Vote of the week: Being the audience volunteer in a show
One of my earliest theme park memories was being picked to be the freckle-faced kid on a cable car during a faux "Rice-A-Roni" commercial that was "filmed" on the Studio Tour at Universal Studios in Hollywood back in the early 1970s.
Apparently, I have a knack for getting picked for on-stage roles in Universal shows. Almost everytime I went to the old Alfred Hitchcock show at Universal Studios Florida, I got picked to play the role of "Mother." It got to the point where, one time, an employee was telling me where to stand and I burst out laughing. "I'm sorry," I told her. "But I've played this part four times already!"
I was expecting the Universal Police to swoop in a throw me out for the crime of multiple "Mother"-hood, but instead the employee just smiled, left me alone and split for a quick break.
So, that brings us to this week's vote:
If you answered 'yes,' please tell us your story, in the comments.
The only time I was a volunteer was at the Studio Backlot Tour back when it was MGM Studios in Disney World. I was picked to be in the boat where they drench you in water. This was about 11 years ago, and looking back at it, I should have had more fun with it! Being suited up in an all yellow raincoat & hat was goofy, but back then I was "too cool for school" and always tried to act tough. If I saw myself now, I'd say "DUDE, you're at DISNEY WORLD... how tough can you be??? SMILE!!!"
I was picked for a show at Warner Bros Movie World in Australia to be an extra in a blue screen show. This just didn't happen once - it happened to me on both visits a few years apart!
I've never been picked and I'm not so sure I would ever want to be. I enjoy watching others making fools of themselves too much :-P
i was picked the first half hour of my first trip to usf ever,in my life.
I am sort of shy so when they say they need volounteers I slouch down in the seat so they can't see me.
Ha! That's funny, I was also one of the raincoat-wearing, submarine-driving volunteers at the Backlot Tour at Disney-MGM, but this was w-a-a-a-y back in 1990. I was just out of college, trying to impress a female friend I went with to the park with - she took a picture and I can tell I wasn't very impressive ;)
In December 2006, my wife's brother and I were selected to "act" during the special effect explanation part of the Studio Backlot Tour. Luckily, this "Pearl Harbour set" does not ask for great talent... ;-) Lots of water however but we were well covered and, just before the show, castmembers wisely told us to remove any water sensible things (watch, cell phone, ect).
I slouch down in my seat, too, and usually try to not sit near the aisles. I'd rather watch other people get goofed on.
I think I have the Niles-effect as I'm always picked.
Every year at Six Flags over Georgia, they have a show titled Dr Fright's Dead Man's party, which runs during their Halloween celebration, Fright Fest. I have to say I have been selected at least FIVE times to sit in the 'hot seat' for this very same show! All the volunteer has to do is allow the 'zombie' cast to escort them to an on stage rolling cage during a particular segment of this high-energy show and just sit there as the cast sings and dances their hearts out all around - no acting needed! This show has enjoyed a good run from its 1994 Fright Fest debut up until last year. With the Six Flags' chain switching over to video based shows for the regular season, it remains to be seen whether or not the live action shows will still run during the Halloween season.
I got to do "Pearl Harbor Attack" before the Backlot Tour. My two other brothers got to do it too! It was great.
First time ever at the old EarthQuake ride, I was picked to pull the rope which collapsed the pillar.
I was the "mechanic" and my wife was the "captain" on the Backlot Tour/Catastrophe Canyon at Disney's Hollywood Studios. My wife was also chosen as the "scare victim" for the Gory, Gruesome Horror Make-up Show at USF...
I was also picked to do the boat attack scene on the Backlot Tour. I ended up being the one swabbing the deck on the PT boat, so I figured I'd make the most of it. During the strafing run I was jumping and running around trying to dodge the bullets, and when the torpedo came, I hit the deck so fast that I dumped my glasses.
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