Theatre Management Project - Theatre Company
PART C - Putting It Together ...
("Bit by Bit!")
Now that your group has decided on a definite location, organizational structure, facility (or facilities) and an idea/mission statement, it's time to start thinking about what shows you might include in your season.
You will each explore and research FOUR different show possibilities in the following genres: a drama, a comedy, a musical, and one of your choice.
You will research and then (using the same Google Doc) compile the following information about EACH show:
2. title of play/musical (include any subtitles that may exist)
3. author name(s) (musicals may have multiple composer(s) and/or lyricist(s) in addition to whoever wrote the book)
4. a brief plot summary (written in several complete sentences, but no more than one paragraph for this assignment)
5. cast size (include specific breakdown of men, women, children, animals, etc.)
6. estimated crew size (what special technical considerations does this show require? lots of costumes? lots of special effects? etc.)
Compiling this information will give your group a plethora of choices for upcoming discussions regarding a final lineup as you consider what is best for your theatre company.
NOTE: No company members should have the same shows entered. Shows produced at HSE within the last five years are off-limits. See an extended list of past HSE productions by clicking here.
Use the Symbaloo webmix embedded below to access some helpful links as you complete this part of the project or click here to access it on the Symbaloo website.
PART C (continued)
When everyone in the group has finished contributing their own findings to the Google Doc, members should go through and “rate” the entries proposed by other group members. On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 highest). (NOTE: You are not rating your group members’ work or writing, but instead, looking at the information provided and determining how interesting the show seems to an audience member: 5 = very interesting, 4 = interesting, 3 = somewhat interesting, 2 = not that interesting, 1 = not interesting at all).
Ratings are "attached" by highlighting the title of the show in the document and adding a “Comment”. On a separate sheet of paper (or your own separate Google Doc) you should keep track of your top 10 favorites (these can include some of your own shows).
After entries have been rated, you should continue to narrow things down by discussing the options with your group. Sharing your top 10 selections with everyone else, talk about each and look for common selections (either shows and/or themes).
As you discuss, consider the following questions:
- “How does this align with the idea/mission statement of your theatre company?” and
- “Is it physically feasible for this show to be produced in your facility?” <— This may require some more specific choices to be made about your facility.
Out of this discussion, you should create (and share) a new document with: the group's overall top 10 picks (titles & authors), and then, from that, (in the spirit of the season) a Final Four lineup.