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Employment / Re: Need advise dealing with new job
« on: Jan 26, 2012, 10:04 pm »
Thanks for the advise guys! I have been told at this point I will be running rehearsals and the SM will be coming in right before tech.  I have asked the AD of our company to meet with me as soon as possible to discuss what my duties will be.  I am not to concerned about the pay, I just don't want to feel as if I'm being taken advantage of.  I will reply after I have my meeting.
Thanks again for the advise.

Employment / Need advise dealing with new job
« on: Jan 19, 2012, 02:20 pm »
I'm the resident SM at a small  community theater.  This spring we are doing a very large musical. We are are working in conjunction with an Equity Theater that has a much bigger venue and funds.  Anyway when they agreed to join forces they asked that their SM be used and our SM be placed as the Deck Manager.  I have absolutely no problem with this seeing as how I've never worked for them or in their space.  However, it has recently been said in passing that their SM will not be avail for rehearsals and will not be stepping in till right before Tech Week.  So here are my questions...

Is this normal for the Deck Manager to do? 

What should I expect to be paid? 

The small theater I work for usually gives us a small stipend for SMing but I know the large theater actually pays their crew.  I don't want to overstep but at the same time, I don't want to get stepped on.  Any advise would be appreciated. 

The Green Room / Re: Things Stage Managers Say
« on: Jan 19, 2012, 12:38 pm »
15 minutes early is on time.

Safety First!

Thankless job indeed
I even wash your underwear
I thank YOU nightly

I would love to know the back story on this.  What in the world could have happene to have cause a $4 million dollar lawsuit!

The Green Room / Re: This one goes to Eleven!
« on: Jan 24, 2011, 11:44 am »
Happy Birthday!
Jan 2000  I had just left the freezing cold of DC to move to Arizona. My theater experience was limited to a few really cute (read bad) performances in elementary school. I was living with my 2 best friends, Scotty and Jimmy.  They would start a theater company the next year and inform me that I was thier resident stage manager.  I've been hooked ever since.

The Green Room / Re: Happy New Years!! My Resolution is....
« on: Dec 31, 2010, 01:09 pm »
pssssha! Simple Life! What's that?  LOL

I wish you all the luck in the world Matt! 

The Green Room / Happy New Years!! My Resolution is....
« on: Dec 31, 2010, 11:09 am »
Happy New Years everyone! Last year was the first year I made a resolution and actually stuck to it.  I quit smoking!  This year I am going to try to fix this awful habit of not sending out cards (birthday and such) to friends and family ontime if at all.  I know it's so awful!  I'm going to buy the cards and stamps now, address and stamp them so all I have to do is drop them in the mail when the time comes. 

So what's your resolution?

The Green Room / Re: Best one-liner from a performance report
« on: Dec 23, 2010, 11:49 am »
Currently in rehearsals for Devil Boys From Beyond and I have had some fantastic rehearsal report notes.
"Will-Please don't give it all away with the anal probe"
"Lighting-if you have a huge reflective penis, it is best to not point laser beams at it.  Some one could go blind"
"Toby said we need a like a big gay car wash, I assume he is talking about a mylar curtain"

The Green Room / Re: :) (:
« on: Dec 03, 2010, 11:30 am »

The Green Room / Sharing my dorkiness!!
« on: Dec 02, 2010, 01:03 pm »
Just wanted to share how much of a Dork I am.  I am super excited because tonight I get to watch "The Rockettes Christmas Spectactular" from the booth.  One of my friends is in the touring cast and asked if I wanted to sit in the booth and watch the show! 

I have only worked community theatre so I can't wait to see how it differs.  So yeah I'm a dork!


The Green Room / Re: Funny definitions
« on: Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 am »
Impromptu pinata: an overfull three-hole punch.

LMAO!!! I just spit my water all over while reading that!


My confusion came when the discussion turned to putting messages in the report like "wear something red" to the next day's rehearsal to get a prize (posted by Dee), or how everyone at rehearsal the next day would be talking about the funny quote at the bottom (posted by thehayworth).  The people at rehearsals every day are not the designers or other members of the production team, but the cast...this led to me thinking that rehearsal reports got sent to actors every day.

I think I'm cleared up now, it seems that most SMs don't send rehearsal reports to actors which makes me feel better. :)

I do send out rehearsal notes to both actors and designers separately.  The ones to my actors have general notes about what we did that night, what we are scheduled for next rehearsal, and  who is called for what times.  This is helpful for working with kids so the parents know what to prepare for. Also, usefull for reminding about annoucements that may have been made during rehearsals ie costume fittings, off book dates, photo calls etc.

I also include humourus quotes from the rehearsal in a special section of the report to encourage people to read the reports.  This seems to help a lot.  People are discussing them the next day at rehearsal.

I do this as well! I also have two other methods:
1. I usaully put in the general notes that anyone who wears a red shirt (this changes ie secret phrase) to the next reheasal will get a surprise.  Then I buy something small like candybars and bring them to the next rehearsal.  Then when someone says "hey, howcome so and so got a snickers?" I ask if they read the rehearsal notes. 

2.  I always ask for a confirmation email that they have read the notes.  I save all of the confirmations.  That way if something ever happens, I have something to go back to.

For Designers I always text them separatly and ask them to read the notes because there is something for them. 

#10. Donít be annoying at auditions. First impressions go a long way.

To True!! I try not to let it blur my vision but I can't help hold it against then sometimes even with out realizing it. 

I also really like the "don't lie!"  We all have facebook now.  I will see that you were at a party the night you said you were sick.

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