chapter  5
13 Pages

Orchestration

WithLisa Porter, Narda E. Alcorn

Calling a show as a stage manager refers to verbally communicating with technicians, telling them when to execute the cues that have been developed with the creative team in tech. While calling cues is a form of orchestrating a show, orchestration can also involve varied areas like time, transitions, and relationships. The way stage managers orchestrate cues can vary in response to the environment. Time has a natural place within the stage manager’s relationship to managing the production process. Chronological time is sequential and can be measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years. Time management is much more than just keeping track of the clock. Stage managers can strategically expand or contract the way time is used to serve the production. Determining appropriate timing is complex and requires the consideration of explicit and implicit information, sometimes communicated with non-verbal indicators, such as body language or tone of voice.