He was just ok. Wanted something a little more uplifting.
Hired as: Storyteller
Response from Mlanjeni Magical Theater:
Yes, I agree with this sponsor, the performance was "Just Okay"....however, the event was quite different from what was requested. I try to emphasize to clients that we are griots, and our performances are created to match the group and event. The initial request was for a storyteller for a senior center's "Worship Event" for 25 seniors. In speaking to the client, she explained that she actually wanted a program on "Health: Mind, Body and Soul." The seniors are "religious" but that was not the desired focus. ...okay, we've done senior centers and health fairs in the past, we know how to put it together plus January is Dr. King's month, so we'll have a story there as well. We asked about the senior's mobility as our performances are storytelling in Africa's theatrical tradition, our audiences have movement and dances to perform. We were told focus on movement as some seniors may be in wheelchairs. We prepared for the event.
What we encountered was quite different from what was requested. First the event was in fact a promotional event for the Health Center. It was also a public event. Prior to our performance was an "informercial" about the Health Center and then a presentation by a pharmacist. Lunch was served...and we were introduced...
Here's where the problems occurred. First a small room overflowing with 30 people sitting and eating at tables....where we asked for chairs only.....there was absolutely no room for movement, dance and performance. None.
Two, a public event for "uplifting, religious storytelling." No. No. No. " It became clear that the sponsor did not know the seniors in attendance. Dilemma #2 -our company has guidelines about religion. We will not impose specific religious stories on public audiences... what the sponsor actually needed was "survival stories," i.e. stories on surviving "cancer," or surviving other health problems common to seniors. We are not seniors, hence we don't have these stories.. so "just ok"