He won me over for a lot of reasons, but one was the fact that every month he sent roses to me according to the number of months we had been dating. On our 15th month of dating, he…

FOR THE LOVE OF CHRISTMAS CARDS

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving Christmas cards in my mailbox. There’s something about a Christmas card that feels warm and familiar, bringing friends and loved ones a little bit closer than a generic email blast or holiday tweet. Growing up, I remember my mother pinning all her Christmas cards to our…

Links to Amish Wisdom Articles

I sometimes write for a wonderful online site called Amish Wisdom.  I’ll post the link below each time I write for them, so they are all easy to find and in one place. A Thankful People Christmas in Amish Country Here is a little bit about the Amish Wisdom Site: My name is Suzanne Woods…

Lifetime Friends – Writing for Bob Hope

This photo was taken during a taping of one of the Bob Hope shows. Bob, of course is in the middle, the man to Bob’s left is fellow Bob Hope writer Gene Perret, and I’m on the right. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hope was one of the best bosses anyone could have. In…

A Birthday to Remember…

Nothing like celebrating your birthday with good friends. I attended the Mark Lowry concert with my Young at Heart friends from Nashville. Mark met with us before the concert for a fun time of laughs and sharing old memories (I go back about 30 years with Mark, writing various comedy projects, parodies, Piper the Hyper…

The Look of Films to Come

I RECENTLY READ ABOUT A GROWING PROBLEM in the entertainment industry. Although some directors are open to casting older actors, some of these veteran thespians have taken matters into their own hands and have had so many Botox injections, their faces have lost all signs of emotion on the screen. Before I go on, let me…

HITTING THE RIGHT KEYS

I came across my old piano lesson book today. By the date in the book, I was eight years old. Even though I gave up the piano before learning how to play, I did manage to get some gold stars on the pages. Maybe they were awarded out of pity. The problem, as I recall…