Successful Show Tips
Here's a few simple things that you can do to ensure a successful performance. -Jeff Hobson
INTIMACY: After 20,000+ performances, I can safely say that a performer having close proximity to his audience is the #1 reason for a successful show. The stage or performing area should be no more than 12 feet from the first seat or table of the audience. The closer, the better. A dance floor between the performer and the audience is a recipe for failure.
AUDIO: A good audio system is crucial for an entertainer to be heard. For an audience of more than 100, a wireless handheld microphone with pole stand is necessary. For under 100 guests (in a quiet environment), it is optional.
LIGHTING: A performance of any kind cannot be appreciated without proper lighting set according to the size of your group.
STAGING: Being able to be seen easily by the audience is very important. A minimum riser or stage size of 6 ft. deep by 12 ft. wide is satisfactory. And approximately 1 ft. of height per 100 audience members is a good rule of thumb to a maximum of 4 ft. high. Stairs to access the stage is also necessary.
For audiences of 75 or less, staging is an option.
MULTIMEDIA: For large audiences, an attractive addition is image magnification projection but, of course, is not necessary.
DISTRACTIONS: People cannot really enjoy a show while they are eating or patronizing an open bar. All wait services should be halted during any performance.
INTRODUCTION: A proper introduction can set the tone for a great show. The person who gives the introduction also has the important job of quieting and getting audience’s attention. The introduction should be given by a person who is well-known by the group.