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Musicals and theatrical presentations, as well as music shows, all require many of the same steps and same things behind the stage. Without these common needs, these shows would not be very successful. If you are trying to produce a major, one-time, live event production for a charity benefit, here is what, and who, you will need to get and hire in advance.
Lighting and Lighting Crews
No one in the audience can see a thing if you do not light the stage. Furthermore, if you need other lighting effects, such as spotlights or colored lights, you need a lighting crew. Be sure to hire people with plenty of experience and someone who can be the master stage lighter to get the crew to do what needs to be done.
Actors have learned to project their voices, but if you hold your show in a massive performing arts center, you will need more than just excellent actors and great acoustics. You will need a sound director, sound equipment that is adequate for the venue, and micro-microphones for speaking and singing roles. If the show it just a concert without singing, then microphones via stands are adequate. You will also need dozens of speakers to project sound. The sound director you hire will let you know exactly which types of speakers and number of each you will need.
Set Design and Construction
Set design and construction crews are usually the same thing when it comes to one-time events or smaller productions. Still, they are an important part of any show because the set design reveals where things are taking place. Set design can also set the mood or tone for the entire show.
The actors, the sound crew, the lighting crew, and the set design and construction crew are busily doing their jobs before and during the show. They cannot act as stage hands. You will need to hire a half dozen stage hands who can help move, remove, and change the scenery for each new act of the show.
Costumes and Makeup
If and when costumes are needed on stage, you need a costume designer and possibly a seamstress. Both make and fit the costumes to the performers. ALL live productions require makeup so that the audience can see the performers. Theatrical lights tend to wash out people's faces on stage, so a make-up artist is a definite necessity, too.Share