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The Intricacies of Good Production

The Intricacies of Good Production 31 Oct 2023 4:29 pm Every show requires a special something to run smoothly, so where does one begin with creating a successful show? While all eyes may be on the actors and actresses of a theatre production, a tightly-run system behind the scenes is imperative to keep things running smoothly. From theatre lighting to audio-visual and stage management to other technical aspects, everything needs to synergise perfectly to guarantee a successful performance. So, join us as we explore what must be considered to ensure the show goes on. The Right Script   Technical and logistical theatre services are just some things that keep a show flowing. Theatre is an art form; like most art forms, there’s a story to be told. Aspects such as dialogue, actions, and themes must all be displayed to align with the story’s intentions perfectly; thus, there is a need for the right script.  Alongside compelling audio and visuals, the overall tone of the production ultimately comes down to what is written for the actors and the rest of the crew to follow. If a story is told well enough, it can become an essential part of the experience for the audience that creates an emotional connection to what they’re watching. (Image Source: Creative Feel) Lighting & Visuals   Being the performance-based medium that it is, the theatre places significant emphasis on visual components. With sets, staging, screens, and the composition of the stage all playing such an essential role in the enjoyment of the production, the roles of stage design and theatre lighting are integral.  Beyond merely being for visibility’s sake, theatre lighting and composition can have a great deal of influence on the mood of a scene, and this can affect how an audience member registers what exactly is happening.  Using adequate lighting rentals can alter the audience’s mood by striking fear, making them feel sombre, inciting curiosity, or even helping them feel overjoyed. These attributes help them better empathise with the characters and where they find themselves in the story. (Image Source: White Light) Sound Design & Music   Hearing the production helps the audience engage with what’s on stage rather than simply seeing it. The entire audience, no matter where they find themselves in the concert seating, must be able to hear and comprehend what’s happening in a scene. A character’s dialogue helps us understand their feelings and motivations, something we might be unable to do if sound effects drown out the actor.  Event audio – especially in musicals – is vital to the production’s entertainment value. Good music, theatre equipment, well-orchestrated sound effects, and even the vocalisation of actors help to create pacing and a rhythm for the audience to follow, something that can be used to ease them through chapters of the story or shock them out of a trance. The latter of which can be used quite cleverly depending on a character’s journey, should they find themselves in a freakishly new environment. Technical Elements   Many of the points mentioned above fall into the category of technical elements. Production simply cannot exist without a talented crew standing behind it, and a talented crew cannot operate without effective event communication. A good story might be present; well-executed lighting, composition, and event audio can enthral the audience with high-quality theatre equipment. Still, none of it is worth watching if they don’t seamlessly blend to create an excellent production. This is where finding the right venue technical management services comes to the forefront. Every aspect of design and meticulously coordinated stage events happening right on cue can immerse the audience into a brand-new world occupied by characters they can love and connect with. That is what it means to be involved with the production. (Image Source: freepik) The Audience   Of course, no great production could ever be recognised without the support of those who watch it. The audience is the very thing that the production team strives to entertain, creating a collaboration of talented individuals to develop a spectacular show that many will go on to enjoy. Without the audience, a production wouldn’t have a purpose, and without a purpose, many life-changing stories wouldn’t be shared today.  So, let us bid you one final bow before we close, and wish you an excellent viewing of your next production and performance. Contact us today Gearhouse is your partner for exceptional event planning! From optimising event structures to enhancing audio-visual experiences, we provide comprehensive solutions and technical expertise to ensure your events are seamless, captivating, and unforgettable. Join us as we share seven valuable tips to elevate your event planning game and create remarkable experiences. Gearhouse’s comprehensive event solutions, technical solutions and expertise in audio-visual, staging, LED lighting, and communication systems make us an invaluable partner for successful event planning. 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Theatre Etiquette – A Few Notes to Remember

Theatre Etiquette – A Few Notes to Remember 2 October 2023 10:30 pm Understanding the customs and behaviours that ensure a pleasant theatre experience, from dressing appropriately to maintaining good manners. Getting to watch a theatre production is a momentous event. Such an occasion is rare, and the opportunity to see the collective achievements of the actors, stage management, and theatre equipment is a true spectacle. With that in mind, are we all familiar with theatre etiquette? If you said no, then worry not because we’d like to present a guide on how to adequately conduct yourself for the sake of your viewing experience and those joining you both in and out of the concert seating. Dress Code Attending a theatre production is a formal event. This means suits, cocktail dresses, and darker colours to avoid creating an overly bright distraction for your fellow audience members. It brings a certain sophistication to the event and certainly doesn’t take away from your charm. There will be several occasions where a theatre venue will clarify the dress code to attend an upcoming production. Nowadays, only traditional theatre, such as opera and ballet, requires formal wear.  Some events will only require semi-formal dressing, which tends to be forgiving in how easily an outfit can be assembled. A tuxedo won’t be needed, but a suit and tie would suit perfectly. Knee-length skirts and blouses are permissible for ladies in attendance.  With all that being said, some theatres will allow for casual wear. If you’re unsure about what is and is not permitted, semi-formal is a safe bet and will help you find the right balance in any dressing scenario. As long as you don’t turn up in flip-flops and shorts, you’ll be fine.  Posture & Manners One should feel relaxed when they’re attending a stage production. Such an event structures itself around luxury, and whether you’re a frequent audience member or seldom get the chance to take part in live viewings, everybody wants the best out of their experience. So, how does one ensure everybody gets to take in the scale of the staging and sets? With good manners, of course.  The audience should remain silent throughout the actors’ performance to give them the freedom to carry out the production, but a hushed voice isn’t the only thing that’s needed to give a good viewing to the audience. Mobile phones should be turned off or at least set to silent, and it should be a given that photos and videos must not be taken in the theatre. Sit up straight and don’t lean to the side; this would prohibit those behind you from having a clear view of the stage and screens. You also shouldn’t wear your hair high up, nor should you adorn any hats, as this would distract people behind you.  The length of some productions can be overwhelming for some, so don’t forget to eat before the start of the production. You shouldn’t wait until you’ve reached your seat to start eating. Try to arrive early so you can easily find your seat (and be sure to find yourself at your assigned event seating, nobody likes an argument) and be mindful of those looking for theirs. Pull your legs back to allow other guests to pass through the tightly packed rows of seats, and if you have to, don’t hesitate to stand up to give them room.  If you arrive late, don’t fret; the doors will open again for the intermission. Most performances have a set moment in the show when they can allow latecomers into the auditorium. Still, you will not always be able to get to your assigned seat until the intermission. Besides, you don’t want to try navigating through concert seating once the theatre lighting has gone dark.  Behaviour of Children Children are the very light of our lives and the thing that breaks up the silence of the dark. The latter of those two things isn’t exactly great when watching a stage drama. It’s a painful truth, but unfortunately, there’ll always come a time when hiring a babysitter would be a better alternative to bringing your child along to watch a much-anticipated production.  Theatre productions can go late into the night, and there is no guarantee that an exhausted child will be able to control their cries, which could cause a distraction for actors and audience alike and create discomfort for the parents of said child. Infant children are already restricted from entering because of this. Those managing the AV system can’t account for an unruly child. That’s up to the parents, even if the child is old enough to enter.  There’s nothing to say that a young child can’t sit back and enjoy a production. However, if a parent makes the wrong call by bringing their children into the audience, they must be able to handle the situation. Many productions will have an age restriction. This is not only due to the content of the production but also to the consideration of fellow audience members.  Encore An encore can feel like the height of a performer’s career. The event sees the audience wanting more from them, usually delivered through extended applause. It is a source of great pride and appreciation to those involved with the stage management, so be sure to give the applause with courtesy by ensuring everyone in the audience is on the same page with what they want (don’t worry, it’ll be easy to tell).  The final thing to note about the encore is that you shouldn’t leave while it’s performed. The sets, staging, screens, acts, audio visual, and even the theatre rentals have come together to bring a vision to life, and if it was good enough to warrant an encore, you wouldn’t want to miss out.  A standing ovation is the highest honour an audience can award a production, so if your fellow audience members carry on clapping, don’t be afraid to join in.  Contact us today Gearhouse is your

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