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Stage Management, 10th Edition by Alice R. O'Grady, Lawrence Stern

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9

Keeping the Cast on Time

 

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

—4th Earl of Chesterfield

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

—Alan Kay

 

 

You are (of course) personally so punctual that it is difficult for you to understand those who are late. Your mental clock is 10 minutes ahead of real time. You always feel that if you are not 10 minutes early for an appointment, you’re late. You know that you are being paid to think ahead. You plan ahead with master calendars and schedules. You work ahead of others, arriving at the theater before the staff and cast to open up and prepare for rehearsals and performances. You are never late.

With that kind of orientation, and with punctuality so deeply ...

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