Emily, a sophomore at Wakefield High School, returns to Signature in the Schools for the second consecutive year as assistant stage manager with Un-American. To help prepare them for their roles in Un-American, both our stage manager and assistant stage manager had the privilege of shadowing the SM and ASM of Hairspray during a performance. Assistant stage manager, Emily, reflects on her experience. Be sure to see Hairspray now extended through February 5th and Un-American, performing for the public on February 6th and 7th.
|Emily hard at work during a rehearsal|
Hairspray is one of my favorite musicals so when I heard that Signature in the Schools would be using the Hairspray stage I already was so excited! After seeing their amazing performance I was even more excited to get the wonderful opportunity to shadow the Assistant Stage Manager during one of their performances. I had a really great time getting to see everything that goes on backstage before, during and after the show. I learned more about the job of an Assistant Stage Manager through questions I asked and information told to me by the person I shadowed. For example, she told me about her responsibilities during rehearsals and I learned how they differed from mine.
What did you take from this experience and how can this help you as ASM for Un-American?It was a valuable learning experience to get to see the job and responsibilities of an Assistant Stage Manager during a live performance. Not only were my questions answered, but I got to see the stage in use. Every stage is different at Signature and it really helped me as the Assistant Stage Manager to spend time backstage during a show and see how this stage works. Also, I got to see the layout of the props list that they used during the pre-set of the show. This gave me an idea of something I could put together to help with our show. This experience will improve my performance as an Assistant Stage Manager for Un-American.
I really appreciate getting this opportunity and the time and courtesy given to me by the Assistant Stage Manager that I shadowed and others backstage.