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Technical Theatre planning a production

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T e c h n I c a l T h e a t r e Introduction What it is Duties and responsibilities Interaction with colleagues Preparation period Performing rights When considering a script for production you as director must consider whether it is necessary to attain the permission of the author this is done through the author's agent or publisher whom you will contact concerning the rights and the cost of those rights. There are other occasions when this may not be the case for example if the playwright is unpublished or has been dead for more than 70 years. The production process cannot begin until you have been given these rights if a production goes ahead without them you could face legal proceedings and a fine for breach f copyright. Interaction with colleagues The Director will delegate AssDSM or another to copy and distribute scripts to performer's Stage manager AssStage manager etc for production Provisional schedule The provisional schedule is the framework of the events taking place over the course of production. It is vital to production because it ensures every member of the production team knows the events leading up to production and which ones they are involved in the vital elements of a provisional schedule are Design deadlines for set, costume, LX, sound and FoH Design meetings Production/progress meetings Outline schedule of production week Props call/Spread Costume call/parade Interaction with colleagues The director will consult all the heads of department and will first draw up a loose, rough draft of the schedule. This will be done probably in 1 or a series of meetings. A more detailed draft will then be drawn up and then a final one. This will be distributed to all heads of department. Budget allocations The budget allocation is the budget allotted for the production costs. Budget allocation for a piece depends entirely on the theatre or production company concerned. ...read more.


the cues for that page of script. Though this 'Book;is essentially the property of the stage manager it may sometimes be looked at by other members of the team as a reference, also should something happen and stage manager is unable to attend rehearsals some other person must take over and they must then look at the prompt copy and find it legible and understandable therefore the layout and type of blocking, cues as well as the symbols representing things like lighting or sound effects must be universally understandable. First day of rehearsals The first day of rehearsals are essentially a getting to know you day in which the production team will get together as a whole to discuss the production. The stage manager should ensure that this runs smoothly as it is also a learning day in that people will be learning who they will be working with the dynamics and hierarchy of the team etc. The first day is generally informal and refreshments etc should be on hand for people. As stage manager it is essential that you ensure that the team is informed and up to date with who each other are etc therefore you should initiate introductions. It is important that from the onset the team knows each other roles in the production. If you are aware that some members know each other already or that others are completely new and don't know anyone its important to put them at their ease. Researching the surrounding area (if you are already familiar then you will know important landspots already) is necessary for different reasons Some mebersmay be new to the place you are situated therefore you should find out about transport accommodation, maps etc Amusement and dining etc Doctors surgeries or emergency services Stage manager will start by introducing everyone or by allowing them to introduce themselves. They will then move on to discuss the production. ...read more.


and template to establishing their roles and drawing up their own running plotes for themselves detailing their roles durin the running of the show. Pre-production Final run through Before the final run-throughs the production may go to plan in theory however final run-through are necessary to highlight any problems there may be during production, I have listed a few examples below; Costume department may not have taken into account any frantic or violent movement the performers make and the costume may not be appropriate for this, The performers may be used to rehearsing in a separate rehearsal space and so when entering and exiting set may have difficulty as they may not be sure where to go. Another example is that the props table could be situated too far from the stage for performers to have time to get their props in which case it may be necessary for a runner or a member of the SM team or props department to be on hand to give the performers their props. Props call The purpose of the props call is to; 1) assess whether or not the prop is their. During rehearsal simple props, sometimes the performers own are used while SM researches and obtains the props to be used in the production. 2) To asses whether the props are suitable and appropriate for the production in which case the director must be consulted Before a props call the props table (there may be a whole props area if some items are too large for the props table will be neatly laid out. Props department will usually lay props on a prop table with white paper over it and allocated spaces for each prop, the name and details of each prop written on the space. During a props call Cue synopsis Costume call Props call Calls Production week Production schedule Order of events Technical rehearsal Post technical Dress rehearsal Show report Previews/1st night Run Crisis management Final performance Strike Returns Pre-production Final run through ...read more.

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