"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action." Hamlet - Act III, Scene II
Each performance is completed in 3 steps: 1) Building the Stage 2) Performing 3) Taking Down the Stage
Step 1 - Building the Stage
Building the stage may seem a hard process, but makes the performance even more special (and provides you with great technical theatre skills!). Past performers talk about how building the stage made them feel more proud of each show.
Don't worry! We will teach you how to build the stage and will always be there to help and answer questions. To understand on how to build the stage, see our Stage Manual below:
Note: We do not build the stage when performing at Chandler Preparatory Academy
Step 2 - Performance
For the audience members: Sit back, but don't relax! You are just as integral to the performance as the players are! Feel free to shout at the players, ask them questions, and respond to what is happening. Shakespeare is meant to be experienced and a Grassroots Shakespeare production is the ultimate experience!
For the players: Once the stage is complete, get your backstage area organized. (We recommend each actor have their own blanket/towel/camp chair backstage for waiting/costume changes.)
Get into your (first) costume/makeup.
Check that all your props are in place
Once the backstage is set, feel free to mingle with the audience as they arrive. Find out who is ready to play!
A few minutes before the show starts, actors gather backstage for a warm up and reminders
Get lined up for the welcome speech and GO!
Step 3 - Taking Down the Stage
This step is simply putting up the stage, but in reverse. Disassembling the stage usually takes much less time than assembling it. See the process described in the manual above.
Be sure to leave the playing space in a better condition than when you found it.
Please do not leave until the load out is complete and the cast is dismissed.