Selecting a Recital Venue

Jeffrey E. Salzberg

As we recover from this year's onslaught of recitals, we can take solace in the fact that...soon it will be time to start planning next year's performance.

I would never dream of telling you how to organize the dancers, set the order of performance, or deal with difficult parents (my suggestions in this last instance would probably be illegal, anyway), but as a lighting designer and facility manager, I'd like to offer a few tips on choosing a venue that -- if followed -- might make your life easier...or at least less difficult.

There will probably never be a recital that is totally free of stress, but doing your homework before renting a facility -- and getting it all down in writing -- can save you endless hours of grief and frustration...and let you concentrate on what's really important -- showing off your students to their best advantage.