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Mar. 14th, 2011 @ 10:35 pm
Is this thing on?
So, I've just gotten a gig SMing "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." From what I hear, there's a lot of improv.
Any suggestions or tips out there for SMing *gulp* improv?
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March 15th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
That's for the Reduced Shakes. Co., right? Great show.
SMing for improv, rarely comes up unless there are sets or props, as it's usually just a bare stage, the performers, and lights/sound. Since I do prod. work on both improv and stage, if you could run me through the show format, or specific questions, I might be able to help.
March 25th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Tips for sound and light cues
I work with Extemproaneous Theatre Company year round. When we do a long form show and have sound cues or light cues, the actors use prearranged word cues or physical cues to let me know when to hit GO. For example, for a flashback scene, the actor will repeat the phrase "I remember it like it was yesterday... yesterday... yesterday" and I hit the sfx. Another example: An actor might pull an earlobe or make an unmistakable hand gesture or raise an arm.