Why National Roller Coaster Day is Important to Broadway Producers, Writers, and all Theater Makers.
Today is National Roller Coaster Day. (See, Community Theaters? I told you that pretty much anything can have a day – especially a great institution like yours.)
I wasn’t always a Roller Coaster Fan. When I was 9, I was scared @#$%-less of Space Mountain and wouldn’t go on it. I sat at the bottom, waiting for my Dad and my cousin to come out of the darkness. (Deep down, I was worried that they might never make it out, I guess.)
When they did step out of their coaster car, their hair was literally blown back, their clothes were disheveled, and they had a smile on their face like they had eaten rainbows for breakfast.
“What a thrill,” my cousin yelped. And my 52-year-old Dad babbled like a 2-year-old, he was so excited.
And shouldn’t theater do that as well?
If you’re creating a piece of theater, you’d be better off imaginign your show like a roller coaster. It needs ups, downs, thrills, laughs, gasps, fear . . . oh, and it shouldn’t be too long. 🙂
And it should leave the audience saying the same thing that my cousin said . . .
“I want to go on again!”
And guess what . . . because of her excitement, this time, I went.
And I’ve been a thrill-ride enthusiast in theme parks (and on stages), ever since.
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