The day finally came, our first run performance of the new show set, Virtual Reality. The purpose of this show was primarily to run through the music and acting to see how it all fit together on a stage in front of a live audience and then gauge their reaction. We even had special program booklets professionally printed so the audience could follow the story-line through-out the performance.
The dancers did as much of their planned routine as possible but at Wong’s, there wasn’t much room on the dance floor. After the show, we decided to take the show back to rehearsal and re-work some of the on and off stage choreography and some minor changes to props and wardrobe.
Producing this show cost a small fortune with paying for transportation, posters, signs, costumes, props, print advertising, press-kits, mailing-list, etc… thank-goodness we had Marianne Smith, our booking agent and co-manager. She paid for a good deal of it. We did get some free advertising from BAM magazine, which ran a blurb about PAROUSIA in their November edition prior to our “Sneak Preview”.
When it was our time to take the stage, it was like an army working in tandem to re-form the terrain. Within 20 minutes we finished setting up props, amps, instruments, five musicians, and six dancers/actors … we barely made it on time and we knew right then we had to re-work some things if we were going to make this show work at the Sunset Strip clubs like the Whisky and the Troubadour.
Looking back, it was incredible how hard we all worked to get to this point, but we did it… a full rock-play live on stage with musicians, actors and dancers. All in all, the entire Parousia group was a 15-member entourage.