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Sound of Music
The Complete Works of William Shakespear - Abridged


Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Stage Manager Duties
« on: Oct 27, 2017, 12:44 pm »
The real question here is: do you give yourself notes after each show?  ;D
;D Every time I'm on stage I give myself notes.  "Stop fidgeting", "Don't forget your line!", "What is my next line?", "Did you set the brakes on the revolve?", "Focus!", etc.   :o

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Stage Manager Duties
« on: Oct 26, 2017, 01:54 pm »
Stage Management student asking a question here: what is the purpose of having an ASM perform? Wouldn't they be better off supporting the Stage Manager?
To add to what BayAreaSM said, I work at a Community Theatre and it's almost 100% volunteer.  We are currently running Jekyll & Hyde.  We had an actor drop-out and couldn't find any older males to come in with just a few weeks of rehearsals left.  The director is already working as the Music Director as well, so I am now "Sir Archibald Proops" and "Minister" as well as SM in the show.  We make it work the best way we can.  (oh, I also don't have an ASM).  I have really good Light & Sound people that I trust while I am on stage (only about 10 minutes total). 


Tools of the Trade / Re: Rehearsal Reports
« on: Jun 19, 2017, 02:28 pm »
I agree with what Maribeth has said.  Just one small thing to add is if you email it to them (not just share it) they can't come back and say, "You never told me!"

I do my rehearsal reports on Google Docs but I then save it as a PDF and email it to everyone.  It takes me an extra couple of minutes but then I know everyone has it and it is now their choice if they read it or not.  If they say they didn't know, I tell them the exact date I sent it and then resend it to them. 


The Green Room / Re: Production Haikus
« on: Apr 25, 2017, 06:07 pm »
House is way too hot
Not allowed to change the temp
actors not happy!

Self-Promotion / 2017 Schedule
« on: Oct 21, 2016, 06:47 pm »
I've got my 2017 plays set.  SM for all. 

Peter & the Starcatcher - February 3-19 (rehearsals start early December)
Curtains - April 7-30 (rehearsals start early February)
Jekyll & Hyde the Musical - October 6-29 (rehearsals start August)
Seussical - December 1-23 (Rehearsals start early October)

All at Cottage Theatre in Oregon. 

Tools of the Trade / Re: Scooped Ice Cream on stage
« on: Jun 03, 2016, 05:09 pm »
Thank you all! 

We've tried cool whip and ice cream so far.  The cool whip looks really good but made one of the actors gag. (sorry but it made me  ;D )

With the ice cream, we pre-scooped it and then deep froze it.  It was easy to "scoop" and since it is on stage for a relatively short amount of time, it didn't melt. 

I brought up potatoes but that got voted down fairly quickly.  I told them if we have one problem with the ice cream, we're going to potatoes right away.  :)


Tools of the Trade / Re: Scooped Ice Cream on stage
« on: May 26, 2016, 02:19 pm »
Does the ice cream have to be eaten?  Sort of.  The cast will carry the ice cream cones around stage and appear to be eating them.  They exit after about 4 pages of script still "eating" the ice cream. 

I'll give the frozen cool whip a try.  I could even color it before it is frozen for different flavors. 


Tools of the Trade / Scooped Ice Cream on stage
« on: May 26, 2016, 12:21 am »
We are doing Scapino! and at the opening of Act II we would like to have scooped ice cream.  I don't really want to use real ice cream, but will if that's the best.  Any suggestions on how to best do ice cream scooped to cones on stage? 

Colored mashed potatoes?  Pre scooped hard frozen ice cream bars?  Softer ice cream so it's easy to scoop?  Any suggestions would be helpful! 


The Green Room / I'm not a SM, but I play one on stage
« on: Feb 28, 2016, 08:53 pm »
I am between shows where I am SM'ing so I thought I would audition for "Annie Get Your Gun". 

I was cast as Charlie Davinport, the Stage Manager for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. 

I call type casting!   ;D


The Green Room / First week night off since October
« on: Jan 22, 2016, 07:11 pm »
Tonight is the first week night I've had off from rehearsals or shows since October (not counting the week I took off for Christmas and went to Disneyland!)  Started 5 night a week rehearsals on October 12th.  That show opened December 4th and we started rehearsals for this show on December 7th.  We open next week and this director (bless his heart!) decided that we all needed a night off!  Back for sitzprobe on Sunday, but I get a Friday night off!  What I am going to do? 

Spend it at home with my wife watching movies!  :)  Man, I know how to live the wild life!


Interesting conversation, thank you for helping me be better!   ;D ;)

I am a volunteer SM at a community theatre where everyone except the Executive Dir and box office staff are volunteer.  I am the first sm (in 34 years) that does rehearsal reports and emails them to all the designers/directors/etc.  I use a form I got off of here (THANKS!) and it has boxes for each area.  If there's nothing new for the night for that area it is just blank, no thank you. 

I think since I'm the first SM to ever communicate at this theatre they are just happy to know what's going on.  The executive director has thanked me multiple times and asked for a template so she can put it in the SM Handbook for others to do.  My belief is that if we want this to be a top notch theatre, we have to be like the top notch theaters even if we are volunteer.  :)


Self-Promotion / Re: Carousel
« on: Jan 10, 2016, 10:21 pm »
Can you share some pictures of the set?  Would love to see it!

A little background. 

I am the SM at a community theatre that has been around for many years (I think 1982 was our first production).  I got interested in acting and finally SM while seeing shows here.  They are just amazing in my own opinion.  Everyone at the theatre is volunteer (except for Exec Dir and about 4 part-time box office staff). 

This is my first show as SM and I am truly loving the experience.  I feel much better suited for SM than actor!

This is my issue, we have a large number of teenagers as actors on this show (Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe).  We have been blocked for a few weeks, and we've been running the show in rehearsals.  Blocking is great, the fight scenes are amazing (as the SM in charge of making sure the actors are safe, they scare me, so I guess that is good), the set is amazing.  The PROBLEM, energy and motivation at this point.  I am getting too many people texting me the day of saying they can't make rehearsal for some silly reason.  I am having a hard time getting their energy up when they do come to rehearsal.  We open on December 4th, and I'm worried that we won't give our already 100% sold out run a GREAT show. 

How do you help actors keep their energy and excitement up for a show?  Are their any activities or fun things any of you have done in the past that has helped.  How do you keep a volunteer group motivated and keep them wanting to show up every night?

I don't expect a lot, I just want them there at rehearsals.  I spend 4 hours a night M-F and about 8 hours on Saturday and at least an hour or two on Sunday (props, prep for the week, etc) getting the show ready.  Why can't they do 3 hours a night only?   ::)

Thanks for any suggestions!

Edited to add that most of the actors are amazing!  They are there early and ready to go on time and never miss a rehearsal!  It's just a number of them that are giving me minor twitches behind my eye.   ;D

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