Senior ShowJanuary 29 2008 at 7:40 PM
|Tony Borders |
from IP address 18.104.22.168
I just finished doing a senior show and it brought a topic to mind. When you are not the first person up there you really need to be listening to what others are saying. This can give you great "impromptu" ideas. Today there were some songs sung and they sang Happy Birthday to a lady turning 99. Her name was Bea.
A few minutes later, I came on with the bear. This is what came out of listening ahead.
Tony: There is someone here I want you to meet.
Bear: Who do I get to eat?
Tony: I said, "meet"!
Bear: Good. I like meat!
Tony: I want you to meet Bea.
Bear: I like bees too. They give me honey.
Tony: This Bea is turning 99 years old.
Bear: Wow! She must be the queen bee!
Tony: (I walk over to her) This is Bea. Today is her birthday and she is 99!
Tony: I think it would be nice if you sang a special song to her.
Tony: Yes. In honor of her 99th birthday.
Bear: Okay. (sings) 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall.
Tony: That's enough! I'm sorry, Bea!
The bear commented on everyone looking like food. Those in wheelchairs made him ask if this was a drive through restaurant.
Still on our feet at end of the round
|January 30 2008, 6:32 PM |
Nice work, Tony. My after-school nursery show didn't quite go so well today. Magic funnel was good as was Rocky Raccoon at end. However, my wireless remote for music and sound effects(I use two) packed it in on the first bar of the intro music for vent. Dive..dive..dive! I have another show at the same place next month..wireless is now repaired(simple glitch). Do you think it would be a good idea to repeat the same show in February so they can see the vent with proper sound effects and music? The teachers were positive as were the kids(JK's to about Gr.2's). My sense is the funnel and Dr. Pepper and confetti will play well again as will Rocky Raccoon? Thanks, Tony.
|January 30 2008, 9:31 PM |
Your real audience is the person who booked you, so I think repeating the show (although the kids may love that) would be a mistake for two reasons.
#1. They would realize that they didn't get your best the first time without the music. If my music dies I never say anything and they are none the wiser. If my jokes die, I never say anything because they already know.
#2. They may think you are a one trick pony, or that you have only one theme.
You could bring back Rocky the Raccoon and say, "He enjoyed you so much that he wanted to come back again." But I wouldn't repeat more than one thing at such an early date.
Congratulations on getting asked back! Now, if only I could figure out how to do that!
Praise the teacher
|January 31 2008, 4:28 AM |
Thanks for the boost, Tony. What a day! Last night I was checking CNN and I saw an interview with Governor Arnold. He was pitching universal health care..hard for a Canadian to understand how one couldn't support it. Anyway, he spoke well and now I have a more positive spin on another human being. Thanks again. Ron
P.S..Tony..what a blast to again receive a big card made from half a piece of bristol board with a dozen names and primary drawings... needed it..as it reminds me of the essence of what we did. Wow!..Arnie and teaching in a Day.