Reading From a Manuscript Before him, He Continuously Whispers the Lines.  James O. Spearing. “The Prompter’s Art Lost to America.” New York Times, June 19, 1927. ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Reading From a Manuscript Before him, He Continuously Whispers the Lines. James O. Spearing. “The Prompter’s Art Lost to America.” New York Times, June 19, 1927. ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Historical SM Calling Technology: Bells, Whistles, Flags, and Call Boys

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Tracking technological developments over time might be my favorite subtopic within the scope of stage management history. Calling technology predictably changed over time, however, it also affected how audiences related to backstage life. Before Clear-Coms and lightweight headsets, there were telephone switchboards and before that, there were cue lights. But let me tell you a little secret: before electricity, calling the show had an aural impact on the performance.

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Maria Manuela Goyanes is the new Artistic Director for Woolly Mammoth Theater Company
Maria Manuela Goyanes is the new Artistic Director for Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

Woolly Mammoth Names Maria Manuela Goyanes as New Artistic Director

Michael Eddy

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company announces the selection of Maria Manuela Goyanes to succeed co-founder Howard Shalwitz as the organization’s Artistic Director. Goyanes is currently serving as the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at The Public Theater in New York.

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The Secret Silk on Princess Cruises
The Secret Silk on Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Unveils The Secret Silk on the Royal Princess

Michael Eddy

Princess Cruises celebrated the premiere of The Secret Silk, the newest offering from it's partnership with Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony Award-winning composer of Wicked, Godspell, and Pippin. Joining Schwartz aboard Royal Princess for the premiere was the Tony Award nominated director/creator John Tartaglia.
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The set of John at the National Theatre with a set design by Chloe Lamford
The set of John at the National Theatre with a set design by Chloe Lamford

Buying the Perfect Props for John at The National Theatre

Michael Eddy

For John, a new play by Annie Baker at UK’s National Theatre, there are hundreds of ornaments, trinkets, and other kooky items on the set, which was designed by Chloe Lamford. In this behind the scenes video, the National’s props supervisor Camilla Winter talks us through how she found them all.
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The making of the 60-foot wall and turning it into a mural. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.
The making of the 60-foot wall and turning it into a mural. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Behind the Scenes: The Great Wall of American Mariachi

Michael Eddy

In this video from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Jana Mitchell, charge scenic artist for the DCPA Theatre Company, takes you backstage of the world-premiere play American Mariachi to explain how she and her team brought a giant, 60-foot street mural designed by scenic designer, Regina Garcia to life.

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The seating towers and seating platforms at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Photo by Vito Palmisano
The seating towers and seating platforms at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Photo by Vito Palmisano

See The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Transform

Michael Eddy

Watch how The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare came about and how it’s nine mobile seating towers can dramatically reconfigure the theater. The former Skyline Stage on Chicago’s Navy Pier was redesigned into a forward-thinking, new venue. The theater space can be easily reshaped for each production’s needs.
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The Mamma Mia backdrop in the paint shop. Photo from Jason Sherwood Design
The Mamma Mia backdrop in the paint shop. Photo from Jason Sherwood Design

Quite a Custom Backdrop for Mamma Mia

Michael Eddy

The recent production of Mamma Mia at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre had a panoramic, curved sky design from the creative mind of scenic designer, Jason Sherwood. The drop measures 30-feet tall and 80 linear feet long and consists of 2,400 sq. ft. of layered voile and gauze fabrics. Atomic Designs built the custom piece, take a look at this time-lapse video of it being painted.

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The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marquee at the Lyric Theatre. Photo by Jenny Anderson
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marquee at the Lyric Theatre. Photo by Jenny Anderson

Lyric Theatre Marquee Takes Flight for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael Eddy

The newly renovated Lyric Theatre marquee on West 43rd Street for the Broadway premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was recently unveiled.With a design by the production’s Set Designer Christine Jones and International Scenic Supervisor Brett J. Banakis, the building now features a 150-foot, 50,000-lb. wing spanning from the theatre’s marquee up the side of the building. The iconic nest with child adorns the top of Lyric Theatre, overlooking 43rd Street.

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