Performance Planning 11 Stage Management www.musicstudentinfo.com Chris Baker
What is a Stage Manager?The center of communication for a production Responsible Organized Calm1. Able to maintain confidentiality2. Understand all aspects of production to a degree that problems can be anticipated
Stage Manager Role• Communicate• Filter information• Prioritize, Anticipate & Solve Problems• Create the best environment• Act as a sounding board• Manage the rehearsal and performance space and personnel• Maintains the integrity of the show once the Director has left
Relationship to Production Team• Director• Choreographer• Music Director & Conductor• Designers• Band• Technical Director• Production Manager• Artistic, Managing, General Directors• Crew• Assistant Stage Manager(s)
Assistant Stage Managers• You are only as good as your weakest assistant!• Run backstage crew during performances• Establish communication and trust with ASM• Establish early on what is expected of them, all deadlines, duties, paperwork, etc.• NOTE: If anything should happen that results in you not being present for a rehearsal or performance, your assistant should be able to coverroblems.
Paperwork…• Paperwork is the primary means of communication of a production• All paperwork should be precise, accurate, updated and easy to read and comprehend• Make sure all email addresses, contact lists, etc, are accurate before sending mass emails with paperwork attachments• After a production closes, the paperwork & artifacts remain – they are the property of the company
Pre-Production• Establish rehearsal schedules with Music Director, Costume• Production Meetings• Create and complete as much paperwork as possible• Set up the rehearsal space and green room-• Measure and tape ground/stage plan• Set up Coffee area• , Performance Schedule, Public Contact Sheet, Daily Rehearsal Schedule, Notes & Miscellaneous
Rehearsal Process• First rehearsal• Introductions• Music Rehearsals• Choreography if used• Dress Fittings if used• Daily Rehearsal Hotline• Daily Paperwork: Rehearsal Schedule, Rehearsal Report• Always follow up with designers/staff if a note is specific• Provide both hard copies and emailed files when necessary
Technical & Dress RehearsalsPREP PEFORMANCE SPACE:• Set dance numbers, glow tape, water stations• Do a dark walk-thru the space before musicians arrive to address any safety issues• Coordinate with Director(s) and Lighting Designer - set lighting cues• Rehearse scene shifts with crew & performers (larger shows)• Hair & makeup• Possible Quick-Change Rehearsal• Dress Rehearsals• Be aware of musician union requirements and time restrictions• Production Meetings
Performances• There should not be any changes to a show once it has opened, unless there is a major problem• Coordinate with House Manager• Coordinate with Crew• Give notes to musicians/crew as needed• Send daily performance reports• of the show and the director’s vision.
Interacting with CrewCrew Positions Crew Chief Spot Operators, Light Board Operator, Mixing Desk Operator Props Run Crew, Stage Run Crew Costume/Wardrobe Run Crew Hair/Makeup/