How Managing Recreation is Like Putting on a Hollywood Production

Recreation Management

If you’ve ever seen a Hollywood blockbuster or a Broadway musical, you’ve witnessed the power of a well-run production to captivate, educate and motivate an audience. And of course, the stars aren’t the only element that makes a great production shine. From producers and managers to sets, lights and costumes, a lot of work has been done both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes to ensure a flawless show.

Parks and recreation departments save a lot in common with Hollywood in this way. Let’s take a look at how running parks and recreation organization is like putting on an Oscar-worthy production.

The Community is the Star

The community is the reason your program exists in the first place, and their “star power” takes center stage. Just like in show business, the “above-the-line” talent is a top priority–but thankfully, your community’s members aren’t as demanding or dramatic as certain high-maintenance stars! Bottom line: It’s essential to keep the stars’ needs at the top of the to-do list ensure a winning production.

Administrators are Executive Producers

Executive producers raise the funds for the show and put all the elements into place. They’re the people who make the magic happen, and while they may never be on screen or get a curtain call, without them, there would be no production. Administrators and directors act as the executive producers of the department – organizing, making decisions and maintaining the momentum needed to get the show on the road.

Staff are Stage Managers

Behind the scenes of any production are stage managers, getting actors on their marks at the right time and making sure lights, sound and other essential elements are perfectly coordinated. Teachers, instructors, and coordinators play a similar role in recreation, managing registrations, facilitating programs and classes and strengthening relationships with community members.

Invisible Technology

Technology supports everyone involved in a production. Lighting panels, soundboards, sets and even ticket and concessions sales are often technology-enabled to ensure a smooth, glitch-free show. In the same way, parks and recreation management software gives the administrators and staff what they need without taking away from the stars of the show–the community!

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