The final production of the 2012 Iowa Summer Rep season (after a very well-received reading of Trouble is My Business) was Charles Marowitz' Sherlock's Last Case, stage managed by LeeAnn Yeckley with Tresa Makosky and Mike Turczynski as ASMs). In keeping with the mystery theme for the season, there were many twists and turns in the plot. But from a stage management perspective, it was the twists and turns of the set that provided the real intrigue of the show. In the spring semester, we used a computer-operated wagon on the Mabie stage to move a very large set upstage/downstage for our production of In the Next Room. Summer Rep then used this same wagon set-up very effectively for the ghost story of The Woman in Black. But, to LeeAnn's chagrin, the wagon was not as cooperative for its third use. During a Friday the 13th performance, it came off its track just enough to clip a piece of hard masking. And during the final performance, the computer sensors malfunctioned during the final scene shift. LeeAnn, Tresa, and Mike had several back-up plans and had to implement them all for the final 10 minutes of the show. Be sure to ask LeeAnn how she earned her paycheck that evening. I can report that the night I saw the production, everything flowed effortlessly and the team had the audience gasping with each revelation.
Just six grad stage managers, learning, living, and laughing at the University of Iowa.