So I have entered a talent show and is my first formal performance in about 6 days.
Here are the details of how this talent show works: The show is put on by the salvation army, and each performer has to perform for 20-25 minutes, and you get one of those red kettle things (that santa usually stands by, but its like I'm being santa lol) Whoever collects the most money in their red kettle wins the contest and gets to be featured on the news.
Also this show is taking place at the mall by my house (Polaris fashion place in Columbus, OH if any of you locals wanna come support!)
So I have built a playlist of good tunes, suitable for mall folk, and its about the right length.
What I'm nervous about is the length of time, I usually jam that long when I normally practice but I just don't want to be pooped by the last song. It doesn't help that I'm just getting over being sick. meh. I may put some brief spaces in between songs so I can breathe a little and maybe swig some water. I will be using 3 different hoops to add variety. I have choreographed some parts and plan on improving a lot of it.I really don't care about winning, though it would be cool. I just want it to go smoothly.
I've been reading though this forum and found a lot of helpful stuff, but would anyone have any input for my situation?
It sounds like you have a great plan.
Stopping between songs is smart because it gives your audience a chance to drop some money into the pot and move on to their shopping without having to interrupt you or watch your whole 25 minute show. Encourage them to donate and play it up with a clever "hat line" like buskers do when they pass their hats for tips. (http://www.buskercentral.com/hatline.php)
If you can get the audience to participate - whether by doing dance motions with you, clapping in time to the music, counting down as you execute a tricky move, or bringing a child or two up to hoop with you - you will increase your donations and the audience will also be having more fun.
Have a fabulous time with your performance.
Awesome thanks, great ideas! I know that they are setting up a stage for it, which is supposed to be 8 by 24. It would be cool to get some kids up there for a song but I'm not sure how it would fly-though I'm sure it should be more than welcomed. I'll be able to assess the stage situation the day of the performance. I'm excited and I'll have a bunch of friends there to support me as well lol.
I hope it went well!
Oh it did, it was a lot of fun. There were only 8 acts in the talent show and I did not win, but it is pretty awesome to say that collectively we raised over $3300 for the salvation army.