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Revered as the authoritative resource for stage management, this book offers readers a practical manual on how to stage manage in all theater environments. Rich with practical resources -- checklists, diagrams, examples, forms and step-by-step directions -- Stage Management eschews excessive discussion of philosophy and gets right to the essential materials and processes of putting on a production. In addition to sharing his own expertise, Stern has gathered practical advice from working stage managers of Broadway, off-Broadway, touring companies, regional, community, and 99-seat Equity waiver theaters.
Alice R. O'Grady
, Lawrence Stern
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Chapter 1 Making Things Run Smoothly Chapter 2 Characteristics of a Good Stage Manager Attributes of Good Stage Managers Communication/Management Skills Chapter 3 Getting the Play and Understanding It The Promptbook Understanding the Script Plots Area Lighting Diagrams Entrances and Exits Pronunciation Questions Special Effects Chapter 4 Scheduling and Company Rules The Master Calendar Staff Meetings Rehearsal Schedules Company Rules The Callboard Chapter 5 Getting Acquainted with Your Theater Who Does What? Personal Equipment for Stage Managers Begin Box Stage Diagrams Circuit Breakers Diagram of Lighting Instruments Information Packets Chapter 6 Expediting Auditions and Readings Working with Actors Accepting Resumes Controlling Scripts Obtaining Information Controlling Forms Preparing a Cast List Conducting the Deputy Election First Cast Meeting or Read-Through Chapter 7 Budgeting Chapter 8 Rehearsal Procedures Working with the Director During Rehearsal Preset Diagrams Rehearsals Away from Your Stage Your Rehearsal Call Rehearsal Duties Keeping Track of Rehearsals Accident Prevention and Reports Keeping a Do-List Avoiding Rehearsal Problems Chapter 9 Keeping the Cast on Time Sign-In Sheets The Calls Chapter 10 Department Management and Property Management The Stage Manager as Coordinator of Departments Property Forms Chapter 11 Supervision of Shifts Shift Plot Charts Take-In Crew Briefing Scene Dock Shift Inspection Scene Shift Diagrams Audience Caution Distribution of Scene Diagrams Upkeep of Sets Chapter 12 Running the Technical Rehearsal Chapter 13 Running the Show Checklists Giving Cues Cueing Equipment Timing Curtain Calls Walking the Curtain Access to the Control Booth Chapter 14 Working with the House Manager Duties of the House Manager Blood-Borne Pathogens Rotating Duty Rosters VIP Lists Chapter 15 Keeping the Show in Hand Long-Run Improvements Cast Morale Blocking Replacements and Rehearsing Understudies Upkeep of Sets and Costumes Chapter 16 Closing and Moving/Touring Strike Plan Changeover Schedule Moving the Show Chapter 17 Fire/Evacuation Limitations Stage Manager,s Fire/Evacuation Checklist Evacuation Resources Chapter 18 Working with Unions Chapter 19 Organizing Information Local Theater Newspapers, Magazines, and Internet Info Guides to Goods and Services Contact File Books Keeping Current with the Technology of Theater Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Police, Fire, and Municipal Regulations Organizations Chapter 20 Correspondence A Letter to the Next Stage Manager Critiques Letters of Recommendation Thank-You Notes Chapter 21 Getting a Job Your First Job as Stage Manager Resumes Personal Mailing List Long-Range Goals Appendix A Production Checklist from a Stage Manger,s Point of View Appendix B Forms Appendix C A Few Theater Stories Appendix D Website of Interest to Stage Managers Appendix E What Would You Do? Glossary. Reader,s Comments Form. Index.