Love and Information: Stage Management
Reagan Chesnut, Theatre
The project will show the process of stage managing Love and Information from start to finish, and the effort required to stage manage a full production. Stage management is the organization and coordination of actors, production staff, set, light, sound, and costume designers, crew members, and additional production crew, the end result being the creation of a fully-fledged theatre production. This process involves running production meetings, recording notes in rehearsals for the designers, recording blocking notes to track actor movements, marking the location of cues for sounds or lights, and then running the show once it opens. This is referred to as “calling” the show, which involves giving cues for the light and sound board operators, as well as for backstage crew and a projector operator. The notes taken over the course of the production, as well as the script with the list of cues, are held in a large prompt book which represent the culmination of the stage manager’s work.
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