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Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Jan 11, 2002 12:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Backstage tours

We've had some announcements of oppurtunities to tour backstage over the last few months, so I was wondering about this.<P>We offer a tour to our very little ones as an "enrichment" activity. Our production team HATES it.<P>How do you all fell about them?

Author:  angela [ Fri Jan 11, 2002 12:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backstage tours

Why does your production team hate them?<BR>Are the tourist like little kids and try to touch everything in sight? Has anyone ever knocked down a prop? Do they eat crackers?<p>[This message has been edited by angela (edited January 11, 2002).]

Author:  LMCtech [ Tue Jan 15, 2002 10:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Backstage tours

I think all of the above. The tourists are 6-8 year olds and a number of parent chaperones. The prod. team actually complains about the parents more. They tend to feel that "the rules" don't apply to them because they are adults.

Author:  angela [ Wed Jan 16, 2002 1:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backstage tours

OH BOY-that sounds familiar!

Author:  *Sarah* [ Thu Jan 17, 2002 3:35 am ]
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I think 6-8 year olds are old enough not to need their parents with them. Maybe one or two at the most to help the teacher, but really, they're not 4 years old. <P>You could try a trick we used to use for going on outdoor trips with the little ones. Get a long rope and tie lots of knots in it. Each child AND PARENT has to hold one of the knots. That leaves only one hand free to cause trouble...

Author:  angela [ Thu Jan 17, 2002 8:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Backstage tours

Just a little off the subject a bit...<BR>But daycare workers and moms here in U.S. use what Sarah mentioned above;only its more like a leash around the childs(2-4 yrs old) wrist.An adult holds on to the other end.<BR> I use to think it was terrible;but children so young can get away so easily,so it looks pretty good to me now.

Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Jan 17, 2002 12:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backstage tours

The number of chaperones is actually requested by the production team. We limit the number to 20 students and 6 chaperones plus the teacher.

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Feb 18, 2002 8:48 am ]
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I wonder: do companies typically offer backstage tours to subscribers?

Author:  Katydid [ Mon Feb 18, 2002 5:17 pm ]
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My guess is that they are more typically offered to donors/potential donors.

Author:  LMCtech [ Tue Feb 19, 2002 1:10 pm ]
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Or students in this case.

Author:  Basheva [ Tue Feb 19, 2002 1:31 pm ]
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I remember years and years ago going on a tour of the backstage area of the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. We were not donors or patrons of any kind...just tourists. As I recall we didn't have reservations. And, I don't remember paying anything either.<P>It was an escorted tour of both sides of the curtain.

Author:  citibob [ Thu Feb 21, 2002 12:37 pm ]
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Hah! Backstage tour! Only for patrons? Anyone can walk into our backstage area during normal school hours.<BR>

Author:  Katydid [ Thu Feb 21, 2002 5:50 pm ]
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Citibob,<BR>Are your studios are in the same place as your performance space?

Author:  Katydid [ Thu Feb 21, 2002 5:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backstage tours

I should also clarify that when I said backstage tours are often open to only donors or patrons, I was inferring (from what LMCTech said) that she meant during live performances. Many theaters, particularly historic ones, are open for public tours during non-performance periods- the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA, are two that I can think of.

Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Feb 22, 2002 12:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backstage tours

Precisely. These tours are conducted on performance days so the students can actually watch stagehands and performers prepare for the matinee performance that day.<P>The public tours are conducted only during the day during the week when no one is around.<P>I was working at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego where they conducted public tours several days a week. We had one tour guide tell his group that all the workers in the costume shop were volunteers. We barely contained our laughter.

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