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Volkov
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10/28/2009 9:43:45 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Tonight I just went and experienced my first live performance, a monologue called 'Trudeau Stories,' starring actress Brooke Johnson, whom I had the pleasure to meet beforehand.

Now, I will admit that before, I never thought live performances would be good, especially not plays. Music concerts, yes, but not plays, operas, and etc.

But I found it to be really, really fun when I actually had the pleasure to see one. It felt very cool, very authentic, and unlike when I watch movies sometimes, it really gave me time to think about the story being presented, and how I felt about it.

Has anyone else here been to live performances, or at least thought about it? This can range from monologues, to operas, to concerts, to comedy routines - anything. What was your experience?
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10/28/2009 9:51:41 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/28/2009 9:50:29 PM, Harlan wrote:
Didn't little kids perform plays at your elementary school, then?

None that I ever took part in, or watched.
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10/28/2009 9:52:40 PM
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At 10/28/2009 9:43:45 PM, Volkov wrote:
Tonight I just went and experienced my first live performance, a monologue called 'Trudeau Stories,' starring actress Brooke Johnson, whom I had the pleasure to meet beforehand.

Now, I will admit that before, I never thought live performances would be good, especially not plays. Music concerts, yes, but not plays, operas, and etc.

But I found it to be really, really fun when I actually had the pleasure to see one. It felt very cool, very authentic, and unlike when I watch movies sometimes, it really gave me time to think about the story being presented, and how I felt about it.

Has anyone else here been to live performances, or at least thought about it? This can range from monologues, to operas, to concerts, to comedy routines - anything. What was your experience?

Yeah I've been to a live play called 38 Shades of Brown or some such, and to a musical opera-type thing of Sweeney Todd. I had to go to both for Drama class, and I was quite young at the time and thought they were "gay", but I reckon now I would give them a bit more respect and would probably enjoy them more.

I've been to quite a few standup comedy shows, and plenty of concerts. Frankly I love nothing more, but the town I live in very rarely gets any good performers. :(
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10/28/2009 9:53:23 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Live performances are absolutely enchanting, and it's good that you've finally gone out to one. I've been to my fair share of them, including plays, concerts, operas, and a few comedy routines.

Honestly, the first is almost always one of the best, simply due to the memorability of the occasion. I definitely encourage you to expand your horizons that way, and attend as many performances as you can. Witnessing the passion of the performers firsthand is a very moving feeling, as you can see, hear, and feel more at a live performance than you can through a radio, or a television screen, something that I'm sure you've probably noticed.

One thing that I like to do for some plays is to see if there is a corresponding movie or book, and watch/read it first; after I've watched the movie/read the book, I go to watch the play, and it's interesting to note all the similarities and differences, and to keep track of all the omissions, deviations, and the like. Try it if you get the chance.

And, truthfully, I'm surprised that you've never been out to one before. But, I'm glad that it's been remedied.
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10/28/2009 10:21:21 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I agree with you wholeheatedly Cody and leet. Thanks for responding.

But Cody, I have to ask, why is it surprising this is my first live performance experience?
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10/28/2009 10:50:19 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I've been to a whole bunch of concerts. Aside from that, I lived in NYC so I've seen a bunch of things on broadway as well (mostly musicals). I did also see The Vagina Monologues (at a few different venues, actually). Oh and I saw Stomp! Haha are you guys too young to remember that, or...?
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10/28/2009 11:19:31 PM
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Speaking of theatre/musicals, anyone been to seen Avenue Q?

http://en.wikipedia.org...

I really wanna go watch that show. I went to see NOFX play in Brisbane a few weeks ago and they ended their gig (they're a punk band mind you...) with a stageshow performance of "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist", which, it turns out, is a song from Avenue Q.
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10/28/2009 11:26:52 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I own the soundtrack to Avenue Q, and I've seen mock performances of it... which has been the only thing standing in the way of me spending so much money to actually see it on Broadway, though I probably should for the full experience.
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USAPitBull63
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10/29/2009 2:56:11 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/28/2009 9:43:45 PM, Volkov wrote:

Has anyone else here been to live performances, or at least thought about it? This can range from monologues, to operas, to concerts, to comedy routines - anything. What was your experience?

Is this a serious question?

Live performances are pretty common attractions here.
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10/29/2009 4:41:03 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I too am surprised that this was your first live performance Volkov, if only because you must have surely had many opportunities before.

Live performances are way better than recorded ones, it's like the difference between watcing porn and making love lol.

I've been to countless live shows and performed in quite a lot too, as an adult mostly gigs/concerts but as a teenager I used to do a bit of acting and saw lot of plays. Comedy shows are good too, never been to an opera though.
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10/29/2009 4:50:02 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
This is a tangent. But for musicals, the audience never thinks about the pit orchestra, which is fortunate.

My high school does an annual musical, and, being part of the band, I've played trumpet at two musicals so far. The thing is, after a few days of rehearsal, being in the pit becomes very boring. You pretty much know all the actor's lines, you know and you've analyzed the musical down to a T, and, when the musical goes live, you know exactly how the audience will react to every single part. Seriously.

I mentioned being in the pit was boring. Well, what we do to pass the time is mock the audience and the actors. (Very few can see us, so it's cool.) It makes for some good times. *reminisces*.
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10/29/2009 7:01:21 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/29/2009 2:56:11 AM, USAPitBull63 wrote:
Is this a serious question?

Yes.

Live performances are pretty common attractions here.

Your here =/= my here.

Anyways, the reason I've never been to many live performances is because I've never really gotten the chance. I live in a suburb, for Christ's sake. We don't exactly grab all the Broadway attractions here.

I got this opportunity because I was involved in helping set it up and sell tickets for it. First opportunity, and I took it, and I enjoyed it.
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10/29/2009 9:48:47 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I AM WITH PoeJoe ON THIS ONE!

I was a co-founder of my high school's first ever band, a jazz band. My school had an extensive and impressive Performing Arts Program (actually taken as a specific course of study for some) and yet there was no band. After we formed, we not only played our own gigs around town, at the school, etc. but we also accompanied every other P.A. performance! We did the musicals, the Christmas shows, the concerts, every event, etc... and the band got NO credit.

After a singer performs, for instance, people clap. That singer sang 1 or 2 songs in the entire show. Meanwhile, the band has to learn and play EVERY song in the show meaning we had to work like 20x harder and practice that much more and more often. Not to mention that since it was a jazz band, I got to solo on every song as well. Did people notice? Did people care? Lol - no! The band has to sit in the 'pit' at the bottom of the stage, completely out of view at all times. And! We always had to wear all-black specifically to keep us out of view.

I could keep going, but I'll end this rant here for now as well. PoeJoe, I don't think anyone can feel our pain unless they were part of a band in a similar situation lol. I'm still bitter about it as you can see :P
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Danielle
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10/29/2009 9:57:58 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
In addition to what feverish said, sure a live performance can be comparable to actual sex, just as recordings can be comparable to porn... But, as those of us who are sexually experienced know, sometimes porn is better than the real thing! Not all sex is good lol just as not all live performances are good. Some are even downright awful.

Also, don't hate on Volkov. You'd be surprised as to how many people aren't really exposed to life performances all that much. I took Vi to her first real concert, and she was 20 at the time too. Plus, a lot of times live shows (the good ones) can be expensive, i.e. Broadway.

Honestly, depending on the performer(s), venue and whatnot, sometimes just staying home and watching it on TV is the best thing... like American football games, for one, and New Years Eve with Dick Clark for another :)
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10/29/2009 11:27:43 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/29/2009 9:57:58 AM, theLwerd wrote:
In addition to what feverish said, sure a live performance can be comparable to actual sex, just as recordings can be comparable to porn... But, as those of us who are sexually experienced know, sometimes porn is better than the real thing! Not all sex is good lol just as not all live performances are good. Some are even downright awful.

lol absolutely! I have of course seen great shows on telly and gone to rubbish ones live and um... the other thing too lol.

Also, don't hate on Volkov. You'd be surprised as to how many people aren't really exposed to life performances all that much.

I'm definitely not hating but your right, it does surprise me.
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10/29/2009 11:49:03 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
Live performances can offer certain things that say television can't. I strongly recommend you all to watch 'the woman in black', if you like horror that is.
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10/29/2009 5:42:03 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/29/2009 7:01:21 AM, Volkov wrote:

Anyways, the reason I've never been to many live performances is because I've never really gotten the chance. I live in a suburb, for Christ's sake. We don't exactly grab all the Broadway attractions here.

It's the suburb's fault that you never thought to get up and go to a live show? Were you waiting for live acts to come to your block? (I'm glad you didn't count the ice cream truck.)

I got this opportunity because I was involved in helping set it up and sell tickets for it. First opportunity, and I took it, and I enjoyed it.

You've likely had opportunities for many years (theaters, clubs, schools have been around). It's just recently that you finally took advantage of one.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, though. May you attend and enjoy (and maybe even perform in) many more.
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10/29/2009 10:05:42 PM
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I just saw 'the music man' musical. It was quite fantastic.

One of my favorite scenes=
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10/29/2009 10:22:43 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Do you like musicals? Does anyone here like musicals? They can be a bit hokey, but I can appreciate a good show.
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10/30/2009 1:27:18 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/29/2009 10:22:43 PM, theLwerd wrote:
Do you like musicals? Does anyone here like musicals? They can be a bit hokey, but I can appreciate a good show.

Wicked was awesome, I was quite certain that I would not enjoy it having no interest in the wizard of oz on any level, but it was simply great!
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