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Tools of the Trade / Online Callboards
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:15 pm »
Hi all!

I was wondering if any of you have used sites like or ? I just got signed on to a production of the Wizard of Oz, where the cast will mainly be kids. The director, coming from working on larger productions, wants us to set up a virtual callboard online, where the cast members, and especially their parents, will be able to access information on scheduling, etc. There was a problem last year when the theatre produced the same type of show, where kids put their emails on the contact sheet and the parents were essentially in the dark about scheduling changes.

Has anyone used any solutions like these, and what did you think?? I understand where she's coming from, however these seem almost too complex for our needs. For example, Virtual Callboard requires users to have a username and password, which may be too much for 5th and 6th graders. These things have good benefits, but I would much rather create a Google Site with a calendar on it, and use Google Docs/Drive to share files, and of course send emails out to the cast members to relay new information or changes. What do you think about the Google solution, or can anyone offer any other solutions?


The Green Room / Thoughts on Director Acting in Show?
« on: Mar 03, 2013, 09:12 pm »
Hello everyone!

I just began working on a production, and I have found out that the director has cast himself as a major role, basically the lead (King Arthur in Spamalot). I was wondering what your tips are on dealing with this, seeing that he will be on stage during tech as opposed to being in the audience. Have any of you dealt with this before?

Thanks!!  :)

Tools of the Trade / Backstage Emergency Kit
« on: Jan 12, 2013, 12:32 am »
Hello everyone!

So I am assistant stage managing my second show coming up, but my first big show with a large cast! In addition to my (mini) stage manager kit, I was thinking of making one "emergency kit" for each side of the stage. Has anyone done this before? My last show I kept my bag downstairs with the dressing room monitor, as there were kids in the show, one diabetic and hemophiliac, so I wanted to keep the majority of my stuff downstairs.

For the emergency kit, I was thinking of putting it in a hard locking case, sort of like this ( Here are the things I am thinking for it to contain:
Mini First Aid Kit (Baindaids, Wrapping, Painkillers
Mini Sewing Kit
Safety Pins
Mic Tape

That's really all I have, and its based on my problems from my previous show. Since all of you are probably more experienced, does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

---Mod note: edited to make link active. -Mac

Introductions / Hello Everyone!
« on: Jan 02, 2013, 07:59 pm »
Hello everyone!

From someone who is new to the site, I'd just like to say that this thing is like the best thing ever to me. I am a freshman in high school, who has recently transitioned form acting... to crew... to stage management! I look forward to helping you all out with any questions you have and getting your feedback on some questions.  ;D


The Green Room / Wedding Present for my Stage Manager?
« on: Jan 01, 2013, 09:10 pm »

I am a freshman in high school, and I just recently started assistant stage managing at the theatre which I have done crew for and ushered at since 6th grade. I just recently finished my first show ASM-ing under a stage manager who is the best person I have ever had the pleasure to know. She is just so willing to teach me everything and she's just great. I am working with her on another show, and it happens that she's getting married mid-way through the rehearsal period. I talked to the director of the show and theatre management and we are throwing her a shower, and I want to get her something special just to thank her for everything. I want to get her something useful and stage-managery, as I just don't see me getting her a set of cheese knifes useful or special. Do any of you have any ideas of something?

Thanks so much.

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