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Places, Please!: An Essential Manual for High-School Theater Directors

Places, Please!: An Essential Manual for High-School Theater Directors
Your Price: $21.95 CDN
Author: Joy Varley
Publisher: Smith and Kraus Publishers
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 224
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 1575252821
ISBN-13: 9781575252827

About the Book:

Places, Please! is a must-have for every theater group. Sub-titled How To Structure & Organize Your Theater Program, this book covers every step in the daunting task of planning and presenting a high school, college, or community theatre production.

Places, Please! clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of each department of the stage production, from the staff, to the backstage crews, to the cast and the volunteers. The author includes special chapters addressing the playbill, the call board, the costume parade, the lighting, the sets, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and creating and managing your show's budget. This book includes a complete production timeline that will insure that you will never again run out of time when rehearsing a production.

Places, Please! also includes all necessary forms, diagrams, and charts – audition schedules, evaluation sheets, actor and volunteer forms, scene breakdown charts, how to prepare a stage manager's cue book, how to create and manage a show's costume plot, and much more.

What people say:

"...a nuts-and-bolts theater manual for students and theater leaders." — Stage Directions magazine

"This book is an invaluable assets for schools who want theater programs to be meaningful experiences for all student participants. It can influence your whole school culture. I have seen it work." — William M. Donohue, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, The Byram Hills School District in Armonk, New York

"From actors to ushers to fundraising, this book covers everything it takes to create a theater program that fosters inspiration and community." — Aaron Lustbader, Partner and General Manager at Foresight Theatrical; he has managed well over 20 Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, plays and national tours

About the Author:

Joy Varley was a public school educator for 36-year years. She spent most of her career at the high school level, directing plays and musicals, teaching a variety of beginning and advanced level theatre courses, and conducting choral performing ensembles. From 1996-1998, she worked at WPIX-WB11 Television in New York City where she served as creator and producer of "Team 11". She won an Emmy Award in 1997 for Outstanding Musical Composition. She was for 28 years a Choir and Theater Director at Byram Hills High School (BHHS) in Armonk, New York where she was named "Teacher of the Year" in 1993.