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Students and Novice Stage Managers / Libretto vs. Score
« on: Jun 25, 2009, 08:53 pm »
For the summer show at my school, we are doing "Showtune", which is basically a bunch of Jerry Herman songs stuck together into a hour and a half, 40 song revue.  I've never SM'd a show like this before, and I was wondering what the best way to take down blocking/choreography and create the calling script is.  I could either do it in the libretto, or the score.  I can read music, and am leaning towards using the score.  Please give me any and all advice, or experiences doing a show like this.

Thanks in advance

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Acting Class?
« on: Feb 19, 2009, 07:38 pm »
At my high school, you have the option to take an arts elective class you sophomore year, but you have to get invited by the teacher to get into the class.  I got invited to take the performing arts class.  I have been stage managing at this school for the past 2 years (7th and 8th grade) and have been stage managing this year as well.

So I guess my question is that do you think it is beneficial to take an acting class if Stage Management is a possible career choice?

P.S.  I have no experience in acting, coming from tech and being drafted to SM.


Tools of the Trade / MTI's Stage Manager Scripts
« on: Dec 12, 2008, 09:47 pm »
I came across this on the MTI website.

It seems that they offer scripts already hole-punched, and in binders.  They are so called "Stage Manager Scripts".  This would save time copying the entire script, but if you are one of the people (like me), who have the script on the left side and the blocking on the right, then this wouldn't work for you.  And then, if you like to have more than one script for blocking and calling, is it really worth it to order another one?

So really, I guess all I want to know is to ask you:  What do you think of this idea?

I am in charge of picking, training, and guiding a new stage manager through their first production.
I am in the high school, and the middle school is putting on Aesop's Foibles.  What are some good qualities to look for?  They would either be in 7th or 8th grade, and I really don't know that many people in the middle school.  How do you think you could tell if someone will make and ok stage manager?


I was just wondering if this is an okay layout for a page to taking blocking notes on in my prompt book.  Should the stage diagram be smaller? Should I have more than one?

By the way, I am Stage Managing Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Please look at the attachment.


Students and Novice Stage Managers / Forms
« on: Oct 14, 2008, 06:23 pm »
I'm the sm for my high school's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  I want to know what forms are needed and helpful when stage managing rehearsals.


Students and Novice Stage Managers / Please Help Me
« on: Oct 09, 2008, 10:41 pm »
I'm a freshman in high school, and my school is putting on Thoroughly Modern Millie.  I was asked to stage manage by the president of the school, who is directing the play.  I already have stage-managed 2 productions when i was in 7th and 8th grade, and i already know the basic gist of it.

I was just wondering about some things. 
Since I'm only a freshman, all of the upper class men who are in the cast sometimes don't listen to me or ignore me.  What should i do?

Also, i'm not sure where i should call the show from.  The theatre the high school uses is the same one the middle school uses.  when i was in 7th and 8th grade, i called the shows from the booth, which isn't that far away from the stage.  One night, my ASM couldn't make the show so i had to call it from backstage.  There was a lot of running crew cues in it, and it was completely different giving the cues from backstage as compared to the booth. there is no camera to backstage, so i can't see whats going on onstage.  What should i do.

Also, if you have any suggestions, please tell me.


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