Here at Viva HQ we love to thrill, surprise and entertain our clients. We particularly enjoy creating a live entertainment solution, when there are restrictions with the venue – or brief due to previous experiences. This was the case with a recent After Dinner Entertainment option we provided for a very happy client.
The client was new in her role within a large organisation. She wanted to impress, but she was aware of a previous ‘interactive’ entertainment, that had offended the CEO’s wife. There were also restrictions at the venue: mainly about sound levels.
The Brief: The client wanted 30 minutes of live entertainment; fun, interactive, engaging and one that would have the guests laughing – and talking about it in the office the following day.
The Guests: 50 guests. These were office based guests within the organisation, and included all levels of personnel. The age group was mixed but the majority of the guests were over 40.
Restrictions: The client shared that at the previous party, a singing waiters/firemen act had been booked, but unfortunately certain aspects of the act and the behaviour of the actors had offended guests – particularly the CEO’s wife… It became clear that we should be mindful of guests’ personal space and that guests still enjoy entertainment even if they are just watching! The party was located in the room next to the hotel restaurant, and the restaurant manager was concerned that the sound levels would disturb his guests, so Viva’s operations manager agreed that he would be involved in setting the sound levels for the entertainment before the guests arrived.
The entertainment: it was decided NOT to have a ‘surprise’ element to the entertainment, but to start performing after the main course of the dinner. 30 minutes of interactive songs, where guests would be encouraged to join in. The songs, which included ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘The Time Warp’ and ‘Hey Big Spender’ were performed by two of our excellent West End Music Theatre specialists with our sound/stage manager joining in the fun, encouraging guests to participate.
The songs were approved by the client, who of course knew the guests.
In order to engage the guests, Viva provided a huge box of props for the guests to ‘play with’.
Some of the ladies – and, um, a couple of the gentlemen loved wearing wigs for the ‘Dancing Queen’ sequence.
These inflatable microphones were very popular with the guests; this was “Karaoke” with a difference!
One of the songs programmed was ‘YMCA’ and we had bought six character hats to go with the characters from the song. 6 burly blokes went to the front of the room with hats and led the iconic moves. Cheesy?? What?? Of course!
Some wannabe rock stars grabbed the inflatable guitars and were ‘air guitaring’ during the entertainment. We also provided hats, feather boas and inflatable saxophones. By the end of the entertainment, everyone was up and dancing, and the guests kept the props!
Feedback: The following morning, many guests had their props and more than one inflatable microphone and guitar is ‘resident’ as a running joke in head office of the organisation! The client was absolutely thrilled. She said “Wow, this was brilliant and perfect for the event. You really listened to the brief and delivered even more. The props were perfect. Thanks”.