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Georgia Shakespeare is in trouble...

The Green Room / Re: The Agonies of a Stage Manager, 1914
« on: Sep 13, 2011, 02:50 am »
Tripled props? Wow...what a budget!

Tools of the Trade / Re: New SM Sim!
« on: Aug 09, 2011, 04:20 pm »
David tells me the site is still undergoing some initial construction so be sure to check back for updated information.

Tools of the Trade / New SM Sim!
« on: Aug 08, 2011, 01:49 pm »
Hey everyone: check out the new SM-Sim website, created by David McGraw. It's sure to become a fantastic resource for stage managers at all levels of their careers.

You're on the right track; creating a key is a great idea but only if you know what all the abbreviations mean. Is it possible to sit down with the director, review the schedule and create the key together? I would come to this meeting armed with both a scene and song breakdown and ensure you also know who's in what scene and who's singing what song.

Establishing clear communication lines between the director and stage manager is the very first goal to achieve; even though you have worked with this director before, every show has a unique process. Possessing a solid understanding of the director's methods can telegraph your confidence to the cast and this will put them at ease knowing they can count on you to support them through the entire production.

It's always been my practice to use the third person by title when referring to myself in a report. Using my name or the first person always feels too informal and since the stage manager's name is always included in a permanent header or footer in our paperwork, it doesn't create any confusion.

The Hardline / New LORT Media Rules
« on: Nov 12, 2010, 07:07 pm »
Soooo, there are a lot of new media rules in the most recent LORT rulebook (Rule 35, pg. 29), a lot of which are radical departures from past rules. There is an incomplete sentence in one of the clauses, 35(D)(1), both in the hard copy and online. Has anyone from the forum asked or needed to ask AEA about the missing information? Just curious because...

I'm trying to figure out if I can video more than once a week to capture footage for production work.  E(1)(a) states that there is no time limit on the capture of rehearsal or performance, but an earlier rule regarding footage intended for broadcast states you can only film up to four hours and only one day per week. We are not currently in rep so there is only one show in rehearsal.

Thanks, forum!

We've begun this conversation before, check this tiny thread.

The Green Room / Re: The Stage Manager's Nightmare
« on: Sep 05, 2010, 12:43 am »
My recurring nightmare is that "the show" is scheduled to start and the booth has been moved without my knowledge. I can never reach it no matter how many paths, stairs, elevators or ladders I take.

The script is still so in flux that locking pagination isn't an option.  Whole new sections are still being added and others are being moved from scene to scene.

I find it helpful, when working on a new play and new pages foul the original pagination, to number and letter the new pages. For instance, if new lines inserted on pg. 14 spill over to pg. 15, I'll create a pg. 14A with the extra lines that really belong on pg. 14. There may only be a few lines on 14A but it helps to keep the pagination in order.

The Green Room / Re: What did you learn today?
« on: Jul 18, 2010, 12:47 am »
I learned that you can fit 350 million of our suns inside the star Antares.

Employment / Re: CAREER GROWTH: Taking control of your career
« on: Jul 07, 2010, 12:43 am »
And regarding those steps . . . we shall see what the forest has waiting for me.

"You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say."

Huzzah, Matthew, going along for the ride.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Paperless World
« on: Jul 07, 2010, 12:37 am »
I agree with 99% of what a lot of folks have posted and am just playing the devil's advocate in this post.

The web is a tool.  It is a wonderful and versatile tool, but it does have its limits. 
(Truth!! But so does the physical callboard, although I am a big fan of its presence.)
Security: Callboard - if mounted in a room that can be locked, security is pretty much ensured.

You can't expect an actor, or anybody for that matter, to be logging into a website every ten minutes to see what has been posted.

What happens when actors do not have access to a physical callboard behind locked doors? Often, the schedule at my theatre is posted long after rehearsal ends. What actor is going to try and visit the theatre after they've been cut at 8:30P and rehearsal ends at 11:00P?  Actors would then be required to come to the building the next day before rehearsal to find out the call, and lo and behold, they are not called for the entire day and have gotten p.o.'d that they had to come to the building to find out the schedule. "I could've scheduled a massage!" "I wanted to go sightseeing!" "I had to pay three bucks for parking to find out the schedule!" In this digital age, we can't also expect an actor/someone-who-needs-to-know to check a physical callboard every ten minutes, either.

Or the night the actor's web enable phone dies because he left the charger in the rehearsal room.  Or, or, or.

So the actor can't call the hotline OR visit the building. What does he/she do then, in our age of immediacy?

As much as paper and pencil have been the pulp to print solution of our profession for so long, we need to embrace innovative technologies as sustainable options compatible with the communication pathways of Edison and Morse. We cannot ignore the Digital Revolution. Once upon a time, train tracks were thought amazing and now, outside of New England, how many people frequently travel by train?

Employment / Re: Invoices
« on: Jun 29, 2010, 03:22 pm »
Microsoft Publisher has some classy templates for invoices that you can customize to your needs, and it's really easy to use.

Uploaded Forms / Re: Dance Notation and Cue Sheets
« on: May 11, 2010, 07:01 pm »
This post will make better sense if you look at the document first. I use a variation of a form with the time signature of the music, i.e. 4/4, 3/4, 7/8, etc., written out  line by line. Most often though, I'll use a page of 8 counts and just cross out any unnecessary beats. I use the empty box at the front of the line to put in the measure number, 1, 6, 23, etc., and  then note major or unique visual or audio cues on the beat (or not) on which they occur, to help me keep track of where I am in the music if I lose count. In this example, the caret might indicate a cymbal crash and the slashes things like a solitary drum beat.

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