This is all my opinion . . . I wonder if Ruth (or others) agree with me.
Okay . . . here is how I always thought about this . . .It's a poorly written rule
(1) At the Theatre’s option, on non-performance days, rehearsal shall not exceed “7 out of 9” or “8 out of 10” consecutive hours. The Company shall receive no less than 12 hours’ notice of the span of each rehearsal day.
So, can you do a 7.5 out of 9.5? I always thought so . . . it's does not exceed a 8 out of 10.
So, let's see what works for this schedule . . .
Can you rehearse 12:00n - 1:00p, 8:00-10:00p - yep, it does not exceed 8 out of 10.
Can you rehearse 12:00n - 1:00p, 7:00p - 9:00p - yep, it does not exceed 7 out of 9 (which also does not exceed 8 out of 10).
Can you rehearse 10:00a - 12:00n and then 8:00p - 10:00p - nope, it exceeds 8 out of 10 (it exceeds the later part). I mean you can do it, you have to pay the overtime.
So, let's look at this schedule . . .
Tuesday: 12:00n - 2:00p, 4:00p - 10:00p (Total Rehearsal hours 8 out of 10)
Wednesday: 12:00n - 2:00p, 8:00p - 10:00P (Total Rehearsal hours 4 out of 10)
Thursday: 12:00n - 1:00p, 9:30p - 10:00p (Total Rehearsal hours 1.5 out of 10)
Friday: 12:00n - 5:00p, 7:00p - 10:00p (Total Rehearsal hours 8 out of 10)
Saturday: 12:00n - 4:00p, 6:00p - 7:00p (Total Rehearsal hours 5 out of 7)
Sunday: 12:00n - 5:00p, 7:00p - 10:00p (Total Rehearsal hours 8 out of 10)
Great, so every day his daily schedule does not exceed 8 out of 10.
You are clear on the daily check.
Let's say this is small play.
You have 48 hours in the work week. no more then 45 can be rehearsal.
This is where things get tricky, and you should talk to an Business Rep
. . . (Corrected from deputy)
I feel that work week was 34.5 hours against his 45 hours rehearsal week. (I don't think you count the full span of the day - so I don't think you count this as a 47 hour rehearsal week. (That is, I don't think each 8 out of 10 counts as 8 rehearsal hours against your weekly count).
The 7 out of 9, and 8 out 10 only counts as day to day span OF REHEARSAL.
You have to count actual rehearsal hours in regards to the 45.
NOW - depending on your business rep is . . . the work week thing gets really bonkers.
Let's say you are doing an ensemble show, and you are maxed out . . .
you are doing
three 7 out of 9's and three 8 out of 10's.
You have the 45 hours.
Now, you have three hours to play around with costume fittings (and anything else you and your general manager feel should be billed against work week hours).
The rule above ONLY STATES REHEARSAL NEEDS TO BE WITHIN THAT SPAN.
You rehearse 12:00n - 10:00p, with a two hour break, your rehearsal fits with in the 8 out 10.
NOW, you can schedule a costume fitting up against that, but outside the 8 out of 10 - rehearsal span does not equal work day span. The span of work shall not exceed 12.
So you could do . . .
10:00a - 10:30a Costume Fitting
12:00n - 10:00p Rehearsal, with a two hour break.
That's a legit day.
Can't do 9:30-10:30a Costume Fitting - outside of the 12 hour span.
(Although you will find VERY different readings of that rule, I still stand firm that's a legit day . . . some people got hung up on the "consecutive" word - but I have already ranted about that . . . just hope you are working on east coast).
Doesn't 7 out of 9 not exceed 8 out of 10? Does it need to be there? Do we need that spelled out? If we spell out 7 out 9, do we need to spell out 7.5 out of 9.5 - it all seems very silly. But that's the way the rule is written.
Remember that's just your daily span, and has to do with week bucket of hours.