"It may not change theatre . . . but it will certainly help a lot more people understand it."


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(Table of Contents)


   
THE PRESHOW
(Preface) – v
 
THE PROGRAM
(Table of Contents) – xiii
 
THE PROLOGUE
(Introduction) – 1
 
ACT I: WHO AND WHAT - 7
 
Scene 1: THE WRITER – 9
Where it all begins – 10
The Composer / Lyricist – 14
 
Scene 2: THE PRODUCER – 17
Characteristics of a Producer – 18
The Option – 21
Capitalization – 22
Finding Investors – 24
Production Staff – 25
Into Production – 28
 
Scene 3: THE DIRECTOR – 31
No easy task – 33
Pre-production – 34
Casting – 36
Rehearsals – 37
After Opening Night –39
The Choreographer – 40
Musical Director
– 41

Scene 4: THE STAGE MANAGER – 43
The Hub of the Wheel – 44
Pre-production – 45
Rehearsals – 46
Tech Rehearsals – 48
Running the Show – 49
After Closing Night – 50
 
Scene 5: THE DESIGNERS – 53
The Scenic Designer – 54
The Lighting Designer – 59
The Costume Designer – 61
Other Designers – 65
 
Scene 6: THE ACTOR – 69
Who is the Actor? – 69
How does the Actor act? – 70
The Acting Challenge – 72
The Typical Struggling Actor – 74
Actors' Equity Association: Rules and Contracts – 78
 
Scene 7: THE CREW – 83
Who are they? – 83
Shops – 86
Load-in – 88
Running Crews – 91
Work Calls and Rehearsals – 94
Load-out – 95
 
Scene 8: THE SHOW – 97
Pre-production – 97
In Production – 99
Rehearsals: The First Day – 101
Rehearsals: The Grind – 104
Rehearsals: Tech – 109
Previews – 112
Opening Night – 114
The Critics – 116
A Flop – 120
The Gamblers and the Sad Tales – 122
A Hit – 124
The Working Actor’s Routine - 8 shows a week – 127
 
INTERMISSION – 133
 
ACT II: WHERE AND HOW - 135
 
Scene 1: WHERE IT'S AT – 137
Broadway – 137
The National Tour – 140
Bus and Truck – 142
Off Broadway – 143
Off-Off Broadway – 146
Other theatre – 151
 
Scene 2: HOW TO GET IT – 155
The P&R – 156
The Trades – 158
The Audition – 162
Call Backs – 165
The Chorus Call – 167
Agents and Managers – 170
Directors – Designers – Stage Managers – 171
Indirect Methods – 174
 
Scene 3: WAITING – 177
Training – 177
Survival Jobs – 180
 
THE EPILOGUE – 183
Why
 
CURTAIN CALL – 187
The people who helped – 187
Special Thanks – 191
 
GLOSSARY – 195

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – 240






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WHAT WE DO - Working in the Theatre
©2008, Bo Metzler
ISBN:   0-7414-5004-6 
258 pages - including glossary
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