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 Post subject: Re: Backstage "groupies"
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2001 8:29 am 
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If we think performers don't appreciate that the stage is a dangerous place - you can bet that the general audience doesn't get that at all. So I do think rules to protect the public from themselves, not to mention the convenience, safety, and well-being of the performers are in order.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage "groupies"
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2001 11:11 am 
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When we were on tour NO ONE was allowed on stage but the crew. The singers had a 15 min period to walk the stage and otherwise were banned from it (unless they were performing on it of course).<P>The general public was problematic, but it was the presenters who were the worst. They felt like they had a right to be backstage because they were paying for it. And they were constantly in the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Backstage "groupies"
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2001 10:44 pm 
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LMCtech, besides the presenters, add board members, donors, and program note writers (there is one in particular who is particularly notorious in the Bay Area). I know of one incident in which a Board President almost disrupted a performance by interrogating dancers in the wings; he was angry that he couldn't find the AD, who was busy in the opposite wing cueing the dancers.<P>Too many people feel they have a right not only to be backstage but also to intrude upon the dancers' time. Hello, these dancers need to get ready prior to a performance and they are dead tired afterwards.<P>LMCtech, good for you for making the AD of SF Opera wait. There are probably more than a few companies who want to hire you!


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