I'm new to theater and sound, and I'm going to be running sound for my third talent show in December. In the past for this show, stage management has always been sort of ad hoc, we go when we and the people before us say we're ready. I've always felt that was too fragile for my liking, and so this year the director agreed to stay on a headset and call the show. I know we want cues for the lighting people, the backstage crew, and sound playback, but I'm wondering one one thing: Should we have cues for bringing microphones up and down? Or should I just follow the action onstage (up when performers are ready, down when they're done)? Either way, I'd have a list of which microphones are out/where the stage crew puts them for each act. Also, how should we handle getting the acts to the right places? In the past, we've had everyone in the green room except the next two acts waiting in in the wings. What do you call the people who make sure the acts are in the right places? The assistant stage managers? And should the movement of acts be given numbered cues like lighting and sound? Sorry if this is more of a stage management question, but that area of the forum is practically dead, and I'm looking at this from Sound's perspectivce.