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Introductions / Re: Back in The Game
« on: Jan 19, 2019, 07:33 am »
Welcome Back!

Introductions / Re: Hello from South Korea
« on: Dec 31, 2018, 09:42 pm »
Welcome Aboard!
Happy New Year to you as well...

Introductions / Re: Hello there
« on: Nov 07, 2018, 07:41 pm »
Welcome Aboard!

Introductions / Re: Stage Managing in Sin City
« on: Oct 18, 2018, 01:25 pm »
Welcome Alan.
What a great attitude you shared with us.
Thank you!

The Hardline / Re: AEA breaks during run throughs?
« on: Sep 23, 2018, 01:55 pm »
Upon first glance of the SPT rulebook, I can find no rule relieving you of the obligation to take breaks. That is NOT to say its not there; I just cant find it. I am familiar though, with that rule in other rulebook. HOWEVER - an hour and 45 minutes running time for any theatrical presentation is a ... mouthful. Perhaps while still in rehearsal, the Director can find an appropriate place to take a very well-deserved break. Technical run-throughs, with all the bells and whistles - IF YOU DON'T STOP, can be run without a break, regardless of the running time. If the run-through is stopped FOR ANY REASIN, IMHO, that constitutes the need for a break.

The Hardline / Re: AEA Deputy selection process
« on: Sep 04, 2018, 11:52 am »
I would say if you are a non-Equity Stage Manager, you should let the AEA members have the room, do their business and report out to you. IMHO

and I now have a night-light in my kit!

Or - if you can't get in touch with anyone to help advise you immediately - I suggest you stagger the mealbreak to allow your Team their proper break time and the proper time to set up for the Designer Run.

This may have already happened; what was your decision and the outcome?

IMHO - unless the Director has already put together a detailed rehearsal schedule, you won't know until the night before. Be sure and include what scenes you will be working on and the props you will need for those scenes in each nightly rehearsal report.
Ask for "do-fers" if the actual show props are not available yet. Use please and thank you. A lot...


History in the making...

Introductions / Re: Hi from the Sunshine State
« on: Aug 05, 2018, 10:20 am »
Welcome Aboard!

Remember - you only get one chance to make a "first impression"...

(a bit of wisdom for the ages)

I have been in exactly the same situation you are in - you are not alone.
It is "frustrating" at best. Fear shows it's ugly head in many ways, perhaps the chatter is a way for the actors to relieve the stress of not knowing their lines, of the upcoming first audience, even of the many different levels of experience...? Ultimately, there is only so much you can do. You can't actually change their behavior BUT you can change your reaction to it. Know that you are doing your best - know that the show will go on - know that there is a lesson for you to learn here, although it may not be apparent right away. Be thankful for the job, for the opportunity to learn something about yourself... Hang in there - it's only a play - it's supposed to be fun, that's why we call it a play!

Introductions / Re: When Life Gives You Lemons
« on: Jul 03, 2018, 09:56 am »
Way to go, Janette! I came thru the "school of hard knocks" as well and don't have a degree.
I have been earning my living, and feeling blessed every single day, for 20 years now...
Go for your dreams!

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Kentucky!
« on: Jun 30, 2018, 10:33 am »
Welcome Aboard and have a great time in Edinburgh!!!

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