Crew

Head Stage Manager: Lana Bellingham-Young

1.     What has this role taught you so far?

BE ORGANISED. Make sure that everyone else is organised too, because that tends to make your job easier. Or at least if you are a control freak / stage manager like me.

2.     Have you done this role before or is it a new experience? Is it what you expected it to be?

I have done simular things, in the sense that I have stage managed before, but definitely not on this scale. It is such a large show, over three spaces, with three stage managers and a large crew and cast that I have to manage. I wasn’t expecting it to be this big, but it great.

3.     What’s the most exciting part about your role?

Bump In, I mean the whole process is great, but Bump In. It just a whole accumulation of two months of rehearsals and planning, and I actually get to get up and rig some lights.

4.     How do think you will merge skills that you’ve learnt so far into your degree/everyday life?

Stage management is one of the things that I want to pursue after uni, so this experience is incredibly important and I will of course merge the skills. 

5.     What’s the scariest part about your role?

Ruby keeps twerking on ladders. A man died. That man was Nevin Howell. R.I.P. Neville.

6.     Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you’ve had along this journey so far?

The whole process has been great. I love the show, I love the content of the show, I love the cast and crew and Chris is lovely too.

7.     Funniest experience so far?

Probably something Chris muttered that is slightly too inappropriate to say in a public forum.

8.     Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

It is a great way to gain skills and work with industry professionals. Also make really great theatre.

9.     Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

It’s content, it’s stories, it’s importance.

10. Any final words of advice?

Get involved with vena cava. Get educated and trained 


 

Tamika McDonald

1. What has this role taught you so far?

Being the Deputy Stage Manager, not only have a gained a number of skills from this particular role but I have been able to learn so much from the Head Stage Manager Lana. This was one of the things I wanted from this experience so one day I will feel comfortable taking on that kind of responsibility. 

2. Have you done this role before or is it a new experience? Is it what you expected it to be?

I have done one stage management gig before this, but it was a different process since it was already a developed show when I joined. So in a way, this role was exactly and not really what I expected.

3. What’s the most exciting part about your role?

Most exciting part would have to be calling the show. Everything comes together, the lights, the music, costumes and props, its show time.

4. How do think you will merge skills that you’ve learnt so far into your degree/everyday life?

I’ll be definitely merging the skills into further group work at uni.  I’ve pick up a new range of skills that will stay with me in my career as well.

5. What’s the scariest part about your role?

Just like the most exciting, the scariest part is calling the show. The stage manager is completely responsible for when everything tech happens. Don’t call a cue too late. Don’t be too early. If a problem arises, you have to be quick to solve it because as the saying goes “the show must go on.”

6. Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you’ve had along this journey so far?

The rehearsal process has without a doubt been an overall enjoyable experience but I think my most enjoyable experience will happen during Bump In and the running of the Show. This is only because this is where my role will flourish.

7. Funniest experience so far?

Before you walk out of the rehearsal space, you’re guarantee you’ve had a good laugh. 

8. Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

Simply, you don’t want to be asking yourself the ‘What ifs?’ They are the worst. This time we have at uni, is the time to play. To see what you like. Vena Cava is great for giving that extra bit of experience to help you decide what you want to do after uni. But if you want to be a part of Vena Cava for fun then they will deliver.

9. Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

It deals with a meaningful topic that is so relevant in today’s society. It treats it with so much respect and honesty.

10. Any final words of advice?

Get involved with Vena Cava and come see Of Mirrors and Angels.


Assistant Stage Manager: Ruby Newport

1. What has this role taught you so far?

How to simultaneously climb ladders and twerk? Haha, no I've learnt a lot about rigging lighting which is all new and exciting!

2. Have you done this role before or is it a new experience? Is it what you expected it to be?

I've never stage managed before, so it is a completely new experience. It is a lot of work, but yes pretty much what I expected!

3. What's the most exciting part about your role?

Climbing ladders and twerking... Or the responsibility of helping make sure everything comes together in time for the show. 

4. How do think you will merge skills that you've learnt so far into your degree/everyday life?

Whenever I  have to climb a ladder and twerk I will be confident in my ability to do so, but also it adds to my overall knowledge of theatre which is helpful in both my degree and possible career path. 

5. What's the scariest part about your role?

When I was twerking on the ladder and the man above me fell to his death.. Just kidding, he's fine. But not as fine as my booty mid-twerk! HEYO! 

6. Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you've had along this journey so far?

Myself and my fellow assistant stage manager merging into the one person, matching outfits and all.

7. Funniest experience so far?

Twerking on a ladder.

8. Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

It's a really excellent experience to learn a heap of new things! Before coming into this experience I knew nothing about backstage management, so it's been a great opportunity to learn. 

9. Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

Because it's a really important and informative work that deserves as much support as possible. 

10. Any final words of advice?

Practice safe twerking on ladders.