Fringe Preview Show
On Monday we went up against almost 40 other acts to gain a minute or two (no more) of the most die-hard Fringe-going audience's attention at the Gauntlet wich is known as Fringe Preview.
Having never been in a show myself, I could only assume what to expect. I learned several things:
- The stage at the Margeson (Orange Venue) is BIG. We rehearsed in a fairly large space, but our last few run-throughs were in the studio (Red Venue) upstairs that was much much smaller, and the cast all felt like they were running.
- You don't get to watch the rest of the shows at Preview unless you don't stand back-stage. I suppose I didn't have to, but I am still pretty protective of this idea.
- While not having cards (save a tree) was fine, several people asked for one.
- Alternative advertising rocks. We saw a few shows handing out dum-dum lollipops. I made Ginger-Dead Men and bought some Bikini Advertising Space.
- The old ways are sometimes the best. Despite all the kickass technology out there, a 1970's era Compact Disc powered the sound for our preview, and did so just fine.
- A White Scarf does not register as a White Cat, no matter how well you stroke it.
- A Hunchback or a hobbling walk with a cane get a big reaction from the audience.
- Synopsising the show went over really well.
- While most theatre-going audiences think of The 39 Steps as a Broadway show, the Fringe audience kept asking about Hitchcock.
- Even with 3 cameras you planted in the audience, you may not always get pictures if you're busy watching the performance.
Thanks to E. Gilbert Photography for getting me a couple of nice photos!
Here is a video from Orlando Sentinel: