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3 Theatrical Logic During arrival, 1)SIGN –IN. 2)Get out a PENCIL. 3)Read this ‘POEM’. 4)Discuss with neighbour to verify meanings.
1)Stage Managers and ASMs need to be aware of many areas of theatre, such as: 2)Stage Managers and ASMs need to use various technical skills, such as: 3)Stage Managers and ASMs need to cultivate various interpersonal abilities such as: 4)Some working style traits that would be good to use when Stage Managing or ASMing would be: 4
EXAMINE the items. Discuss with your neighbours. Answer the questions about each. Remember your answers. 1)What might the item be called or titled? (Use this name on the list) 2)What is the purpose of this item? Is there more than 1 purpose? 3)Who is it for? Or Who does it help? 4)When, in the theatrical process, would it be made or obtained? 5)When, in the process, would it be used? 6)What AREAS of Stage Management might the coloured stickers represent? Verify with at least 2 others.
Cards, Health & Safety, First Aid, Nail File, Losenges, Medical Form, Quiet Please, Safety info, Local Info. Contact List, Presets, Running lists, Sc Breakdown, Sc Ch Plans, Prop table plans. CD/DVD, Schedules, CTA, Local Info, Policies. Note-pad, Divider, Blocking plans, Petty cash forms, Stationery, Presets, Disk, Running Lists 7 EXAMPLES
STAGES of Stage Management: Preparation: Rehearsal: Technical Rehearsal Prep and the Tech: Performances: P / R / T / P 8
STAGES of Stage Management: Preparation: Script, Meetings, Charts, Lists, Designs, Theatre, Rehearsal space Prep., Schedules, Community info., Safety,… Rehearsal: Daily Prep, Schedules, Notes, Communications, Resources, Recording, Policies, Meetings, Receipts, Spikes, … Technical Rehearsal Prep and the Tech: Scene changes, Prop presets, Paper Cueing, Scheduling, Quick changes, Safety, Communication, Cue Lights, … Performances: Schedules, Presets, Running lists, Actor Notes, Publicity, Strike Planning, Maintenance,…. 9
11 PRUDENCE AND FREDERIQUE (Those who are Left handed are going to pretend to be right handed just for this ONLY!) Across the page on the same ‘line’ as where it is mentioned, note the following! 1)Left Column: In the centre of this column, note anything relate to lighting or sound. Write: LX or LQ (music), with the sound in the brackets. 2)Centre Column: Note any props or furniture. Just write the noun in FULL CAPITALS eg: NEWSPAPER at the left side of the column. 3)Right Column : Leaving a 2 letter space before the initial, note first initial of character MOVING, and possibly what they do. P enters. OR P cross to desk. 4)In the upper right box, using all the space sketch a simple room with the script needs. (doorway, desk, chair)
13 As You Like It Let’s look at scripts: Book versions … Shakespeare.. Modern printings are pre-divided into scenes, and have line numbers that are continuous through the scenes.
14 Twelfth Night Arden versions have almost half the page of text notes, which would not do too well in a SM book.
15 More modern plays have a ‘simpler’ layout. This one has the character name mid-page. In order to separate the spoken text from the other information, SMs highlight the stage directions and the character names as …
16 Under Milkwood - Highlighted This helps us know when the conversation goes back and forth, and how often and how quickly, as well as separating the stage directions.
17 Ten Times Table This much more compact text will be much helped by highlighting.
18 Ten Times Table Highlighted Advantages: Easily see change of speaker Easily separate spoken words from stage directions, to help clarity while following text for prompting. Stage directions can be fully coloured, or ‘boxed’. Some directors want everyone to ‘ignore’ the stage directions during rehearsals. I prefer calm colours for highlighting.
19 A third colour can be used for music ‘cues’ in musicals.
Getting to know the script: Read through, looking for all areas of production that are mentioned or implied. An example of “implied” props. (Sean lights his cigarette.) Implied might be : 1)a pack of cigarettes 2)a lighter or matches 3)an ashtray, possibly Read through the script filling-in a pencil chart on paper separate from the prompt script pages, tracking the page numbers when production areas are ‘mentioned’. Watch for PROPS, FURNITURE, SET, COSTUMES, LIGHTING, SOUND, SPECIAL EFFECTS, and anything else you come across. That chart may look like this: 20
21 Secret Garde After making this chart, made on paper separate from the prompt script, an SM can make Lists Per Script, which are a starting point for meetings about all production needs with other departments. (Secret Garden)
Documents ALWAYS need a title along with other information and a HEADER is a great way to do that. Things to include in a header are: Title of Document Show Producer / Theatre Company Theatre Space Season Name of document maker / SM Contact for SM Date Page number OF Total pages (page 1 of 4) Possibly: Version / Draft Number 23
26 What do Stage Managers DO in rehearsal???? Rehearsal Observations An actor spending a good deal of time on their knees. Actor asking what they wear in this scene. Director telling 2 actors to both stand on the same bench during a scene. Actor spending a good deal of time running and jumping. Actor pretending to smoke during a scene. Actor produces a wallet for a scene. Actor lays-down across 4 rehearsal chairs that are being used for a sofa. Director tells an actor to come in the door right after the thunder. Director tells an actor to look out a window. Actor crumples a paper item during a scene. Actor turns on lights during a scene. Director tells an actor to come in the door right after the other actor sits down. THEN: What do they DO with this information??