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 Post subject: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2002 12:13 pm 
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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?


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2002 12:41 pm 
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).]


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2002 10:20 am 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2002 1:12 pm 
OH BOY-that sounds familiar!


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: 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...

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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2002 8:34 am 
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.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2002 12:41 pm 
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The number of chaperones is actually requested by the production team. We limit the number to 20 students and 6 chaperones plus the teacher.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2002 8:48 am 
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I wonder: do companies typically offer backstage tours to subscribers?


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2002 5:17 pm 
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My guess is that they are more typically offered to donors/potential donors.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2002 1:10 pm 
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Or students in this case.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: 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.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: 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>


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: 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?


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2002 5:54 pm 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage tours
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2002 12:33 pm 
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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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