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“And Now For Something Completely Different!” from Julia Welch

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I’ve been in the shop for the last two month. Physical work, sawdust, everyone focused on their own project, everyone in their own dedicated world. And now I’m doing a 180. I’m stage managing the FAIRplay project. What’s FAIRplay you might ask? Well, all of us interns, assistants and fellows are putting on a fully realized, fully produced play in two week.Impossible, you say? Not at all! Crazy, you say? Quite possibly.

I have been brought into the process as the assistant stage manager for our production of “Yellow Face”. It’s pretty much the opposite of what I’ve been doing. Now it’s sitting and taking notes on my computer, in a sawdust free room, observing actors and directors collaborate. It’s nice to experience another side of theatre. I have a million theatrical interests and I’m happy OSF is giving me the opportunity to explore more than one during my assistantship here.

I will say that stage management is a challenge. In the past I’ve stage managed for educational or fringe theatre and it’s quite different making the jump to equity. I feel that instead of being the calmest person in the room—the person in charge—I’m the least knowledgeable. I need to remember that it’s a learning process, and I am indeed learning. Lots.

I like to watch the artists work. I like seeing all four directors’ (yes, there are four different directors) different styles. I like to watch the play come together from the artistic side. I feel more like an audience member than a stage manager most days. This whole process is quite the adventure. We’ll see where we end up on performance day.

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