In my ongoing quest for compelling blogs about the world of theatre, I discovered the National Ballet’s blog. It’s a group blog, apparently written by everybody from the stage manager to principal dancers. Here’s a recent entry from the former:
There are three video monitors that are a part of the console, which allow me to see the whole stage from the front (as the audience sees it), see the Conductor in the pit and also (with an infrared camera) see the stage during blackouts to keep track of moving scenery and dancers. Underneath the large monitor in the top of the console, there is a set of cue lights that I can use to signal various elements, such as the Conductor, carpenters, or electricians.
He refers to their recent production of The West Side Story Suite. I’m not really much for the ol’ ballet, but this video makes it look pretty compelling.