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JaredBway
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Theater Gunshots#101
Posted: 11/17/19 at 11:46pm

As someone who also loathes live gunfire in theatre, I'm very happy for this thread seeing as so many people seem to get bent out of shape when anyone asks to be warned about gunfire/overly loud noises in the theatre.  I don't understand why live gunfire is still used, but it is what it is.

Hamilton rocked my socks with the omission of any live gunfire.  

What was the final verdict of Tina?  Live gunshots or pre-recorded?

 

Thanks again for assisting in calming my nerves Theater Gunshots

 

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Theater Gunshots#102
Posted: 11/18/19 at 12:05am

Oh since nobody has mentioned the current Little Shop production off-B'way, I think it should noted they use blanks for the gunshots near the end. Maybe it's because I had not seen a professional production of it before, but I assumed they would use recording. A wonderful production, but anyone who needs to know that, be wary.

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Theater Gunshots#103
Posted: 11/18/19 at 9:19am

DoTheDood said: "Oh since nobody has mentioned the current Little Shop production off-B'way, I think it should noted they use blanks for the gunshots near the end. Maybe it's because I had not seen a professional production of it before, but I assumed they would use recording. A wonderful production, but anyone who needs to know that, be wary."

Are you sure that they're blanks? To my knowledge, most productions use snare drum cracks for the gun sound. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

Updated On: 11/18/19 at 09:19 AM
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Theater Gunshots#104
Posted: 11/18/19 at 9:59am

RumTumJM said: "Are you sure that they're blanks? Do my knowledge, most productions use snare drum cracks for the gun sound. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)"

I would have thought so too, but they clearly were. There was even some smoke and sparks that came out, so I am pretty certain they were blanks.

Edit: Anyone else see the show yet to confirm this or correct if those were blanks?

Updated On: 11/18/19 at 09:59 AM
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Theater Gunshots#105
Posted: 11/18/19 at 10:18am

DoTheDood said: "RumTumJM said: "Are you sure that they're blanks? Do my knowledge, most productions use snare drum cracks for the gun sound. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)"

I would have thought so too, but they clearly were. There was even some smoke and sparks that came out, so I am pretty certain they were blanks.

Edit: Anyone else see the show yet to confirm this or correct if those were blanks?
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Now, I take it you're talking about the scene at the very end, where Seymour finally figures out the plant's motives & tries to kill it, before jumping in himself? 

Thus, I take it that there are a few, pretty loud and startling shots, in succession?

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Theater Gunshots#106
Posted: 11/18/19 at 10:35am

DoTheDood said: "RumTumJM said: "Are you sure that they're blanks? Do my knowledge, most productions use snare drum cracks for the gun sound. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)"

I would have thought so too, but they clearly were. There was even some smoke and sparks that came out, so I am pretty certain they were blanks.

Edit: Anyone else see the show yet to confirm this or correct if those were blanks?
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Re:I'm not familiar with gunhots FX forgive my description. In LSOH they sounded and looked like blanks. Seymour pulls the gun and shoots 3-4 times in slow succession along with beat of the music in Bigger Than Hula Hoops "Take that, and that, and that and that..."  There was visible smoke and sparks from the gun and you could see Seymour's hand react to power of shots kinda like how someone who's never shot off a gun would hold/react. Shots definitely did not sound like a snare. It was unexpected and startling. Only other production I've seen, Seymour used the machete to try and kill Audrey II. 

Updated On: 11/18/19 at 10:35 AM
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Theater Gunshots#107
Posted: 11/18/19 at 10:50am

Rosette3 said: "DoTheDood said: "RumTumJM said: "Are you sure that they're blanks? Do my knowledge, most productions use snare drum cracks for the gun sound. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)"

I would have thought so too, but they clearly were. There was even some smoke and sparks that came out, so I am pretty certain they were blanks.

Edit: Anyone else see the show yet to confirm this or correct if those were blanks?
"

Re:I'm not familiar with gunhots FX forgive my description. In LSOH they sounded and looked like blanks. Seymour pulls the gun and shoots 3-4 times in slow succession along with beat of the music in Bigger Than Hula Hoops "Take that, and that, and that and that..." There was visible smoke and sparks from the gun and you could see Seymour's hand react to power of shots kinda like how someone who's never shot off a gun would hold/react. Shots definitely did not sound like a snare. It was unexpected and startling. Only other production I've seen, Seymour used the machete to try and kill Audrey II.
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Thanks for the information. While I am much more anxious about going to the show now, I am glad to know. 

I would have NEVER seen this one coming.

 

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Theater Gunshots#108
Posted: 11/18/19 at 11:11am

Does anyone know about gunfire in The Girl From North Country?  I think I read somewhere it does contain gunfire.  Any more details?

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Theater Gunshots#109
Posted: 11/19/19 at 3:27pm

I've seen LSOH off bway twice and both productions did not have any gunfire. Just a gun that Seymore brings to the dentist and one other scene, but no shots fired.
So this is good info in case I see the current production.

Updated On: 11/19/19 at 03:27 PM
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Theater Gunshots#110
Posted: 11/23/19 at 2:20pm

Updating from the last time I posted this! Thanks again to everyone who reports, it's such a relief to not sit in fear for an entire show. Case in point, last night at Fefu, sitting in the front row -_- I'll give the details on that one below.

Shows I've seen recently without gunfire:
What the Constitution Means to Me (lol)
Hadestown
Tootsie (obvious)
The Sound Inside
The Height of the Storm
The Great Society

Shows with (I give as little info as possible to be prepared without spoiling the show):

Fefu and her friends

 
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There are two gun shots, and they are very loud and jarring, but the intent is broadcast before the blast. The first is near the top of the show - Fefu moves stage left and opens the doors to the garden. She picks up the rifle next to her and lets off one shot. The second is at the very end of the show. Fefu will again pick up the rifle, and exit to the garden. The gun goes off a few moments later.

 

JaredBway
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Theater Gunshots#111
Posted: 11/24/19 at 1:01pm

For Girl from the North Country a cast member told me that towards the end of the show there is a fight on stage, a character comes out and points a gun towards the ceiling and fires one shot.  It's done with blanks and isn't through the sound board.  Very loud and jarring.

Does anyone have more concrete information about the gunshots in Tina?  How many?  When?  Live or sound effects?