Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4. Day 338. From the mouth of babes

Many a time I have sat in an audience where clearly the audience wasn't actually digging what was happening on stage but they were going through the motions. They clapped at all the right times, laughed politely at the jokes, acknoweldged the performers for the job they had done. That's your job as an audience member. Try telling that to children. If they don't dig it, they will wiggle and squirm, talk, go to the toilet or just go to sleep. They either like it or they don't and they are not afraid to show it. There is something really special about being in the audience of children when they do like it. So it was today at Fame Theatre Company's touring show Bah Humbug. I really enjoyed the show. I enjoyed the audience more. Sure there were claps and cheers but the comments cracked me up. They narrated. Gave frank character assessments of Scrooge. They were so excited at the set changes in the dark "I can see you" one little boy said as he watched the shadows moving the props and jumped to their feet when the show finished. Their joy was infectious. You may not want to work with children but working for children that's a far, far more rewarding gig - as long as you get it right. Get it wrong and you'll know about it.

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