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The Perfect Stage Crew The Compleat Technical Guide for High School, College, and Community Theater
by John Kaluta

$19.95, 6 x 9, 256 pages
Paperback, ISBN 1-58115-315-5
Publication Date: March 2004

Even with Broadway-sized budgets, creating stage magic is not easy. Faced with minute budgets and limited technical resources, backstage workers in high school, college, and community theaters are often frustrated in their attempts to produce quality shows. A new resource is about to level the playing field. A technical theater veteran, John Kaluta, shows how to pull off a stunning production in less than forty days on almost any budget in The Perfect Stage Crew: The Compleat Technical Guide for High School, College, and Community Theater.

“When things go wrong and catastrophe looms, the magic comes out in the efforts of the cast and crew. The magical part is the result of planning, teamwork, stick-to-it-iveness, and perhaps a little luck,” the author observes.

The Perfect Stage Crew provides solutions to the most common and complex stage and crew problems. It reveals the nuts and bolts of putting a show together, covering such crucial topics as running technical rehearsals, gathering props, creating and selling tickets, and much more. Chapters show readers how to:

  • Stock, organize, and store the essential backstage supplies
  • Conceptualize, design, and build sets
  • Manage a stage crew effectively
  • Paint scenery and backdrops
  • Test, design, and hang lighting
  • Operate and repair sound equipment
  • Set cues
  • Promote your show

This book is crucial for anyone looking to turn backstage workers into The Perfect Stage Crew.