Today we closed our production of ‘August’ in the Milton Court Studio Theatre directed by Wyn Jones. The play is based on Anton Chekov’s ‘Uncle Vanya,’ but set in late 19th Centaury Wales. Our Stage Management students that work on our productions are required to manage a production through the first pre-production meetings, to the first day of rehearsals, and then through to the last day of the strike.
Before a production moves into technical rehearsals in the theatre space, we here at Guildhall set up a “Props Spread.” This is an opportunity to show the director and designer everything they have sourced and made for the production, and to make sure that everyone is happy with what is going to be on stage.
During Technical Rehearsals the Stage Management team work hard to bring all the technical elements of a show together cohesively. The ASM’s carry out specifically timed cues & manage the cast and props, the DSM co-ordinates all the cues via the prompt desk, and the Stage Manager runs the whole technical rehearsal process.
Then, after all the technical rehearsals are complete, and all the cues have been decided, we begin Dress Rehearsals and the Performances. Then, after all the technical rehearsals are complete, and all the cues have been decided, we begin Dress Rehearsals and the Performances. Here are some shots of the team setting up for the first performance:
And then all too soon Strike Day comes along. On this day the Stage Management team return all props, tidy the Running Rooms, and make sure that all the loose ends are tied up. Then its on to the next one! Well done team!