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The Perfect Stage Crew

The Perfect Stage Crew
Your Price: $26.75 CDN
Author: John Kaluta
Publisher: Allworth Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 272
Pub. Date: 2016
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 1621535207
ISBN-13: 9781621535201

About the Book:

The Perfect Stage Crew is a must-have book for anyone producing a stage show without a Broadway-sized budget.

Written by a technical theatre veteran, The Perfect Stage Crew explains the pitfalls to avoid and provides solutions to the most common — and the most complex — stage performance problems, even for theatres with a lack of resources. An invaluable guide for middle and high school theatres, college theatres, and community theatres, The Perfect Stage Crew teaches you 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 expanded second edition covers up-to-date technology, including for use with recording, sound, and lighting. Chapters also cover such crucial topics as running technical rehearsals, gathering props, and creating and selling tickets. Theatre groups that need to learn the nuts and bolts of putting a show together will discover how to turn backstage workers into The Perfect Stage Crew.

What people say:

"Author John Kaluta not only offers solutions to common stage performance problems, but explains the pitfalls to avoid as well.... Those who want a concise, nuts and bolts approach will find much of interest here and, for those, this book comes with our highest recommendation." — Stage Directions magazine

"The Perfect Stage Crew provides theater teachers and students with a wealth of bottom-line inforamtion, processes, and shortcuts that will help them survive the rigors of teaching and producing educational theater." — Bryar Ted Cougle, theater arts educator

"Kaluta shows how to pull off a fine production in less than forty days on almost any budget.... This technical guide is confidently recommended for any involved in theatre at the high school, college, or community levels." — Midwest Book Review

"Author John Kaluta could add 'Broadway' to the title of this book. It is an excellent resource for novices and professionals in both commercial and not-for-profit theater." — Suzanne Golden, producer, original Broadway production Prelude to a Kiss

About the Author:

John Kaluta has years of experience as a public high school teacher and knows the nuts and bolts of putting on a great show. He has overseen dozens of school and community theatre productions. For more than twenty-five years he has served as a technical director, museum artist, television studio equipment installer, pyrotechnics operator, lighting designer, set designer and rock tour "roadie." He currently lives in Beltsville, Maryland.