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In my training days as an actor, I had the great fortune of performing in plays on the road with my legendary dad, Don Knotts. I learned a great deal from the master and I'd like to pass some of his tips for a successful show on to you.
Most of the shows require a screen, a projector, and a good sound system. (Scroll to the bottom of the screen for technical specs.) I prefer a body mic but if that isn’t possible, please have two mics and two stands available. You should have a qualified sound technician to set voice level and to make sure there is no feedback.
Set pieces required for most shows: a hat rack, two small tables and two small chairs. (Table size varies with the performance space.)
Programs should be given to all audiences. Programs lend prestige and authority to the performance and they allow us to give credit where it is due. They are also helpful in promoting upcoming events! I will provide sample templates in advance so you can add credits from your own list.
Shows must have rehearsal; at least one rehearsal for economy and mid-sized show; more required for the "Off Broadway" production. Plan to set aside at least two hours for rehearsal.
Props will probably be shipped to your location in advance. A responsible person is needed to receive them and keep them safe.
Promote the performance well in advance. People are understandably upset if they don’t hear about a show until last minute and then are unable to get tickets. Press materials will be provided and I will be available for radio and TV interviews at no cost, prior to the show.
4000 lumens (brightness) recommended for all shows. The projected images are 1280 x 720 resolution. (Native 3x4 aspect ratio) This is an HD format and requires HD projector. Screens: a good rule of thumb is the screen should be about 1/3 size of the performing area or stage. ‘Fast fold’ screens are easy to rent and come in standard sizes. For optimal results use a rear screen projector. A ‘Dress Kit’ will add polish to the stage appearance.
Smallest (classroom size about 19’ performing area) - screen : 5’2 x 9’
Small theater (about 99 seats or 30’ area) - screen: 5’9” x 10’
Medium-sized venue (45’ standard proscenium) - screen: 6’11” x 12’
Larger venue - screen: 7’6” x 13’
Large theater or auditorium - screen: 9’ x 16’
It can be a bit challenging to light the performer when there is a screen on stage with projected images. Set lights so there is a general ‘wash’ with no bounce on the screen. For more advanced lighting situations, set top (or front) lights at a 45 degree angle and direct them away from the screen. This setup is sometimes known as ‘dancers’ lights. Use five lights per area for optimal results. If you don’t have this kind of capability, you may need to use a follow spot. Do not make the follow spot too bright as it can make navigation difficult for the performer.
With the possible exception of the Economy version, you will need one person to run the slide show that appears on screen. (For best results, I can bring my own tech person to do this.) A technician is needed to pre-set sound and lights.
Once we decide to go forward, we’ll sign an agreement, you’ll provide a deposit and we will be in business!
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