Once the creative stage comes to an end in the production, what steps would be required before an opera goes to a formal performance? The two lecturers emphasized that no matter what type of production is involved, both troupe manager and stage manager play key roles in the delivery of a final performance.
STEP 1: Fully prepared prior to the rehearsal
Before a rehearsal is to commence, both troupe manager and stage manager first need to have a very clear definition of their respective roles and divisions. The troupe manager is a communicator connecting the production team with the creative team, while the stage manager is responsible for coordinating all parties involved for the performance and all technical work. In the exchange course, the two lecturers took two operas, "Tosca" and "Unexpected Visitors," as examples to analyze how they worked together to conduct script analysis, scene decomposition, and stage risk assessment and how they prepared for the rehearsal.
STEP 2: Rehearsal management in the rehearsal room
When a production comes to the rehearsal stage, the troupe manager and the stage manager immediately coordinate with all departments involved in a comprehensive manner, and the duties division and cooperation among the departments are commenced thereafter, including streamlined management of space preparation for the rehearsal room, rehearsal scheduling, stage plan mapping, setting outline marking, rehearsal room management, props record, and other related work.
STEP 3: Communication between the rehearsal room and the stage
In this phase, efficient communication and teamwork play key roles in moving the production forward from the rehearsal room to the stage. The troupe manager is responsible for scheduling actors, rehearsal recording, information on costumes and production meetings, while the stage manager maintains technical plotting and staff drawing and performs stage rehearsal and technical arrangement.
STEP 4: Process management on the performance day
After the four stages of concept, design, production, and technology, how can we continue to maintain lean process management in the final performance stage? The two lecturers pointed out that this requires not only the troupe manager and the stage manager to perform well in communication, organization, initiative, and insight, but it may also rely on performance checklists, tour schedules, tour brochures, and other tools to make reasonable arrangements and orderly management to finally deliver a perfect performance.
To be expected
June 15 -21, 2019
After the first phase of the Module came to a successful end, the participants of the PASE 2019 headed for a 7-day study tour to the performing arts institutions based in the Yangtze River Delta. They visited the Suzhou Museum, Suzhou Pingtan Museum, Suzhou Kunqu Theater, and Damai of the Alibaba, Songcheng Performing Arts, Yue Opera Town, Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Theater, and the Hangzhou Grand Theatre for study and research purposes.