One of the most vital members of any production team is the stage manager. The task starts as soon as the play has been chosen and the performance dates fixed. The stage manager starts to gather the backstage team together. Meetings are fixed to consider the design of the production. The property team and the wardrobe co-ordinator are all involved at this early stage. Workshops are organised to construct the set and properties. It is only when all this planning is well under way that the auditions are held, the cast chosen and the rehearsal schedule agreed.