The tour came to Lorain Admiral King High School today. Loading in we had the assistance of maybe a dozen volunteers who were pressed into service to help us move large bits of the set and help us get everything up and ready. The three of us have yet to put the whole thing together or tear it down by ourselves - in fact, it's usually Daniel orchestrating the load-out, which is something to see as he is the guy wearing the suit every night.
This was our first high school audience - true there were students at LCCC last night, but it was largely a mix of old and young there. We had a larger than usual audience, it was reported that there were some 8th graders with us. LAK doesn't send the entire student body to witness the outreach tour ... but I am still mystified as to exactly which students come to see us and why. A few joined us afterwards to help load out, asking us what the show was about. We pointed them to the blue sheet in the program listing future Lorain County locations (you can see the column at right.)
As for the performance itself, it went over very well. I believe this will be a trend - the high school students will watch patiently through the first two arcs and then bust out in surprise at the final two. Daniel warned me about the arcane nature of Arc One: The Giaour, and how it might go right over the heads of the high school audiences. It doesn't go over their heads exactly, but I am worried they think the entire show is going to sound like that and check out. He prepped them during the pre-show speech to let them know what the play was about - and how it eventually reaches more contemporary material.
Something else ... teenagers can read something dirty into almost anything. And today was the first time an audience really got creeped out by the old bald Count coming onto the Maria in Arc Two.
It is going to be very, very hard to get out of these high school shows within 90 minutes of the end of the talkback. So many kids want to talk to us, to sign autographs, to talk about the play! And the girls keep hitting on Dusten. Pity poor Dusten.