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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE TEATIME THEATRE PROJECT



1.  Why would I, as a tearoom owner, choose to become involved with The Teatime Theatre Project?

- A theatre production in a tearoom is novel enough to easily attract the attention of the public and the media, hence putting your tearoom in the spotlight.

- The novelty also makes for a memorable experience for your guests - one where your tearoom features prominently.

- You'll likely attract theatre goers who have never stepped foot in your establishment, hence potentially increasing your client base.

- The support those coming on board receive make this special event exceptionally easy.

- It adds to your bottom line.

- It is deeply satisfying to see your house filled with guests laughing and hugely enjoying themselves.

 

2. Does my becoming part of The Teatime Theatre Project mean Gilded Lily Publishing will be bringing a cast and play to my tearoom?

No. The project is designed to help tearoom owners see the possibilities of live theater in their establishment. While much support will be provided, those joining this 2-year project will connect on their own with a theatre company working in their community. You are, however, asked to use one of Gilded Lily Publishing's plays.

 

3. Rather than contracting with a theater company, could these plays be presented informally by enthusiastic friends or clients?

While the project was not designed for this, there's no reason to deny this approach. The production then becomes a theatre reading and the following should be considered:

- Theatre readings can still include costuming and props. Your readers do "play" their character, but they usually have not memorized the script. They generally hold the script and actually read from it.

- It can be more difficult to fill the house with a theatre reading rather than with an actual play.

- Readings are very Victorian and while the plays are not, this could still be played up to work in your favor, especially if your tearoom is Victorian or you are in or near a historic district.

- This approach needs to be made quite clear in your advertising to avoid unhappy guests who might think they're attending a staged production.

- Your ticket price must be less than it would be for a staged production.

- Handled correctly, a theatre reading could be a way to test the waters in your area.



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