In a brilliant stroke, interactive phone texting finds its place in the audience spotlight at student show
How do you keep an theatre full of adolescents occupied while they wait for the curtain to rise?
Set up a big screen on stage, ask them a question, then provide a phone number to which they can text their replies. Within seconds, they will be happily chattering away, responding to the flow messages as a group -- with laughter and applause, as if a real show were going on.
When the show is ready to start, the audience is already primed to follow what is about to unfold.
Brilliant doesn't even begin to describe this stroke of interactive pre-theatre.
It happened this afternoon at Voices With inReach, the first of a series of cross-disciplinary shows Theatre Gargantua has created with students from two Toronto-area high schools.