Play Director's Survival Kit A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Producing Theater in Any School or Community Setting

ISBN-10: 087628862X

ISBN-13: 9780876288627

Edition: 1995

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Description: For new and veteran play directors, here is a comprehensive guide to producing student theater packed with tested tips, timesavers and problem-solvers gleaned form the authors2 experience in directing over 120 full-length plays or musical! Step by step, the Kit takes you through every phase of play selection and production in six sections. Each section is complete with ready-to-use checklists, diagrams, and samples. And, as an added enhancement, each carries a subtitle that2s also a song title form a musical and includes interesting facts about its Broadway opening, original cast, and number of performances. The following identifies the six sections of the Kit along with some of the specific topics and reproducible aids included in each major part: PROLOGUE: What kind of help can you expect from this resource ACT ONE: PLAY SELECTION Your role as play director ... Getting started ... A Director2s Checklist of Responsibilities ... Production options ... Stage Manager2s Checklist for Touring Productions ... How to select the right play ACT TWO: PRE-PRODUCTION CONSIDERATIONS How to unravel a play2s meaning ... How to lay out a rehearsal schedule ... Layout for a Typical Rehearsal Schedule ... What you need to know about stage properties, lighting, sound and special effects, costumes and makeup ... Property Inventory List ... Director2s Costume Notes ... How to conduct auditions ... Sample of Audition Form ... Layout Form for Call Backs ... How to make intelligent casting decisions ... Sample of Cast Announcement ACT THREE: REHEARSALS PERFORMANCES How to get the most out of rehearsals ... Standard Set of Warm-up Exercises ... How to help actors develop character ... Working with actors ... How to direct period plays ... A Selected List of Standard Period Pieces ... How to direct your first musical ... Where to Obtain the Rights for Musicals ... How to run a smooth productions ... Backstage Etiquette ACT FOUR: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT What you need to know about tickets ... A Box Office Checklist ... How to sell your production ... Preparing posters, press releases, and programs ... Checklist for Program Copy ... Sample Program layouts ... What you need to know about audiences EPILOGUE: DIRECTORY Acting/Directing Terms ... Odd Names for Technical Terms ... Stages of Production Process ... A List of Theatrical Forms ... List of Contemporary Play for Beginning Directors ... Players in Commercial Theater Organization ... A Selected Reading List for Beginning Directors Included are over 55 full-page checklists, diagrams, forms, fact sheets, samples and other aids you can use as is or easily adapt to your particular needs. And all material is printed in a handy 8 " x 11" format for easy photocopying! Whether you2re directing a first play or your25th, at the planning stage or in the midst of the production process, you2ll find PLAY DIRECTOR2S SURVIVAL KIT invaluable. It will not only relieve you of some of the stress in producing a play but, at he same time, give you greater confidence and enjoyment in your theatrical endeavors.

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/19/1995
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 297
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

About the Authors
Prologue
""Welcome to the Theater""
What You Can Expect from This Resource
Play Selection
""Magic to Do"" Understanding Your Role as Director
""One Brick at a Time"" How to Get Started
""Open a New Window"" Other Options
""Something Sort of Grandish"" How to Select the Right Play
Pre-Production Considerations
""A Puzzlement"" How to Unravel a Play s Meaning
""Putting It Together"" How to Lay Out a Rehearsal Schedule
""Pick-a-little; Talk-a-little"" How to Work With a
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