A La Carte: In a Fool's Kitchen
A La Carte is 40-minute performance combining puppetry, physical comedy and live music. The show travels in a van with three performers who will also load-in and set up. The performers include an accordion player (static downstage left or center), a clown/actor (travels full stage and house), and a puppeteer (concealed within a 3’x 6’ set piece).
Set-up can be accomplished in most venues within an hour. A La Carte is designed to be flexible, and can be performed on a proscenium or thrust stage, black box or even outdoors.
SET: The set includes one 3’ x 6’ x 6’ tall demonstration cart with 3’ wings on each end (center), a folding table with two chairs (stage right), and a music stand (stage left). The minimal playing area is 12’ x 12.’
LIGHTS: A La Carte requires only a general lighting wash downstage covering 8-10’ from the front apron. If available, one special light focused on the boxed area above the set piece.
ACCESS: Due to audience participation, we will require easy access from the apron to the house, and house lights kept at least 25% during the performance.
SOUND: A La Carte uses two onstage sound sources which travel with it, a wireless headset mic (XLR) and an accordion with direct input. The mic will travel frequently into the house. We may also bring an iPod with pre-show and post-show music to be operated from the sound booth.
CLEAN-UP: A La Carte includes carrot peelings, parsley and shaving cream pies which can end up on the floor at the end. Please have a sink, mop and water available for clean up immediately after each performance.
HOSPITALITY: The Company requests the following to be backstage in between events on days in which more than one activity has been scheduled (times will be advanced by Tour Manager):
Fruit tray (e.g. grapes, apples, oranges)
Vegetarian snack tray (e.g. pita bread, hummus, carrots)
MINIMUM STAGE DIMENSIONS:
Depth: 12’ (back wall to lip of stage)
Width – 12’ at proscenium (ideally at least 20’)
Height – 8’ mandatory
WARDROBE: If more than three performances, please have available a washing machine and dryer.
DRESSING ROOMS: At least one dressing room with adequate heating and cooling, hot water and toilets separate from public must be provided.
PARKING: Parking for one minivan is required.
FRONT OF HOUSE: Late seating is allowed. We will require a minimum space of 2’ x 5’ x 8’ tall to set up our Merchandise booth.
SAMPLE WORK SCHEDULE: Production requires exclusive use of Theater for duration of load-in and performance.
Below is typical for a small to mid-sized theater space. Unusual space can also be accommodated.
The schedule below is a sample assuming performances at 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Your schedule may vary, and will be forwarded by our Tour Manager.
4:00 pm: Call, warm up
4:30 pm: Puppeteer call onstage, house opens
4:45 pm: Accordion call onstage, pre-show concert
5:00 pm: Presenter introduction, show begins
5:40 pm: Show ends, Company returns for Q&A with audience, greet children.
6:00 pm: Clean up and pack props
6:30 pm: Company load out, departs
11:00 am: Company arrives, load-in and set up
12:00 pm: Sound check, warm-up
12:30 pm: Puppeteer call onstage, house opens
12:45 pm: Accordion call onstage, pre-show concert
1:00 pm: Presenter introduction, show begins
1:40 pm: Show ends, Company returns for Q&A with audience, greet children.
2:00 pm: Clean up and re-set props
2:30 pm: Company lunch and break