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  • The goodman theatre – award winning regional theatre in Chicago
  • Like inception
  • Like inception
  • Like CI We very slowly go through the show. Actors in costumes, on stage for 1 st time. Dressers helping with quick costume changes
  • Like CI Actors experience the set for the first time. Tech crew practices set changes in real time. Actors wearing costumes and making costume changes in real time. Lighting Designer sits in the house and writes cues SMs backstage on headset SM in house on headset Light Designer writing cues Sound designer setting levels Stage crew moving scenery, flying drops in and out ASMs spiking scenery, managing traffic control backstage Documenting it all!!!
  • Andrea Johnson--Stage Management

    1. 1. There’s No Business Like Show Business Like No Business I know . . . How to Put on a Play
    2. 2. My former life as a stage manager
    3. 3. Three Take-Aways <ul><li>Have a Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the Right Team </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfy Your Stake Holders </li></ul>
    4. 4. Have a Vision . . . the Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works , giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. . . . By dedicating itself to three guiding principles— quality , diversity , and community —Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.
    5. 5. Have a Vision <ul><li>The Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediate, unreproducable events at headslappingly affordable prices. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We embrace those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater- inspiring them to thought, feeling , and action . </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    6. 6. Have a Vision Choose a play Romeo & Juliet Contemporary Piece Musical Improv Situational Comedy Develop Vision for the Play Classic set in modern times Slapstick Humor Period Piece Minimalist
    7. 7. Choose the Right Team
    8. 8. Pre-Production Before auditions and rehearsal, the director works with designers, possibly the music director & choreographer to develop the vision of the show. Set Designer Lighting Designer
    9. 9. Pre-Production Costume Designer Wigs & Makeup Designer Sound Designer
    10. 10. Casting What Posting auditions Hosting auditions Call-backs Final casting Who Director Casting Director Choreographer Musical Director Hopeful Actors The right people for the part to build a good ensemble
    11. 11. Rehearsal
    12. 12. Rehearsal Who? Director Actors Designers Stage Managers Voice Coach Rehearsal Pianist Musical Director Fight & Dance Choreographers What? Read through & table work Design Presentation Blocking Acting Dancing Singing
    13. 13. Mean While . . . Set is getting built Props are getting found and/or made Costumes are getting bought, rented, or sewn Lights are getting planned, prepped, hung, and circuited Sound is getting designed And hopefully Tickets are getting sold!
    14. 14. And back at rehearsal . . . Director is asking for more . . . Props are getting added . . . Questions about how the set will work . . . More Singing, Dancing, Blocking . . . Actors learning lines . . . Actors forgetting lines . . . Actors are remembering their lines but getting them wrong . . . There are notes about props, sound cues, lights, the way costumes work Someone’s got to be tracking and communicating all of this, right?!?!
    15. 15. Technical Rehearsal “ the costumes, the scenery, the make-up, the props . . . “ All elements come together at once for the first time on stage.
    16. 16. Technical Rehearsal
    17. 17. Dress Rehearsal <ul><li>Confident no one will die </li></ul><ul><li>And Open . . . </li></ul>
    18. 18. Satisfy Stake Holders <ul><li>Everyone!! </li></ul>
    19. 19. Satisfy Stake Holders <ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Actors </li></ul><ul><li>Producer </li></ul><ul><li>Designers </li></ul><ul><li>Technical People </li></ul><ul><li>People do theatre because they love it. </li></ul><ul><li>It sure ain’t for the $$. </li></ul>
    20. 20. No Business Like Show Business <ul><li>Except maybe software development? </li></ul><ul><li>Have a Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the Right Team </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfy Your Stake Holders </li></ul>

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