October 18, 2014 - Wanted: A Chaperon
This is the first time I opted not to act on a production. I insisted on participating behind the scenes. I volunteered as Production Manager to this wonderful class of mine last August. Deep down I know I wanted to perform but I wanted a different kind of challenge this time. I want to make my knowledge in theater broader than being able to internalize a character and tell his/her story in front of hundreds people.
Production Managers work behind everything and are huge reasons for almost everything working out the way they’re supposed to for the production. They are the overall in charge of schedules, budget, publicity, marketing, decision-makings, and crucial tasks. They have the heaviest load on their shoulders on the process of making the production. She shoulders the director’s, actors’, and crew’s concerns.
Obviously a far fetched task from my typical acting on stage. It was an experience I glad I put myself into. I’ve never felt so stressed and pressured in my whole life.
Being the production manager taught me how to become flexible not just in managing schedules but also handling budget, harnessing PR skills, and making people meet halfway. I learned to put others before myself and understand that inside a class of 27, there 27 different minds colliding. Scary but at the same time the most beautiful thing about it.
The bond created during this production is undeniably one of the things I’ll always remember about it. I thought I knew my blockmates during the two semesters we’ve been together. There were more to the quiet faces and humbling eyes. There are stronger personalities hiding behind the simple nods. And I loved every bit of added knowledge of people I’ve been with for the past year.
During TDRs we generally dont come out as THE BEST one. There were always technical problems, actor concerns etc in between. Things like this could not be avoided inside the theater. Especially after our last TDR, it was scary seeing how we werent 101% ready (and show day was only the next day!). I was worried but I doubt never came into mind. I insisted on believing on what we can do because I know we indeed capable of doing so.
Show day came and I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN PROUDER OF THIS TEAM.
Everything went too well. Far too well that even I who knew what would happen, enjoyed and found little surprises from my dearest actors and crew.
I am still in awe even after two days. I love this team and I am very fortunate to have them behind me.