- Mar 7, 2018
I could've sworn there was a festhaus show where the orchestra was suspended in the air above the stage. Did this not happen? I was talking to some friends and they couldn't place it.
YES. This is what I dislike most about the stage.I honestly wish the stage hadn’t been built quite so wide. Having the edge of the stage somewhat close to the food service exits makes the whole place feel like two separate half-Festhauses, instead of one big and fully impressive place.
I'm not a big fan of theme park entertainment either, but I do feel many of the actors, singers and dancers are actually pretty talented. I believe the problem lies more in the mediocre-at-best material they're given to work with, and the tired old songs they're forced to sing (likely because they're the only songs the park is able to license - or at least license at a price they can afford/are willing to pay). One of the reasons I miss Enchanted Lab so much is because the content was original (a clear rip-off of the Sorcerer's Apprentice, yes, but presented in an original way) and it was obvious every detail about the show was designed by a talented team. Although many of the actors who played Northrup may never have made it as Broadway stars, the audience could clearly see they had talent because they weren't hampered by mediocre material.I hate shows. Sorry. Let me rephrase that, I hate bad acting, singing, storytelling and dancing. Therefore, I usually can't stand theme park "entertainment."
That being said, the one show I kind of liked was TIO and I'll never forgive BGW for ripping out the elevating stage and replacing it with... well, everything that has come since. If nothing else, the rising stage was a neat effect that never got tired. Also, TIO required real musicians to play real music.
Anyways, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, Scott Gasparich can suck it.