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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 reader&#150professional or amateur, ...

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Overview

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 reader&#150professional or amateur, veteran or beginner&#150helpful 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 phase&#150research, the script, planning and organization, and auditions. Part II covers the rehearsal process&#150rehearsal rules, blocking, cues, prompting, information distribution, technical and dress rehearsals. Part III discusses the performance phase&#150calling 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 that&#150once the show is up and running&#150only 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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Ionazzi (productions, UCLA School of Theatre) offers this textbook for stage managers and stage management classes. It is arranged logically in four parts following the chronology of production. The last section is devoted to organizational behavior, an area not often developed in such texts. An especially useful section is the appendix containing a dozen clear and useful blank forms. Keeping paper flowing smoothly is an art the text emphasizes. The book is readable and provides many examples, with plenty of graphic illustration. Its major drawback is that it does not address the stage manager's professional union responsibilities. It is not as detailed as Lawrence Stern's similar Stage Management (Allyn & Bacon, 1992. 4th ed.), but it contains a good bibliography. This workable introduction to the stage manager's craft is recommended for academic and large public libraries.-- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440328817
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/15/1992
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,203,673
  • File size: 98 MB
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Part I. Pre-Production 13
1. Research 15
The Script 15
Production Environment 20
2. Planning and Organization 33
The Production Book 33
Rehearsal Schedules 35
New Plays 45
Production Meetings 46
The Rehearsal Space 47
Supplies and Equipment 49
3. Auditions 69
Part II. Rehearsals 75
4. Rehearsal Rules 77
Daily Call Procedures 77
Stage Management Services 78
The Director's and Stage Management's Needs 79
5. Managing Rehearsals 81
Blocking Notation 81
Rehearsal Cues 84
Prompting 85
Timing the Show 87
6. Information Distribution 101
Rehearsal Reports 102
7. Preparing for Technical and Dress Rehearsals 105
Paper Tech 106
Dry Tech 108
Dress Parade 109
8. Technical and Dress Rehearsals 113
Moving into the Theater 113
Performance Checklist 116
The Actors' Arrival 120
Running the Rehearsal 121
Part III. Performance 131
9. Pre-Performance 133
Checklist 133
Cast and Crew Calls 135
Front-of-House 135
10. The Performance 143
Calling the Show 143
Performance Reports 145
Maintaining the Show 145
Backstage Etiquette 148
Closing the Show 148
Part IV. Human Behavior in Organizations 153
11. Organizational Structure 155
Functional Organization 155
Project Organization 156
The Matrix 157
12. Human Behavior in Organizations 163
Hierarchy of Needs 163
Two-Factor Theory 165
In Conclusion 166
Bibliography 167
Appendix 171
Index 185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Pretty Darned Handy

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    great supplement

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Not The Best Choice

    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.

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    Posted September 17, 2010

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