Surprise is the essence of a flash mob.
When groups plan a seemingly spontaneous eruption of the arts, they rely on going in unnoticed.
If members of the group get cold feet and seek store approval, it can blow the whole shebang.
Its better to beg for forgiveness than to ask permission, music teacher Laura Voss told her disappointed percussion class after they were not allowed to perform Tuesday morning at the Lowes on Zebulon Road.
Lets go to the Ace Hardware!
Still leery of legal repercussions of a percussion ambush, the women practiced in the parking lot on Forsyth Road before being granted permission to play inside.
What are they doing? asked one customer, who stopped to watch the Stomp performance using large wooden dowels.
A man, waiting in his work truck laden with PVC pipes, started filming on his cellphone.
The all-female class at the Academy of the Performing Arts has been studying percussive theater using a variety of household items like broomsticks, buckets and trash can lids.
The idea was to randomly grab poles from the store, rhythmically hit them together and drum up an audience for their 7:30 p.m. performance May 7 at the academy on Brookdale Avenue near Payne City.
Technically, when a group is promoting an event or marketing a product, the performance is referred to as a smart mob.
Tipping off the manager might not have been a dumb move, if the store would have prosecuted the percussionist perpetrators as trespassers.
We thought wed use tuition money for bail money if we needed it, Voss said.
Now the group thinks Ace is the place for the helpful arts aware man.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.