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Introduction to Stage Management Part Two

Created by Karen Loftus

Karen Loftus instructs this second course in stage management - a companion to Introduction to Stage Management Part One.

This course will review the major concepts covered in Introduction to Stage Management, and discuss the different types of technical rehearsals and how student stage managers prepare for and run them. You’ll learn how to teach your students to notate and call cues for a show. The course will also introduce strategies for student stage managers who work with student crews. It will discuss how you can provide the support your student stage managers need to be effective, and how that support helps to strengthen your overall program and theatre community.

Student stage managers start in the classroom, train during school productions, and can take these newly discovered and acquired skills on with them to colleges and careers and theatre (and beyond)!

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Technical Rehearsals and Beyond 7:32 FREE PREVIEW
This module introduces the course and instructor, with an outline of what's to come in each module.
Lesson 1: Responsibilities of a Stage Manager 9:33 FREE PREVIEW
This module is a quick recap of the responsibilities of the stage manager leading up to the technical rehearsal. We'll talk about how the skills they’ve learned and the paperwork they’ve already created will help them as they enter into this more challenging aspect of the rehearsal process for a stage manager.
Lesson 2: Technical Rehearsals 16:19
In this lesson, you’ll be introduced to the various types of technical rehearsals and how they may benefit your production process.
Lesson 3: Company Rehearsals 11:00
This module continues the discussion of what technical rehearsal is, how a stage manager prepares for it, and in this lesson you’ll learn how a stage manager runs the technical rehearsal.
Lesson 4: Calling the Cues 20:08
In this lesson, you’ll explore the various ways a stage manager can put notations in their scripts and how they call the cues.
Lesson 5: Working with Student Crews 10:56
In this lesson, you’ll learn tips and tricks to set up your student crews and to support your student stage manager as they manage their fellow classmates.
Lesson 6: Running the Show 7:22
In this lesson, we’ll go over procedures you can teach your stage managers – and all of your students, to be honest – to help them work more cohesively.
Lesson 7: Wrap Up 5:23
This lesson will be the final checklist to review the concepts, exercises, games, and tips and tricks we’ve learned throughout the course. It’s the chance to press the save button. There’s also some tips on how to get started setting up your own student stage management program at your school.

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 7

TH:Pr6.1.7.a - Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cr3.1.HSIII.c - Apply a high level of technical proficiencies to the rehearsal process to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

Common Core

Florida Sunshine State Standards

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Alberta, Canada

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Costume

1 - demonstrate understanding of the purpose of costume

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - Sound

1 - demonstrate understanding of the purpose of stage sound

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada

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