I LOVE the River City Scenic guys! RCCL uses them almost exclusively to build and maintain shows - New Member Link: http://www.rivercityscenic.com/current_projects.htm [nonactive] (I was on the Radiance of the Seas for the show install of "City of Dreams" early last year - that was an experience!)
Here's the position description for a cruise line Stage & Production Manager
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
All duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with Royal Caribbean
International’s Gold Anchor Standards, SQM standards, USPH guidelines, environmental
and safety policies.
Each shipboard employee may be required to perform all functions in various venues and
throughout the ship.
1. In accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s philosophy of Anchored in
Excellence, each employee conducts oneself in a professional and courteous
manner at all times. This consists of physical and verbal interactions with guests
or fellow shipboard employees and/or in the presence of guest contact and crew
2. Coordinates production plans and directs activities of stage crew and performers
during rehearsals and performance. Establishes and oversees all showroom sound
and light pre-sets, cast pre-sets, stage crew pre-sets and all post performance
3. Coordinates with the Cruise Director, the performances and usage of the main
showroom and other entertainment lounges to ensure consistent technical
support of all meetings, activities and entertainment for special group functions
such as but not limited to charters, affinity, promotional, incentive, presentations,
and various theme night arrangements.
4. Confers with Producer and Shoreside Entertainment Manager concerning
5. Manages the theatrical program in accordance with department standard
operating procedures. Assigns duties, responsibilities and workstations to
employees. Observes and evaluates employees and work procedures to
ensure quality standards and service is met. Initiates personnel actions
such as new hire requests and discharges, to ensure proper staffing.
Approves overtime needs.
6. Manages the financial aspects of the theatrical program operation, including
the successful identification of expense reduction through cost efficiencies
and revenue growth through promotional and up-selling activities.
Ensures the continuous and accurate participation of the theatrical operation.
7. Manages the stage crew staff engaged in placing scenery and properties.
Provides on-the-job training to staff members to strengthen their current
performance and preparation for possible advancement. Notifies Cruise
Director regarding work schedules and time records.
8. Arranges conference times for cast, crew, and Stage Director, and
disseminates general information about production.
9. Schedules, attends and oversees all rehearsals in conjunction with the Dance
Captain, Bandleader and/or onboard technical staff, combined or individually.
Attends all performances, call show cues, check sign-in, check stage, start show.
Prepares show reports.
10. Reads script during each performance and gives cues for curtain, lights, sound
effects, pyrotechnics and prompting performers.
11. Interprets stage set diagrams to determine stage layout. Devises emergency
substitutes for stage equipment or properties.
12. Assembles and maintains the Prompt Book. Keeps accurate records of
playing text, cue sheet, plots and all stage related correspondence. Compiles
cue words and phrases to form prompt book.
13. Instructs understudy, replacement, or extra.
14. Calls performers at specified interval before curtain time.
15. Operates production equipment to transmit or record performance.
16. Maintains quality of all show props, sets, pyrotechnics, and sound and
light equipment. Maintains equipment inventory. Establishes weekly
maintenance schedules. Notifies Cruise Director of all maintenance
activities and needs. Prepares associated paperwork and forwards
malfunctioning equipment ashore for repairs. Follows-up with shoreside
staff to ensure repairs are completed and returned to the vessel in a timely
basis. Maintains proper repair logs and records.
17. Attends meetings, training activities, courses and all other work-related
activities as required.
18. Performs related duties as required. This position description in no way
states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the shipboard
employee occupying this position. Shipboard employees will be required to
perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management.
Minimum hiring, language and physical requirements to perform the job.
• Minimum 5 years show stage management experience in Broadway
and Vegas style productions in professional theatre or equivalent.
• Knowledge of sound, light, pyrotechnics, and rigging.
• Knowledge of music and dance as it pertains to theatrical performances.
• Knowledge of international theatrical production preferred.
• Demonstrated aptitude for the financial aspects of a theatrical operation,
including the successful identification of expense reduction through cost
efficiencies and revenue growth through promotional and up-selling activities.
Demonstrated aptitude for the management of headcount within assigned
area, as it relates to and supports the business needs of the vessel.
• Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal
service including needs assessment, problem resolution and achievement
of quality service standards.
• Knowledge of policies and practices involved in the human resources
function. Ability to manage the international staff in a positive and productive
manner by motivating, developing and managing employees as they work.
Ability to utilize and administer the disciplinary action process through
coaching and counseling to improve performance or terminate employment.