The world of theatre is an exciting and intriguing universe of teamwork.
The famous saying: “There are no small parts, only small actors” is one of the corner stones to the magic of this art medium. Every part is important; nothing is a throw away role; there is no part to be mumbled and/or ignored.
The same also applies to technical theatre. Every crew member is important; every tech position needed. The spotlight is just as important as the sound or lighting or costumes or special effects or- you get the picture.
Theatre is also an art medium where everyone needs to be trusted. One must trust that every actor will be where they need to be when they need to be there. One must trust that the lines will be said and the props will be at one’s fingertips. One must also trust that if things go haywire on stage, as they often do, that the cast will knew the show well enough to cover mistakes and roll with the faux pas that invariably happens.
Because theatre happens “in real time”, learning to cover mistakes, learning to improvise, learning to retrieve an important, but forgotten, prop on stage at just the right time, is an absolute must in learning the craft of theatre and becoming a trusted team player.
Real theatre has no time for petty bickering or jealousy. Theatre is the real deal and it is important to apologize quickly and take offense slowly. Nothing can destroy a show faster than when there is more drama backstage than there is on stage.
When a theatre team realizes that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and works to be a cohesive unit, incredible magic begins to happen on and off stage.
When this happens, theatre becomes the ultimate team sport.