COMPANY STAGE MANAGER

Job title:
Company Stage Manager

Production:
Puccini’s Madam Butterfly

Salary:
Rehearsals        £450 p/week
Tour                  £500 p/week (up to 3x performances) or £600 p/week (4x performances)

OperaUpClose will cover transport / accommodation costs for performances taking place outside of London.

Reports to:
Production Manager

Key Dates:
Rehearsal period           13 – 31 January 2020                             London
Production week           3 – 6 February 2020                               Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Tour                              6 February 2020 – 17 March 2020          UK

Production details:
OperaUpClose is looking for a Company Stage Manager to join the production team on our new English version of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly.

Retold from a female, East-Asian perspective and performed by a diverse-led cast, this Madam Butterfly is transposed to 1980s Japan and explores the mind and heart of a young woman, whose mental health deteriorates for reasons far beyond losing the love of her erstwhile husband.

This production has been re-orchestrated for a cast of 8 singers, accompanied by 4 musicians through a variety of Japanese and Western instruments.

Role profile:
Three key areas for the Company Stage Manager are scheduling, effective internal and external communications and pastoral care. The right candidate will be resourceful and intuitive, with a sense of when and what kind of support to offer to their team.

During the rehearsal period, the Company Stage Manager will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the rehearsal room. They will work closely with the directors, designers and production manager throughout the rehearsal process. Where necessary, they will undertake the making and sourcing of props, as well as manage the props budget as set by the production manager. They will also create/ update paperwork for tour and circulate rehearsal reports and schedules to the company.

On tour, the CSM and TSM will be the point for contact for Theatre Technical Teams with changes to schedules and paperwork ahead of each performance date. They will also be the point of contact for the cast of eight singers, four musicians and staff director during the rehearsal and touring periods. The CSM will provide efficient scheduling for the cast during these periods and keep hours properly monitored/ timesheets processed accurately.

Together with the TSM, they will transport the set (driving a Luton van) between each venue. The CSM will run the get in and out of each venue and ‘run the show from backstage’ with props / set dressing / costume as necessary.

Creative Team
NEW ORCHESTRATION BY Ruth Chan
NEW ENGLISH LIBRETTO BY Poppy Burton-Morgan

DIRECTOR Poppy Burton-Morgan
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Kelvin Lim
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Cindy Lin
LIGHTING DESIGNER Will Reynolds
PRODUCTION MANAGER Callum Finn
ASSISTANT/STAFF DIRECTOR Fumi Gomez

Person Specification:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as a company stage manager for touring productions

  • Experience of touring theatre or opera to mid-scale venues

  • Resourceful, intuitive and flexible approach to work

  • Budgeting experience

  • Experience of company management

  • Full, clean driving licence (held for at least two years)

  • Experience of driving a van

  • Working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Excellent team worker

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

Apply

Please email the following to Amy Novadnieks at amy@operaupclose.com before 10am on Friday 25 October 2019:

  • CV

  • Cover Letter (max 500 words)

  • Equal Opportunites Form (download here)

Interviews will be held in London on Wednesday 30 October, please state whether you are unable to attend.  

OperaUpClose is an Equal Opportunites Employer and we are particularly keen to hear from applicants of British East-Asian (BEA) heritage.