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On and off stage

On and off stage

Unless something goes very wrong, the only people audiences should notice during a performance are the actors. But offstage there is another, much larger cast of characters whose roles are every bit as important to the success of any theatrical endeavour.   Of course,  it all starts with the playwright, which is why he or […]

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Actor’s Etiquette

Actor’s Etiquette

 Or How to Have a Successful Rehearsal for Your Play So you got the part? Congratulations! Now what? For many new actors, the first rehearsal can be just as nerve racking as an audition. You will more than likely be working with other actors that you have never met. Some will be more experienced than […]

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What does the Director do?

What does the Director do?

Early in the process: Choose a script that you enjoy and that is within your directing capabilities. Assess and analyse every aspect of the play. Prepare to lead the creative team to turn your vision of the play into a reality Have a producer in place before submitting your proposal to the executive. Prepare a […]

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What does the Producer do?

What does the Producer do?

The actors get all the applause, the director gets all the credit, but it is you, the faceless Producer, who really makes it happen. At the Start of the Production: Meet with the director to get an understanding of the vision for the show. The director and producer work closely together—the director is responsible for the artistic […]

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What does the Stage Manager do?

What does the Stage Manager do?

Preparation: Work closely with the director.  Understand the director’s vision for the play and help bring it to life. Attend all rehearsals and performances. Prepare a preliminary list of props. During Rehearsals: In co-operation with the director set up rehearsal schedules. Go over the rehearsal schedule with director and cast. Maintain a list of email […]

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What does the Set Designer do?

What does the Set Designer do?

The Set Designer collaborates with the Director, but is responsible to the Producer.   Early in the Process: 1.     Collaborate with Director on establishing designs for sets. 2.     Set Designers collaborate together on a colour palette. 3.     The Set Designers creates a scale model and/or scale drawing to communicate the look of the set. 4.     […]

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What does the Head Carpenter do?

What does the Head Carpenter do?

The Head Carpenter is responsible to the Set Designer and Director.   Early in the Process: Interprets the Set Designer’s drawing into reality of a set. Attends production meetings as required. Works within a budget. Assess material requirements and determine material list. Recruit assistants. Acquire set materials from storage and purchase new materials as required. […]

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What does the Costume Designer do?

What does the Costume Designer do?

The Costume Designer(s) collaborates with the Director but is responsible to the Producer.   Early in the Process: Collaborate with Director on establishing designs for costumes. The Costume Designer(s) collaborate together to create costumes. Costume Designer meets with cast members to determine costume requirements. The Costume Designer arranges to repair and clean costumes during the […]

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What does the Properties Co-ordinator do?

What does the Properties Co-ordinator do?

The Properties Co-ordinator collaborates with the Director, Costume and Set Designers but is responsible to the Producer. Different people often handle props and furnishings. Never underestimate the effectiveness of suitable props or furnishings for a production. The aim should be “attention to detail” in decor, props and furnishings.   Early in the Process: Collaborates with […]

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What does the Lighting Designer do?

What does the Lighting Designer do?

The Lighting Designer collaborates with the Director but is responsible to the Producer and Set Director.   Early in the Process: Collaborates with Director on establishing a lighting design. Collaborates with Costume and Set Designers on a colour palette Creates cue sheets. Attends production meetings as required. Works within a budget.   During Rehearsals: Attend […]

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