Number of People: 2
This idea was born in 1961 as a voluntary project on the part of Bob Hawthorne. Madrigal groups, ensembles, solos and barbershop quartets are all possibilities for an evening's program that should be limited to about an hour. Because of the humorous tenor of adult stunt night, Musicale is generally considered the forum for "serious" music, although the choir generally presents pieces that freely roam across the musical spectrum. The program is usually held in the lobby of the Oceanic Hotel, and since the mid-1990's has been on Friday, after the Children's Grand March.
If you have no experience working with the musicale, this might be a job to pass on or volunteer to be the assistant. It has become a serious event and the organizing of the acts can make a big difference. If you have the experience, then read on…
Arrange with Conference Services in advance if a microphone, amplifying equipment, or risers/platform (helps when there are short people, and for the choir) are needed.
Mix acts, with the best one/s last. It helps to search out performers you know are good and who have performed before, asking them to be involved again. Also, try to learn through the grapevine about people you don't know personally. Prepare performers from the very first that their performance must be limited to about 6 minutes. People may not approach you until the day before the performance, but don't wait for that, look for them. You may want to make an announcement early in the week. Have at least 2 copies of the roster, one for you/announcer and one for the performers. Let them know what number they are, and who they're following, as they might want to sit in the audience before their piece.
It has worked well in the past to have 12 to 15 performances. If the roster is full, and someone comes to you Friday morning wanting to sing Friday night, feel free to say “no”, but use your discretion.
If possible, have the MC announce the end of the children's farewell party, so parents know they need to get their kids (instead of leaving the sugared up, tired and cranky kids with the 1-2 adults that are running the farewell party).
Last reviewed by Kathy West - June 2018