Do not forget to schedule in enough time for a final run through of your live entertainment, especially when there is a line up of several different acts.

You need to ensure that the transition between one performance and another is going to run like clockwork. It is all very well having something down on paper but you must insist to see it work live before you sign off on the final product. You may hear that a rehearsal is not necessary and the performers do not want to use up their energy before their appearance. The overall result is, however, your responsibility and you need to cover all eventualities.

Ask the performers in this case, to at least “walk” through the cues on stage even if they don’t want to go “full out”. A cue-to-cue run through would also work in this situation. This is where the entertainers and technicians run through each section just before and just after each cue, without doing a full rendition of the entire performance. Even this much can prove useful and can often highlight areas of concern. It is the perfect opportunity in which everyone can make changes if necessary.

Whilst things may look great on paper, not everything always turns out as expected during live performances. Schedule sufficient rehearsal time that allows enough time for practice and is not too close to the actual performance time so the entertainers have time to rest and freshen up before their act. Don’t always expect them to arrange their own rehearsal time either. Someone needs to take control and that someone is you.

Fiona

Following a University degree and a drastic career move, Fiona Warren-Bassett soon found herself rapidly moving forward in the events and PR world. Enjoying the change of direction, Fiona went on to further her Event Management experience, spending 6 years working for a renowned cruise line company. Having travelled extensively and been actively involved in many events and weddings, Fiona has since returned to land and has successfully launched her freelance writing and PR career.
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