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Critiques

February 18, 2014

Asking for critiques is scary.  After months of work, rehearsal, planning and organizing, I am fairly confident that I have a good show for my Summer Reading Program season.  But I need to get another opinion.  I realize that I'm too close to the project and that maybe I can't see a glaring flaw that may be right in front of me.  

 

So, I call in my wife.

 

She will be brutally honest with me.  Plus she has offered some wonderful suggestions which have improved my shows.

 

I also count on you, the librarian to tell me what you think of the show.  And I want you to be brutally honest, too.  Several years ago, the Omaha Public Libraries had their librarians fill out critique sheets on all of the Summer Reading Program performers. I was given copies of those sheets.  Most of them gave me glowing reviews.  Of course I loved that.  But every now and then I was alerted to an area where I could improve.  Maybe some people in the back had trouble hearing me or a librarian thought one of my tricks wasn't energetic enough.  It's this kind of feedback that helps me tweak my show to be the best it can possibly be.

 

When I first started performing at libraries, I thought that a 30-minute show would be fine.  Well, it wasn't long before I got feedback that librarians were disappointed in how short the show was. That's why today my shows are 40-45 minutes.  A librarian friend of mine also told me that I had using a certain "red bag" three years in a row.  I had used it for different tricks, but she recognized the item from previous years and I am so glad she pointed that out to me.  The "red bag" has been on hiatus ever since.

 

Believe me, I really enjoy hearing nice things about my show; but if you see something I'm doing wrong, or something I could do to improve my show, please don't hesitate to let me know.  I won't be offended...in fact, I'll be grateful that you pointed something out that maybe I just didn't see.

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