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The Hardline / Re: Changing rehearsal hours?
« on: Aug 24, 2014, 12:04 am »
It sill seems to me . . .

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(a) The Actor shall be given notice of the next rehearsal by the end of each workday.
(b) Cancellation or Change. The Actor shall receive notice of a cancellation or change in
the originally scheduled rehearsal call regarding time, place and/or length of the call at
least 12 hours in advance of said call. (Removed part of regarding emergency)

It still says you can CHANGE the rehearsal call with 12 hours advance.

So, it seems to really disqualify the first rule.

Let's say we were rehearsing 10:00a - 4:00p, and as everyone was leaving, I said, hey guys, we are rehearsing 11:00a - 5:00p tomorrow. 

But, at 10:59p, I could change t to 12:00n - 6:00p.

Then why  do I have announce it at the end of the day - it seems like the rule should read - "best effort to announce the rehearsal call for the next day should be given by the end of rehearsal, but official notice must be given 12 hours ahead of time" - it's just a bad rule, right?

Or am I missing something???


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The Hardline / Re: Changing rehearsal hours?
« on: Aug 22, 2014, 11:48 pm »
For TYA, it doesn't specify.....

(3) Notice.
(a) The Actor shall be given notice of the next rehearsal by the end of each workday.
(b) Cancellation or Change. The Actor shall receive notice of a cancellation or change in
the originally scheduled rehearsal call regarding time, place and/or length of the call at
least 12 hours in advance of said call. In the event of an unforeseen emergency,
however, the place of the rehearsal call may change with less than 12 hours’ notice,
provided the rehearsal takes place in the same city in which it was originally scheduled.


Also, note the caveat in red.

You have to tell by the end of the rehearsal . . . but you can change it with 12 hours notice.

Doesn't make a lot of sense.

I can say at 8:00p, end of rehearsal, "Hey Rehearsal is 12:00n - 8:00p", but then change my mind at 11:00p to 1:00p to 9:00p.


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The Hardline / Re: Changing rehearsal hours?
« on: Aug 22, 2014, 10:46 pm »
That is interesting about the differences in notice per contract . . . learn something new every day.

It's that just "Span of Day" or the actual rehearsal call?

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The Hardline / Re: Changing rehearsal hours?
« on: Aug 20, 2014, 06:46 pm »
Customary notice is 12-hours notice for the rehearsal schedule for the next day.

I am unaware of any contract that requires more then 12-hours notice for the rehearsal schedule for the next.

Anyone?

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Tools of the Trade / Re: Laminators
« on: Aug 20, 2014, 06:44 pm »
I also use them to make music stand numbers for readings.  (2 sets, one actors can see, one me and the director can see)

I also have made luggage tags as opening night gifts for a tour

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Tools of the Trade / Re: Laminators
« on: Aug 20, 2014, 12:42 pm »
I laminate everything.

Wallet Cards
Signage  (Rehearsal in Progress, Call board Headers, backstage signage . . .)
Checklists

Especially good if doing an outdoor show.


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Tools of the Trade / Laminators
« on: Aug 19, 2014, 11:02 pm »
These deals came across my email . . .

Neither of these are my current model, but I have a a very similar model.  I think given Stage Managers don't use it on a daily basis . . . having a more light duty model will do.  You can see they quickly go up in price, and can be very expensive.

http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Thermal-Laminator-Roller-TL901/dp/B0010JEJPC/ref=sr_1_1?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1408503631&sr=1-1&keywords=laminator+machine

http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-PL9-US-Thermal-Laminator/dp/B00BUI5QWS/ref=sr_1_2?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1408503631&sr=1-2&keywords=laminator+machine

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I think of lot of how you deal with line notes depends on the size of your team.

I tend to work with large teams, so one person is responsible for script and line notes (it makes sense, in my mind to bundle these).  This also allows this person to deal with line notes they way they want to.

I don't care how the notes go out - most of the time.

One of the biggest benefits of typing and email is you have a record of the lines missed, and it can go to multiple people.  (Oddly, I have had playwrights and directors wanting to be cc'ed on line notes being emailed out - partially because they are control freaks, partially to show them "Hey, Stage Management is doing their job, it's the actor who is not learning their lines. ", partially to track how often the actors is messing up the same line.)

If all things being equal and there are no special requests, I let the team member responsible for lines notes to be the one who figures out the best way to give them - I have helpful advice, but why micromanage.  Now, if they are working 2-3 hours later in the day after rehearsal . . . then, well, we have a problem.


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The Green Room / Re: Tragedies and other space invaders
« on: Aug 11, 2014, 09:18 pm »
I am trying to think of major events . . .

When Princess Diana died, there was some flurry if we should announce it during the show.  (We didn't)

9/11 happened on a day off - but we were were dealing with issues all day (we were just going into tech; one actor lost someone that day).  We carried on - I do remember us all gathering that night at a local bar in San Diego.

I was working on The House of Dancing Water (In Macau, China - a Cirque-Style show) when the very public death in KA happened - it rippled through the cast for a wide variety of reasons - many had worked with them - we held a meeting to address concerns, and also dedicate the performance to the woman who had died.

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The Hardline / Re: Meetings as rehearsal hours?
« on: Aug 09, 2014, 11:05 am »
"AD says that the cast was made aware of these meetings a long time ago (so, before I was involved in the production), that these are "unofficial" meetings and they have all agreed to do it for the director."

So, was this "hey, we would like to cast you, but there are going to be these meetings before hand . . . "


Let's carry this to an extreme . . .

"Hey, we can cast you in this part, but we need to do two weeks of script work prior to rehearsal beginning - and it won't be paid."

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The Hardline / Re: Meetings as rehearsal hours?
« on: Aug 08, 2014, 05:59 pm »
This is wrong on so many levels for AEA - but without knowing the contract . . .

Starting work prior to contract date?

"Meetings" outside of rehearsal hours?


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The Green Room / How to be a good stage manager?
« on: Aug 07, 2014, 11:25 pm »
I am unsure I want my entire career diluted to one web page

http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Good-Stage-Manager

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Ugh . . . that would suck.

I would buy them word.  (Or at least license it for the rehearsal period)

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I have never had an issue where the ASM doesn't have WORD

Drobox

And every sub folder has PDF folder internally

So there is

PROPS
and
PROPS/PDFS of DOCUMENTS

Everything sent out is as a PDF


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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Calling Half-Hour
« on: Aug 01, 2014, 04:18 pm »
I feel like we have talked about it, but an 8:00pm show if it takes the cast three minutes to get to deck. . . I do my calls as such

7:30p Half-Hour
7:42pm 15 minutes until Places
7:52pm 5 minutes to Place  (Crew to places for headset check)
7:57pm places

If there is a hold, I push back 5 and places call only . . . unless for some reason I suspect it to be a very long hold.


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