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Introductions / Re: Hello from Essex
« Last post by Maribeth on Today at 02:05 pm »
Hello and welcome, Coral! Sounds like you have your hands full- I would imagine Legally Blonde would keep you pretty busy.
Introductions / Re: Introduction!
« Last post by Maribeth on Today at 02:04 pm »
Welcome aboard, Alyssa! I hope you post about your experiences with Seven.
Introductions / Re: Hello!
« Last post by Maribeth on Today at 02:03 pm »
Hi and welcome, Kaylyn! There are a lot of great posts over on the Students and Novices board that might be helpful to you. Take a look around- there are a ton of useful threads on the board.
Introductions / Hello!
« Last post by kaylynnichols on Today at 10:49 am »
Hi everyone! My name is Kaylyn Nichols. I am a senior in high school and Iím looking to pursue Stage Management as my career. I used to do shows at my school, but now Iím working in the community! I love theater and Iím happy to join a group of likeminded people! If you have any advice for new Stage Managers, like basic tips and tricks, please send them my way!
Introductions / Introduction!
« Last post by Alyssa.Kammerer on Today at 12:00 am »

My name is Alyssa and I'm a Freshman in college pursuing a bachelors degree in theatre arts! I've had experience doing stage management in High School and am thrilled to be Stage Managing a show called "Seven" this Spring.

My professor assigned my class to sign up for this sight and I must say I'm glad he did. From all the post I have read so far I can already tell that this will be a kind and helpful site for me!

Thank you for taking the time to read my introduction! I can't wait to experience more of the art of Stage Management!  ;D ;D
Introductions / Re: Ahoy hoy
« Last post by Molly A. on Jan 22, 2019, 11:29 pm »
Welcome to the SM Network!
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.
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