When you think of a Broadway show, you probably instantly think of the actors, dancers and singers. But, do you know how many other jobs are involved behind the scenes that help make it a great production? There are many people that don’t get enough credit for their contributions to the show; so today we will be highlighting them below:
Musical Directors tend to not get much credit for the work they put into the production. Sure, they work under the director and producer, but they are who bring the musicals to life with their music. When the shows are on, they either sit back and enjoy the show or work with the stage manager to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Stage Managers, on that note, are in charge of the show staying on track. Their job responsibilities can consist of managing blocking, cues, lighting, scenery, props, scheduling, and, most importantly, reporting to directors and producers.
Property Masters are essential for bigger productions where the stage managers have greater responsibilities. They’re mainly in charge of keeping track of all the props and, sometimes, even working with the creative team in order to strategically place the props and furniture in the appropriate location for the show.
Flyer. This is almost exactly what it sounds like, except they are not the ones doing the flying. They are actually the ones operating the machinery that helps the talent fly through the stage. They are in charge of keeping the actors safe and gracefully soar the actors through.
Wig Makers and Makeup Artists are essential for many productions. They both work with the director and costume designer in order to make the actors look their best and in character. The wig maker is in charge of wig fittings and constructing the appropriate wigs, while the make up artist is in charge of bringing the characters to life with dramatic makeup that works well under harsh lighting.
Costume Attendants have the responsibility of making sure all costumes are safe and in good conditions. They specifically adjust outfits in order to fit the talent it is made for and help them make quick and smooth costume changes.
Choreographers are essential for musical productions. They are in charge of bringing the music to life through dance and strategic movements throughout the stage.
Scenic Carpenters are those who create the sets and scenic designs that make the show visually more pleasing. They work closely with production managers in order to come up with the best looking and safest scenic sets.
Lighting Designers are essential to every production. They are planned ahead of time to match the artistic vision of the shows, and are important for keeping the actors on cue.