Stage Lingo

Bible – Stage Manager’s script with all cues noted. Bobtail – Short semi, a box truck used to transport stage equipment. Boneyard – Where empty cases are stored. Bounce – A thin and light colored drop used to “bounce” light off of. Bring It In – Lower the pipe. Buddy (Uncle Buddy) – Friction tool used on the fly […]

Rigging Primer

IATSE 205 ETCP RIGGING STUDY RESOURCES BY JOE MARTIN DISCLAIMER THE RESOURCES AND TIPS GIVEN IN THIS GUIDE ARE NOT ENDORSED BY ETCP OR ANY ORGANIZATIONS RELATED. THIS IS MERELY A GUIDE TO FIND INFORMATION AND REINFORCE INFORMATION THAT IS RELATED TO STAGE RIGGING AND COVERS KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL BE USEFUL IN TAKING THE EXAM.  UNDER NO […]

Behind the tutu: A Nutcracker Review

by Sister Joan Miller When talking with deckhands during Nutcracker, I often say, “They keep me in the basement”, like some monster in the cellar. During the Broadway shows, they can see what I do.  I may be in the wings or in a quick change area, and the performer arrives in one costume and […]

#StagehandView: General Robert Rules Again!

First off, huge correction to an old post. It’s, what, my fourth? And I’m already correcting and retracting. How’s that for establishing credibility? In the Stagehand View dated December 23, 2013, I missed a huge typo that changed the meaning of a very important sentence. Here’s what I wrote on the day I shamed myself: […]

#StagehandView: There Once Was a General Named Robert…who must have been seriously OCD

Notice the hashtag (#) in the title? I’ve been tweeting pictures of various “seldom seen” stagehand views. It’s at #StagehandView. Got cool backstage pics? Tweet them there. Just remember to respect everyone’s privacy and intellectual property. And, as always, don’t be a dick. Enough personal promotion. Disclaimer: I’ll be referencing the 10th Edition of Robert’s […]