Wow….what a GREAT time out. Our compliments to the City of Pleasanton and their exquisite and state-of-art Firehouse Arts Center. We’ve been performing for over 45 years and this venue now ranks number one on our list. The matinee performance was sold out weeks in advance and met all our expectations and more on performance day. By the way, very nice promotional pieces and efforts really paid off. Everything went perfect, from the moment the day started stopping off at the Bernal Safeway to pick up our stage bouquet of long stem yellow roses prepared by Liz in the Floral Department (which we give away after our performance) to the group dinner at the Pasta Trattoria restaurant in downtown Pleasanton to celebrate and cap off our successful and fun filled performance.
The performance went great. A big thanks to the Sanders Boys, Bill and Scott for making another hit with the audience and adding so much energy and fun to our show. The audience enthusiasm and energy energized us as well. There was a Veterans Luncheon going on up stairs at the Firehouse Arts Theater that got a head start on us and brought a lot of their fun and enthusiasm to our show. It was great to meet some of these folks and have them in the audience. Thanks for your service.
The Load-in went as smooth and convenient as could be……ease of drop-off and pick-up was great. The Firehouse Staff was as professional and easy to work with that one could want. A big thanks to the Bob, Karl, John, Chase and all the friendly ushers, volunteers and folks working the front lobby. The ambiance and acoustics of the Theater Show Room were the best we’ve worked in. We heard nothing but complements from the comfortable seating to the perfect sound levels. The “Art Director”, John handled the stage set up, props and lighting details in record time….and did an outstanding job during the show with some bright spots, fades to black and warm hues for the appropriate times and tunes, while Karl went through the sound check in record time with excellent results in providing those special effects to perfection.
The accommodations were the best we’ve had. Well lit, clean, mirrored and monitor-equipped Change Rooms, clothes rack, ample seating and convenient restroom …..all were excellent, and hats off to the designer and maintenance crew. The comfortable Green Room was the “frosting on the Top”….very easy to relax and do some pre-show prep….and again with a stage monitor to keep an eye on things…..TOP NOTCH. The food, snacks, deli selections and deserts were perfect…along with the available water supply on/off stage and coffee/tea, hot water and soft drinks. The whole experience and every detail was handled and managed to perfection. A big shout out and thanks to Rob Vogt for making this all happen and his assistant and stand-in Bob Elliot who did an outstanding job as afternoon MC…..and their total support staff. GREAT job, and we’re looking forward to a return engagement.
We heard the ticket sales were great and went very smooth…..enough interest after we sold-out that we could’ve added another show….excellent work on the promotional pamphlet. That was great to hear as this was like returning to our Home Base, having played 12 years down the road at the Danville Hotel and Restaurant. It was great to see and visit with a lot of familiar faces from our Danville days especially at this classy venue in Pleasanton.
Thanks again, City of Pleasanton for the pleasure of performing in your state-of-the art Fireside Arts Center. We’re looking forward to a return engagement.