STAGE MANAGEMENT/MANNERISMS

WHAT IS STAGE?

According to Wikipedia- “Stage is a designated space for the performance of productions.”  A stage serves as a space for actors or performers( ministers, singers) and a focal point for the audience.

THE STAGE AS A FOCAL POINT

When we say that the stage is a focal point for the audience. It means it’s a point of focus for the congregation or worshippers.  The activities that goes on on the stage influences the congregation to a very high extents.  They are controlled by what they hear, perceive and see on the stage.  So the feedback from the stage will largely determine the response from the crowd.  If the feedback is positive and strong, the response will be positive. If the feedback is negative and poor, the response will be the same. Negative feedback comes as a result of stage mismanagement. The disciples of Christ mismanaged a stage and got serious negative feedback and arguments. A man brought them his son who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. But they could not drive out the spirit. And it caused sharp arguments and disagreement among the crowds.

WHAT IS MANAGEMENT?

It is the process of dealing with, controlling things or people. 

STAGE MANAGEMENT

is the process of dealing with, controlling yourself, or others and the activities on the stage.  Stage management comprises of all that happens on the stage.  Beginning with the quality of your ministration, your gesticulations, facial expressions, reflex actions, actions, inactions, reactions and management of the crowd and your very self. And that will bring us to mannerisms.

WHAT IS MANNERISM?

It is a habitual gesture or way of speaking or behaving. Simply put, we are talking about mode, or way of doing something. It has to do with attitude and behaviour. A minister with bad manners cannot manage the stage properly. Likewise a proud minister.  Life on the stage is likened to what Jesus says in Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  If you must manage the stage properly, you must put on the garment of positive attitude. And application of wisdom should be your watchword. To succeed in stage management you must Pull “self” out of yourself. Put on “others” on yourself.  The stage ministration is not just all about you. It’s also about other ministers on stage. Therefore be ready to manage yourself and others on the stage.  Things that will mar your ministration are bound to take place on the stage.  The stage is never such a perfect place where all things work out well.  Sound audio system production could be very poor and frustrating.  One or two of the instrumentalists on stage might perform below average or expectations.  Your backup singers could be unprofessional. You might spot out out off-key singing. Some lines of  familiar songs might be missed, or misrendered.  Your ability to control yourself, tollorate others, and accommodate all the errors and mistakes on the stage as you minister will result to a successful ministration and a good stage management plus positive and lively feedback from the congregation.

WHAT STAGE IS AND IS NOT

♦️The stage is not a place where disputes are settled 

♦️The stage is not the right place where corrections are made The stage is not a practice ground or a test-run platform

♦️The stage is where you notice a mistake but choose not to react. It is where you are offended but keep mute about it

♦️The stage is where singers and instrumentalists engage in eye contact and silent communication

♦️The stage is a place of smiles and a place of harnessed teamwork

HOW TO GAIN PROPER STAGE MANAGEMENT? 

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♦️ Be self-controlled and self-disciplined Romans 8: The first step on how to manage the stage properly begins with self management. If you cannot manage yourself properly you won’t be able to manage a stage.  If any little mistake annoys and gets you shouting or raising your voice on the stage you are in trouble. Learn to control yourself on the stage no matter what happens. Discipline yourself to over look stage faults. 

♦️Don’t get drunk with wine Drunkenness brings negative influence and unintended actions. Drunkenness is next to madness because it defeats its victims selfwill and control over his actions. St Paul admonishes us not get drunk with wine but instead be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

♦️Anger management  Avoid excessive anger. James 1:19-20  Uncontrolled anger can cause more severe demages than drunkenness. Flee from it!  handling of Microphone

♦️Adequate preparations  If you do not intentionally plan to succeed, you have automatically planned to fail. Plan before hand how every upcoming program should be handled. Assign people on what exactly to do before mounting the stage to a confusion that might result to misunderstanding and negative utterances.

♦️Possession of the fruit of the Holy Spirit  No Christian should desire more to possess the fruit of the Spirit than a praise and worship minister. When your life manifests fully like fruit of love, self-control and peace you have conquered everything. 

♦️Depression and Emotional Breakdown  When you are depressed or emotionally down it will affect your performance and relationship with others. If something happens to you either at home or in the office that presses heavily on you and brings inward and outward unsettledness you are simply in a broken state. You can’t manage the stage neither can the stage manage you. You need restoration. 

♦️Don’t mount the stage out of pride.

  AT WHAT POINT CAN IT BE SAID THAT A STAGE HAS BEEN MISMANAGED?

♦️When there is noticeable misunderstanding among you

♦️When there is quarrel on the stage 

♦️When there’s division on the stage

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♦️When a minister angrily  drops the microphone 

♦️When the vocalist angrily leaves the stage 

♦️When an instrumentalist stops playing the instruments.

♦️When the sound engineer angerily switches off the sound system etc.  at this point, it could be said that the stage has been mismanaged. Avoid getting to this extent. It’s disastrous!

RESULTS OF A MISMANAGED STAGE 

♦️Congregational complaints

♦️Feeling of downcast and disappointments 

♦️Quenching of the move of the Spirit 

♦️Unnecessary anger among ministers 

♦️Malice and grudges among ministers 

♦️Apportioning of blames among ministers 

♦️It closes doors of invitation to minister 

BENEFITS OF A WELL MANAGED STAGE  

♦️Successful fellowship/meeting 

♦️More invitations to minister 

♦️Recommendation by others

♦️Personal gratification 

DECIDE TO BE A GOOD STAGE MANAGER! AND YOU WILL BECOME ONE

 

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