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Stage Manager presentation
Transcript of Stage Manager presentation
by Avery Philemon
12/13/12 A stage manager organizes huge theatrical productions and keeps everything running smoothly and without these people, no theatre production would ever get off the ground. There is no minimum education level for this job.
However, having a college degree will be very helpful
in getting a position as a stage manager. Also, having
experience is helpful as well. You are more likely to
be given a job if you have worked as a stage manager
before or if you have intern stage managed. There are no set hours of work for a stage manager. The hours worked depends on how big the show is and if the show is on schedule or not. "The range of a stage manager’s annual salary is $20,148-$70,052." Stage managers are obviously theatre people, and being so, they follow the many superstitions that theatre people have. There are many different superstitions, but there are three major ones that every actor, techie, and director are aware of.
First, you never whistle during a performance. The reasoning behind this is that before the age of technology, stage managers would call cues with a series of coded whistles, and anyone who whistled backstage could severely mess up the show.
Next, you never wish each other good luck. Saying "good luck" to someone is said to be bad luck. Instead, you are supposed to say "break a leg".
Lastly and definitely the most feared superstition of all is that you never say the word "MacBeth". Some believe you shouldn't say it on the day of a performance and others just during the performance. Bottom line though, steer clear of this word. Works Cited
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"Top 10 Theater Superstitions." Listverse.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2012. A stage manager is the person in charge of
calling all cues, assisting the director, and
coordinating the work of all technical
departments involved in the show. I have learned several things about stage management while doing my senior research project. A couple of these things are that the stage manager has a HUGE responsibility and that it requires a lot work.
The stage manager has a job that is much bigger than I was expecting it to be. I have stage managed one of out school musicals and it wasn’t anything like what I found out that it is on a professional level. All I had to do really was to keep all the techs backstage on track and help actors with mics and things like that. A stage manager on a Broadway show though has many more responsibilities than this. They have to coordinate all of the technical aspects of a show and acquaint all of the departments of the director’s wishes. On top of this, as soon as the show is ready to be performed, the director leaves the show and the stage manager is in charge of all parts of the show. This includes firing actors or techies that are not doing what they are supposed to and replacing the members. I never realized that the stage manager was in charge of so many things until I did this project. It has really opened my eyes to the job that a stage manager has.
Another thing I learned is that with all the extra responsibilities that a stage manager has comes much more work. The show that I stage managed, I spent most of the rehearsals helping to build set or just watched the show to see how it was going. In a professional show, a stage manger has to coordinate ALL of the technical departments, be the go between from the director to the cast and crew, and the go between from the cast to the crew and vice versa. On top of this, the stage manager has to schedule all fittings, rehearsals, and calls. After scheduling everything, he or she has to get in touch with all cast and crew members and make them aware of this schedule. With the added responsibilities of a professional show comes much more work.
I’m glad that I did this project on stage managing because it has opened my eyes to a lot of things that I did not realize about this job. This has helped me to prepare for possibly doing this as a career. Having this knowledge will be beneficial because I will be prepared to cope with the workload.