Get to know the CREATIVE TEAM of Bear Snores On with our Q&A as we Journey to the Cave.
If you’ve seen more than one show at Stages Theatre Company, chances are you’ve been to a show stage managed by BECCA BUNTJER
What is a stage manager, you ask? GREAT QUESTION!
The STAGE MANAGER is responsible for organizing the production, including schedules, resources, communications, technical effects and personnel. They are also in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly both during rehearsals and performances. Becca does ALL of this with professionalism and makes it look easy.
Q&A with : Becca Buntjer (Stage Manager for Bear Snores On)
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your working process
A: Stage management involves wearing a lot of different hats. Hat 1- Communication: take notes on everything, and make sure director, choreographer, and designers all have the same, correct information. Take note of all blocking so if actors forget where to be or what comes next in a dance combo, you can help. Hat 2- People: Be early to welcome and sign the cast in to rehearsals. Help with warm ups if needed. Problem solve any issues that come up, from people needing kleenex or staples to accidentally wearing the wrong shoes for dance rehearsal. Hat 3- Chaos manager: Be ready for anything. Snowstorm? Traffic? 100 pages of a script flying out of someone’s hands and landing out of order across the floor? Someone is sick and can’t perform? No worries. I have a solid backup plan…
Q: What is a particularly interesting or unusual challenge on this project and how are you setting out to solve it?
A: I’m going to see how I can incorporate fun technology in to the rehearsal process. I normally operate sound for rehearsing music and dance through a cd player. We purchased a brand new cd player that is Bluetooth capable. I think I’m going to try and operate sound from my cell phone via bluetooth.
Q: What in your childhood got you to where you are today?
A: I have always loved playing games and acting out stories with my little sister. We performed “3 Billy Goats Gruff,” in our living room using the piano bench as the bridge. For the first two small billy goats, she was the goat and I was the troll. Then, for the biggest billy goat gruff, we switched spots so I would be a bigger goat than she was troll. All the sports I played and mini-plays we performed (even before I became more involved with theater in high school) taught me how important it was to be part of team. There is no “I” in “team” OR “theater.”
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job in this production?
A: I love building relationships with actors and watching them grow in talent and awesomeness as the years go by. I feel like I am helping provide knowledge about how to act professionally in theater and experiences that they will cherish for a lifetime, whether they go into theater as an adult or not.
Q: Favorite Color
A: Purple today, but I normally say “Green,” because I heard that people whose favorite color is green are more intelligent.
Q: Favorite Quote
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. ” Marianne Williamson
Q: Favorite Book You Remember from Growing Up
A: St George and the Dragon
Q: Favorite Winter Activity (either as a kid or now)
A: Kid: Snow fort building and tubing.
A: Adult: Snow Running. It’s the same as regular running, but it’s snowing outside.
Come see Becca and the rest of the Cast, Crew & Creative team of BEAR SNORES ON!
Bear Snores On
JANUARY 22, 2016 – FEBRUARY 15, 2016 • All Ages
Adapted from the book by Karma Wilson. Adapted for the stage by Jennifer Kirkeby. Music and Lyrics by Blake Thomas.
Warm-up this winter as Bear and all his friends cozy up in our imaginative new musical! On a cold, stormy winter night, one by one, a whole host of animals venture into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! Come see what happens when he finally wakes up and finds them having a party!
CAST: Teagan Bowar, Nick Cecchi, Nicholas Dekker, Sophie Farrell, Kishaya Graham, Emma Kempf, Sara Magnuson, Greta Nackerud, Camille Norman and Brent Teclaw
CREATIVE TEAM & CREW
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Sarah Hohenstein Burk
CHOREOGRAPHER – Stephanie Harmon
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Samantha Fromm Haddow
PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Barry Browning
SET DESIGNER – Tiffany Fier
STAGE MANAGER – Becca Buntjer
Based on the Book, Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. Adapted for the stage by Jennifer Kirkeby. Music and Lyrics by Blake Thomas. Copyright © 2002 by Karma Wilson