What happens at a Marie Gogo and Don Guinn Show? (Seniors Entertainment))
Toronto based Don and Marie like to arrive an hour before the starting time of their performance together. While they're setting up the sound system, props table and dressing room, they like to talk with the early birds, residents or club members and staff. (If this is a new venue for them, this chatting and joking around gives them a chance to, in essence, warm up some of the crowd ahead of time. It allows for a degree of comfort that might not exist between and audience and new entertainers. Once relationships have begun between the performers and the audience members, a comfort level starts to grow and the some of the audience members will be more likely to laugh and sing along and interact during the show.) They also do a sound check to assure that their music will never be too loud.
The show begins. Don plays a theme tune for Marie's entrance and Marie will enter wearing a costume, usually a pretty dress, that is appropriate to the theme of the show they are presenting. They will perform approximately eight songs with some humour and dialoque interspersed, while Marie will often change her hat or make use of a prop or instrument that has been placed on the table.
While Marie goes to the dressing room to change into a different dress, Don's piano solo entertains the audience while giving them a chance to talk amongst themselves for a couple of minutes.
Marie returns, looking charming in another vintage style outfit and the two performers do another eight or so songs with dialogue and humour. They thanks everyone and end the show. Don and Marie take their time packing up so that they may chat with audience members who stick around to talk. Unless they have to dash off to another gig, the duo loves to continue to converse with the remaining audience members.
And that's about it. Another satisfied audience and two satisfied performers are left with smiles on their faces