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AndyLuka
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I have had a corporate gig booked for the past few months. It's on Monday. It’s nothing new, I have done these plenty of these in the past, 1 hour of walk around followed by a 30min parlor show. Here is the curve ball, which is new to me. The audience is being served dinner at 6:30, and I am on at 7:00 I am worried that a good chunk of my audience will still be eating by the time I take the stage. So do I completely change my planed show and have less audience participation, or do I do my show as I have scripted and hope they are done eating.
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Do what you have been paid to do. Your best show. This happens a LOT.

Just be confident in what you offer.

No need to over think it.
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Just curious and confused at the same time. Was the time frame talked about when booking the show?
Is it possible to move the show up a little so that people can finish their dinner?
I'm sure you want to put on a good quality show so cutting corners doesn't sound like a good idea, but if you have no recourse then you gotta do what you gotta do.
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The times were talked about before hand; walk around from 5:30-6:30, and parlor piece from 7:00-7:30. It is partly my fault because I did not ask if they would be eating a meal. It’s often people are eating appetizers like those delicious mini barbeque meatballs. However meals have always been before or after my presentation. I did not even think to ask, I guess this is a question I need to add to my list when booking events.
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Do your show. Half the people will be eating and talking, the other half will be watching you. Finish, take your check, and go home.

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What I have done... If there are not pressing matters immediately following the show (for me or them), I suggest that they slightly delay my start time so that I begin as dessert and coffee are being served.

If doing this presents an issue, do as suggested above. You might even consider shifting a non-spectator helper routine to earlier in the show to give everyone a little buffer time to finish the meal before you start calling folks up.

For what it's worth, over the years, I have trimmed the amount of participation for adult audiences, regarding someone physically coming to the stage. (For a parlour show, "stage" is a loose term.)

But, I do have a number of things that happen that allow people to actively participate from their seats. If it is just as easy for me to take a step toward them to perhaps have them cut a rope or verify a prop, then it makes more sense for me to go to them, then them get up and come to me. I'm already up.

By doing this, I elevate the level of interaction, which is really the only reason you'd bring up a volunteer anyway.

Of course, if it would be something like Paper Balls Over the Head (which I don't do anyway), then it simply makes sense that someone has to come to the stage area.
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AndyLuka
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Michael thank you so much,
I shifted the order of some effects and I will see what I can do to delay my start time. I already only call adults up on stage when needed. for this show most of it is now towards the end. (floating table & Rose, nest of boxes, Guillotine)
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I always personaly loved to eat while watching a show.
and I think they would be also.knock em dead andy..
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Andy may I make a suggestion here.
you have 2 options as I see it.

go on as planned and or delay your start time and rearrange your show (which could lead to the guy that hired you wanting to know why your starting late and your show not flowing well OR

in my opinion a better solution- being that it appears your event is for tomorrow night once you arrive find the person in charge and basically tell him this.
I now understand that you are planning to eat at 6:30 with my show at 7pm...from experience I have learned that people eating at events such as this during my show does not work well. people want to chit chat and catch up with their friends while they eat. I see it as I am distracting them and they are distracing me during the show. would it be ok to wait till dessert is served to start the show. I feel that more people will enjoy the show at this point.

my goal is to provide you with the best entertainment experience. however I will start what ever time you wish.


this puts it on them to decide. meaning if they have you go on at 7 and no one is really paying attention to you its not your fault you explained this would happen. or he will see your point and trust you at the entertainer with experience and delay the start time a bit thus taking the pressure off you.


I have been in this situation many many times and I pretty much refuse to perform while people are eating (not at a themepark type setting) but these corporate gigs where there is a cocktail hour and then the meal. I have always pushed to have me entertain the walk around during the cocktail hour then give them all a break and eat then have the show. it has been a much better well received show in my opinion.

either way I wish you the best. enjoy and have fun.

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AndyLuka
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On 2012-12-09 20:39, Sam Sandler wrote:
Andy may I make a suggestion here.
you have 2 options as I see it.

go on as planned and or delay your start time and rearrange your show (which could lead to the guy that hired you wanting to know why your starting late and your show not flowing well OR

in my opinion a better solution- being that it appears your event is for tomorrow night once you arrive find the person in charge and basically tell him this.
I now understand that you are planning to eat at 6:30 with my show at 7pm...from experience I have learned that people eating at events such as this during my show does not work well. people want to chit chat and catch up with their friends while they eat. I see it as I am distracting them and they are distracing me during the show. would it be ok to wait till dessert is served to start the show. I feel that more people will enjoy the show at this point.

my goal is to provide you with the best entertainment experience. however I will start what ever time you wish.


this puts it on them to decide. meaning if they have you go on at 7 and no one is really paying attention to you its not your fault you explained this would happen. or he will see your point and trust you at the entertainer with experience and delay the start time a bit thus taking the pressure off you.


I have been in this situation many many times and I pretty much refuse to perform while people are eating (not at a themepark type setting) but these corporate gigs where there is a cocktail hour and then the meal. I have always pushed to have me entertain the walk around during the cocktail hour then give them all a break and eat then have the show. it has been a much better well received show in my opinion.

either way I wish you the best. enjoy and have fun.

sam


Sam thanks for the time, and I already changed the order of a few things, and when I said I will see what I can do, that was me going to the director and asking if I can start as dinner is served, and explain as you have here. Thanks a lot guys
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The only thing I would change about your audience having a meal:
Just review your CPR training, especially about chocking...
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Do your best and make this one THE best you ever did!
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Hi Andy,

I have had this happen more times than I can count! But I've rarely had a problem with it, because basically I've just told them when I go on.

Planner:

"Okay, so we've going to serve dinner and then your show will start."

Me:

"Perfect! I'll go on when they clear the plates and coffee is served. That way they can eat dessert and watch the show. Can you just make an announcement for me to tell everyone to make a final washroom break and grab their dessert; and that the show will start in 5 minutes after? Thanks!"

Don't forget, the planner wants your show to be awesome! It'll make her/him look good. You just have to tell her how to make that happen (not while people are eating). I've found that everyone understands that.

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AndyLuka
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As always I over think things, we did delay the show by only 10min, The show went great everyone had a great time, tons of compliments. Definitely earned my rate. I don't believe in a "perfect" show, overall I say 8/10 it's just little things here and there that the audience wouldn't notice. Handed out a few business cards and got a lead for a college gig. Overall a good night. Time to catch some Zzzz, have to work the real job in the morning. (It's the darn health I insurance that keeps me going back.)
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Awesome. Congrats Andy.
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