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The Stage Manager's Toolkit by Laurie Kincman

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CHAPTER 3

Pre-Production

The stage manager’s work on a production begins with a self-orientation to the script, the physical production, and the team with whom he or she will be working. In order to most successfully facilitate discoveries during rehearsal, it is important that the stage manager collect as much information as possible in advance. This work will allow you both to provide answers and to know what additional questions need to be asked.

PRE-PRODUCTION TASKS

–   Read and analyze the script

–   Collect information on the production

–   Prepare initial lists and breakdowns

–   Create a prompt book

–   Meet with the director

–   Participate in auditions

–   Prepare the rehearsal room

In an academic theatre department, the stage manager ...

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