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SNOW DAY = CANCELED PERFORMANCE = NO PAY?
« on: Feb 19, 2007, 11:16 am »
Interesting events taking place at my theatre, only one of which I am posing here.  I am not involved in this, not my show, but interesting tidbit.

So, a nine show week is scheduled.

6:15a, just a mere 3 hours and 45 minutes before curtain for a school show, the schools are delayed (not canceled, but the delay makes the show impossible to do - since school will be out before the show would be over).

Cast and Crew is called between 6:45 and 7:30p.

Is the cast due payment for this show that was canceled.

I am torn - it's like being paid overtime for rehearsal scheduled, but canceled . . . . but there was no notice per se?

Thoughts? 

Equity and Producer are still out on this one.
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Re: SNOW DAY = CANCELED PERFORMANCE = NO PAY?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 19, 2007, 01:42 pm »
Yeah, I think if there isn't a 24 hour notice you must pay.

(I actually think a week's notice is only fair... however, most producers don't agree with me!)  :P

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Re: SNOW DAY = CANCELED PERFORMANCE = NO PAY?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 19, 2007, 07:02 pm »
This is an interesting one, Matt.  I hope you'll let us all know how it plays out.

Let me get out my crystal ball and take a guess:

No ninth show, no "extra services" payment, in what could be called "Act of God" circumstances. 

My crystal ball has been known to be wrong, however. :D

(Personally, I wouldn't want the extra money.  I'd be happy to have the morning to myself!)

Ruth


(snip)

So, a nine show week is scheduled.

6:15a, just a mere 3 hours and 45 minutes before curtain for a school show, the schools are delayed (not canceled, but the delay makes the show impossible to do - since school will be out before the show would be over).

(snip)

Is the cast due payment for this show that was canceled.

I am torn - it's like being paid overtime for rehearsal scheduled, but canceled . . . . but there was no notice per se?

Thoughts? 

Equity and Producer are still out on this one.

"Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you."
--Alan Alda

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Re: SNOW DAY = CANCELED PERFORMANCE = NO PAY?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 19, 2007, 08:22 pm »
So, I guess part of my question would be why were the schools delayed - based on the subject, we're assuming snow, but....    Is the school being given their money back?  If not, discussion ends, company get paid. 
Did the cast and crew have difficulty getting to the theatre? 
So the school could have come for PART of the show but chose not to. Or stayed beyond school hours (it's been awhile, but I know I went on field trips that didn't return until after 3pm - would have required contacting parents, but again, the school chose not to deal with the extra work? ) 
The cast and crew reserved that extra time that week with the understanding that they would be receiving extra compensation, perhaps even passing up on alternative income (teaching, voiceover gig, temp work, etc) 
Was the company notified before they left their homes? (if they aren't paid, essentially this cancelled 9th performance is actually COSTING them money in transportation costs.)

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Re: SNOW DAY = CANCELED PERFORMANCE = NO PAY?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 20, 2007, 11:18 am »
The show was canceled due to snow.

Schools were delayed two hours, not canceled.

So the show would not have let out until 3:30p, which was extremely problematic due to transportation.

The cast was willing to come in two hours later (With overtime), but the producers canceled.  (Please note this was rescheduled to a 7 show week, so it became the 8th show  - so they are making up the show with only the 12-hour turn around penalty.

The metro was running, cast and crew would have had no problem coming in.

The cast was notified between 6:45a and 7:45a for a 9:15a fight call.  Most had not left home.  Some had not woken up.

Please note:  Our city and theatre has a pretty clear snow emergency policy, and this did not fall into the relm.  It really basically had to do with the fact the schools could not make it here in time to get home in time.

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Re: SNOW DAY = CANCELED PERFORMANCE = NO PAY?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 20, 2007, 07:59 pm »
Equity sided with the cast, even after going to council.  They will be paid for the ninth show, even though they did not perform it.

Interesting, eah?
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