Post by Cardinal Pirelli on May 22, 2016 11:19:31 GMT
Human nature, ten people compliment you for something and one complains, the complaint is the one that most people dwell on. One in a hundred or thousand? Still so but more amused than concerned unless that one person does/says something disproportionately upsetting.
Other than the fact that the actors attention should be to stay in character, not searching the audience for who is clapping and who isnt, I think actors should go in to the buisness knowing/assuming not everyone is going to praise them endlessly/love them/ agree woth them unconditionally. Actors get panned in reviews and torn apart by gossip channels. That one person who doesn't clap just doesn't strike me as insulting. I'va had peopld disagree and criticize my work (hell I worked in a job here lives were on the line and disagreements with those above you could result in jail time, not joking, I was close), and my mindset, on the non critical things was- live and let live... I assure you I was never applauded or thanked at the end of a work day, and am completely fine with that, because I was content with the work I was doing, I felt like I was doing a good job and I was, moreover it was a job I couldnt stand.
They love their job (I think) and ARE getting praised for it- stupidly so... I don't know I'm really fixating on this aren't I? and I said I'd stop >< Alright Im moving on sorry!
When applause becomes merely convention it loses its meaning. One should clap when it is deserved and not clap if completely undeserved. If a performer sings a powerful song but does not get the expected applause then they need be professional and examine the cause as to why they did not 'connect' with that audience at that time as the audience may be giving useful feedback. Maybe the song delivery not so good on that occasion. Maybe it was not the singer's fault and the sound system was poor or the balance all wrong - could the audience actually hear the singer properly? And so on.
Speaking of convention, I went to a Willard White concert at the Inner Temple. It was a posh do and it seems that at these one does not applaud each number - after each song there was just silence.
Alright, alright. Just going to clear things up before I get slaughtered anymore about what I said. I wasn't talking about one person not clapping. My interpretation was around half the theatre not clapping. If your sing a really powerful song (e.g. Everything's coming up roses or And I'm telling you) and put your whole effort into it but then only half the theater claps... Your gonna feel just a tad disappointed aren't you? I always clap but I don't stand up at the curtain call if I didn't like the show (Bend it like Beckham). I'm not saying you have to clap, but it's nice if you did if it was a good performance
George, no one is slaughtering you. You posted your thoughts and we posted our's back, calm down.
Post by DuchessConstance on May 22, 2016 14:01:07 GMT
I'm been a W/E performer and I genuinely don't care if everyone claps. I'm not even aware of that until the final curtain call. What does bother me is people not paying attention. You can absolutely feel as a performer when the audience is not with you. An audience that watches quietly but isn't demonstrative is worth far more than an audience who aren't really paying attention but clap loudly at the end of every song.
If your sing a really powerful song (e.g. Everything's coming up roses or And I'm telling you) and put your whole effort into it but then only half the theater claps... Your gonna feel just a tad disappointed aren't you?
Not as disappointed as the punter who paid 70 quid to see you and didn't think you were worth it.
Oh it's generally a lot more than that on Broadway.