So You Want To Put On A Show... (Part 2)
OK, so you’ve tracked down enough money to do a show. Now you have to answer the musical question: which show? Of course, the amount of money can determine the kind of show - if you have lots of money, you can tackle a big-name musical, and if you have limited funds, you might want to try a small non-musical. Budget constraints can also affect the size of your set, the kind of costumes you’ll be able to use and what stage effects you can incorporate.
You also have to consider the talent pool you have available. If you need a cast of 30 kids and only five show up for auditions, you’re in trouble. If you need a dozen guys to play the brothers of Joseph (“and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”) and only five guys show up, you’re in trouble. If you need singers and none are available... well, you get the idea.
You have to consider the auditorium you’re using. If you’re putting on a show at a small theatre, you don’t want to tackle a show with a big cast and a huge set. Likewise, if you’re in a big auditorium, you don’t want to stage a “small” show, where the actors get lost in the expanse.
The most important question you have to answer is: why are you staging this show? Is it for artistic expression? Do you want (or need) to make money? Do you want a show that will provide a great experience for the performers, or are you more concerned about bringing in a big crowd? Is it a show you’ve always loved and just want to be part of?
There are lots of reasons to choose a particular show, but it’s the next vital step in putting on a performance. Once you’ve decided on your show, you're almost ready to start. But first, you’re going to need help.
Next: Assembling a team.