As we are about to open our third season at the end of this month with the play Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson, I am finding myself busier than ever with Coeurage Theatre Company, but also finding my groove and having a great but crazy time.
Working as the stage manager for Balm in Gilead, is a full time job. We have a cast of 23, plus understudies and a full production team. With this show we are extending our collaboration with Coeurage staff and the entire company. To make this show great, every resource available must be used and I, happily, am in the middle of the coordination. Collaboration and creativity allows a small company like Coeurage to present incredible works of theater. We are especially proud of our success while maintaining our “Pay what you want “ ticket prices.
Personally I love stage managing because it offers the most complete view of putting on a production from start to finish. The stage manager is part of the creative team, but also responsible for each of the many nuts and bolts that hold a show together.
When people ask me how a show is going during pre-production, I don’t like to answer because I know so many details that I might come off as being overly negative or positive depending on the crisis of the day. But I also have enough experience to know that by opening night every nut and bolt will be tight and the audience will just experience magic. But until that day, there are so many elements to bring together, and that is the thrill. So instead of writing more it’s back to rehearsing, rehearsal reports, production meetings, searching for set pieces and props, working with designers so they can perfect their design, and all the other items in my production book. But patience, nothing will be ready until opening night and even after that, each performance carries it’s unique dynamic signature. It’s not over until closing night!
So as I write this blog, I can’t tell you exactly how everything is going to end up, because we are still in the midst of creation. But I do know that we have an amazing cast and creative team and when we open in three weeks, this will be a show that you won’t want to miss!!
I hope to see you at the theatre!