Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course inspired me to be an event planner! It created my dream and made it real for me, as a producer and stage manager you learn key elements in running a business, public speaking, management qualities, coordinating multiple departments under you, book keeping, fundraising, hiring professionals outside of the school, and so much more. I took this course my junior and senior year in high school and I use the skills I learned every single day. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have taken that class, it has enriched my skills as an event planner tenfold. I love you Mr. Kraines! To anyone who wants to pursue a career in planning, management, theater, movie production, performing arts, or book keeping and secretary work, I would highly recommend this course.
As I said in my first answer, there are countless skills I have learned from this course. As a producer and stage manager, you have the most responsibility aside from the teacher. I also began learning graphic design to create posters, ads, and playbills for the plays. Your role begins before auditions, attaining the playrights, setting up audition times, and sign up sheets, to year round fundraising... Your job is never done, there is always something you can do to benefit the current or future productions. That is so fulfilling to me, as well as the fact that you grow with your cast. You create lasting friendships and bonds that are some of the deepest I've felt. I absolutely love this class and I would recommend it to anyone willing to spend the extra hours for the best extracurricular experience you could ask for.
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The biggest advice I would give is don't procrastinate, ever, under any circumstance. If you can get something done now, then get it done now. You'll thank yourself for it later on, this class is very demanding in the number of hours it takes. Usually the Producer and Stage Manager are two separate students in this class, I fulfilled both of the positions for two years. It was tough mostly because of the long days, but it got easier with experience. I didn't have the opportunity to learn anything before I was given the position, so I learned as I went and it was awesome hands on experience. I had an "I'll sleep when it's done" attitude that pushed me through the rough patches, and I wouldn't change a thing about it if I could do it over again.