We are all a big family in pursuit of two things… to make a great show and to have fun doing it. It should never be “us” against “them”. We all have different jobs to do and the best any of us can do is to concentrate on doing our specific job to the best of our ability. While there will always be a lot of interaction between different crews or departments, remember that we are all on the same team. Sound crew members may talk to someone about projecting or slowing down when they talk, but probably shouldn’t be giving instruction on acting or dancing. Dancers may have a question about where they should be in relation to a possible lighting problem, but probably won’t be telling the lighting board operator when to bring up which lights. Makeup technicians will help you look good under the lights but shouldn’t make suggestions about adding or cutting lines from the script. These are all just examples… you should know what the order of communication is under most circumstances:

  • Actors talk principally to the Stage Manager and the Director.
  • Singers talk principally to the Music Director, the Director, a rehearsal accompanist, voice coach and maybe to the sound crew with a question.
  • Dancers will usually talk to the Choreographer, Stage Manager, the Director and the Music Director… maybe the rehearsal accompanist.
  • Light Techs/Spot Operators will talk to the Lighting Designer and the Technical Director and Stage Manager… possibly to the Director.
  • Sound Techs will go through the Sound Designer, Stage Manager and Technical Director, with some consultation with the Music Director before approaching the Director.

Since many of these cross over or blend, common sense must reign. Think about who’s responsible for what and don’t worry too much about what somebody else is doing or not doing. Do your job the best that you can.