This past weekend, Ian’s show The Man Who Came To Dinner opened with the Parkside Players. I helped with House Management because 1. I was going to be there anyway, 2. I knew how important the show was for Ian, and 3. they needed extra hands.
Plus, I do enjoy ushering and chatting with the audience. It’s one of my favorite things to do as a producer. And it’s important to add a little extra when the show is longer than most shows these days. Don’t worry. It’s only 7 hours long…KIDDING.
As you have read in my past blogs, the lack of respect from the audience during a performance makes me nuts. However, it doesn’t make me too crazy as I have gotten used to the
Sunday Matinee audience. This weekend phones rang and answered (yes), commentary was given at moments at the show, latecomers arrived as the show started and spoke aloud (I quickly sat them), and my fave, audience members who decided to sit where they wanted.
On the plus side of this craziness is the expectedness of all of this. I’ve been doing theater for a long time. Prior to the invention of personal cell phones, the instances mentioned have been going on for as long as I can remember. In any type of theater. In any city. In any type of show. I have to wonder if it’s because it’s bright outside so it seems not as important as an evening show. Do people not care? Do people think that the actors work less than at night? I have no idea. If you have one, post a comment.
All in all it was a great show with good attendance. In my opinion, I’ll take those two over the negative 🙂 But please, as mentioned before, if you can hear the actors, they can hear you.
Visit HERE for further info on The Man Who Came To Dinner.
Also, Godspell had a great week with guest star, Paul Shaffer (who is now following me on Twitter – woot!) and being on Project Runway!