2nd September, 2014
Do you have any advice for someone who's calling the show? I've done it once before about 7 times for the same show, but I still get so nervous and I consider myself a novice at it. I stage managed all 4 years of highschool, and now at my college. And obviously it's a completely different environment (which I love) but calling all the cues in the show drives me nuts, (but I still enjoy) but makes me so nervous! Any advice?
Some advice for calling cues? Well, I have a few tips:
1) Take a deep breathe. If your not calm, your crew won’t be. And when people aren’t calm bad things happen.
2) Give stand-by warnings one to two lines before each cue. This really helps.
3) Talk about the actually calling with the crew. My crew knows my call will go like this ” (type) cue (number) … GO”. They know to take the cue when I say go, not before, not after.
4) Don’t ever, ever say go over headset unless you’re calling a cue. Spell it out if you need to use the word.
5) Give warnings one to two pages before a cue if there hasn’t been a cue for that person in a while. Ex: if the last sound cue was 15 pages ago, give them a warning a page before.
6) Go over your cues with everyone. Do a paper tech or cue to cue if you can. These kinds of rehearsals can be really helpful.
7) Be prepared if coms go out. Have the crew on speed dial, and give ASMs cue lists in case they need to call in place of you.
8) Get into a rhythm. If you relax and submerge yourself in the show, you find calling is a lot like singing.
There you go! I really hope this helps! If anyone else has suggestions, go for it.
This is exactly what I tell my student SMs.
(via All Things Tech Theatre)