Student Author(s)

Katie Joachim, Hope College

Faculty Mentor(s)

Reagan Chesnut, Theatre; Richard Perez, Theatre

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Over the course of seven weeks, the Hope College Theatre Department produced the play Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler. The stage management team led each rehearsal and created rehearsal schedules and reports. This information was then synthesized and communicated with the design and production teams, then later reviewed and discussed in production meetings. As the play moved from standard rehearsals into technical rehearsals, the stage manager oversaw all the backstage crews and technicians. In performance, the stage manager called every lighting and sound cue, while keeping an open line of communication with the Assistant Stage Managers, Light Board Operator, Sound Board Operator, and House Manager. Through the work of the stage manager, the cast, director, and production team is able to easily communicate with one another throughout the rehearsal process, and, in turn, the performances of the production run smoothly.