LOOKOUT! The Christmas program is approaching! The only think that sneaks up faster than Christmas is the church Christmas program. Follow this cheat sheet so you have everything you need this Christmas (production) season.
1. Date/time of the program and any possible make-up date due to bad weather.
2. Date/time of all practices – mark which are full dress rehearsal
3. Meet with director (leader) of the production to find out production needs. (Number of wireless mic's, number of people, media needs, etc.)
4. From #3, create sheet outlining needs and use it as a production needs list.
5. Borrow or rent extra equipment as needed.
6. Test borrowed/rented equipment before it's needed.
7. Find out if you need extra stage help for show and find the people to work.
8. Find out recording needs. Will it be video-recorded? Will the video-recorder need an audio feed?
9. Figure out where you'll hide the monitors. I don't think a floor wedge was in the manger scene.
10. Get on the email/contact list for the director so you are aware of everything that's happening. You don't want to hear "oh, I thought you knew."
11. Find out lighting needs. If your church doesn't have a lighting guy, or a lighting system, you might be using colored floor lamps – you'll want to know that before the show.
12. Don't be the only one. In case you can't make it to the show, you'll need someone who knows what's going on. They should be with you through the practices and get emails or at least updates from you.
13. Get a script! Following a script helps you hit the cues. Scripts are also great for making notes.
14. Find out the expected attendance. Depending on your situation, it might be up to you to provide extra seating.
Question: What Would You Add To The List?
Thought? Questions? Comments?