What’s involved in the book sales?
- First, there is no minimum number of items you must sell to receive the discount. Just follow the procedure below and enjoy the discount.
- Before your event, you will receive loaner books, posters and a copy-ready order form for Lucas’ books and CDs. All you need to do is copy the order form and send one home with each participating student 3-4 school days before Lucas’ visit, collect them in one place and give them to Lucas when he arrives.
- Students who pre-order will get their items that day. Post-orders are usually collected for a week after the performance. Mail these orders to Lucas and items will be autographed and shipped (at Lucas’ expense) to the school within a week.
- Normally, checks are made out to Lucas’ company, BioRhythms Publishing LLC, and he will take care of all the sales tax.
What does our facility need to provide?
Unless air travel is required, Lucas provides for all his A/V needs (PA system, microphone, projector, laptop and screen). All you will need to provide is electricity and a display table . Lucas may make use of your screen if it’s in the right location, but if not, he will have a screen of his own.
A full-day visit usually consists of four, 45-50 min. programs. You may also opt for additional, SHORTER shows (e.g. five 40-min. shows) but it’s usually best to go with the 45-50 minute programs.
Lucas really shines with 1st to 5th grades but he frequently works with pre-K, K and 6th grades. Middle and high school students are typically less receptive.
How should we divide the groups? What’s the maximum audience size?
This depends on your venue to some degree. Theaters/Performing Arts Centers often have 500-1000, but for schools, it is recommended that 3rd-5th-grade audiences be limited to 300 or fewer and primary grades ty to keep it under 175-200.
A few notes:
It is tempting to have BIGGER groups with the younger students because their bodies are smaller. Unfortunately, this can set them up to lose focus and reduce the potential for really learning from the experience.
Try not to combine grades more than 2-3 years apart at any given show (e.g. don’t put pre-K in with 5th grade).
School groups are limited to 375 kids per show unless they have express permission from Lucas. Your students will get much more out of the experience if they’re in groups of 150-250.
We’re a school so where should we have the shows?
If your groups can fit in the library that’s usually the best place, even if it’s a little crowded. If not, then cafeterias, gyms, performance halls, or extra classrooms work fine, too. Unless the group is over about 250-300 kids, Lucas usually prefers to perform on the same level as the kids (i.e., on the floor rather than up on a stage). Larger groups may require a stage to assure that everyone can see. Here’s a seating diagram for more info about how Lucas usually arranges things.
How much does it cost?
This varies widely depending on venue, location, time of year, size of the audience and many more factors. Please contact Lucas and he’ll be happy to provide a quick and easy quote for your event.
It takes at least 45 minutes for both set-up and strike (take-down) time.
Performing arts centers, elementary school programs, public libraries, and nature festivals are Lucas’ forte. Outdoor festivals with a lot of other activites happening at once, not so much.