Stage managers implement digital technology at Marshall

TheatreStudents_Spring2013This semester the Theatre program in Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre has begun implementing a different way for stage managers to take notes using iPad technology.

Nicole Perrone, assistant professor of theatre, said the digital prompt book enables the stage managers to do everything that is needed 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.”

The new technology was used for the recent production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.
Perrone said she first became aware of the digital prompt book when she met several transfer students from Florida School of the Arts, who have been using the digital prompt book for years.

“Florida School of the Arts is a two-year program and we’re fortunate to have many of those students transfer into our theatre program at Marshall to complete their B.F.A. degrees,” Perrone said. “The interest in digital prompt book technology transferred here with them.”
Not only as the director of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” but also as a faculty member,

Perrone said she’s happy to be using the digital prompt book for this show as well as in upcoming productions.

“I’m very excited to support these students in developing this unique skill,” Perrone said. “It’s really bringing our program into the 21st century, while providing our students with a marketable skill that will put them ahead of the pack when seeking jobs after graduation.”


Photo: Theatre students (from left) Dakota Croy, Chelsey Moore and Monet Saffore are using digital technology, including an iPad, to perform stage management tasks