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Stage Manager, 2nd Edition by Larry Fazio

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9The SM’s Pre-Production Time

Up to now we have discussed the things that make a good SM, met the different members of the chain of command, talked about getting the job, named the tools and supplies an SM needs, discussed in detail the charts, plots, plans, and lists an SM must create, profiled all the people with whom the SM must work and maintain a working relationship, and talked through the art of running an audition. Now it is time to put all these things together for the SM to begin the work in the SM’s pre-production time!

The SM’s pre-production time is the first official time the SM goes into full-time action on the show. In most working situations in the past, the SM did not start getting paid until the first day of rehearsals when ...

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