Roving Characters

Roving characters at your event has got to be one of the most effective ways to give the visitors a special sense of personal involvement with the event. They are often the most photographed feature of the day/evening and therefore frequently end up in photo albums, web blogs , office newsletters etc. spreading the joy (publicity) even further than you imagined.

John Cleese and (his then wife) Alyce Faye Eichelberger meet “Flitter”

John Cleese and (his then wife) Alyce Faye Eichelberger meet “Flitter”

Employed as ‘Meet and Greet’ characters, these skilled performers can ad-lib a welcome, promote a cause or product, or just ‘break the ice’ with guests on arrival. Sometimes they may be required to just “look good” and be silent if that is more appropriate for the occasion – such as functions for government heads of state or where special sensitivity is required (the human statue is typical of this form of entertainment).

Roving characters have been made so popular since their inclusion at Disneyland with characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. So much so that in now seems to be that all ‘fun parks’ have permanent roving characters on site to ensure there is a certain ‘human’ touch to be had by all visitors.

Celebrites attending the 2009 Mickey Mouse Magic Party, Disneyland Paris, Marne La Vallee, France. (March 28, 2009 - Photo by Photo Agency)

Celebrites attending the 2009 Mickey Mouse Magic Party, Disneyland Paris, Marne La Vallee, France. (March 28, 2009 - Photo by Photo Agency)

All roving characters are NOT the same. The “Mascot” suit style, who commonly ‘mime’ their way through a venue are not to be considered in the same class as ‘actors’ who don a costume and become the ‘mind, body and soul’ of their character. The later are far more skilled adding voice, humor and are  most often more engaging and aware of the sensitiveness of the patrons who may not be fully comfortable the approaches of a Para-normal character.

Larger than life, the roving characters are a wonderful inclusion in many occasions, from weddings to public festivals; they are unmissable colour and commotion. Adding smiles and laughter to faces and content photos, roving characters are a must have for all the best reasons.

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