Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
The WNO recently dealt with an unexpected turn during their first concert. The power couple duo of Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello were giving a love songs performance when Stephen had to leave the stage. For the rest of the show. A program full of duets had to be reduced to songs that were only sung by Ailyn. Luckily, she is a fabulous performer and was able to pull off a great rest of the concert. But, as an arts administrator, how can you be prepared for something like this? Is there some way to be ready in case the night doesn’t go as planned?
I feel as though this doesn’t happen quite as often when patrons are already in their seats. Often concerts are cancelled before audiences have arrived, and those situations can be dealt with. But what are strategies that can be in place in case a performance doesn’t go as planned?