hi. did you know techs and crew are just as important, relevant, and needed as actors in the theatre world, work just as hard as actors for less recognition and appreciation and are as real theatre kids as actors. thanks.
What are your thoughts as a stage manager on using real guns as props onstage?
Oh no. No. Please don’t. It makes me so anxious to even think about.
Buy or rent a good fake. Even a starter pistol is a better option. I’ve only done one show with a handgun that had to be fired, and it was blocked in such a way that it was upstage and clear of any other actors. The process was
a) ASM pulled gun case from cabinet probably 5 mins before it was needed and opened it up.
b) ASM pulled gun out of case and held it in her flat outstretched hand. No setting it down anywhere, especially in the dark.
c) Actor came offstage and walked directly to ASM. NOBODY was in that path.
d) Actor went onstage near the front of the ensemble, shot the gun at the appropriate time, then came back offstage and handed the gun back to the ASM, who put it back in the case and into the cabinet.
This was in addition to a fight call each performance. It happened quickly and efficiently, and it STILL stressed me out.
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