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Stage Management, 10th Edition

Book Description

Revered as the authoritative resource for stage management, this text offers students 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Chapter 1 Making Things Run Smoothly
  10. Chapter 2 Characteristics of a Good Stage Manager
    1. Attributes of Good Stage Managers
    2. Communication/Management Skills
    3. Effective Committee Work
  11. Chapter 3 Getting the Play and Understanding it
    1. The Promptbook
    2. Understanding the Script
    3. Plots
    4. Area Lighting Diagrams
    5. Entrances and Exits
    6. Pronunciation Questions
    7. Special Effects
  12. Chapter 4 Scheduling and Company Rules
    1. The Master Calendar
    2. Staff Meetings
    3. Rehearsal Schedules
    4. Company Rules
    5. The Callboard
  13. Chapter 5 Getting Acquainted with Your Theater
    1. Who Does What?
    2. Personal Equipment for Stage Managers
    3. Stage Diagrams
    4. Circuit Breakers
    5. Diagram of Lighting Instruments
    6. Information Packets
  14. Chapter 6 Expediting Auditions and Readings
    1. Working with Actors
    2. Accepting Résumés
    3. Controlling Scripts
    4. Obtaining Information
    5. Controlling Forms
    6. Preparing a Cast List
    7. Conducting the Deputy Election
    8. First Cast Meeting or Read-Through
  15. Chapter 7 Budgeting
  16. Chapter 8 Rehearsal Procedures
    1. Working with the Director During Rehearsal
    2. Preset Diagrams
    3. Rehearsals Away from Your Stage
    4. Your Rehearsal Call
    5. Rehearsal Duties
    6. Keeping Track of Rehearsals
    7. Accident Prevention and Reports
    8. Keeping a Do-List
    9. Avoiding Rehearsal Problems
  17. Chapter 9 Keeping the Cast on Time
    1. Sign-In Sheets
    2. The Calls
  18. Chapter 10 Department Management and Property Management
    1. The Stage Manager as Coordinator of Departments
    2. Property Forms
  19. Chapter 11 Supervision of Shifts
    1. Shift Plot Charts
    2. Take-In
    3. Crew Briefing
    4. Scene Dock
    5. Shift Inspection
    6. Scene Shift Diagrams
    7. Audience Caution
    8. Distribution of Scene Diagrams
    9. Upkeep of Sets
  20. Chapter 12 Running the Technical Rehearsal
    1. Spiking Devises
  21. Chapter 13 Running the Show
    1. Checklists
    2. Giving Cues
    3. Cueing Equipment
    4. Timing Curtain Calls
    5. Walking the Curtain
    6. Access to the Control Booth
  22. Chapter 14 Working with the House Manager
    1. Duties of the House Manager
    2. Blood-Borne Pathogens
    3. Rotating Duty Rosters
    4. VIP Lists
  23. Chapter 15 Keeping the Show in Hand
    1. Long-Run "Improvements"
    2. Cast Morale
    3. Blocking Replacements and Rehearsing Understudies
    4. Upkeep of Sets and Costumes
  24. Chapter 16 Closing and Moving/Touring
    1. Strike Plan
    2. Changeover Schedule
    3. Moving the Show
  25. Chapter 17 Fire/Evacuation
    1. Limitations
    2. Stage Manager's Fire/Evacuation Checklist
    3. Evacuation
    4. Resources
  26. Chapter 18 Working with Unions
  27. Chapter 19 Organizing Information
    1. Local Theater
    2. Newspapers, Magazines, and Internet Info
    3. Guides to Goods and Services
    4. Contact File
    5. Books
    6. Keeping Current with the Technology of Theater
    7. Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
    8. Police, Fire, and Municipal Regulations
    9. Organizations
  28. Chapter 20 Correspondence
    1. A Letter to the Next Stage Manager
    2. Critiques
    3. Letters of Recommendation
    4. Thank You Notes
  29. Chapter 21 Getting a Job
    1. Your First Job as Stage Manager
    2. Résumés
    3. Personal Mailing List
    4. Long-Range Goals
  30. Appendix A: Production Checklist from a Stage Manager's Point of View
  31. Appendix B: Forms
  32. Appendix C: A Few Theater Stories
  33. Appendix D: Web Sites of Interest to Stage Managers
  34. Appendix E: What Would You Do?
  35. Appendix F: Directing a Community Theater Play
  36. Glossary
  37. Reader's Comments Form
  38. Index