Maintain professionalism for top-rate performances and eliminate distractions onstage and backstage that hinder effective ministry of the Word.
Backstage: Any area out of view of the audience.
- BE QUIET. If absolute silence is impossible, only the slightest whisper is permissible. “Pass the word” to a performer a distance away – never yell a whisper! The audience can hear backstage murmuring.
- Keep the walkways clean of props, wires, etc. Watch where you step so that you will not bump into things or make noise. Backstage areas are often very dark.
- Pray or study your script while you are waiting for your cue to go onstage.
- Never “poke” your head out to look at the audience. Always make sure you are completely out of view before you come out of character.
Onstage: Any area where the audience can see you.
- STAY IN CHARACTER at all times. Even if something goes wrong, play along with it as your character and find an excuse to leave, if you have to.
- If you go onstage in a technical role during a performance (adjust a microphone, rescue a prop from the audience, etc.), lessen the distraction by a.) avoiding eye contact and/or communication with the audience, b.) using slow, deliberate movements, c.) exiting as soon as possible.
Before the Show:
- Know where your make-up, props and costumes are, not just “who is supposed to have them!” Know where they are.
- Be dressed and ready in time for your team prayer.
- GET FOCUSED. You must visualize your role mentally and pray in the Spirit. Stop joking and playing—encourage politely.
After the Show:
- PUT YOUR COSTUME AND PROPS AWAY NEATLY.
- Help Technical Crew “strike” the set. (Tear down the stage.)
- Thank the Stage Managers and Technical Crew.
- If asked, greet and take pictures with the audience. This is part of the performance and ministry.