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Stage managers implement digital technology at MU

May. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students in Marshall University's theatre program began using iPad technology to take notes for stage managers.

Assistant Professor Nicole Perrone said the digital prompt book enables the stage managers to do everything in an electronic format, as opposed to paper.

"In this way, they can amend the files more quickly and share the files more easily," Perrone said. "Also, the iPad has several unique features that would not be available in a paper prompt book. For example, instead of attempting to notate all the movement in a dance, the stage manager can make a video of the dance and embed that video right into the script. It's really amazing."

Chelsey Moore, a sophomore theatre performance major, said she first used digital prompt booking as the stage manager of this year's production of "Doubt."

"I like it because there's less paper to keep up with," Moore said. "It was really helpful, especially the picture taking. The cast doesn't even know; they don't have to stop or anything. Stage management can be stressful regardless, but this is a tool that helps make it less stressful."

Ashley Monet, a senior theatre performance major, said the prompt book is still new to everyone, but it is easier and faster for a stage manager to use. She said the apps work together to help make prompt booking happen.

"We do all of our blocking on our iPad, which makes it easier to keep everything in one place. It's cleaner; it's quick; we have more functions like taking pictures of everyone when they're on stage instead of trying to write down every single person. We have a cast of 18 with two understudies, so that's a big cast," Monet said. "The iPad is such a wonderful tool for a stage manager, so we are making that transition with the rest of the theatre industry."

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