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Chapter 4. Strategies for Planning Each Show > The Basics of Show Preparation

The Basics of Show Preparation

Years ago, a friend of ours went to a Jethro Tull concert. (Our younger readers will have to take our word for the fact that Jethro Tull was a popular British rock band from the 1970s.) Our friend was impressed with everything about the show including the apparent abandon with which the members of the band jumped and ran around the stage as they played.

As it turned out, our friend was offered a ticket to see the band again the following evening, an offer he gladly accepted. As he began watching the band for the second night in a row, though, he realized something startling: Every movement had actually been planned. All the running, jumping, and gesturing that seemed so spontaneous the evening before was actually choreographed down to the smallest detail. The band members duplicated the previous evening’s performance precisely.


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