Stage Managing and Theatre Etiquette: A Basic Guide

Stage Managing and Theatre Etiquette: A Basic Guide


By (author) Linda Apperson

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  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 125 pages
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 215mm x 11mm | 194g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1566632013
  • ISBN 13: 9781566632010
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 754,273

Product description

Here is a practical, accessible introduction to one of the most complex jobs in theatre. Linda Apperson clearly and concisely leads the reader through the procedures and responsibilities of stage management, from auditions to closing night. What is "blocking"? How do you "call" a show? Who is the technical director, and why do you want him or her as your best friend? How can you tame (or endure) a prima donna? When is the best time to offer advice to the actors? Ms. Apperson answers these and countless other questions in a resource book that will become a constant companion for both the novice and the experienced theatre person. Especially useful is her attention to personal relationships among actors and crew. She insists that working to create an atmosphere of respect backstage will improve the show onstage, and she shows precisely how this is done, based upon her years of experience in managing the stage. Stage Managing and Theatre Etiquette includes samples of prompt scripts and other essential stage manager's tools.

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Author information

Linda Apperson has worked in summer stock, dinner theatre, and regional and community theatres in California, Florida, and Colorado for more than twenty years. A graduate of the School of Theatre at Florida State University, she now works at Stanford University and lives in Sunnyvale, California.

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"Lively...this is no 'pro' looking down her nose at amateurs, this is someone who has been in the trenches." Community Theater "A contagiously encouraging tone." Dramatics "Concise, complete, accessible...will preserve the safety and sanity of making live theater!" -- Robert Kelley, Artistic Director, TheatreWorks "A handy manual and a great resource...will translate to a wonderful theater experience for cast, crew, and audience." Stage and Screen