Our hybrid style of theater combines actors, musicians, masked dancers and multi-scaled puppet figures in original works of visual theater. These productions are designed to accommodate a wide range of venues. Most can be presented outdoors as well as on a stage. For information on our current repertoire see the Touring Shows page.
We negotiate fees in order to serve a variety of presenting organizations and reach new audiences. For performances outside of our home region block, bookings afford substantial savings. We also collaborate on grant proposals that would support our appearances.
In addition to performances, we offer workshops, parades, public ceremonies and arts-in-education programs.
Performances in Theaters
Our shows are designed for proscenium presentation. A thrust stage or in-the-round presentation will not work. We will arrive for load-in at least two hours prior to house opening. Two stagehands are needed to assist with load-in. Parking is required for our tour bus. The vehicle is an airport shuttle-size bus measuring 25′ L X 8’W X 10′ H, with NY license plate # CDW 7297.
Technical requirements vary with each production but are generally minimal. For lighting, a balanced stage wash plus a few specials. For non-traditional spaces, we can provide our own portable lighting system.
Sound-wise, we come equipped with all instruments, microphones and effects units. For performing arts centers: a direct box (DI Box) is needed for patching into the House system. Our musicians will mix their sound on a small mixing board on stage, then send that pre-mix to the House board. In small theaters and at outdoor venues we can provide our own sound system.
Weather permitting, Arm-of-the-Sea performs outdoors in a variety of settings. At festivals we generally set up on the ground adjacent to the stage. That permits the audience to simply shift their attention when our show begins.
In every situation we require a level playing area that is accessible by our tour bus. We also need electricity to power our sound system. For summer afternoon presentations it is most important to situate the audience in shaded areas.
RAIN POLICY: We cannot set up or perform in wet conditions or high winds. If there is no indoor space available as a back-up, our contract will require a non-refundable deposit. Occasionally we agree to a Raindate. If inclement weather is forecast and no indoor space is available, the presenter must contact us to cancel the performance before we begin travelling. If we travel to the event, full payment is due.For further information please contact: Patrick Wadden, Managing Director