“The stage manager is basically just the cast’s bitch. That’s all they are good for.”
I’m not even sure how I am supposed to respond to that.
YOU can do all of the paperwork that I have been doing since Christmas (for a show that doesn’t open until late April). You can show up an hour early to every rehearsal and be the last one out the door every night. (That’s five hours a night, five days a week, for the next 2 1/2 months by the way.) You can spend every waking hour in the playhouse for two weeks during tech/show week. You can deal with the divas, designers, and general onslaught of garbage when things go wrong (and they will). You can try to balance 22 class hours, a job, 2 shows, and attempt to maybe see your friends every once and a while.
I LOVE stage management regardless of all of those things…but they do make my job difficult. Please do not try to belittle me or the work that I do. And if you do feel the need to be “cool” and say stupid stuff like that…at least have the common sense to NOT say it right in front of me.
I hate when people assume we’re the show’s bitch when we’re doing more for the show than basically everyone else..
Stage managers, I stand behind you.
You have my wrench!
As a prop master who was recently told that I was essentially the Scenic Designer’s bitch, I feel you Stage Management people.
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