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I'm looking for SOUND OF MUSIC, word or pdf, please!

Thanks in advance,

Ruth
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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: rehearsal scene breakdown how to
« Last post by VSM on Aug 15, 2018, 10:46 am »
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...
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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / rehearsal scene breakdown how to
« Last post by mizi5620 on Aug 14, 2018, 07:17 pm »
Hi I'm a fairly new SM here. The props designer on the show I'm working on just asked me for a rehearsal scene breakdown. I've made a character scene breakdown and have a rehearsal schedule but she is wanting to know what scenes we will be working on when. How does one go about creating that? Is that something the director and I would create together?
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Students and Novice Stage Managers / Special Needs ASM Intern
« Last post by kristaf on Aug 14, 2018, 08:06 am »
The theatre I am currently working in, is a small community theatre that strives to be inclusive to those that are mentally handicapped. They have 2 interns for this show - an ASM and Light Board Operator. They are to shadow us this show. Then will be more involved with the next show. Then actually run their 2 day Play Festival that is readings of plays by other mentally handicapped students. This is for a grant that they received.
We need to find a way for him to document his experience, we also want to make sure that when we know specifically what his duties are...that we are able to show him in pictures and in words..modeling etc... We will also be using a 3 strike system if there are behavior issues. We have the standard rules & regulations for them.
These are some of the duties that we have come up:
1. Before the rehearsal period begins, the ASM should help the Stage Manager set the stage with the needed scenery. Specific verbal, written, and pictorial instructions will be given to the Assistant Stage Manager
2. Before each rehearsal, the ASM should help the SM set out appropriate props for the rehearsal.
3. The SM will help the ASM learn how to document blocking and staging for the show
4. The ASM will help the SM place props and set pieces where they need to be before the show
5. After rehearsals and/or performances, the ASM should help the SM put things away

Has anybody ever done anything like this? Do you have any ideas on how we can help them towards the independence of their own show?
Thanks!

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Introductions / Re: A Step Toward the Future :)
« Last post by Brooke_Dengler on Aug 13, 2018, 03:09 pm »
Thank you! I'll definitely have to go with the flow at some point, as I know they won't all work out haha. I have done "Almost, Maine," "Guys and Dolls," "Sleepy Hollow," and "Music Man," and I absolutely love working on musicals. Both "Guys and Dolls" and "Music Man" were incredibly fun and intricate in design and operation that I hope to continue to work on musicals in the future.  :)
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Introductions / Brand new SM
« Last post by kristaf on Aug 13, 2018, 01:45 pm »
Hello! My name is Krista and I'm a brand new Stage Manager in the Omaha area. What makes me unique, is I'm starting this gig as a person in their 50's.  :D I did theater in high school, then nothing else for a long time. Once I had my son and as he got older, I started taking him to shows around town - he loves going to shows. I then joined the boards of a couple theaters and became a board member of our Theatre Arts Guild. I work full-time in IT and have a lot of Project Management experience. This summer, I asked if I could be the Assistant Stage Manager for a show. I thought with my pm background, stage managing might be a bit easier for me. I worked with the SM through the whole production and even ran the show a few nights so she could have a break. I was asked this summer to help SM a show this fall already. I'm looking forward to picking up ideas on this board.
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Introductions / Re: A Step Toward the Future :)
« Last post by Maribeth on Aug 13, 2018, 09:59 am »
Hi and welcome, Brooke! Sounds like you have a lot plans. Very exciting! We'd love to hear about your experiences. What has been your favorite production that you've worked on so far?
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Introductions / A Step Toward the Future :)
« Last post by Brooke_Dengler on Aug 12, 2018, 05:46 pm »
Hello all!,

My name is Brooke Dengler and I am beginning my senior year in high school! My experience lies so far only with my high school drama program, as I have now been my school's stage manager for four shows and hope to continue with my program this year. However, I also plan on branching out to regional theatre in the coming year in order to begin building a more competitive portfolio in preparation for college and the professional world.

In the future, I plan to work locally in my junior college's newly renovated theatre, as well as the county's regional theatre in order to gain experience with multiple directors and setups, including both new and old technology. After high school, I hope to complete my general education at the junior college while continuing my work in their new theatres, then either move to LA or NY to further my career in the professional world (if I can afford such a huge leap...).

I cannot wait for this journey to take off and for all the shows and crews I get to be a part of in the future. After having worked on a film set and in many other work environments, I have found this one to be my passion, and the most rewarding. Theatre is really like no other, as you build families and create gorgeous art together in a unique and beautiful way. I hope to grow greatly this year and begin working my way up in this incredible world of technicians and artists. With that, I cannot wait to be welcomed into this new family of stage managers and to learn from the very best!  ;D

All the best,
Brooke Dengler
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Job Postings / Part Time Backstage Manager -- Teatro ZinZanni, Seattle
« Last post by jman255 on Aug 10, 2018, 04:37 pm »
I can answer any questions you might have directly regarding this post. This position is PT substitute only from October-Feb and will be FT hours Feb-March. Please pass along to any PNW SM/ASM types who might be interested!

https://zinzanni.com/seattle/jobs/backstage-manager-substitute-bsm/

Backstage Manager Sub (BSM) – Part Time
Replaces either of the Backstage Managers when they are not at the show.
Assists the Stage Manager in all rehearsals, performances, and administrative tasks as assigned.
Oversees performers backstage.
Communicates show needs and changes between production and restaurant.
Collaborates with Director, SM, Cast, Band and all Production Departments in logistics pertaining to all performance needs.
Sets and maintains rigging, scenery, props, and equipment.
Runs a zip lift winch line as needed.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage backstage duties during performances including, but not limited to, prop setting and striking, artist assistance, quick change assistance, running lift, and moving floor lights
Execute emergency repairs to props as needed
Shop for props as needed as well as purchase backstage supplies and equipment
Create, maintain, and distribute daily Restaurant Crew Moves on white erase board
With the full time Backstage Managers, maintains pre-show, running, and post show paperwork
Clean, organize and maintain backstage and prop areas for performance and storage.
Assists performers during training, rehearsals, and shows as required
Attend server meeting to discuss show duties and notes
With SM, maintain and update Production Notes, following up with departments in order to facilitate completion of Production Notes
Collaborates with other Backstage Manager(s) to organize all hand props and scenery pertaining to all CORE shows, Matinees, and events.
Maintain safety conditions and helps run emergency procedures in the tent during performances.
Interact professionally with guests concerning show needs
Responsible for operating the winch as needed for acts and scene changes
Other tasks as needed by the Backstage Managers, Stage Manager, or Production Stage Manager
SKILLS:
2 years professional stage crew experience
Excellent organizational skills
Patient
Calm presence
Works well collaborating with people
Ability to lead others
Excellent eye for detail
Knowledge of technical production
Ability to articulate and communicate problems
Basic computer knowledge in Word and Excel
Able and willing to work additional hours
Able to lift 50 lbs.
Able to work in confined spaces
Comfortable working on a ladder or in a lift
SCHEDULE:
Primary schedule is Wednesday through Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are generally days off. Work shifts are: Wednesday-Saturday: 4pm -11pm. Sunday: 3pm-10pm. Matinee Performances: 10am-3:00p The schedule may change due to show calendar revisions.
REPORTS TO:
Production Stage Manager

LOCATION:
Teatro ZinZanni - Woodinville

START DATE:
October, 2018

JOB CLASS:
Part Time

SHOW SUMMARY:
Teatro ZinZanni Woodinville presents a full evening of entertainment, combining cirque artists, European cabaret, contortionists, jugglers and illusionists with live music and a gourmet multi-course meal. Set in an antique jewel box tent imported from Belgium, our newest show “Hollywood and Vine” will be performed at our new location in Woodinville Wa.
TO APPLY:
Please send your resumé and cover letter in PDF format to production-jobs@zinzanni.com
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Introductions / Re: Seattle Stage Manager
« Last post by jman255 on Aug 10, 2018, 04:34 pm »
Welcome! I'm also a Houstonian who is SMing in Seattle! I hope you're enjoying this Summer as much as I am.
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