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performing on a raked stage#0
Posted: 12/30/05 at 4:41pm
I jsut recently learned what a raked stage was and the thought of having to dance and sing on such a thing hardly seems easy. Ive searched for this info and have yet to coem up with it. How do others do it?
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re: performing on a raked stage#1
Posted: 12/30/05 at 4:42pm
It's not that difficult. After a little rehearsal you become quite used to it.
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re: performing on a raked stage#2
Posted: 12/30/05 at 4:49pm
It's not like it's that high a climb. Many years ago (many many) all theatres used to be built with raked stages as a matter of course. The reason why heading to the back of the stage is called going upstage and heading to the front is called going downstage is because you had to walk up to get to the back and down to get to the front. I directed an opera on a raked stage and it worked out really well.
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re: performing on a raked stage#3
Posted: 12/30/05 at 5:25pm
I'm sure many people probably get used to it after some time, but i know that that was one of the reasons why Carolle Shelleyleft Wicked, because it was having some affect on her back or something.
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re: performing on a raked stage#4
Posted: 12/30/05 at 5:49pm
Yeah, same with Louise Pitre and Mamma Mia!, that was one of her reasons to leave.
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re: performing on a raked stage#5
Posted: 12/30/05 at 6:00pm
I've heard the term, "raked stage", but could someone explain it to me?
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re: performing on a raked stage#6
Posted: 12/30/05 at 6:02pm
The stage is slanted upwards.
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re: performing on a raked stage#7
Posted: 12/30/05 at 6:03pm
Oh thanks. Now I know what you mean.
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re: performing on a raked stage#8
Posted: 12/30/05 at 8:48pm
I did a couple of shows last year on a raked stage, and at one point i had to kneel down facing sideways toward the audaince... that was a little difficult for i usually felt like i was going to topple over. But as far as just walking on the stage i got 100% used to it.


















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re: performing on a raked stage#9
Posted: 12/30/05 at 10:06pm
The stage at Gershwin is raked? I never noticed that.

I had the opportunity to rehearse on one during class. It's a new experience.
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re: performing on a raked stage#10
Posted: 12/30/05 at 10:23pm
Doesn't Equity stipulate that rehearsals on a raked stage need to be shorter then a regular rehearsal or something like that? Because they are so difficult to work on physically...
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re: performing on a raked stage#11
Posted: 12/30/05 at 10:31pm
It was hell for me
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re: performing on a raked stage#12
Posted: 12/30/05 at 10:37pm
Miss Saigon had a 6 foot rake ..i THINK that was the steepest one ever and i don't think they are allowed to have it the severe any more. it caused a lot of back pain for many people no matter how good of shape they were in. its really bad for your back and knees 8 shows a week for almost 3 and a half years! its MUCH worse for those DANCING in heels on it! a LITTLE easier on the people who didn't have to dance on it. but not much!
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re: performing on a raked stage#13
Posted: 12/30/05 at 10:47pm
at first- it is extremely odd. You always feel as if you are going to fall straight into the audience. It absolutely takes some getting used to. Mainly just a lot of practice on one helps you out, and you should feel comfortable with it, no problem. That's odd that some people get back problems from it, but I can totally see how.

Dancing on one must be a pain though, I can barely imagine.
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re: performing on a raked stage#14
Posted: 12/30/05 at 10:55pm
what's a raked stage?
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re: performing on a raked stage#15
Posted: 12/30/05 at 10:58pm
its just a little bit above---i'd be scared to death performing on one of those
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re: performing on a raked stage#16
Posted: 12/30/05 at 11:10pm
dancing on a raked stage is the same as doing anything else....just takes some rehearsal too feel comfortable. It's not the scare factor that puts you off, it's the fact that different muscles ache at the end of it because you've had to compensate for the slope. You don't really realise til you finish.
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re: performing on a raked stage#17
Posted: 12/30/05 at 11:17pm
well yea but also the different levels could impose a fear factor, like someone mentioned the Miss Saigon one being a 6ft rake
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re: performing on a raked stage#18
Posted: 12/30/05 at 11:33pm
for miss saigon they made you do your dance audition at the Broadway Theater on that rake and it truly felt like you were going to fall RIGHT INTO the orchestra pit! it was STEEP! plus there are tracks in the stage as well..so try not tripping in the tracks AND not falling into the pit! i felt bad for the guys doing acrobatic stuff in that show!
i saw one engineer fall right into the pit during rehearsals for american dream! it was SCARY but when he was ok, it was HYSTERICAL!!! he never did that again! hahaha
in case it wasn't answered a rake is when the back of the stage is lifted at the back of the stage causing it to slant down towards the audience.
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re: performing on a raked stage#19
Posted: 12/30/05 at 11:41pm
In high school, we built a raked stage for our performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. It took getting used to, but it wasn't that uncomfortable. Biggest problem was stepping down off the stage once you got to the wings. Especially when you are walking backward off the stage. One of the girls actually fell off the stage at the last performance and broke her foot.
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re: performing on a raked stage#20
Posted: 12/30/05 at 11:42pm
I guess it depends on what show and how much of a rake. I didn't have any issues doing Arcadia on a rake, but tapping in 42nd Street was a whole other story!
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re: performing on a raked stage#21
Posted: 12/31/05 at 12:11am
Woah, a 6 foot rake for miss saigon?! How many degrees is that?
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re: performing on a raked stage#22
Posted: 12/31/05 at 12:22am
its a lot of damn degrees! i don't know..someone who is good at math might be able to figure it out. it was quite steep and jarring on the lower back. i have worked on lesser rakes with no problems.
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re: performing on a raked stage#23
Posted: 12/31/05 at 12:23am
What is a "raked stage"?

From the subject line, I thought it was a stage of a disease or a drug addiction.
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re: performing on a raked stage#24
Posted: 12/31/05 at 12:27am
there is a pretty steep one in Fiddler as well... which rises and falls quickly too
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