Behind the Scenes with Meggie Scache
Meggie Scache’s ’09 path to a career behind the scenes was anything but ordinary. Meggie was an English Education major with a minor in Theatre until her senior year when she chose to switch her major to Theatre and her minor to Literary Studies. Although the decision was scary, she is forever grateful to Professor Jim McGhee, Ph.D., for guiding her through the process.
Meggie recalls, “I had no idea what I was going to do, and Jim looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to be a stage manager.’ I didn’t even know what that was, but over the course of the next year, Jim helped set me up to stage manage two shows and to intern at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at Penn State York.”
In addition to acting as the Stage Manager for The York Cycle and a double bill of two operettas, The Old Maid and the Thief and Down in the Valley, Meggie ran props and worked in the College’s scene shop. She even stepped out from behind the scenes to perform in A Christmas Carol and in one rotation of the annual Student Directed One Acts.
Because of the experience she gained at YCP and during her internship, Meggie landed a job right after graduation in the Stage Management Department at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Since then, she has moved on to new roles within the world of theatre. In November of 2014, Meggie was hired as the Production Coordinator for Opera Philadelphia, and in July of 2016, she was promoted to Production Manager. In this new position, she handles a wide array of tasks, ranging from staffing and scheduling to supernumerary and dancer casting.
Meggie explained that dealing with the logistics of planning and producing several simultaneous projects is one of the most challenging aspects of her job. For example, she explained, “This fall, we are producing 5 productions and several wrap-around events, all performing within a 12-day period. We will be using roughly 20-25 pianos across 10 different venues, so my piano tuning schedule is a nightmare!”
When asked about her favorite parts of the job, Meggie said, “I really love my coworkers – I’m lucky enough to work with some immensely talented people. We all have a real passion for and dedication to what we do. I also love being surrounded by music, especially when we’re in the theatre with the orchestra.”
Looking toward the future, Meggie hopes to pursue a Director of Production position or a production position at a large touring venue because she said, “I think my true passion and skills lie in production management.”