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Comment by Bo Metzler on May 24, 2014 at 4:15am

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Comment by Mandi Moore on September 22, 2012 at 4:43pm

Some questions I have this week are what are some benefits and disadvanteges as a stage manager in joining a union?  Also, we looked at how a stage manager needs to know how to react if there is a fire or if the cast/crew needs to be evacuated.  What do you feel would be the best way to word a fire evacuation announcement?

Comment by Mandi Moore on September 15, 2012 at 6:10pm

Hi everyone!  I'm in a Stage Management class at college, and as we are learning about it I have been curious about some things.  How does the job of a stage manager differ between a small-town community theatre and a professional theatre.  Also, what are some effective strategies that can help stage managers in keeping their cool?

Comment by Colin Williams on December 19, 2011 at 6:51pm

Looks like Santa will be putting a new iPad under the tree for Christmas. It might have been discussed before, but what are the "must have" apps that you all use?  Or are there any new apps that have caught your eye lately.  Happy Holidays!

Comment by Miss Leslie on October 9, 2011 at 11:14pm
I'm new to this.i need to write a welcome letter to stage actors.can anyone tell me what to put in a welcome letter.something short and to the point. greatly appreciate it.
Comment by Rob Scott on June 15, 2011 at 8:29pm
Sara Furmato, how did "How To Succeed In Business" turn out for you?
Comment by Rob Scott on June 15, 2011 at 8:28pm
Catching up with a few things and stopped in here to see what's new.

I am in the middle of being SM for a performance run of Metamorphoses at the moment. Putting on a show that includes 4300 gallons of water is exceptionally, um, interesting. The tech director for our community theater and I will be writing up a detailed list of the technical challenges and potential solutions for this show. We were given invaluable advice from some members of the Stagecraft email list (which I subscribe to and highly recommend for technical theater geeks) and have learned our own lessons along the way. Details to follow when we close the show in two weeks and I get to catch my breath (and stop having stress dreams about actors slipping and hurting themselves or water leaking out everywhere, neither of which has happened except in my dreams).
Comment by Rob Scott on March 24, 2011 at 2:46pm
Sara, The only advice that I would give is to be very well prepared for each rehearsal, be ready with answers to obvious questions (and some of the not so obvious) that might come up each day, and by doing so you will exert a natural authority that comes from knowing firmly what you are doing and what you want/need others to do. Don't hesitate to be firm with adults regardless of their position when you know that you are supposed to be in charge of something. There's a fine line between being decisive and firm because you are in control and being "bossy" which I think can sometimes show up in young tech crew as well as adults!! Being respectful and polite while clearly exhibiting an inner attitude of being in charge and authoritative works with adults, but bossy doesn't.

I agree with Sarah that if you can manage your teen peers and younger kids that you can handle adults. Good luck and report back, please!!!
Comment by Sarah Bauer on March 24, 2011 at 10:17am
Sara, What's the production? Is it a large cast? Do you know the cast and director well, or will they all be strangers? One would hope that adults would be easier than kids or teens, but that's not always the case. What will be easier (hopefully) is that they will know the kind of respect you deserve as stage manager and what will be expected of them. If you were asked to SM for an "adult" production, then the director or producer (whoever hired you) believes you will do your job well. Treat it as your other productions, except that you won't have to monitor the bathroom as much as you did with the kids, lol
Comment by Valerie Bijur Carlson on March 18, 2011 at 7:34pm
Hey, anyone out there in the Washington, DC, Albany, or Berkshires areas?

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