The Stage Manager – In the Wings – Stagecraft 101 – WE LOVE THEATRE

go hi I’m Martha Donaldson and I’m a stage manager state manager is the central focal point for the show as far as being the conduit between the director and the actors unlike the actual physical production and all of the people who make the production happen the designers that all the production departments and everything ideally flows back and forth through the stage manager I’m with the production from the very beginning all the way through the final day of the run i got in my head but I want to work on the back I and so I asked the public theater if I could do it and so here i am with the Dionysus entrance music here we go this fraction is very exciting because Joanna colitis is the director and when i first heard about it I knew that it was going to be a very big challenging theater project because Joanne does very evocative provocative work state matters there to really assist the director in making their vision come to life on the stage join to join see one word about the six Pro that’s actually the aspect of stage-managing was so fun is that you are so integral to what’s going on right there correct usually after the director leaves the safety managers were the one who is is responsible for making sure that the show maintains the original vision and concept of the director so that relationship is very important and very symbiotic here we go from the Holy music of the pipes kind of driving the Train I keep the rehearsal on time I take notes of what happens in rehearsal you know I stopped us at lunch when we need to stop i make sure everyone comes back i get us started again and I stops at the end of the day let’s take a ten-minute break everybody I love my cast number one sacred Caesar has to have a personality is really key but it doesn’t hurt it’s available it can be serious and I can keep things under control but you know I can be pretty goofy in rehearsal and I think that it’s important to do that because you know theaters is all about having fun i’m going to my table working the park is fantastic to New York City tradition and it’s so cool to be a part of it remind you that we do have a man just doing this because it’s outdoors is a completely different experience from doing something indoors first of all but also this begins and then it closes it changes everything about the way you feel about the show you want to make it as good as you can and then you want to plan for what you’re going to do when it’s over I like the technique that’s my favorite time because it’s really my time to really like being in charge of everything to the hills that’s all I need to get us into this scene and it’s a lot of work and a lot of hours and very challenging as far as how you’re going to get all the puzzle pieces to go together but that is what I liked the most tonight and I I like theater for its weird crazy long hours I mean that’s just part of it part of an aspect of what I like no previous i do join the god this is the other thing that I do in rehearsal is that I write down the what we call blocking of course which is the movement actors on stage I usually have what you call your blocking script and then you have your call script which is where you put all the cues and because when you get into technical rehearsals the stage managers also responsible for your writing down all of the light cues all of the sound cues we have pyro keys in the show seen qzone that stuff that was the Thunder go you see my that’s another aspect of the stage managers that first I run rehearsals and then I run the show so I think you know really in the in the mix the whole time at seven-thirty i checked with the house manager I open the how ready to open ready go 4a Joanne opening the house okay Rocket ok that’s it is open and then I go into the booth ladies and gentlemen of the bach I seven o’clock this is the one hour call and then you know at eight o’clock or so I get the house from the house manager five minutes for jonathan groff estate manager is really like okay we’re going now places lights go the stage manager is making it happen economy you diagnose 123 go what makes it rewarding is ultimately created a show that’s awesome and that ladies and gentlemen congratulations tomorrow thanks everyone great


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