Day in the Life of a Stage Manager for “Complete History of America (abridged)”

The crew of A Brief History of America pose before the show.

Sonia Gras

The crew of “A Brief History of America” pose before the show.

Sophia Kontos, Staff Writer

6:20 Wake up.

6:25-6:55 Actually get up and get ready for school. Be reminded by both parents that today is the “big day.”

7:15-7:40 Put up patriotic locker posters. Be greeted by high-kicking sophomore Elise Anthony, who loves her poster.

9:30-9:40 Plan to do homework during my free period.

9:40-11:00 End up talking to friends during my free instead. Call it a needed break from tech week.

11:00-11:20 Remind my advisory that they should come to the show. “Yes, I know it’s on Wednesday, but it’s really funny!”

11:30-3:30 Get through the rest of my classes while only sort of paying attention. I’m actually thinking about my light cues and which side of the stage I should place the prop guns.

3:35-4:00 End up at the VST, watching sophomore Gray Watson perform magic tricks.

4:00 Eat dinner with the whole cast and crew. Talk about the unforgettable lines of junior Maddi Speed and plan to make T-shirts with her most iconic one liners.

4:00-5:45 Have Technical Director Benjamin Garmon remind you to set props and costumes. Consider setting the props. Get distracted. Tell jokes. 20 minutes later, hear Garmon reminding you to set everything again. Actually end up setting up for the top of the show.

5:45-6:10 Run a few of the scenes as you start to get extremely nervous.

6:15-6:25 Tech meeting. Make fun of the actors, as is tradition for the techs.

6:25-6:40 Whole cast meeting. Give Garmon the director’s gift, which is a toy horse with sound effects. I didn’t know what we were thinking, but that is super cool.

6:45-7:00 Get in places for the show. Feel super official with the headset. Get increasingly nervous as an audience actually arrives.

7:00-8:15 Get through the show without missing any of the 144 light cues, although I nearly missed some because of Maddi Speed’s improv.

8:20-9:15 Strike the set. Thankfully, the set is just a lot of props.

9:30-10:45 Cast party at Maddi Speed’s house. Feel grateful that I got to see the show develop from when we started months ago.

10:45-11:00 Explain to my dad that I did actually have an important job, and that I didn’t just sit in the light booth doing nothing.

11:00 Go to bed. Feel bittersweet about the end of the show.