A Stage Manager
needs to have a good understanding of both the technical and artistic elements of a performance to ensure it is delivered exactly to the Director’s requirements. They will be involved from the rehearsal stage through to the live performances, where they will be on hand to deal with any emergencies or issues that may hinder the show. The essential skill for Stage Managers is people management, as it is their role to coordinate all aspects of a theatre company to ensure the successful delivery of the performance.
Roles vary depending on the Director, but the tasks Stage Managers will typically be expected to carry out include:
- Running rehearsal schedules
- Updating and operating the “run of show, which notes cast entrances/exits and the requirements for props, lighting and sound
- Making changes to the set between acts/scenes and cueing technicians
- Running the backstage and onstage areas during performances
- Liaising with the Director, Producer, stage personnel and other technical groups (e.g. costume, lighting, sound, stage crew)
A member of the Stage Crew
works backstage behind the scenes in some of the Music Club productions. Their work includes setting up the scenery and assisting with lights, sound, props and special effects for a production.
Stage Crew work closely with the Directors, Producers, Stage Managers, Lighting Crew, and Sound Engineers to ensure their visions are realized.