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The world of theatre is ever-evolving. New technology, trends, and advancements happen consistently, making shows more dynamic than ever. If you want to stay on top of emerging trends in the industry, On The Stage presents a few we’ve noticed … and how to bring them into your program.
While this isn’t exactly a brand-new focus, theatres are more honed in on diversity and inclusion than ever before.
An emphasis on diversity looks like a lot of different things:
Utilizing projection design has become a mainstay in big-budget showcases – it’s an integral part of the design as opposed to a nice occasional bonus. (Think Dear Evan Hansen and Anastasia.)
Project design adds a new element to showcases – you can add a set of characters, actual backdrops, historical context or even subtitles. Even better, projection design can save you a big chunk of change, as it can act as a stand-in for more cast members or an elaborate set piece.
If people can’t come to the theatre, theatre is now coming to the people! Avoiding the high overhead price of brick-and-mortar theatres, a lot of troupes are creating community events in the great outdoors.
By offering community programming, ticket prices get reduced, allowing less people to get priced out of live theatre. Making the whole city your stage as opposed to one location brings in more audience members, breaking barriers and amplifying inclusion.
If you’re on social media at all these days, chances are you’ve seen clips of popular Broadway shows or behind-the-scenes content from big-name theatre actors.
Allowing your audiences a peek behind the curtain creates a bond between actors and audiences. It gives the show a more human element – all while creating more anticipation for the show. Staying on top of social media trends also lends itself to broadening your audience and creating a wider demographic.
Gone are the days of dismissing young creatives for not knowing enough or for not having enough experience – today we embrace the voices of young creators to bring new and fresh perspectives to the stage.
Even more, creators are often the actors or techies behind shows themselves. People in the theatre world are more multifaceted than ever – and we are happier than ever to utilize and bolster their talents!
You may think technology upgrades and emerging trends are too hard to integrate into your program – not so! Here are a few simple ways to apply these trends to your theatre:
Implementing new trends into your theatre can be simple – especially with a partner who can help. If you’re looking to elevate your theatrical experience, book a personalized demo with On The Stage now.