Friday, April 15, 2005

Great Greg story from talkback

So, this story isn't really about Minnie's Boys; it's about the convention 42nd St. Moon of staged concerts. You know, holding the scripts, limited costuming, no scenery.

Someone in the audience asked why they hold the scripts, as someone in the audience almost always does, and Greg talked about the fact that the audience has to fill in the blanks with their imagination.

He told a story that perfectly illustrated how audiences do just that:

Some years ago they did a production of a show which included a scene in an art gallery. Flash forward a couple of years later and an audience member came up to Greg, praising the theatre and particularly mentioned that scene and how lovely the paintings were that they used in the art gallery scene.

You know the punchline, don't you? There were NO paintings. The audience member had completely conjured them up in their mind, and years later remembered them as though they were real.

Pretty cool, huh?

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