Corralling actors, scheduling and keeping track of props, running digital tools such as our dimmer packs and our wireless DMX devices, which use Lumen Radio’s CRMX technology, are all a part of the life a stage manager. These and countless other tasks must be performed and hopefully executed with military style precision in order to have a successful show. To further complicate matters, a different setup is often required with each new production. So, how can stage managers simplify the process without missing critical steps? The same way many of us administer our lives and work – with the use of technology. Here are a few of the top stage management apps.
- Focuster: As we’ve already said, stage managers have a lot of tasks to perform with every production. This is why it takes a tremendous amount of focus and organization to pull off even the simplest performance. Focuster helps by automatically scheduling your to-do list in your calendar. Moreover, it helps you focus by prioritizing tasks helping you to create a hierarchy of duties.
- Stage Manager: Stage Manager is a free app that helps you to plan events, concerts and shows from your mobile phone. It is the perfect app for producers.
- Barbizon’s Electrician’s Handbook: This app, which is available for iOS and Android, is a great reference tool for stage managers who may be a technologically challenged. It gives the user access to every bit of reference material related to wires and cables, lighting fixtures, lamps, color, patterns, pipes, knots, and more.
- eSET: The world of theater and stage production has a very specific and complicated language all its own. eSET provides the user with a glossary of over 2,000 industry terms covering everything from set dressing to sound effects to lighting, etc. The app is great for newcomers or for pros who want to refresh their memory on some aspect of theater production.
- Rehearsal 2: This powerful app lets cast and crew organize their scripts for auditions and on set. It has even been used by actors on the sets of such shows as “Heroes” and “CSI.” The app even allows voice performers to audition wherever they are and to email these performances as MP3s.
We know what you are probably thinking. These apps were not available in the time of Shakespeare. Well, the theater world and the technology that supports it has gotten far more complicated than it was in those days. It is very difficult to keep every aspect of a given play organized in one’s head. These apps can help stage managers perform their duties. We can also help by providing you with state-of-the-art technology and by providing you with Strand Dimmer repair services.