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RE: The MOB
(08-13-2018 12:11 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(08-13-2018 11:50 AM)Tomball Owl Wrote:  Maybe the MOB can do a "Throwback Thursday" show and do all the old favorites mentioned in this thread?
The list so far of MOB Classics we'd like to hear again:
Viva Max March
London Homesick Blues
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Al
Others?
That would be a heck of a halftime...at least for those of us of a certain vintage.

I'd just like to see the script that would tie them all together. Kind of to MOB as "Mamma Mia" is to ABBA.

We always have a "non sequitur show" waiting for us to not perform it.

I can still play "Viva Max" from memory, and it's been 38 years since we've had it in the book.

"Who is our audience?" is one of the things that we are continually asking and teaching. The answer/lesson is anything but simple.
One of the most common complaints about MOB shows is that the in-jokes make no sense to anyone outside of The MOB.

If we play your requests, and build a show around them, how many people will get it?
How vocal will they be in their approval?
Will everyone on the east side of the stadium be scratching their heads?

Elements of the audience: current Rice students, current opponent students, young alumni (both entities), older alumni (both entities), and to a much smaller extent - the general public.
Perhaps the smallest group (although we're hoping that changes) is The MOB itself.
The audience is a disparate group - finding the place where the circles of the Venn diagram overlap is really, really hard most of the time.
Most of the time, we have to choose just one or two.

Back when the student section was two sections of seats, and full of students - they were a good target audience. More recently, not so much.

More often than not, of late, our opponents have been an unknown quantity. Easier to just ignore them when we write, than try something trite (like the "Steam Rice!" posters we see on road trips).
It was so much easier to write for the SWC.

There's another aspect - quite often, if we base part of the show on the tune itself, no one really gets it, because the point we're trying to make is one line, the title, the original band, something - and it just gets lost.

Back when I was the script coordinator, the target audience in the back of my mind was the people in the press box. I understood that this was a tiny group, but it was still my audience. I could write for others as well, but I craved a nod from someone up there as much as I wanted rousing cheers from the fans.

I lived for a chuckle from J. Fred or a nod and a smile from Wally Pryor.

If any of you have an idea how to work these songs in, please - let us know.
08-13-2018 09:15 PM
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The overlap of the Venn diagram is, quite simply, “Your Mom” jokes.

Except at Tulsa 03-wink
08-15-2018 08:35 PM
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