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So, I'm SMing A Midsummer Night's Dream at my school and we're closing tonight - but last nights events made my day!

We're about 3/4 of the way through our Part 1 which was in Act III, when my actor playing Puck comes to me and says, "There's a guy front row center who has a camera, can I play with him?"  Since the director loves the actors to have interaction with the audience, I said sure since he does stuff with the audience anyways at that point.  So, I'm sitting there waiting for what he's going to do.  He runs on to say that Helena is coming and he walks straight up to the guy, grabs the camera holds it in the air and says "Lord, what fools these mortals be" and throws it back at him and runs up into the big tree that is our set.  It was the funniest thing.  Apparently the man was an Uncle of one of the actors and was filming the show the whole time. At Intermission, the House Managers had asked him to put the camera away, but it apparently came back out and Flute/Thisby told him to put it away in Act II.  It was distracting them so much the actors were getting upset.  But that moment of Puck's made my night!

Thought I would share :P

Employment / Work Samples for Applications
« on: Jan 31, 2008, 05:37 pm »
As an SM what would include in work samples?  Rehearsal Reports, a scene of the script?  what? I dont know what to include?

I'm not sure if I'm posting this to the right location, but, I need some advice.  I am stage managing A Midsummer Night's Dream at my university at the moment, and I'm currently in the process of making a tentative rehearsal schedule, however we are having multiple rehearsals at the same time, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to make this scheduling process easier with a cast of 22.  I feel like it's going to take absolutely forever!   The director and I sat down and figured out how long each french scene would take to initially block it, once we finish the text work. But I'm now stuck on figuring out what to do now.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! ??? ???

So, I'm SMing Annie Get Your Gun currently and the director hired a scenic designer who will not take authority from females at all!  He wont respond to any of my emails or anything that I ask in terms of paperwork, I wont get.  We open in 3 weeks and I still don't have a ground plan!  Does anyone have any suggestions on dealing with this situation.  I am not looking forward to tech when I will have to deal with him more, but so far the director has been communicating with him for me, though it is my job to do so.  I feel bad but I don't know what else to do.  HELP!

I was wondering how other people have stage managed musicals with cues going off of the sheet music? Do you insert the music in with the script, or do you flip back and forth?  I just wantes opinions of what works better.


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