Keys to a Successful Performance

In short, the performer needs to be close, visible to and heard by everyone for a successful performance. There needs to be a quality introduction to grab people’s attention and no distractions during the show.

INTIMACY:   Having done more than 1,000 performances, one thing for a successful show has become very clear to me: The closeness of the audience. Having the audience within 12 feet of the stage or performance area is essential. The closer they are, the more successful the show. Period. A guaranteed way to kill a performance is to insert a dance floor between the performer and the audience.

AUDIO: An ample quality sound system is crucial so the performer can be heard. David needs a wireless lapel (lavaliere) microphone. Though, a wireless handheld microphone on a stand can also work.   It’s essential for an audience over 100 people. For an audience smaller than 100 – in a quiet environment – it is optional.

STAGING: The audience must be able to see the performer. It’s extremely important. David needs a performance area at least 12 ft wide by 8ft deep. (He can flex with your needs but it may limit what he can do.) Stage risers are needed for mid-size to larger audiences. The general rule of thumb is for every 100 members in the audience, the stage needs to be raised 1 ft, up to a maximum of 4 feet. There also needs to be stairs going up to the stage. For example, an audience of 125 would need 1ft high staging; 275 would need 2 ft; and 80 people can usually do without it.

LIGHTING: A performance of any kind requires proper lighting in order to be appreciated. The amount of lighting will depend on the size of your group.

MULTIMEDIA: For large audiences video image projection is very nice, but not essential.

DISTRACTIONS: People can’t truly enjoy a show while eating a meal or patronizing an open bar. Tables should be cleared; at a meal dessert and coffee should be served in advance, and wait services should not be active during a performance.

INTRODUCTION: A good introduction can set the tone for the entire show. The one who gives it does something very important: quieting and getting audience’s attention. The introduction should be given by a person who is well-known to the group.

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