‘HONEY I have the tickets!’ You can hear your partner shouting down the hallway. Tonight you are off to your first burlesque show…yep thats right you are the ‘virgin’. Has fear set in yet?! How does one behave at a show? Surely I dont have to strip??? (no you dont).
The first thing to know is to cheer as this is the call of the audience. Your compere may ask to put your hand up if you are a virgin (burlesque speaking of course), and thrust that hand up as it is most likely you wont be alone. If you are the lonesome virgin dont fret pet as you are in for the best ride of your life. A good show will remain in your mind longer than the glitter the performers throw that creeps into your hair and lungs.
The role of the audience to whoop and cheer their appreciation of a good performance as this if anything that can make or break a performance. A dead audience is a performer’s worst nightmare so cheer but only if you think it is deserved. There are two lines of thought regarding this dilemma: do you cheer a bad act because you feel sorry? Or do you simply polite golf clap?! I would recommend applauding the effort but only if there is effort there. Its a harsh lesson to learn but every performer needs to learn it. As the judge and jury of a show, the audience have the power to make or break a show. Sit and let the performance do it job. A job well done is worthy of praise.
Sometimes a silence speaks volumes about an act too. I wouldnt dream of clapping during a performance from the likes of Vicky Butterfly. Her performances are so awe striking, a stunned silence seems more worthy than a hoot. The atmosphere surrounding her performances almost prevents you from cheering, like some paranormal hold on you.
You will soon find the hooting/silence scale easy to negotiate but more quickly you will learn what you do and dont like. Remember not every show is the same so go see oodles and cheer like a mad thing when you feel it, and sit stunned when you are. You are the paying customer after all, and we the performer are here to entertain!