Your event is very important. The following are basic items that must be observed for Curtis to help you have a successful event.Please read the following over carefully and share the link to this page with anyone who is responsible for the set up of your event.
The Performance Space
The Performance Space
MINIMUM 16' x 8' PERFORMANCE AREA
Whether floor space, risers, or a permanent stage in an auditorium. Risers preferred for audiences larger than 50 people. A general rule is 12" of riser height for every 100 people in attendance. For larger stages, steps should be located directly in front of the stage leading into the audience, not at the side of the stage.
NO DANCE FLOOR DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF STAGE
If this is absolutely unavoidable, seating must be arranged ON THE DANCE FLOOR prior to the performance. It can be removed after the performance.
MUST BE WELL LIT!
Dim lights are nice for mood lighting during dinner, but horrible for a show. A basic back wash lighting for auditoriums is usually sufficient, but full room lights are a must for banquet halls, conference rooms, hotel salons, and more.
LOCATED AWAY FROM NOISY OR HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS
Such as the main kitchen, bar, outside hallways, etc.
DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE STAGE.
No guests should be seated to the extreme sides, nor behind the stage. It is better for guests to be seated further away and in front of the performance area, than close and to the extreme left or right where they will not be able to see most of the performance.
AS CLOSE TO STAGE AS POSSIBLE
The "front row" should be as close to the stage as possible. If a large room with few people, everyone must be seated towards the front and not linger in the back. All of Curtis' shows involve constant audience participation and large gaps in the audience cause the pacing of the show to drag and your audience to lose interest. Plus Curtis is too old to be sprinting around the room!
NO PODIUMS OR LECTERNS
Unless a keynote presentation or talk. Any such items must be removed prior to Curtis' performance.
TWO WIRELESS HAND-HELD MICROPHONES NEEDED
One is for Curtis and the other for audience members who participate. Both must be in good working condition and not give any feedback, hissing, or noise when used while Curtis is in the audience or on stage. Both mics must be able to be used simultaneously without interference. Brand-new batteries must be installed immediately before the performance.
SYSTEM MUST SUPPORT AUXILIARY IMPUT
Curtis has a remote-controlled, portable music and sound cue system that plugs into almost any PA system through a 3.5 mm jack or standard XLR cable input (microphone cable input). He controls all of his own sound and music cues for the show by himself from the stage during the show.
CURTIS CAN PROVIDE HIS OWN, PORTABLE PA SYSTEM
Only as a last resort. Not available when Curtis travels by air to an event. Additional charges may accrue.