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Introductions / Ahoy hoy
« Last post by theunsinkabledomhenry on Jan 21, 2019, 07:56 pm »
Hey all,

I'm Dom; I'm based in Brisbane, Australia. I'm new to the SM game, although I have been involved in community and university theatre - primarily musicals - since I was a small child. I've ASM'd two community theatre musical productions so far (Les Miserables, Chicago), am currently SMing my first (Young Frankenstein) and have three more to crew/ASM booked in this year (Oklahoma/The Boy From Oz/TBD). I tend to be that person who plans to get involved with things on a recreational level and soon find myself being asked to run stuff - if you want something done, give it to a busy person, I guess.

Trivia: Capybaras have been classified by the Pope as "fish" and may be eaten during lent.

I'm here to learn as much as I can from you and look forward to expanding my knowledge base.

Introductions / Re: Back in The Game
« Last post by VSM on Jan 19, 2019, 07:33 am »
Welcome Back!
Introductions / Back in The Game
« Last post by srclarksm on Jan 17, 2019, 03:13 pm »

Jumping back into the SMNetwork community, and the theatre/stage management community at large, after an extended break. Glad to be back!
For my last couple of shows I've started printing double sided with a large margin. Less sheets of paper means less weight, smaller folders, less space on my bookshelf at home (I keep all my folders).

I print at about A5 size in the centre of an A4 page. Nearly all my notes go on the outside margin (opposite the holes), but will use both sides sometimes.

I keep most of my notes short and to the point and write small, with a 0.3mm mechanical pencil, and once things stop changing I re-do all my notes with a 0.3mm Zebra Sarasa black pen (amazing pen!) for improved legibility. I also switch from pencil underlines to highlighters during this process.

Plus I have thin colour coded adhesive tags everywhere. Thousands of them.

I use full notes at first, but for most of the script switch to abbreviations. If someone else calls my show they might see "Robert Enter DSL" above an orange tag, but later on it will be "R. DSL" above the tag. By then they will have learned Orange always means an entrance and there's only one character with an "R" initial.

Sometimes I insert a blank sheet of paper as "page 42.5" for additional notes. So far I've only ever needed that for the beginning of the show and interval.

Finally, I use the binder for storage and transport. During the show or rehearsal I'm working with loose sheets. That way there are no rings and I can jump to other pages without losing my place. If I need to discuss something in detail, I can just grab that page and walk over to another person, instead of trying to carry the entire folder.

Being relatively new (5 shows) I'm still developing my system, but this seems to work well.
I'm looking for a digital version (editable or not) of Little Shop of Horrors.

Thanks in advance.
Introductions / Hello from Essex
« Last post by coralkathleen on Jan 11, 2019, 12:00 pm »

My name is Coral, and I'm a student in Essex from England. In September I will be beginning my stage management degree which I am very excited about. Currently I am SMing 'Legally Blonde' in my local area which is a massive learning curve compared to being LX last year with 'Memphis'.

Looking forward to being part of this community!

Job Postings / DC Area: Theater Alliance in search of a non-AEA ASM
« Last post by Maribeth on Jan 10, 2019, 12:04 pm »
Theater Alliance is in need of a non-AEA ASM for BLOOD AT THE ROOT, directed by Raymond Caldwell.

Rehearsals begin 1/22.
Tech begins 2/17.
Previews begin 2/23.
Performances run 3/1 to 3/24. Please note that there are some student matinee performances.

This is a paid position. If you are interested/available, please email a resume to maribeth AT theateralliance DOT com.
Students and Novice Stage Managers / KCACTF REGION IV
« Last post by Brandi Shook on Jan 10, 2019, 12:57 am »

I will be attending the KCACTF Region IV Conference in February and was wondering if anyone else is attending? I would love to talk to anyone going for the Stage Management Fellowship!
Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Learning how to read music
« Last post by Brandi Shook on Jan 10, 2019, 12:48 am »
Here are a few Youtube videos that may help if you're more visual! (16 min) (22 min) (4 min)

I used this website to help me as I started learning.

Also, you might be able to find some Music Education majors at a college who may volunteer to help teach you.
Stage Management: Other / Re: Ballet Blocking
« Last post by Plabebob on Jan 09, 2019, 04:20 am »
Hey thanks for the thorough response, that's super helpful.

I largely work in opera & it sounds like the nuts & bolts of it isn't too different - working with a piano reduction etc.

When I get there I will definitely have a good look at their old books & try to mimic them as much as possible.

Really helpful advice, I feel a bit more confident now!
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