“I don’t have to worry, they know their parts, “ Beth said as she sat down with us in the third row. “I’ll just enjoy the show.”
Beth Sherk is the director of the Persimmon Tree Players production of “Suite Surrender,” running in a local playhouse again next weekend. The play was hilarious, but Beth also gave us a lesson in leadership.
Instead of running around checking all the details, the lights, the costumes, the actors, she relaxed, trusting her well-selected cast to do their jobs. She had no doubt each person would perform well and that the team’s performance would wow the audience. No doubt, no nervousness. She had confidence and trust in her team.
How did this happen?
- She and her team selected a play to fit the target audience and the talent and resources of their organization.
- They carefully selected the person to play each part, insuring a precise fit of capabilities and appearance to the part’s requirements.
- They set high performance standards for the production, planned the set, sound, lighting and other details.
- Those high standards also applied to the actors’ performances. Local, yes, but also professional.
- They practiced, practiced, practiced, as any good team should.
- Beth coached the individuals and the team with positive, constructive suggestions, thus building trust among the players.
- She demonstrated confidence in the players, appropriately praising their efforts.
- She enjoyed the play. And she made leadership look easy.
Great local performers. Leadership made it possible.