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I've been playing in a classic rock band for the better part of eight years. There have been years when we have had a show every weekend and years when we don't perform much. For entertainers, knowing how to get booked to entertain is half the battle. Continually adding to your network of contacts is just as important as having an impressive repertoire or stage presence. Having a good booking agent will usually cost you a slice of the financial pie, but is often worth the price. This blog is all about how to further your success as an entertainer.

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Making The Grade As An Entertainer

Are You Planning A Historic Event At Your Community Center?

by Nina Howell

Are you the director of your town's community center? Or, maybe you are a volunteer or just a very active member of the center. No matter your position, if you are planning a historic event at the community center, you must be very excited about that. Was it your idea or are you playing off somebody else's idea? Perhaps your plans are already in motion. If that's true, then you don't need to read any further.

However, may you are still looking for ideas that will make your historic event a fun and memorable one. From arranging for historic impersonators to writing your own script for a reader's theater, here are some ideas that might help you.

Historical Impersonators - Do you have members of your community center who love to act? If so, call on them to play the role of important people in our country's history. For example, several men could dress up as the founders of America, people like the pilgrims and then men and women of the Revolutionary War and the history that surrounds that period of history. 

Choose individuals of more recent history, too. For example, you might ask a man to dress up as an astronaut and play the role of John Glen. Or, maybe a couple could play the roles of Jackie Kennedy and President John Kennedy. Keep the speaking parts simple and relatively short so that you can have many individuals represented. 

A Reader's Theater - A play is fun to put on, but many people are uncomfortable with having to memorize their parts. A reader's theater will mean that those who participate can be very familiar with the role they will play, but they will be able to read it rather than memorize it. 

Consider selecting a particular time in history. For example, if you decide to focus on the time that America obtained its freedom from Great Britain, you'll probably want men to read lines that people like George Washington, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin might have spoken. Women in your community might be happy to read the parts of important women of the Revolutionary Era, women like Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross, and Martha Washington.

Whether you have historical impersonators or whether you have a reader's theater, think of having a historical backdrop, whether it's on a stage or in the front of the largest room of your community center. The backdrop might be as simple as a red, white and blue painted canvas or as complicated as a depiction of the various flags of the fifty states that make up the United States of America. To learn more, contact a company like Dwane Starlin

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