luceroblanco Posted March 9, 2011 Report Share Posted March 9, 2011 In addition to being a professional singer, I also run a start-up theatre company and another venture for singers. I think someone brought up starting a company for adults before and we discussed how much work is involved. At one of the studios I go to, we did perform a ballet this year--all adults. It turned out to be a nice performance but the STRESS and time commitment was immense. And I say this, as a professional who has done hundreds of shows--I had not been in a situation that was so stressful ever, and worse since I was not getting paid for it--I was off from work that time so I did not have any other commitments but we spent about 5 hours a day rehearsing and a lot of work went into it by volunteers who handled costumes and other things. The choreographer wore many hats including producer. It was stressful mainly because of the amount of organization that fell on one person and the many details that needed to keep track of, and also that there were many different abilities and levels in the ballet. It was not like a professional show where people have to audition to get in and all have a certain level of expertise or experience and know what they have to do. We had folks who had never ever performed before. It all turned out okay since it was a nice group of people but it was definitely more than many people bargained for when they signed up. One of the most difficult things I have found with my start up performing groups is even with very minimal commitment required of the participants if you are not PAYING people, it is hard to get them to consistently show up for rehearsals and events. If people do not show up all the time, there is time wasted trying to back track and get people up to speed. Most adults do not have the time to put into rehearsing a dance concert or ballet if they have a job or family. To participate in the short show we did (we did not do the entire ballet) most people had to take off of work. I'm not saying it can't be done but it is a LOT of work--if you are organizing, it can be a nightmare. If you are dancing in it you have to put in more hours than you normally do for dance and also have to pick up and remember choreography. At some studios this is not taught as most adults come and go and drop in. So perhaps for some it might make more sense to start out doing those character and walk-on roles to just get their "stage legs" and then move up to more interesting and challenging roles and perhaps mounting their own show. Quote Link to comment
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