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A lot of people feel that setting up the stage is an easy task. They do not realize that an excellent performance could be deemed horrible if everything on the stage doesn’t fit with the story being told. The music must be right, the props must work, and the lighting should highlight the most important aspects and leave the rest in the dark. We take all of this into consideration when trying to figure out how we create the perfect stage for that concert or performance.
How We Begin
Before you set the first show or concert date, we will talk to a stage designer, the costume designer, music directors, lighting specialists, production managers, and the props master to devise a plan of action. From there, we will fine tune it all through a variety of tests.
When rehearsals begin, it is not just about how well the actors may know their lines. It is a rehearsal to see how everything is going to fit together. We make notes of when that light needs to come on and how much lighting you will need in that area, does the music that is playing at that moment fit the tone you are trying to portray on the stage, and how to we make the switch from one scene to the next without missing our mark. We do it because we do not want to have a glitch come opening night. Read More
If you are interested in becoming a member of the stage production team, you have a lot to discover about what it takes to create the perfect theater experience. However, what it will take for you will depend greatly on which aspect you most want to be a part of. There are a lot of different aspects that go into creating a stage setting regardless of whether you are dealing with a theatrical performance or a concert. That is why it is most often left to people who are trained to handle specific tasks.
The Perfect Person
Much the same as a successful performance is based on finding the right person to play that particular part, you must also discover the right person to handle the behind the scenes operations. The person you have working behind the scenes should be knowledgeable and experienced in various aspects of the job. They should be able to think quickly and handle issues that may come up, because a lot of the lighting, music, and props may all fail during the show. If that happens, they need to be able to act quickly so that the audience does not notice the failure. Even a costume malfunction could destroy the credibility of the show and the cast. Read More
When it comes to how you set the stage for a perfect performance, there are a lot of things to consider. The lighting and sound system are only the start. Mostly, the stage and whether it is perfect or not, is going to be centered on the quality of the props that are a part of it. This may sound silly considering that a good actress or actor is typically the key component to a good play, but props also matter.
Why Props Matter
Think about the type of stage that you need for your performance. If you are telling a story that is based in the 50s, you wouldn’t want iPads and other items that we associate with more recent times to be a part of it. You should have furniture, decor, and even clothing that depicts the storyline you are telling. These are all props and it can go a long way in convincing your audience that the story you are telling is somewhat believable. This is very important when you are trying to transport your audience to that time period and have them feel as though they are watching something real take place. Read More
When considering the lighting on stage, there are a lot of options. There are flood lights, soft spot lights, profile spot lights, and then beam lights. From there, you get into having to decide if you want more lighting up front or toward the back and sides. Perhaps you may even want something in the middle. Then you may also find yourself needing a specific type of lighting to make special effects more appealing. The list can go on and on and for all of it, you must figure out first, how to choose the lighting for your stage to make it look the way you want it.
Understand Your Lighting
Flood lights are designed to put light over a larger area. They will be used if you want the entire stage to be well lit. Soft spot lights are more easily controlled lighting so that you can highlight an area of the stage, but if you want a precise light to be on a definite pin pointed area, you will want a profile spotlight in that area. If you only want lighting in the front or the rear of the stage you may want a beam light in that area. These are parallel lights that direct light like you would see when the sun is being partially covered by a cloud. Read More
Acting is a gift. It takes a lot of talent and desire to be good whether you are on camera or on stage, however stage is a bit more difficult according to some people. The major difference is when you are on stage, you are performing live in front of an audience that will see every mistake that you may make. There are certain things that you can do though to make your skills more evident. These are the things you should focus on with each performance if you truly want to know what makes a great on stage actor. Read More
We are in a fog.
In it, a room of today hangs expectant.
Preparations for a small wedding …
The dramatic, introductory music to “Casablanca” plays as we see …
… So sets the scene for A Wedding Story, an exuberantly funny and elegantly moving look at unconditional love:
Sally, a single woman, perceives marriage as a sacrifice akin to a prison term – she runs screaming from anything that smacks of a long-term commitment. Her parents have a loving relationship – their “theme movie” is Casablanca. But now her mom’s health is failing and her dad cannot keep up. Meanwhile, Sally meets Grace in a bathroom stall at a wedding and what started as a one night stand is quickly spiraling out of control – Sally’s once organized and temperate life has become a passion-filled whirlwind!
Earning raves in London, Stageworks’ new production marks A Wedding Story’s American premiere.
“A moving play about marriage and the nature of love… with its mix of comedy, tragedy, movie culture and popular song … Lavery is riding the crest of a wave.” -THE GUARDIAN (London)
Bryony Lavery received Tony nomination and the TMA Award for her play, Frozen.