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I am currently working as an ASM for my college's fall production. We are taking line notes, as we have been off-book for about a month. For the most part, we are not having too much trouble. However, some actors struggle with word order and specificity on very specific lines.

For example, one actor's lines utilize simile, but she has consistently spoken the words out of order, so the lines don't make sense. This note has been included in her line notes for weeks. The other ASMs and I have gone so far as to indicate that this is a repeated error, but she has not taken time to fix the line.

I'd like to ask her in-person about the line, as it may be effective, but I don't know what to do. As an ASM, we have some authority over actors in the rehearsal room. However, I don't want to do anything that may be interpreted as passive-aggressive or bitchy - I have a lot of classes with this girl and don't want to strain our relationship. Should I ask the SM to tell her? How might I make this mistake more apparent to her in line notes?

Update: The SM and Director have been aware of the problems as well, as getting the cast to apply their line notes is a bigger problem than we thought!

In my theatre department, we use digital line notes. We create a different Google Doc for each member of the cast, adding a table where we type lines in one column and add specific notes in the other. This is also a useful system because we can indicate lines an actor messes up on multiple times (we make the text red) and we can indicate lines they've fixed (we add a strikethrough). Also, multiple ASMs can work on line notes at the same time!

I'm currently working as an ASM on a devised piece of theatre as part of a rolling premiere across the country, and due to multiple changes being made on multiple occasions, we used single-sided script pages. More and more changes were made, even after our first few stumble-throughs, so we only printed double-sided scripts once it was confirmed that we had the final version of our script. I definitely felt guilty about the amount of paper we went through, but a new script was necessary, seeing as the scripts the other ASMs and I had were both out-of-date and covered in out-of-date line notes.

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