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Lecture Series on Stage Management (2)
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Venue Date & Time Price
AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Conducted in Cantonese


In the process of staging a production, one should consider both the artistic and technical aspects to ensure that the performance would achieve the result expected. Following the series earlier this year, Peter Li will be conducting another series of talks and a guided backstage tour to discuss the various stages of producing a stage show, while offering some pointers for the stage management team.


30 September (Monday) Before moving in

In staging a production, how can one help the performers and the technical personnel to coordinate their work in order to make it a success?

- Know your production work schedule

- Prepare a schedule

- Analyse and list out the technical requirements of the production

- Communicate well with the technical team


8 October (Tuesday) Work involved during moving in and setting up

How to coordinate the stage crew, lighting and sound technicians in order to achieve the desired effect?

- Stage: Positioning the settings, props and determining the visual/atmospheric effect

- Lighting: Working around the sets and the positions of the actors and decide how to focus and what area should be lit

- Sound: Test the acoustic effects for volume, frequency and tone quality


15 October (Tuesday) Technical Rehearsal and Dress Rehearsal

How do we coordinate the various departments to ensure the smooth running of the production through consensus and general understanding?

- Any changes must be made according to the producer, director or choreographer, and the relevant personnel must be informed

- The scene changes and entrances and exits of the actors must be rehearsed to ensure perfect timing

- Prepare a Stage Manager log sheet (position cue sheet)


20 October (Sunday) Grand Theatre Tour

Participants will have a guided tour of the backstage facilities of the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, a theatre venue comparable to international standards. Starting from the highest point above the stage, the participants will be able to see and understand more of the work of respective duties of the backstage crew and how they meet the technical requirements for productions of various scale.


Peter Li

Li began his stage management career in 1978 when he joined the Hong Kong Arts Centre as stage lighting technician. Between 1980 and 1990, he was the lighting designer for various performing arts companies in Hong Kong, with productions ranging from drama, dance to opera. He won the Best Lighting Design award at the first Hong Kong Drama Awards presented by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies in 1992. He joined the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 1989 and was on the stage management team for 23 years until he retired in 2012. Over the years, he has worked on musicals, classical operas and drama productions by leading international and local performing arts groups on their performances. He has also worked on many technically challenging productions with groups exacting exceptionally high standards.


With his years of experience in stage management, Li has been able to help make each show a success by meeting the highest possible standards, whether in technical or artistic terms, as well as in addressing the needs and expectations of the theatre professionals.    

Programme Length

Running time of each talk / backstage tour is about 2 hours.

Ticket & Concession

Tickets available from 30 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking.
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients.
(Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7325
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.


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