Hello all! Welcome to Behind the Curtain. My name is Grace Beddingfield, and I am the Production Stage Manager for the TC Roberson drama department. As a production stage manager, or a PSM, I sit up in the booth during the show and call lighting and sound cues. Calling cues is when you tell the sound or lighting operator to stand-by or wait for their cue and then when they should go.
I also get on a headset and talk with the stage managers (Jeffery and Sophia) and help guide run crew and actors during the course of the show. Run crew moves scenery during blackouts or low lighting scenes. During last year’s musical Cinderella, there were over 15 scene changes. Good run crew members are truly hard to find, but I have been lucky so far at TC to have amazing and dedicated members.
Other daily items on my agenda include helping mop and sweep the stage or assigning a technician to do it. With the most recent fall play “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” there is a lot of mopping after the end of the show because of the dust used in the ending scene. I also help any actors with hair and makeup if needed. Boys mostly are the ones asking for help with eyeliner and other makeup products because they aren’t really used to them.
My number one priority is to make sure everyone is having fun and being SAFE. One huge rule I really feel the need to reinforce is no hugging or any touching allowed because that is how people get hurt. Of course the actors get grumpy about this rule because they just wanna lay all over each other, but for their own safety, it is best to stay away from each other. Sickness spreads more quickly as well if they are allowed to hug all over each other.
I want everyone to have a good time because theatre means so much to me. It has truly become my passion, and I really care about everyone involved. Until next time, I’m, as we say, going off.