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COMMUNICATION: Preshow 5 minutes (to the audience)
« on: Nov 15, 2008, 04:28 pm »
I was just reading some older topics regarding preshow announcements, and noticed that several people were talking about giving an announcement at 5 minutes to go, and a second one at go.  Is this common practice?  If so, what do people suggest to announce during each one?

Posted on: November 15, 2008, 10:20:17 AM
I wasn't very clear in my question there.  I was actually talking about Pre-show Announcements given to the audience.

In the topic,632.0.html several people mentioned giving an Announcement at 5 minutes, and then one when the house is closed.
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Re: Preshow 5 minutes
« Reply #1 on: Nov 15, 2008, 04:46 pm »
oh . . . then . . . any sort of those announcements would be a theatre by theatre issue; at our theatre, those are done by house management.
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Re: Preshow 5 minutes
« Reply #2 on: Nov 16, 2008, 09:59 am »
I am glad you clarified this! I almost answered with the calls I make with 1 hour, half hour, places, etc etc.

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Re: Preshow 5 minutes
« Reply #3 on: Nov 16, 2008, 02:16 pm »
when I do the preshow spiel, because the theater is small or there is no standard house spiel, it's only done at house to half, or whatever point becomes the official "we are starting the show now" point.

normally it's been pretaped and is a sound Q, or I will do it over the god mic or (rarely, at one specific house) get up in front of the aud and announce, then head to the booth and start the show.

In larger houses, my experience has been the same but always on a pretape after the producer or his/her rep does their "give us money/subscribe" spiel and the show is about to start. The FOH staff takes care of calling the audience to their seats.

The only thing I give at 5 is to actors and crew, but I always coordinate that call with the house manager so we both know when my 5 and places calls happen, and she/he tells me when everyone (or almost) is in and I can start the show.


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Re: Preshow 5 minutes
« Reply #4 on: Nov 17, 2008, 09:37 pm »
Where I've been the responsibility always lies with FOH, but usually they give a 5 minute announcement and then later announce that's the house is closing/last call for stargglers.


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