Behind the Scenes: The Multiple Hat Wearer

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By Nyssa Tilford

My jobs during the July One Acts is being the production manager for all three July One Acts, and being the stage manager for Brother In Arms. I make sure that everyone else does their job, in theory. If this goal is achieved then everyone should be organized and have the information they need. I make sure that we run on time, both in rehearsal and in the grand scheme of things when counting down days to performances. I make sure actors are where they should be, know the blocking, and aid the directors in staying focused and refine their creative vision within the sills of reality.

The production manager work is the same as the stage manager, I did not oversee two of the plays until tech weekend. The other stage managers focus on their own acts, but come tech weekend and beyond I am the one (while wearing the production manager hat) in charge. I’ll be the one in the booth calling cues and most likely doing the sound while I’m at it.

The biggest challenges of July One Acts had more to do with balancing a massively successful, sold out, show as assistant tech director for Legally Blonde, while doing rehearsals for One Acts, and only having a week break between the final performances for Legally Blonde and the tech weekend for the July One Acts. Did I also mention I’m a student with papers and exams during that period? Breathe.

The biggest highlight has been the showcase we had for the July One Acts. Each act was able to see snippets of the other acts, which was really fun experience as we were separated for so long, then coming together and seeing everyone again and how hard they’ve worked.

This is the first time in a head slot for a bigger size production. I’ve assisted various roles for other shows since I joined KWLT in 2015, but I’m rather green at being the one in charge and hopefully all will go well and the audience enjoys the acts.