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Introductions / Another Aussie
« Last post by PersistentAskerOfManyWhys on Nov 11, 2019, 12:45 am »
Hi folks!

A couple of other Aussies have said hi so I thought I'd take the opportunity to say hello as well.

I'm not a theatre student, nor do I work in the industry professionally, but I fell in love with theatre in college and it holds a special place in my heart. I was part of several amateur stage crews a number of years ago, and did a few shows like Avenue Q, The Producers, and The Witches of Eastwick.

I love witnessing an engaging show come together and hope to learn more about how the professional teams operate. :)

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: rehearsal spaces
« Last post by Mac Calder on Nov 09, 2019, 09:05 am »
I don't know how ubiquitous they are in the US, but in Australia, Lawn Bowls club houses are often times a good place to get a space. Also, scout halls/club rooms, churches and sporting club rooms are often good options too.

You may not be able to get it for free... but you may be able to get it for a tiny fee. If you are the sort that has the potential to engage sponsors for advertising, another option which I have used before is to talk to find a hotel/motel to sponsor your rehearsal space... quite often they have meeting rooms that are unused after about 5pm - and there are always staff on hand - so they don't need to ask someone to stay back to lock up, or deal with the issues of key pickup and drop off.
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: rehearsal spaces
« Last post by MarcieA on Nov 08, 2019, 04:39 pm »
I spent the summer rehearsing in the community room of a local firehouse. They had no real understanding of what we did, but they were so nice and accommodating. We left out stuff out all the time, except for 2 Saturday nights (our day off was Sunday) because there were parties on those days off in the room.

I've also rehearsed in the theatre of a community college that was open but had no theatre happening during the summer session.
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: rehearsal spaces
« Last post by Maribeth on Nov 08, 2019, 08:42 am »
Larger theatres, universities, churches, community centers, high schools (particularly if you rehearse in the evenings/weekends). If you have some way of being mutually beneficial to each other that can help- donate theater tickets to a school auction, advertise a business in your program, etc.

Sometimes putting out into the community that you are having trouble finding affordable space will yield results. Ask other small companies in the area where they rehearse!
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: rehearsal spaces
« Last post by JustinJanke on Nov 07, 2019, 07:31 pm »
Some of the smaller theaters in my city try to bum rehearsal space form local colleges. It's nice if you have a student employed on the show or if any full time employees serve as faculty at the school.
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / rehearsal spaces
« Last post by mizi5620 on Nov 07, 2019, 03:05 pm »
   We are having a hard time securing a rehearsal space for a non profit company. What are your creative ideas for types of places to try?
The Green Room / Stage Manager Survey...Go!
« Last post by David_McGraw on Nov 04, 2019, 08:20 pm »
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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Understudy Rehearsal Report
« Last post by BenTheStageMan on Oct 31, 2019, 05:39 pm »
During previews when we have daytime tech rehearsals, I create a daily Rehearsal/Performance Report with a section for rehearsal, a section for the performance, and a section for technical notes.  I think I would do the same for an Understudy Rehearsal day.  Or, just a note in the General/Performance section saying a rehearsal was held, for what parts of the show, and how long.  I wouldn't include issues about understudies' performance in a full-staff report, only in a direct email to Director/Artistic Director as appropriate.
Tools of the Trade / Re: Props: She Loves Me
« Last post by loebtmc on Oct 31, 2019, 02:36 am »
Have you visited the BTDT (been there done that)? Someone who has done the show should be able to help answer your questions.
When conducting understudy rehearsals, I generate a rehearsal report same as I would for any other rehearsal with the principal cast.  How explicit you are with how well the understudies did in their rehearsal is something to consider.  At the very least, I would mention what scenes/numbers were covered in the rehearsal.  If; however, I had concerns about whether or not the understudies should be counted upon to cover performances, I would probably save it for a separate email to a smaller group of people. 
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