[Perform-talk] Talent Show: A Suggestion

Kevin Reeves lists at kevinreeves.net
Sat Apr 30 22:47:22 UTC 2011

Hey Sarah and all.
TO add to that idea of auditions, this would allow you to actually plan and order the night for both effect and efficient use of the stage. Acts can get quickly on and off because they know when they're going on, and the sound/stage managers know what is required for the act: ie number of inputs/mics, props, etc. Understand that all of this is a tradeoff. If everyone wants these talent shows to be laid back and "just for fun." The downside to that is that you don't have organization and order, thus running a very loose, and seemingly unorganized show. If you want to run a show tight, then you employ things like auditions, stage plots, an actual show order, etc. It all depends on the goal of the division. If you want a tight show, then I suggest starting the audition process now. Allow people to submit a recording of them singing, acting, etc. The recording does not have to be professional in any way, as long as it adequately demonstrates the quality of the act in question. Then, the board votes on the top 30. Those 30 are contacted and asked to submit a description of their staging needs: ie, how many mics, instruments, etc. Once all of that has been worked out, a show is put together. You can set the order with a combination of parameters including level of excellence, complexity, etc. Once a show is in order, you are well on your way to having something really tight to work with. This is just some suggestions. Interested in any thoughts you might have.


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