The event begins: three professional performers, dressed and behaving exactly like the other staff, greet your guests on arrival – perhaps offering them a pre-dinner drink, finger food, a bread roll or directions to the cloak room. At no time do your guests realize these are Singing Waiters – this is the core of the Hoax: they look like waiters, they work as waiters, but they are The Three Waiters…
Alfredo is the Italian Banquet Manager, a well mannered, experienced service professional dressed impeccably in an Armani suit.
Jean-Marc (the Frenchman) is the charming and understated Wine Waiter; he is dressed exactly like the other staff. Alfredo makes two short (40sec) announcements before the show begins: one officially welcoming your guests, then later, a second announcement which ends when he sings a huge operatic note, prompting thunderous applause. He bows to the audience, but admits that it was not totally spontaneous: he was bet $50 to sing by one of your guests!
The show commences when Jean-Marc takes the stage and politely announces that another of your guests has offered him $100 to sing a full aria in Italian! The hilarious duel between French Opera and Italian Opera has begun. Jean-Marc’s aria finishes to more huge applause, but Alfredo sends him back to work saying he “will show you how Opera should be sung… by an Italian!” Soon, with a little help from the audience, Jean-Marc and Alfredo agree to settle the debate and sing a song together – when suddenly, a third waiter bursts into the room singing brilliantly and upstaging both the Frenchman and the Italian!
The Three Waiters is a dynamic vocal trio featuring professional performers hoaxing as waiters, singing everything from Verdi to Elvis. It is only at the finale that their true identities are revealed, and then The Three Waiters are gone, leaving your guests cheering!