Charts | Script | Staging Score

Getting Started

  • Create a New Production

    Create New Production

    To create a new production, click the plus button next to 'Productions' on the home screen. Enter the name of the production. Select 'Charts and Staffs' or 'Charts and Script' and click 'Add'. This will take you to 'Production Details' on the Production Settings menu.

    Charts and Staging Score

    Staging Score is the method for detailing what the performers are doing while they are in their spacing positions.  By utilizing the Whiting Method of documentation, the user can enter all of the actions and choreography for all performers.   For moments that have no musical timing, a timeline is implemented.  For musical numbers, a 'staff' of counts is implemented.  In the 'staff' the dialogue, or lyrics all align along the timeline.  Each actor has their own line under that staff upon which the actions or choreography can be documented according to the count or moment in time.  This allows the user to see 'at-a-glance' what every person is doing at a specific moment.

    Charts and Script

    The 'Charts and Script' option allows the user to import a script to keep blocking notes or insert light cues on to create a calling script.

    Production Details

    On the 'Settings' page enter or edit the name of the production, list the names of the creators of the show and the production date. 'Production Details' can be easily accessed in the future by clicking the gear icon on the toolbar once your production is open.

    Import Logo

    To import a custom show logo, select 'Select Image' and choose the desired image from your photo gallery. This logo will appear at the bottom of each chart in your production and on the productions home screen.

    Delete Logo

    From the productions home screen or while inside a production select the gear icon > Production Details > Clear > Save

     

  • Stage Dimensions

    Setting Stage Dimensions (Permanent Layer)

    In order to create and edit charts you MUST first set the dimensions of your stage/playing space. Navigate to the 'Production Settings' menu by clicking the gear icon inside the production.

    From the 'Production Settings' menu, select 'Stage Dimensions'. Select either feet or meters for your project. Enter the width of the stage, depth of the stage and off-stage width. We recommend always creating some off-stage space so you can line up the performers for entrances and exits, show positions for costume changes, etc.

    NOTE: Once you have set the dimensions of your space and created any set pieces or scenes, the stage dimensions cannot be changed. If you need to change the dimensions without redoing your work select Save As and enter the new dimensions in a new production. This will allow you to change the dimensions without losing any work.

    Edit Permanent Stage

    Once you have set the dimensions of your stage, select 'Edit Permanent Stage'. You can now draw any permanent elements of your stage. You can draw any structural elements that never move during your production - and will show up on every chart. For example, you can draw the proscenium arch, wings, and any other permanent elements you want displayed on every chart in your production. Click the drawing tools button or the set pieces button to add them to your permanent layer.

     

  • Create Custom Number Line

    Create Custom Number Line

    From the productions home screen or while inside a production select the gear icon > 'Stage Dimensions' > 'Edit' (next to 'Custom Number Line'). Enter appropriate values in the boxes above the line to customize your number line.

     

  • Set Pieces

    Once the stage dimensions have been set, you can draw any set pieces, or palettes you will use in your show. You can also choose to import the drawings from the designer if you prefer. These pieces will hold in the 'wings' until you want them onstage. Set Pieces can be accessed by selecting the gear icon and then 'Set Pieces'.

    Create a New Set Piece

    To create a new set piece, hit the 'Create' button. This will bring up the 'Set Piece Lab' in which you can draw your set piece. Enter the name of the piece (i.e. bedroom pallate) and the dimension of the palette.

    You can draw shapes and add text by hitting the drawing tools icon which will allow you to draw squares, rectangles, circles, ovals, triangles, arcs, lines, arrows, curtains, and customized lines and curved lines, arrows and free hand drawing. Choose the item you want to add to the set piece and it will appear in the lab and you can re-size the item by dragging the upper right corner of the object. Then you can move the object into the correct position and scale. Select 'Save' once you have completed the piece.

    You can also use some of the pre-set set pieces in the StageWrite catalogue of chairs, benches, couches, stairs, instruments, tables, or use pieces you have previously imported. Access pre-set set pieces by clicking the set pieces icon.

    NOTE: Once a created set piece has been placed onto any chart, the dimensions of that set piece cannot be changed. If you wish to change the dimensions, you can simply delete it from the charts and re-edit the piece.

    Import Set Piece

    Easily import any design into the set piece list by selecting 'Import' in the 'Set Pieces' menu. This will bring up the 'Import Set Piece' menu. Click 'Select Image' then choose the image you want to import from your device. Be sure to give the image a name and enter the dimensions of the piece. This way the imported image will remain the same on every page. Once you have selected the image, named it and entered the dimensions, click 'Save' to add it to the saved list of set pieces.

     

  • Performer Icons

    Performer Icons

    Select the gear icon and then 'Performers'. Create unique performer icons by tapping the 'Add' button, which will bring up the 'New Performer' menu. On this menu, you can enter the Performer Name and the text you want to appear inside the icon.

    Note: It is useful to keep the text for icon short or abbreviated so you will be able to easily read the text on the icon as it is placed on charts throughout the production.

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    Customize Performers

    Resize Icon Text: Resize the text using the 'Text Scale' slider. Slide the scale to easily adjust the size of the text in the performer icon. A preview shows how the icon will look.

    Choose the Shape: Choose square, circle, or diamond shape for the performer icon.

    Choose Shape/Border/Text Color: Select color for shape, border and text.

    Edit the Icon: Once you have entered the information, tap 'Save' which will save the actor icon and add them to the 'Green Room' for when you need them on stage. If you decide you want to adjust the icon later, you can always change the icon by selecting the performer from the Performers menu and editing the performer information. For example, if you ever replace a performer in the show, you can easily re-name the icon and the updated icon will appear on every chart in the show.

     

  • Scene List

    In order to create any charts, you must have at least ONE scene. By tapping the '+' button, you can enter the name of the scene or number. You can also re-order or delete the scenes by pressing the 'edit' button.

     

  • Chart Settings

    You can select how you'd like your charts to appear by choosing to turn 'on' or 'off' the number line, the centerline, the Vertical grid lines, the horizontal grid lines, and actor placement indicator.

    You can also choose to have 'automatic' chart numbering (i.e. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, etc.) or 'manual' chart numbering if you prefer to have another numbering system. You can also choose to view the charts from the point of view of the audience/director or from the point of view of the performers.

     

  • Chart Drawer

    On the left side of the screen, you'll see a ‘drawer’, which features the name of the production at the top, and under it you will see the scene list. To begin creating/editing charts for any scene, tap on the scene and thumbnails of any created charts will show up. You can scroll up/down this list of chart thumbnails to begin editing. If you are creating your first chart, you will see a thumbnail that says 'No Charts'. Note: This drawer can be easily hidden by tapping on the "<" button in the center of the drawer. To bring it back out, tap again.

     

  • Add Blank Chart

    To begin editing a chart, press the "+" button at the top menu bar. Then, select 'Add Blank Chart'. You will see the chart thumbnail show up on the drawer with the default chart number (i.e. 1.1). On the actual chart, which fills the entire screen, you will see the chart number in the lower right corner. Above that is the 'cue line'. Tap in the box to enter the cue line or the name of that particular moment which that chart will represent. For example, it could be a line in quotes ("Where are you going?") or the name of the section (Start of the Grand Waltz). At the center is the logo you have imported into the show. At the lower left corner is the name of the scene (from the scene list you created earlier.

     

  • Chart Layers

    Every chart has three layers. 1) A Permanent Layer. 2) Scenic Layer and 3) Actor layer. In order to begin editing, you MUST select one of the layers.

    Permanent Layer (Bottom Layer)

    The permanent layer appears on every chart. To edit this layer, you go to the 'Stage Dimensions' menu.

    Scenic Layer (Middle Layer)

    Activate the 'scenic layer' by pressing the 'double layer' icon (looks like two sheets of paper). On this layer you can:

    Draw shapes, lines or add set pieces from the StageWrite catalogue, saved or imported set pieces. You can also insert text boxes.

    Actor Layer (Top Layer)

    Activate the 'actor layer' by pressing the 'triple layer' icon (looks like three sheets of stacked papers). On this layer you can:

    Add actor icons to the stage:(

    Tap the 'A' button in the menu above, or you can tap the 'A' drawer button on the right of the screen, which will slide the 'Green Room' into view. To add an actor to the stage, tap the actor you want on the stage and the icon will appear center stage and a 'shadow' of them will appear in the 'green room'. Then, drag the actor into their position on stage. You will notice that the floating actor placement number floats above the icon and automatically adjusts according to the position (stage right or stage left).

    Draw shapes, lines, arrows, add set pieces:

    You can add shapes, set pieces, arrows, and lines to this layer.

    Note: Even though you CAN add set pieces to this layer, it is recommended to keep the set pieces and actors on separate layers. This will prevent you from inadvertently dragging a set piece as you try to drag an actor to a new position.

     

  • Create Duplicate Charts

    Once you've created your first chart and you want to create the next chart, touch the '+' button on the top menu. This time select add 'Duplicate Chart', which will add an exact duplicate of the last chart, except that it will have a unique chart number. Because most things won't move drastically from one chart to the next, this will free you up from re-creating the scenery and re-adding all of the actors, and will save you a lot of time. Continue to drag the actors to their new positions, draw the actor pathways and traffic, enter notes, add text boxes, etc. for the rest of the show. You can create as many charts as you want.

     

  • Save/Save As

    Your charts are automatically saved as you go - no need to continually save. It is recommended to back up your charts by syncing your iPad to your laptop. Each time you sync, the most current production is saved in a back-up file.

    You can save a production as a 'save as' in order to create a duplicate project with a different name. This is ideal for the 'First National Tour' where the show mostly remains the same, but you want to re-name all of the performers, or make other adjustments. This will add a duplicate of the project under a different name so you can begin to edit the new production without having to re-create the project from scratch.