So currently I’m stage managing a docu-drama (that’s just a fancy word that means a play about something that actually happened) about the Civil War, and I decided that while sitting in this music rehearsal, I could take some time to write my first blog of the summer!
Most of the work I do in theatre is as a stage manager. “What is a stage manager?” you ask. Well, I shall tell you. The stage manager is the person who makes sure the actors, designers, director and anyone else involved with a production knows what is going on at all times…basically. From before auditions until the last set piece has been put away, the stage manager works to make sure everything that needs to happen happens.
A lot of people don’t realize this…but…because the stage manager is the person who works so closely with the entire production team, she/he gets sort of the “inside scoop” on how everything works and where the designers’ ideas come from! See, designers and directors when they start a play are given a script…and that’s pretty much it. After reading it (or even while reading it), they have to figure out how to make a wicked witch melt onstage, a huge plant from another planet eat a person, or even how to make the petals of an enchanted rose fall one at a time (any of those sound familiar?)
Imagine designing a show by yourself! Think of your favorite movie or story (one that isn’t already a play!) and coming up with ideas about how it could look onstage. Are there are a lot of people in the story? Are there effects you could create with lights or sound effects?
This summer I want the Center Stage camp to tell me if they’ve got an idea of how to put Beauty and the Beast onstage. I’ve got ideas, and I know Alex has ideas, but theatre is all about COLLABORATION. And who knows, your idea could be even better than what was originally planned!
I’m amazingly excited for this summer, and I sure hope you are too!
THEATRE CAMP STAFF QUIZ:
Why TrueNorth Summer Theatre? I have had the privilege to do 5 shows at True North in the past year! Each one has been totally unique and equally awesome. The True North theatre community is a wonderful one, embracing anyone who wants to join! I’ve had some great times in this place, and I can only imagine that the Summer Crew is just as cool if not moreso!
NYC or LA? Confession: I’ve never been to the West Coast. Ever. So maybe I’m biased…but I have a feeling that even if I had, I would still choose New York! So NYC totally is my answer.
What is your favorite thing to do with friends? I got to go camping this past weekend, and that was ah-mahzing. Didn’t take nearly enough pictures though, and that kind of bums me out.
What is something you've learned from theatre that you use in real life? During Tech week getting really close to opening a show, there tends to be a lot of tension and nervousness because everyone wants the show to be the best it can be. The best advice for that week is to just keep moving ahead, not letting yourself get bogged down with stress. No matter what the show will go up. And it will be wonderful. And no matter what is going on in your life, it will pass or it will get better. Sometimes you just have to push ahead and keep working toward a goal. That’s my attempt at being inspirational. Ha!
What is the grossest thing you can think of? I hate when people spit… Bleh! SO gross!
What's your favorite musical? My first True North show was The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and that was such an awesome production…pretty sure that wins!
Gale or Peeta? PEETA!!! Forever!!!!
Here's another video from Alex for all you Beauty & the Beast (and backstage) fanatics! (If the video doesn't show up below, check out this link.