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The tech stagger is the name of a quick (sometimes not so quick) runthrough of a theatrical performance, in which there are only a few members of the cast, and the technical team runs through their cues before they have the whole cast on stage for the tech run. The tech stagger normally involves skipping from cue to cue, and never actually runs a sizable portion of the production, unless there is constant technical activity during that portion.

The tech stagger should be able to iron out most of the bigger tech problems before the cast gets there, but there are often a lot of things that have to wait for a full cast on stage (and therefore could cause problems in the tech run, maybe turning it into a tech stumble)

A tech stagger is also sometimes called a 'cue to cue' (normally in the US)


If you're after any other theatre tech information, then do take a look at 'Everything you ever wanted to know about theatre tech, but were afraid to ask'

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