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Talent Show? 
14th-Mar-2014 11:54 pm
cylon head
I emailed the Dragon Con office a few weeks ago with the following question but haven't received a reply, so here it is again:

Has the con considered a talent show event? That is, one that features character performance, with costumes as a supporting element instead of the focus? The masquerade encourages skits and sketches; however, microphones are not permitted and contestants are barred from addressing the audience.

Under these rules, if someone(s) wanted to re-enact a scene from a favorite show or movie, they'd be left with ripping the sound track of it and lip synching their way through it. While that's do-able, isn't that a little grade school-ish? Wouldn't encouraging a live, mic'd performance work better, where the actor(s) had time to prepare a version of a scene and deliver it?

29th-Mar-2014 01:10 am (UTC)
We used to allow this for our cosplay contests here. Until one year.....

Basically no matter how well you vet applications someone will swear or say something or do something really inappropriate. In our case it was a different stage show but it affected us all.

Though I suspect in the US you'd have a better chance of preventing that if you have a signed contract with repercussions signed and agreed to. Even so that doesn't fix damage right there and then, when the damage happens and social media posts immediately.
29th-Mar-2014 06:06 am (UTC)
PinkDiamond, you describe an interesting problem. I think there's a way to address that -- a deposit. That is, the participants in a skit have to lay down x-number of dollars per person performing it -- I'll just pull 200 USD per person out of the air -- and sign a contractual agreement that they won't do certain things (these words are out of bounds, these words are not; these gestures are out of bounds; no anatomical displays of the following; no political endorsements or advocacy; etc). If the participants perform according to the agreement, their individual deposits are returned to them. If any one of them violates any of the terms of the agreement, the con keeps the whole, collected deposit of the all participants in that skit. I doubt there will be any individual willing to take a stage and pay 200 USD, and multiples more on behalf of additional performers, for any profanity, vulgarity or other violations.
29th-Mar-2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Interesting concept, but honestly, if I were the organizers of D*C I would not want to be bothered, and things would continue as before.
30th-Mar-2014 01:08 am (UTC)
In the course of a year, D*C isn't the only con I attend. At others I've entered the costume contest, and have always given some short spoken performance in that competition. The rules were clear enough in the moment, and none of the contestants violated them. I'm not sure what it is about D*C tradition or experience that prohibits speaking from the stage, but the example from other cons demonstrates that concern could easily be misplaced.

Edited at 2014-03-30 07:34 pm (UTC)
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