Michael, a graduate of Flagler’s Theatre Arts program, is now the Production Stage Manager for Blue Man Group’s production on Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Michael Rodgers, ’02, wasn’t expecting to hear from Blue Man Group. The call seemed to come from out of nowhere, but when he heard from the caller that someone he’d worked with in the past had suggested his name to the group’s management as a candidate for an open position, he jumped at the chance.
Michael, a graduate of Flagler’s Theatre Arts program, is now the Production Stage Manager for Blue Man Group’s production on Norwegian Cruise Lines. In this role, he is in charge of all technical and artistic aspects of production, as well as scheduling and personnel. He also works as Production Stage Manager for Legends in Concert, a Las Vegas celebrity tribute show which runs in repertory with Blue Man Group
What’s it like, traveling with part of the blue crew? Not bad, said Michael. Mornings are spent exploring European cities or having coffee in an Internet cafe while catching up with friends and family. Afternoons are spent communicating with offices in NYC, Vegas, and Miami to coordinate needs: from make-up to marshmallows, Rodgers is in charge of every detail. Evenings begin with a sound check and then two performances each night, during which Michael “calls” the show, meaning he watches and determines when each lighting, sound, and automated scenery sequence should happen; he also deals with any problem that arises so the audience’s show is never affected. Every show is followed by notes sessions for the crew to talk about how the performance went and what ideas could use more exploration.
But even as he’s enjoying being in the thick of such an exciting career, Michael has never forgotten his time at Flagler. “I loved the chance to really connect with the Flagler faculty,” he said. “They cared for each of us, and I truly loved attending classes on a beautiful campus with people I still consider to be family.”