Spotlight on Alexis Rose, Stage Manager of GillianBy Laura & Mike Clark • Nov 3rd, 2007 • Category: Backstage, Interviews, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
Listen to Mike interview Alexis Rose, the Stage Manager of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday [MP3 5:14 2.4MB].
Mike: This is Mike with ShowBizRadio and I am backstage at a rehearsal of Port City Playhouse’s production of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. I’m talking with the Stage Manager, Alexis Rose. Thanks for talking with me.
Alexis: Thank you for having me.
Mike: Ok. So the big question is: what is a stage manager?
Alexis: The Stage Manager is the person who is in charge of implementing everything in a production, putting it all together. Taking the director’s vision, making sure the actors are following through with it and then calling the cues during the show and making sure that everything runs smoothly.
Mike: I’ve seen you at a bunch of the rehearsals. You’ve got to know the whole show inside and out?
Alexis: Exactly. I have to know everything. I have to be at every single rehearsal. I run every technical rehearsal. I know if anything is messed up and then what to do if something happens that is either not expected or is an emergency situation.
Mike: Are you backstage or are you somewhere else during the show?
Alexis: I am in the booth during the show with the light run and the sound run.
Mike: Are you doing either of those or is someone else actually doing those?
Alexis: Luckily we have someone doing both of those so I just have to call the show.
Mike: So what do you mean “call the show?” What does that mean?
Alexis: When you call the show, that’s basically I say when the lights are supposed to go and when the sound is supposed to go. I have to listen to the show, make sure all that happens and then the light run or the sound run can take a nap or read a book or whatever and then I call stand by and then tell them when to go.
Mike: Have you done stage managing before or is this your first time?
Alexis: This is the first show I’ve done outside of school. I have stage managed for about six years or so. I’ve stage managed all through school. It’s what I studied when I was in college, so I’m excited to do a production outside of school.
Mike: So you can get a degree in Stage Management?
Alexis: You can get one. Mine, I had a Liberal Arts Degree in Dramatic Arts. My focus was primarily on Stage Managing. That’s what I did all four years.
Mike: Wow, I didn’t know you could do that. That’s neat. Where did you go to school?
Alexis: I went to school at St. Mary’s College in Southern Maryland.
Mike: Has this experience been what you were expecting from all your training?
Alexis: This experience has been very similar to one that I’ve trained for. It’s been really easy because the actors have been carrying themselves very professionally. They’ve been really easy to work with. Sara Joy has been a delight to work for and because we do have a sound and lights run.
Mike: So if something happens would that be something like a light burns out or someone forgets their lines or what type of things do you have to be on the watch for?
Alexis: Primarily the actors are going to have to cover themselves if they have any problems with their lines. If a light burns out, either the light designer will have to fix that (the person running the lights) either with other lights, that’s not something we can really fix in the middle of the show. So the things I will be looking out for will be just making sure that the lights go up when they’re supposed to go up. The sound will go up when it needs to. Then if we needed to cover anything, then that’s what we would take care of. I can think of emergency situations I’ve had in the past.
Mike: What types of things?
Alexis: I’ve had crises where I’ve had a sound designer stick a spoon in an amplifier and didn’t inform me ahead of time because clearly she knew I would be upset. So she fixed it and then she left, I don’t know where she went. So I had to call someone else to bring a whole new sound system. That’s kind of the stuff I primarily deal with. Then getting someone backstage who can fix it; the table if a leg falls off or bandaging up an actor and try to figure out a way to cover them if they are bleeding and need someone else to go on stage for them.
Mike: Wow. So what are your thoughts of the show that you have been watching for the last couple months?
Alexis: I think it’s a great show. I hope everybody comes out to see it. See how hard this group of actors has worked, to come and check out the way that it look all together, the lights and the sound and just the way it goes between David’s real life and what’s happening with his life and then Gillian and how that’s represented through the different lights and sounds and character changes.
Mike: Do you have any characters that you really like? Since you’re not one of them you can kind of share some thoughts that nobody else can share.
Alexis: That’s a really hard question because I like them all for different reasons. I love the family: Dan, Gillian, and Rachel. I think they have just a sweet life and you just wish their life was happily ever after like it could have been.
Mike: Ok. Anything else we should talk about?
Alexis: No, I think that about covers it. I hope everybody comes out to see the show.
Mike: Ok, well thanks very much for talking with me. I appreciate it.
Alexis: Thank you for talking to me.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.