JR & ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS:
The Head Stage Manager at the Passion Play is assisted by a team of several Assistant Stage Managers and they are divided, as needed, based on the size and complexity of the show. Because it is so large the passion play has customized some of the ASM positions to be very specific in the processes of the show.
Due to the size and scope of the passion play we have additional titles for our ASMs; like Back Stage ASM, Technical ASM, Crowd ASM, etc. Though all ASM’s customarily take on such responsibilities as prompting , props tracking, assisting in set changes, cuing backstage, running satellite rehearsals and assisting with the general safety and well being of all performers, they also take on very specific elements of the ASM job as the specialist on their team for the whole of the rehearsal process and shows.
As usual, once into shows the ASM’s run it from backstage while the Head SM calls the show from the front of house. ASM’s are often asked to wear show specific wardrobe to facilitate onstage cuing and set changes during the run of the show.
Some of the specific Duties and responsibilities of the ASM’s:
⁃ Assist with Welcome weekend activities.
⁃ May move around with rehearsals, take blocking, sit on book and line read for missing actors, supervise volunteer helpers working backstage. Should be comfortable working around animals.
⁃ They may communicate changes to needs regarding props, sets and costumes during rehearsals; cuts, additions, problems, design needs.
⁃ They may create the props lists, running list, lists of necessary repairs/maintenance to set, props and costumes.
⁃ They may be responsible for calling/ signaling any cues to performers given them by the SM.
⁃ May be responsible for liaising with wardrobe and the performers to arrange costume fittings, costume modification needs and proper wear instruction.
⁃ May be responsible for liaising with Props or Set and the performers to arrange technical rehearsals, proper use instruction and potential modification needs.
⁃ May be responsible for liaising with the Crowd Director to keep track of their general and specific blocking and inform them of cueing issues, conflicts or necessities.
⁃ May be responsible for tracking the use and necessity for specific props during the show. This includes, what scenes they are used in, what place they enter and exit from, who uses them, what they are used for, how they need to be prepped and stored.
⁃ May determine changes that will need to happen throughout show, determine who needs help and work with wardrobe to come up with a schedule to a) talk and walk through quick changes b) plan which dresser will be where.
⁃ May assist in getting performers into and out of quick changes at the appropriate times and places as well as calling/ signaling any cues to performers given them by the SM.
⁃ May assist in getting the correct props in and out of performers hands at the appropriate times and places as well as calling/ signaling any cues to performers given them by the SM.
⁃ May be responsible for running the costume return immediately following the final show of the season.
⁃ Other associated duties as required.
⁃ Responsible for assisting in end of season strike and winter storage.
This position is a physically demanding contract position based on ten, 5-day work weeks, on site in Drumheller AB, from Mid May – Late July.
The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is one of Canada’s largest outdoor theatrical events. Now in its 22nd season. The company annually depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. It is an epic story told on an epic scale, this year’s production features a creative retelling of the Gospel of John. The script is performed by a mixed professional & volunteer cast of approximately 200 actors in a 2700-seat outdoor amphitheater.
Interested applicants are encouraged to email a resume and cover letter no later than Feb 6th, 2015
Please Attention to: Adrian Young, Productions Director, email@example.com