Friday, June 26, 2015

Words from the Stage Manager

Some people have no idea what goes on behind the stage.  We have weeks of extra rehearsals where we give up our time to watch the numbers run and mark and run and mark.  Last minute runs to get props, fix costumes that should have been fixed already and countless arguments.

Some of us take off our regular jobs to make sure you have lights, sound and open curtain.  We don't get paid to do this and we don't get to enjoy the show. We see their backs and half listen because we are calling cues, fixing costumes or hunting down missing cast members.  I don't remember the last time I really saw my kid perform.

Sometimes we do get to be the first to hug them when they get off stage after nailing that lift or jump. Sometimes, we do get to wipe away the tears during rehearsals when they land wrong and it hurts.

And sometimes I yell.

So people who come to the show, and think the  rules of NO FOOD OR DRINKS in the Auditorium  or NO ONE BACKSTAGE doesn't apply to them..  or if you think me telling your child to stop playing with the props is wrong...  Stop.  Just Stop.  If you want to help then be here at every rehearsal.  Get your kid's costumes  fixed.  Make sure they are EARLY not late for rehearsal. Help us clean up after the show.  VOLUNTEER!!!

Then you will see what it takes to put on a show.

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