A giant black binder, usually
three to four inches in width, carried around by a Stage Manager. Usually
substitutes pillows, writing surfaces, impact devices, and signifigant
others. A Prompt Book holds any and all information gathered
during a show, blocking notes, design notes, attendance, and props lists. The back is generally
filled with to do lists (eg. Set To Do, Props To Do, Costume To Do, To Do To Do, etc.) and the front generally
holds last minute sheets of notes. The inner flaps usually
hold one sticky note per square inch, and the folders
on the inside usually only
exist due to the GAFF
tape holding them in place. Often refered to as the, "If the Stage Manager spontaniously combusts, then all of the show information
is here" book. May contain
anything from chapstick to an alternate universe.
-An example of a spectacular Prompt
Book can be found
in an old Disney
cartoon, Stanley. The "Great Big Book of Everything" is what
Book aspires to be.-
"Why is Jacob
wearing an eye patch?"
"He touched the Prompt Book without asking."
"So who are you taking to Prom?"
"My Prompt Book."
"Has anyone seen
the stage manager?"
"I think she's in the prompt book, I haven't seen
her for hours."