Leadership in a Cue-Heavy Show
There are many roles that are put into use in the making of the theater production. Tasks and responsibilities can easily get out of hand if there is no form of accountability among the cast and crew. So how can leadership be used properly and a show?
Firstly, a well functioning team requires cooperation from all members-leaders and followers alike. An effective leader has the attention of those they are serving...yes, serving. A leader’s job is a service to their team. Their purpose is to use their authority and abilities to benefit the cast and crew by taking charge. It is no easy job.
An important tool for a leader to use, especially in a cue-heavy show, is the necessary option of distributing jobs. Simply put, there are too many tasks for a leader to do on their own. That’s why it is important that some of those responsibilities be assigned to someone who can be trusted to complete it for them.This is the most effective way to accomplish things. This is also a good way to solve unexpected problems that a show presents.
There are inevitably difficulties that arise when the show is being put together. Consequently, leaders must be constantly at attention. It’s important that they be aware of what is happening on and off the stage. In order to serve the actors and crew members best, a leader should strive to be well acquainted with the show. This means reading the script well, remembering the characters, and knowing the set, props, and cues. When one does have things are meant to run, they can quickly recognize when things go awry.
Without a leader to decide on a course of action, a theater could easily crumble. Members of a show look to someone who can respect fully correct in command. It is easiest to lean on responsibility is viewed as a humble service to others. It is healthiest for both the leader and the team to assign duties and spread the workload. The most responsible way to live is to know the show and to always pay attention. Leader ship, though not easy, is certainly necessary, and it can definitely be a beautiful, worthwhile experience.
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