Stage Manager's Toolkit Templates and Communication Techniques to Guide Your Theatre Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

ISBN-10: 0415663199
ISBN-13: 9780415663199
Edition: 2013
Authors: Laurie Kincman
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

As a Stage Manager, you are the clearinghouse of information in every production; you are responsible for organizing rehearsals, running performances, and keeping everything and everyone on track and in order. Simply put, to do this job you need to be a communication maverick-able to express ideas, schedules, and reminders as effectively as possible. Stage Management: Communication Techniques for the Production Process is not another overview book that generalizes how to be a Stage Manager and glosses over the nitty-gritty details of the day-to-day duties. This book tells you exactly what you need to do-and how!-to be the best at your job. It provides a comprehensive account of the role of the stage manager with a focus on communication best practices-on paper and face-to-face. This book outlines the communication objectives for the stage manager, the paperwork to be created, and the necessary questions to be answered in order to ensure success in every stage of a show: pre-production, rehearsal, the tech period, and performance. Customizable templates for common paperwork can found on the companion website, cutting down valuable time wasted creating new documents for each new show. In short, this book gives you the skills and tools you need to be an effective communicator, ensuring a smooth and trouble-free production whether on Broadway, at a university, or somewhere in between.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Stage Manager as Communicator
Avenues of Communication
Face-to-Face Communication
Written Communication
Principles of Document Design
Identifying Your Audience
Page Layout
Fonts
Color and Shading
Accessibility
Continuity
What's in a Name?
Ready to Begin
Pre-Production
Given Circumstances
The Calendar
Analyzing the Production
The Character/Scene Breakdown
Meeting with the Director
Meeting the Production Team
The Prop List
Auditions
The Contact Sheet
Thinking about the SM Team
Next Steps
The Prompt Book
Organizing the Prompt Book
Preparing the Prompt Script
The Script for the Musical
Ready for Launch
Rehearsals
First Rehearsal
Table Work
Music and Dance Rehearsals
Blocking
The Daily Call
Conflicts
Fittings
The First Run-Through
The Rehearsal Report
Production Meetings
Scene Work
Adding the Elements
Updating Paperwork
Concluding Time in the Mall
Technical Rehearsals
Creating the Tech Schedule
Types of Tech Rehearsals
Preparing for Tech
Technology for the Stage Manager
Working with the Crew
The Preset List
The Shift Plot
Paperwork Variations
The Costume Plot
Cueing
Stepping Up to Run the Show
Rehearsal Reports during the Tech Period
Performances
Previews
Refining Your Routine
Opening Night
Working with Front-of-House
The Performance Report
Changing Personnel
Maintaining the Artistic Integrity of Your Show
Working with Understudies
Emergency Plans and Problem-Solving
Next Steps
Moving the Production
The End of the Line-Or Is It?
Epilogue: Final Thoughts
Appendix
Actors' Equity Association
The Stage Manager's Kit
Emergency Announcements
More Paperwork
Web Resources
Suggested Reading
Notes
Author Biography
Index

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