Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Stage Manager's Reports: The Glue That Keeps Us Together

August 30, 2012

By Nathan Norcross
Playhouse Directing Intern
Alexis Molnar, Bobby Steggert, Kate Nowlin & Paul Anthony Stewart
Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Now that the technical rehearsal process for Harbor has begun, all the designers, carpenters, and electricians are working together in the theatre each day. Since everyone is in the same room, we conclude each day with a production meeting to discuss all of our goals. Before convening for Tech, however, these collaborators are often separated by miles (even states!), yet it’s important for them to be up to speed on the work that happens daily in the rehearsal room as Mark, Chad, and the actors shape the production that these technical elements will all work together to support. 
Paul Anthony Stewart, Alexis Molnar & Bobby Steggert
Photo by T. Charles Erickson
To this end, it’s customary for the stage manager to send a daily Rehearsal Report out via email to all involved on the production to keep them in the loop. Each department has a section of notes specific to the department – though all notes are shared with all involved to prevent the unforeseen effects a change in one area may have on another. Also included are general notes that affect everyone, particularly changes to the text or conceptual discoveries about the piece as a whole that are revealed during the work in rehearsal.

Each stage manager has his/her own particular style in crafting these reports. Check out a typical rehearsal report (below) from our very own stage manager, Matthew Melchiorre.

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