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  • Jeremy Reynolds
    Jul 12, 2013
      Personally, I don't care how long a chorus sings. When we had time limits,
      it was very limiting. HOWEVER (yes, I'm shouting), I think there should be
      a time limit for setting up and tearing down. When The New Tradition Chorus
      did the Les Mis package, we took on 8 or 10 platforms and enough backing
      material to build a barricade for the uprising and we did it and got 140 men
      on stage in approximately 3 minutes. We got off the stage in about the same
      time. We planned ahead for it and practiced it many times before we ever
      got to the contest arena. Look how quickly Greendale got their entire green
      army onto the stage even though their entire front row had their feet bound
      together. I don't know exactly what the time limit should be but perhaps
      three or four minutes (from the time the previous chorus has left the stage,
      or from the time the next chorus is given permission to enter) should be
      enough. Anything more is just an insult to the audience.

      I understand that Alliance had a problem with chokepoints and had to
      disassemble their circus tent and re-assemble it on stage. They should have
      asked permission to measure the path to the stage ahead of time so that they
      would know just what they could and couldn't do and take steps ahead of
      time. Bad logistics! And probably bad planning to have parts that were too
      big for anything. A chorus can certainly put on a circus set without the
      elaborate tent! We barbershop audiences have good imaginations. We can
      understand implied scenery. TNL could have built a barn to show that their
      set was occurring on a farm. We didn't need that. We got the vegetable
      garden with only the fences in front of the sunflowers and the costumes.

      The Senate-Aires were something else, however. They didn't have elaborate
      sets. They just (IMNSHO) did a boring job of getting onto the stage and
      took way, way, way tooooooooo long to do it. We got the joke in the first
      minute. It wasn't funny after that.

      Jeremy Reynolds

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      John Flynn
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      Cc: 'John Flynn'
      Subject: RE: [bbshop] Web Cast & Stuff

      I disagree with blaming the choruses for time delays in setting up for their
      performances. I would first look to inadequacies in the venues needed to
      support the growing level of performance creativity that is essential to
      sustaining interest by the performers and the audience. The bar keeps
      getting raised - and that is a good thing. You may still enjoy a good movie
      made in the 50's, but in general the production values in the movie industry
      have increased dramatically. I think the first order of business is for the
      society to prioritize the importance of the selected venues in the future to
      be able to support the increasing levels of production value for which the
      top choruses will continue to strive to obtain.

      John Flynn
      Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

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      Subject: Re: [bbshop] Web Cast & Stuff


      Time Limits:
      I'm totally in favor of a time limit. My chorus ran repetitive drills of our
      package (including getting on and off the stage) to make sure that we were
      at the "recommended" time for a chorus of our size. Our props were all
      designed for quick assembly and disassembly. Our music was also planned to
      fit us in the recommended time limit. Then we show up and see choruses
      totally exceed those recommendations with NO ramifications. Now, sometimes
      things happen in live theater. I heard the circus tent set could not fit
      through the doors and choke points at the back of the stage and they had to
      break it down and reassemble on each side of the door. If that is the case,
      I guess they did what they could to still be able to perform, but I believe
      that all of the choruses were told far in advance what the stage dimensions
      and choke point dimensions were going to be, and that there would be no
      curtain. We knew it, we planned for it, so it was not a
      problem for us.

      I fully appreciate a good presentation and that an epic performance may take
      some time to setup. I am sure that they worked very hard on their packages.
      They were definitely creative. Having said that, I am in favor of having
      time limit rules, not suggestions, with point penalties for those found
      guilty of this theatrical malfeasance.

      On the point of the interviews, I was in one. It seemed fine to me.

      That is just my opinion. It's not gospel. Thank you for your time.

      Steve McCullough
      Circle City Sound (Greater Indianapolis Chapter in the Cardinal District)

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