Follow Lyric on Periscope

by Mar 18, 2016

Have you wanted to feel like you’re part of the rehearsal process for a show, but don’t have a performing bone in your body? Do you wonder how a director coaches actors into giving terrific performances, or deciding how people will move throughout a show? We have a great option for you- follow Lyric on Periscope!

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Periscope was founded in 2015 as a way to “explore the world through someone else’s eyes.” The app, which operates through your Twitter account, allows users to host a live video broadcast. Their followers will receive a notification that they have gone live, and can join the broadcast. After the broadcast has ended, it will be available on their profile to view for 24 hours. If a viewer is watching live, they have the option to send comments that will stream through the broadcaster’s video, allowing for live conversations to occur.

Lyric will be broadcasting behind the scenes interviews with actors, moments from rehearsals, and more for our upcoming production of THE FANTASTICKS. Follow us @LyricTheatre– you’ll get an alert on your smartphone every time we start broadcasting.

Now, many people get turned off at the idea of broadcasting live to the world. There is no requirement to actually broadcast! The most beneficial use of Periscope is watching and participating in the broadcasts of others, specifically professionals and celebrities or stars. This is where theatre-lovers come in. When Broadway was exposed to Periscope, it allowed producers, performers, and creative teams alike to live broadcast a few minutes of their day to eager fans. Suddenly, someone in France was able to watch a live rehearsal and talk to cast members. A young aspiring actress in Oregon was able to spend the evening backstage with her favorite Broadway actress.

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We all want to say “no, I’m not joining another social media network.” And that’s okay. But think of it as joining a Broadway or Lyric experience. The Periscope app for smart phones allows aspirations in any profession to feel like a reality. It brings humanity to the professionals you look up to and allows you the opportunity to see them in real life, unscripted, unedited, and usually unplanned.

Ready to get started? Here’s a list of avid broadcasters in the Broadway community:

@LyricTheatre We will be broadcast behind-the-scenes looks at our upcoming shows!

@BroadwayCom Daily broadcasts at 5pm EST known as “Live At Five”

@BroadwayWorld Often broadcasts from press-previews of new performances

@JordanRoth President of Jujamcyn Theaters, broadcasts a little bit of everything

@MichaelJMoritz Broadway producer, broadcasts various events and awards ceremonies

@BroadwayGirlNYC Broadcasts behind-the-scenes of special industry events

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