Theater. China. Sheesh.
April 18, 2011 10:38 AM Subscribe
Hey Theater People!!! How do I run backstage wardrobe for a show in China???
posted by ashtabula to opelika to human relations (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've agreed to take on the wardrobe supervisorship for the national tour of a broadway show for it's Asia segment. We're playing 5 cities in China & Singapore. Let's make it harder: I've only done the show 5 times, and 15 actors will be brand new and not know what they're doing. Oh yeah, and it needs to be perfect the first time.
Here are the challenges:
-I will have 9 new dressers every city of varying experience. It's possible they've never been backstage before.
-I will have about 15 new actors who've never done the show before. Tech time will be very limited. We'll have 1-2 run-thrus before opening MAX!
-There are many, many quickchanges in different places around the backstage.
-The notes for the show I currently have are being translated, but these will have to be re-translated when I get there to allow for any changes in what our new actors will be wearing.
-Also, I'm brand new to the show - I've spent one weekend learning it and will not be able to spend more time with the show before going there.
-I speak some Chinese - I lived there for a study-abroad ten years ago and have two months to improve my language skills.
-My boss will be there to help.
-I'm inheriting the assistant, so she will know the show pretty well.
-I have two months to learn as much as I can away from the show as possible.
-I plan on having a clock backstage so the dressers can do their cues by time.
-I plan on numbering the costumes in order of what they preset in certain places, so they don't have to try to figure out what a "pink gingham long sleeve shirt" is.
-I plan on giving out maps on where they have to be at certain times.
I need to seriously dumb down and idiot-proof everyone's job. If anyone in the hive mind can offer any insight or ideas, you will make my day!!!