Production Management: Making Shows Happen: A Practical Guide

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Production Management takes you through the process of making shows happen from the point of view of the production manager. It describes the different types of productions, from small-scale amateur plays to international opera; the roles and skills of the production manager’s backstage teams; and theater administration. Enhanced by illustrations, charts, and templates that can be adapted for any production, the book includes valuable tips and information on working with directors and designers; costing ...
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Overview


Production Management takes you through the process of making shows happen from the point of view of the production manager. It describes the different types of productions, from small-scale amateur plays to international opera; the roles and skills of the production manager’s backstage teams; and theater administration. Enhanced by illustrations, charts, and templates that can be adapted for any production, the book includes valuable tips and information on working with directors and designers; costing productions realistically; running production meetings; overseeing the rehearsal process; managing a production team; coordinating the creation of props and costumes; and leading the production week and technical rehearsal. Peter Dean has worked for some of Britain’s premier theater companies. Since 1997, he as been Deputy Director of the Technical Theatre at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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This practical guide to the role of the production manager is invaluable reading for anyone involved in the theater, whether student, amateur, teacher, or professional.

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With more than 20 years' experience in production and technical management, Dean (deputy director, technical theater, Guildhall Sch. of Music and Drama) is more than qualified to pen this entry in Crowood's "Practical Guide" series. He provides extensive details on preproduction, safety, rehearsals, preparation, and production, including descriptions of major concerns needing attention at each stage. Dean's British background is obvious, especially in the jargon (e.g., he uses get-out for strike), but he does include some references to American and Australian theater. One major disappointment is the cramped layout, which includes floating information boxes to explain key terms. While useful, these boxes break the flow of the text in a distracting fashion. In addition, some illustrations are pages away from what they portray; others, such as sample forms, have been reduced so drastically as to be unreadable without a magnifying glass. Despite these shortcomings, this is an important resource for production personnel at all levels. Recommended for all theater collections.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ., KY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861264510
  • Publisher: Crowood Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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