The Grand Paradise is a show set in a 1970's beach resort. I don't want to give too much away, but the show explores themes of growing as a person, exploring desires, and the philosophy of being human. The dancing, singing, and acting was incredible. What I found so amazing about it is that the show blurs the lines of reality. I didn't expect that I would lose the sense of being just an observer. I truly felt that I was a guest at this beach resort and was interacting with their quirky staff.
What to expect at an immersive theater show:
- Dress comfortably. It goes against theater logic to not wear a fabulous outfit and heels, but you really want to be comfortable. You'll be moving around a lot, and often in the dark. I chose to wear a 70's jumpsuit to fit in with the theme of the show. For shoes I chose to play it safe and wore white sneakers, but I would have been fine in flats or clogs. Oliver wore nice jeans, a nice shirt, and nikes and was comfortable moving around.
- Be prepared to be separated from your group. Embrace it! For Grand paradise we generally were separated into groups of 2-4, if you're lucky you may get a one on one experience with a performer, which a few people in our group (myself included), got to do. I encourage you to embrace getting lost with a few strangers. It helps make the world feel more real. At the end you can all get together and relay what you got to do and experience!
- Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Myself and all the people who attended with me were all performers, so I think we fell into the participation easier. I could tell some other audience members weren't as comfortable. I encourage you to embrace the strangeness and not to be self conscious. It'll make your experience so much better!