The Stage Management Handbook (PagePerfect NOOK Book)by Daniel Ionazzi
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The stage manager is the renaissance man of the theater. He or she must have a working knowledge of how the various technical aspects of the theater work (scenery, props, costumes, lights and sound), be part director, part playwright, part designer and part producer, and be prepared to act as confidant, counselor and confessor to everyone else in the company.
This book addresses all of these considerations in detail and offers the readerprofessional or amateur, veteran or beginnerhelpful guidance and practical advice, supported by many forms and examples to illustrate the points covered in the text.
The three phrases of mounting and performing a show are covered. Part I takes the reader through the pre-production phaseresearch, the script, planning and organization, and auditions. Part II covers the rehearsal processrehearsal rules, blocking, cues, prompting, information distribution, technical and dress rehearsals. Part III discusses the performance phasecalling the show, maintaining the director's work, working with understudies and replacements, and more.
Part IV provides insights into the organizational structure or some theaters and aspects of human behavior in those organizations. Many stage managers of long-running commercial productions believe thatonce the show is up and runningonly ten percent of their work is related to everything covered in Parts I, II and III. The other ninety percent is associated with issues in Part IV; i.e. "managing" human behavior and maintaining working relationships.
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Easy to read and set up well. This book won't tell you every single thing that you need to know, but it will get you started off on the right foot. Excellent for someone interested in theatre or who is just starting out. Works well for actors as well in that it outlines what you should generally expect from your stage manager.
I think this book is great for those who already have limited experience stage management. It by no means tells you everything, but has some great pointers and information that can help build on current skills.
May be not the best choice if you're going to get into theatre. The book goes into great detail on subjects that are not necessary. The book does not give you enough knowledge to stage manage any show, community nor professional. I speak from experience. If you want to learn real stage managing find another book.