As mentioned in our previous post we will be informing you as to what the differing backstage crew jobs entail. One of the most important roles lies with the Stage Manager. It is their job to keep cast and crew working in unison. We at the Orps use a walkie-talkie system between the SM and the sound/lighting box. This allows smooth transition between the effects and manual tasks such as set changing or curtains. It is also down to the SM to ensure cast are ready and on time to stage, they control the action, remain calm with a professional attitude and they are to be obeyed as they keep everyone safe and on track.