a clean stage is a happy stage

This is a phrase I have been hearing since almost the first moment I started doing production. My friend and personal hero, Marty O’Connor used to say this all the time. In fact, I would imagine he still says it.  The basic premise is that taking time to make the stage clean matters.  Running cables straight, finishing a job correctly, cleaning up trash, and resetting the stage to an agreed-upon “normal”, are just a few examples of what this phrase means to me.

I have heard it so many times, it feels like something everybody knows and everybody values.  We have had a few conversations about this part of our ministry lately and it is interesting how easy it is to lose sight of or to get comfortable with how things look.

At my house, when something needs to make its way back upstairs, my wife likes to put piles at the bottom of the steps to remind the kids to grab what belongs to them and take it to their rooms.  It is amazing to me how easily that pile becomes invisible.  We all just end up walking right by it, like it isn’t even there, and as a result, the pile keeps getting bigger and bigger until we can’t take it anymore…or we have guests coming over.

When was the last time you took a good look at your stage area?  Your booth?  Backstage?  Has the pile at the bottom of your steps become invisible to you?  If you had guests coming over, would you be embarrassed by all the piles?

Keeping the stage clean is a simple yet foundational element to everything else we do.  Take a walk around with eyes open, and take your piles up to your room.

5 Comments
  • Glad you’re continuing the legacy of Mary O’Connor! Thanks Todd

  • So true, the stage slowly becomes messy, and you don’t notice it happening. This is one of the great things about changing your layout every so often. It forces you to clean it up. Not suprised that comment comes from “Big Day” O’Connor.

  • Amen Brother!

  • I’m wondering what Big M will say in May here in GER 😉

  • Thanks for the comments everyone. It is amazing to me how easy it is to get slack on this value. There are so many things to do in less time, that being deliberate with neatness gets lost.

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