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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Dinner Theater
« Last post by kabell on Jul 26, 2019, 06:12 pm »
BenTheStageMan: Yes, I definitely help out whenever possible and since I have been here 3 years usually can help out with whatever they need. I'll usually help seat people if it's a big house since we don't have a house manager and our owner stopped hiring a hostess awhile ago.If we're ever understaffed for a performance, I'll also run bar or go around with the water pitcher, refilling glasses. I have actually been a server myself for a show I was also SMing which got a little crazy, mostly during intermission. I'm a one-woman SM team and have no crew backstage for most shows so I'd have to deal with checks as well as my intermission duties. Luckily our actors don't also double as the waitstaff, they are 2 totally separate entities so I don't have to deal with that aspect!

BilOregon: I love the idea of a "not available" light but I don't think I'd be able to get away with it lol. The worst though is when people approach me in the middle of a performance. More often than not, it's not a time when I have a cue coming but I think because I'm typically the only one in the house during a performance who works for the theater, they don't know where else to go! Some will tell me "good show" or similar as they pass by the booth on their way out, which I appreciate! Otherwise I'd love to just be in a nice enclosed booth, hidden away from everyone!
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Dinner Theater
« Last post by BenTheStageMan on Jul 26, 2019, 03:45 pm »
I worked in Dinner Theatre for two years.  It was definitely its own beast, but the biggest challenges I found were the actors balancing being waiters vs. being performers.  Often shows would start late and intermissions would drag on past 30 minutes because the waitstaff duties took time.  And, let's face it, some actors are not the most talented waitstaff.  But when the money from the tables is the primary source of income, and the show pay is just over minimum wage, tips become the priority.  Sometimes it felt I was in more meeting about tipping policies than ones about putting on a show.

As far as being in the back of the house and accessible, it can be tough.  I am sure you know this already having done it for 3 years, but I would point out that even if the guests see you as one of the "techie" people, you're still representing the theatre and insomuch as it doesn't interfere with your show duties you should strive to leave a good impression and provide the best customer service that is feasible.  I know I was stopped many times for a refill of water while I was on my way to the booth (especially since I was dressed in blacks like the food runners were).  If I wasn't able to do it for them quickly, I'd try to contact the nearest person who could to make sure the guest is taken care of.  If not, a sincere apology and explanation that you're not waitstaff goes a long way.
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Dinner Theater
« Last post by BilOregon on Jul 26, 2019, 02:56 pm »
I don't work in dinner theatre but had an idea for you. Have you been into a reception area where they have a flashing light when they are on the phone so people know to not interrupt while it is flashing.  Get the same kind of light, just rig it to flash all the time and a note that says "When Flashing, Not Available", and have your headphones on. 

Good luck, that would be annoying!

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / VENUES: Dinner Theater
« Last post by kabell on Jul 25, 2019, 01:21 pm »
Any other dinner theater stage managers here? I've been the resident stage manager at a dinner theater in upstate NY for about 3 years now and while I've appreciated the steady paycheck, I definitely miss a more traditional theater environment. My booth is more of a tech table in the back of the house with a table on either side that patrons can sit at. I constantly get asked questions that don't pertain at all to stage managing because I'm out in the house, at my booth, and easily approachable.

Anyone else at a dinner theater experience similar things?

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth
The Green Room / Re: Production Haikus
« Last post by Michelle R. Wood on Jul 25, 2019, 11:51 am »
If actors report
a blocking issue to you
please listen to them.

Framing it as theirs'
to solve makes me question what
your purpose here is.
Employment / Re: resume format
« Last post by BenTheStageMan on Jul 23, 2019, 10:50 am »
I have the shows I actually worked on listed with the rest of my shows.  I have a related work section where I list my Resident PSM Position, plus my event tech positions.  I don't list the shows I supervised as PSM or the ones I subbed on.
Employment / Re: resume format
« Last post by smejs on Jul 20, 2019, 08:29 pm »
It varies what kind of position I'm applying for, but sometimes I've listed  that I was the PSM for an entire season, with "Highlights include" and then the shows I actually called (or a selection of them appropriate to the job applying for).
Employment / Re: resume format
« Last post by NJ.JerrySmith on Jul 19, 2019, 11:21 am »
For those PSMs who don't call all the shows in their companies season, how do you go about listing that position on your resume?

Specifically, at my summer stock me and another stage manager swap calling and assistant responsibilities for a 4 show season. But I'm the PSM because I take care of ordering supplies, managing smaller concerts and events, general production catch-all work. Listing all shows with the title of PSM feels a little disingenuous to me. Thoughts? Examples? Thanks in advance.

Employment / Re: resume format
« Last post by mizi5620 on Jul 18, 2019, 05:00 pm »
I've always heard that one page resumes are standard but the more shows I work on the harder it is to keep my resume to one page (even when I am only listing selected productions). Do you all agree that resumes should be one page or is your resume 2 page?
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: reporting incidents
« Last post by RuthNY on Jun 28, 2019, 08:21 am »
The only additional thing I would do is send a private email to "the powers that be," with a fuller explanation.

Tonight our PA had a minor medical issue that required sending him home and having someone who knew the show take his place. He has a small speaking part as well as run crew duties in the show. I felt unsure how to note this in my report tonight so I didn't divulge any sensitive information or alarm anyone. I ended up reporting it like I would an understudy stepping in by simply saying that X person went on for Y person tonight.

Curious if this is how others would do this or if you have any other insight into this.
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