Ringboys; we all know them, need them and use them. I have seen them being dressed in proper costumes, simple cheap shirts and even ripped t-shirts. However they are often under appreciated; We need them to be there and save our asses.
Every time when a director asks me what I think of a show; I just have to make a remark on how their ringboys work, dress and behave. Is that a mistake of the ringboys or is it a mistake of the director that is not involving these ringboys to participate in the show? It is up to a “Chef de Piste” to coach and direct the ringboys.
So what makes a ringboy a more valuable asset to a show?
Invisibility, speed, cleanliness and synchronicity and proactivity.
A ringboy needs a choreography and designated tasks to perform during the show.
Coach them, pay them well, thank them for their work and communicate clear with them.