Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I’m sorry for the loss of Chicago theater community and the whole theater community of USA. The actors Bernie Yvon and the actress Molly Glynn, were struck down in the prime of their stage careers, both the result of accidents. The news collects the mourning from friends and business partners of the passed.
Here, if you were the manager of the theater that actor or actress worked for, with all the sorrow, what situation would you be in face of? First of all, of course, the incoming musical without major performer. It is said that Yvon was killed on his way to a rehearsal, and the musical had been scheduled to open next week. The musical may be postponed anyway. Secondly, in the future, the theater has to hire a professional and qualified actor to make up for the loss. However, the fact is that there is an identified shortage of profession trained musical theater performers in the field, and it could be hard to find an actor as experienced and cooperative as Yvon.
What would you do next? For the near future, the best situation is that you have prepared substitute performer, the musical is open on time and because of good marketing and kindness of audience they come to performance in memoriam of their favorite actor. And the theater has database of qualified actors and well connection with those people, so once the devastating accidence happens, you can find a saviour to put out a fire.
There is a saying “hope for the best, and prepare for the worst”, the best situation described above occurs only if you prepare for the worst in the daily life.