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EVENT REQ: Star Wars In Concert - San Jose, 10/11
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nebelwerfer wrote:
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Where were your seats for the first show, Tom?


center, nosebleed level, right where the stagelights were pointed at, and next to a little kid who wouldn't shut up.


I'm sure he was just excited. Probably how I would've been at that age. At least he wasn't some "bonehead" adult who wouldn't shut up! lol


My pics from both shows:

http://s43.photobucket.com/albums/e385/JedHead1/Star%20Wars%20In%20Concert%2010-11-09/?start=all


I'd like to add others from people (if that's OK) since I missed seeing other members (like everyone else).

Yay, Endor Base!





Is anyone going to do a Mission Report? I've noticed none of the other bases that have had the concert already has done one yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JedHead wrote:


Is anyone going to do a Mission Report? I've noticed none of the other bases that have had the concert already has done one yet.


Matt, I mentioned in the Yahoo Group I am in the middle of typing one up. Please be patient - somehow I keep getting distracted with a lot of e-mails. LOL! I've had a word document opened for over 24 hours. haha!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops. Sorry, Kathy. Must've missed that.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GGG's pics from Karen L:

http://goldengategarrison.com/gallery2/v/Main/swconcert
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JedHead wrote:
GGG's pics from Karen L:

http://goldengategarrison.com/gallery2/v/Main/swconcert


Thanks for the link Matt. It's fun seeing how things looked on the other end of the concourse that I was never able to make it to. It looked much less crowded! (Maybe those photos were taken before the place got totally packed?)
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:00 am    Post subject: Mission Report Reply with quote

Here's that mission report. I wrote a book!

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=265139#265139

Mission Report: Star Wars in Concert
HP Pavilion, San Jose Ca
10/11/09
2:00pm Matinee and 7:00pm show



PHOTOS:

Kay Dee’s http://imageevent.com/kay_dee/rebellegion/starwarsinconcertsanjose
Jed Head’s http://s43.photobucket.com/albums/e385/JedHead1/Star%20Wars%20In%20Concert%2010-11-09/?start=all
Karen L (501st) http://s43.photobucket.com/albums/e385/JedHead1/Star%20Wars%20In%20Concert%2010-11-09/?start=all
Chris http://s184.photobucket.com/albums/x91/EBTrooper/Events/SW%20In%20Concert%2010-11-09/?start=all
Consetta http://www.goldengategarrison.com/gallery2/v/Members/101109/
Alison's: http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc25/Taeriell/Fandom/events/Star%20Wars%20in%20Concert/RL%20at%20SW%20in%20Concert/
Scott and Jessica's: http://gallery.me.com/runamuk#100287&bgcolor=black&view=grid

This was such an amazing event to be a part of! Not only was the concert itself fantastic, the crowds of enthusiastic fans were all such a pleasure to meet and interact with. Not to mention the teamwork between Rebel Legion, 501st and even our local San Francisco Fan Force couldn’t have been better. I’d like to start off by giving a big thanks to Ed DaSilva (Exodus), who is also the XO of the 501st Golden Gate Garrison. Shortly after the tour was announced, he opened the door for me to communicate with SW in Concert Production staff and Mary Franklin, and I asked if there would be an opportunity for the Rebel Legion be added to the volunteer roster and take part in the event as they had in England. Thanks to Mary Franklin’s endorsement of the Rebel Legion, we were brought on board nation wide for the concert events along with the 501st Legion!

The HP Pavilion in San Jose hosted back to back concerts at 2:00pm and again at 7:00pm. We were instructed to arrive no sooner than 1 hour before doors opened to the public (the production staff was very busy – and wouldn’t be ready for us until that time.). A few of us grabbed a meal to go at a nearby pub, and then met up at HP Pavilion between 11:30 and 11:45. Keirsten (SW in Concert Production Assistant) met up with us and escorted us into the facility, working with HP staff to find a changing room for us. Some time around 12:15 we set up camp in one of the balconies, and curtains were installed to hide us from the view of the public in the arena.



Meet and Greet Time


Our matinee crew suited up, and then scattered themselves throughout the concourse to meet and greet the concert goers as they entered the building shortly after 12:30pm. Some costume volunteers found backdrops to pose in front of; some positioned themselves in doorway alcoves along the wall so that they wouldn’t block the hallway too badly. Every costume volunteer, from Stormtrooper to Generic Jedi, was surrounded on all sides with families lining up to take photos. All of the young Padawans in attendance were thrilled to have real live Jedi to pose with. Adults and kids were happy to meet Stormtroopers and Biker Scouts. The Biker Scout had a great strategy; he positioned himself right outside our changing room doorway so he could quickly duck in and out for quick breaks without assistance. The Stormtroopers were not too far away from our changing room, but once the crowds entered the facility it was nearly impossible for them to move. Here we have RL member Jessica (Jeslyn), who signed up as a handler through the 501st, escorting fellow GGG member Brian back to the dressing room.



Thank goodness for our handlers!

I realize every venue is set up differently, but with the nearly sold out show and narrow sections of the concourse, we had serious bottle necks where people were stopping to look at the costume exhibits or stopping to take photos of costume characters. Moving from one place to another was very slow. And it turned out the non-costumed handlers really saved the day as they could at least move around without being stopped and help round members up, hand out the complimentary concet tickets, or help lead costume characters out of a crowd if they were getting tired and needed a break. 501st and Rebel Legion members owe Jessica a huge thanks for stepping up to help out as a handler, and keeping her Juno costume packed away in the changing room. Crying or Very sad

Viewing the exhibit


It’s also very challenging to see any of the exhibit displays once the public is let into the venue. I even ran into a LFL archives employee who couldn’t believe she couldn’t make it over to Vader to check out the display!



If anyone is seriously interested in looking at the displays and has an opportunity to volunteer through the Rebel Legion, I strongly suggest you either 1) attend two shows if there are two in your area. Sit one show out and look at the exhibits when people are seated for the concert. 2) If you can come fully dressed in costume, you can use the 45 minutes or so when members are changing into costume to wander the concourse and look at the exhibit before the doors open to the public.

Merchandising, Merchandising!


So what about the merchandise? There was so much great schwag; it made it very difficult to choose just a few items. There are zip up hoodies, several t-shirts with tour dates on the back, and several women’s T-shirts. My personal favorites were the Women’s Leia T-shirt (holding a flute instead of a blaster) and the gray & pink Leia hoodie! There were lenticular posters, huge color programs printed on heavy stock paper, Vader coffee mugs, tote bags… and the items to sell out the fastest were the caps. They sold out before the end of the first show (boy were the Tolosa’s bummed). I suggest if someone is a costume volunteer, you could line up at the booth just before doors open to the public so you can beat the crowd and be first in line to quickly make a purchase (they won’t sell you anything before doors open, we tried). You can then run it back to your changing room and use the remainder of the time to entertain the crowds. There is also a long enough intermission to run and purchase items during the intermission. You could wait until after the show is over, but you do risk having items sold out by then (unless all you want is a program, there are plenty of those).



Watching the Concert

Our volunteers for HP Pavilion got lucky and were given some great seats to watch the show just behind the sound board, center of the arena. The SW in Concert production staff was also very accommodating to our costumers. The said that as long as we removed helmets and could remain seated for the duration of the show (there are two 45 minute segments) we did not have to worry about taking time to change out of costume before the show. Thank goodness! This made our lives so much easier. The concert itself was fantastic. There are some pyrotechnic surprises that leave the audience members in the first few rows feeling pretty toasty! Hearing a live symphony perform along with a montage of memorable Star Wars scenes was truly a great experience. Having Anthony Daniels narrate the story of Star Wars was like icing on the cake.

No Resting – time to prep for the 7:00 show!

As soon as the 2:00 show let out it was time for the next wave of volunteers to arrive and prepare for the 7:00 show. The SW in Concert staff welcomed our 2:00 volunteers to stay on for the 7:00 show, even if they were not originally signed up or the volunteer list had been filled. “The more the merrier!” they said. Those who had already purchased their own ticket for 2:00 were welcome to a complimentary ticket for the 7:00 show and had the option of either dressing down or keeping their costume on. I think all of our Endor Base members had so much fun, they kept their costumes on and posed for photos with Star Wars fans when the 7:00 doors opened. We were joined by more 501st stormtroopers, clone troopers, Rebel Fleet troopers, a Jedi, Slave Leia, ANH Leia (me), Ben Kenobi, and a Tusken for the evening show. After seeing the crowds at the 2:00 show, we agreed that we should all team up with another member when wandering and posing for photos. Our Slave Leia, Shea, teamed up with our tallest Jedi who was able to shroud her with his cloak when they walked to and from the changing room, and he kept overly aggressive fan boys at bay when posing for pictures (I heard some tried to push poor Scott out of the way!) There were many fun moments. Matt Tolosa (JedHead) was stopped to sign autographs, and I was spotted in T-shirt and Jeans with my Leia buns done up by a little girl who said “Mommy, I think that’s the real Princess Leia!” as if she spotted Carrie Fisher incognito attending the show. I can only really speak about my own experiences, but when I had a sweet little 2 year old toddler walk right up and hug my leg when I was dressed as Leia, it reminded me of why it’s so important to have both the Heroes and the Imperials at family events like this and I was happy to have been a part of it. Great job Endor Base members - you should be proud highfive


VOLUNTEERS:

2:00PM
1) Phavorianne (Lily) Battle Arena
2) Anasian Skywalker (Dale Tolosa) - . X-wing Pilot
3) Nebelwerfer (Tom) Luke Bespin
4) Runamuk (Scott) Generic Jedi
5) Jedhead (Matt Tolosa) - Luke Return of the Jedi

Dual members from 501st:
1. Chris - ScoutTrooper
2. Jesslyn (Jessica) – Handler
3. Dark Skywalker (Roberto) - Darth Vader (pre-armor from Revenge of the Sith)
4. Exodus (Ed) - Handler

7:00PM
1) Trooperdad (Don G.) - Rebel Fleet Trooper
2) Taeriel (Alison) Generic Jedi
3) Kay Dee (Kathy) ANH Princess Leia
4) Mother Tusken (Bette) - Female Tusken
5) Zach Da Attack (Zach G.) - Rebel Fleet Trooper
6) Crazy Old Wizard (Barry) - ANH Obi-Wan "Ben"
7) JainaSolo (Shea) Slave Leia 8 ) Anasian Skywalker (Dale Tolosa) - X-wing Pilot
8 ) Phavorianne (Lily) Battle Arena
9) Runamuk (Scott) Generic Jedi
10) Jesslyn (Jessica) - Handler

Dual members from 501st:
1) JedHead (Matt Tolosa) Vader – pre-armor
2) Tionne Hawk (Bridget) TIE Pilot
3) Ciscotiger (Anthony) Stormtrooper
4) Nas-Ric Tenretni (Chris) – Scouttrooper
5) Dark Skywalker (Roberto) - Darth Vader (pre-armor from Revenge of the Sith)[/quote]
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report Kathy and what a turnout!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I'm late with my pictures, but between the power outage due to the storm and work, this is the first chance I've had to go through them and get them uploaded. Here they are: Taeriel's RL pictures. I have more pictures from SFFF and the exhibit that I'll get done later.

To echo what Kathy and others have said: people really did appreciate seeing us at the event. As I was leaving the 7pm show, I saw one of the families who had taken pictures with us earlier. Their son, probably around 5-6yrs old and in a Jedi costume, asked to see my lightsaber again and was just thrilled by the whole thing. His mother wanted to thank us for volunteering at the event, saying that the costumed characters really made it an amazing experience for the children.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the photos and the story Alison!

We also got this message from Wendy, who was one of the production assistants:

"It was great working with your group! I'm glad everyone had a good time. We love seeing peoples' eyes light up when they see you guys on the concourse - especially the kids. You guys were the icing on the cake! Thanks to everyone for their patience and for being a important part of the experience. Take care,

Wendy"

We were told by Betsy they will be making a donation to charity on behalf of the Golden Gate Garrison and Endor Base. (Either Make-A-Wish or Foster a Dream). We'll post an update when we get confirmation.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look what I found hiding in Scott and Jessica's photo album Wink

http://gallery.me.com/runamuk#100287&bgcolor=black&view=grid
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sent Mary Franklin the Endor Base group photos (the originals, not a link). Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JedHead wrote:
I sent Mary Franklin the Endor Base group photos (the originals, not a link). Wink


Now that I found Scott and Jessica's version of those photos, I think their turned out in better focus. They got clearer shots on their camera. (Maybe if we ask nice they'll burn us a DVD - LOL!)
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