Never were those words truer than today. In the Theater there is a truth that the first show has great excitement and is generally pretty good. But the dreaded second show can fall flat. A third show, however, is usually pretty good.
For our Summer Theater Camp 2021 "The Tale of Chicken Licken," we had two preview performances in front of "practice" audiences. We were trying to give the kids an idea of PACING. They needed to know how long to wait for applause and laughter before delivering lines, etc.
Well, even though we did the first show without costumes, the energy and pacing was good. The Dress Rehearsal the next day, a 2nd performance, indeed fell flat. The kids were very distracted by smoke in the atmosphere, wearing itchy costumes in hot weather, and microphone issues. It was a lack luster show to say the least.
Well, I am happy to report that our show this morning worked out very well. We had a fun audience that gave generous feedback. The kids did great. I guess it's true that the third time's the charm.
In retrospect, I am actually glad that we had two preview performances. That gave the kids enough practice to feel more comfortable with all of the technical aspects of the show as well as learning pacing with a live audience.
"The costumes were adorable. Loved the Bluebirds 1940's hairdo's."
"We could understand every word! It was such a fun show!"
"I just loved the songs and dances. The show was so professional."
"My older kids were in the very first production of Chicken Licken. But this revised version was so much better. I loved the expanded part for the Fox. It hooked the audience right from the start."
much in just two weeks!"
"I think my 3-year-old granddaughter has
a crush on the Fox. He has leading man potential for sure!"
"This Camp was great for my two kids.
They had something so exciting to look
forward to everyday. We are going
to miss it."