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An Automated Prompt Script for Calling Show During Live Theater

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244014D
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for providing an automated prompt script for calling a show during a live theater performance.

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An Automated Prompt Script for Calling Show During Live Theater

During live theatre, the show is run, orchestrated, by a stage manager. The stage manager is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the show in real time. To do this, the stage manager uses a "Prompt script". The prompt scrip includes actors' lines that annotated with cues and warning for cues for every technical aspect of the show such as, Lighting, sound, flys, scene changes and any other activities that need to be coordinated with actions on the stage.

During production, the stage manager follows the prompt script and calls the cues in appropriate timing for the members of the running crew to execute. The nature of live theatre is that every performance is different. It can be audience reactions, dropped lines, technical glitches. Most of the stage managers' attention is spent following the script and calling cues where the real value is the stage manager's knowledge of the show, and the ability to adapt the pace of the show and cues to what is actually happening on stage. In addition, if there is a significant problem, the stage manager is the one who must decide how to address it.

Therefore, freeing the stage manager from the need to constantly track the stage action against the lines and upcoming cue in the prompt script would improve the stage manager's situational awareness and give them more freedom to deal with problems.

The method and system disclosed herein provides an automated prompt script. The automated prompt script has a moving current place marker (Action cursor) in a way similar to how words in karaoke are displayed. Further, the automated prompt script also includes a scrolling display of upcoming cues. With this help, the stage manager is able to devote more attention to the action on the stage and the situation back stage and may not miss a cue when the stage manager returns the attention to the script.

In addition, sensors could be used to track back stage conditions that are tied to cues such as an actor being in ready position for an entrance. Sensor pre-conditions can be tied to cues and the stage manager can easily see...