It Seems To Be A Thin Line
"This is too hard!"
I would try to make something easy=Bored .I tried to make it more interesting="This is too hard."
Very frustrating, especially with a very small number of "bodies" to ever choose from.
The core crew here have been here in Octobers for 6 -7 yrs. They evolved, matured, found their own individual "way" of overcoming shyness and personal issues or confusion.
When it came to dialog, at first they mostly said what I had said, then they began improvising by making fun of me! Which played pretty well with the customers! Great! Go for It!
I love those "Happy" customer$! We all do.
The Most Dificult Thing Is.
For most people is, "Public Speaking'. Maybe wearing a mask or heavy, obscuring make- up may help elieviate this some for some.
Freedom, creativity, Ad-libbing? Many new actors I have seen would almost run out the door screaming when such things get mentioned.(Which all by itself would be a decent scary act !)
Asking or even hinting they might try to do such things would be like asking them to fill-in for the surgeon when he begins to operate on their Mother!
"I just Can't do This!"
Once they feel somewhat comfortable just being around customers , then is the time to put more on their "plate".
I have it doubly difficult here because my house is haunted and some people will say it doesn't affect them or they aren't upset or scared by such things... then two hours later I realise they left without saying good-bye.
"Can you work in the backyard? You should dress warmly."
"I love the outdoors, the cold doesn't bother me at all!"
Then she doesn't even show up because "The cold bothers her joints,bones". Whatever?
Over the years most of my frustration has been trying to get people to work for me and be predictable as far as just showing up when they are supposed to be here.
I was once told if you need someone to work, find someone who already is working, not camped out on Mommie's sofa for the winter.(They already have things figured out for themselves!)