This term, the Dartmouth Theater Department is presenting Cabaret as the mainstage production. Throughout the term, I will be interviewing various members of the immense team that are making this show possible. Having already presented some of the leads at the face of the show, it is now time to turn our attention backstage. First up is Maya Frost-Belansky ’20, the stage manager for this production.
What exactly does a Stage Manager do?
Overall, stage managers (SMs) are responsible for supporting the director’s artistic vision. To do this, SMs liaise between the various technical departments by sharing updated information and feedback about what is needed from each. SMs also send out daily rehearsal schedules and reports, keep track of “blocking” (where the actors move on stage), create and edit a “run list” (a list of all the moving pieces and things to remember during a show). Once showtime comes around, the SM “calls” the show, which is when the SM communicates via headset to the various technicians and assistant stage managers (ASM) around the theater to ensure all the technical aspects go off without a hitch!
How did you get involved in the Theater Department? In Stage Management?
I have participated in technical theater since middle school, and was particularly invested throughout high school. When I arrived at Dartmouth, I realized that though I wasn’t interested in a theater major or minor, I would definitely miss theater if I didn’t participate at all. During my freshman fall, I was able to get involved with Intimate Apparel as an ASM and ended up taking Kathleen Cunneen’s Theater 41 class called “Stage Management,” which gave me the opportunity to SM Urinetown with an amazing team of fellow classmates. I have always enjoyed the behind-the-scenes aspect of stage management, particularly the opportunity to create something through a strong community. Ultimately, I decided I enjoyed the process so much that I wanted to take on Theater 80- Independent Study, and was lucky enough to get the chance to SM Cabaret.
What are you most excited about being involved in Cabaret?
I love being a part of a community that can create a really powerful statement together. We have so much talent and experience among the actors, production team, and stage management team, and I just feel so lucky to be a part of a project that I believe in with people I believe in. I’m so excited about the message we’re sharing in this production, and our ability to do it in such an engaging way. Overall, I just can’t wait to see all of our work come together during tech week, and then of course during the performances in the next few weeks.