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Stage Management: Other / Shipping a Marley Floor
« on: Jul 17, 2014, 03:38 pm »
Does anyone have any experience in shipping rolls of Marley dance floor? I've always been the one to haul it around, but have never been faced with having to have it shipped.

Any companies to suggest or stay away from?


Stage Management: Other / Renting a Nutcracker set
« on: Feb 21, 2014, 12:59 pm »
My company got a new AD who hates our current Nutcracker set. The company (whom I have been with for just over a year now) has been renting this set for as long as anyone can remember, and it has basically be grandfathered-in tha we rent and use it every year. Well that's about to change because the AD hates it, not to mention the years of abuse it has taken along with being a rental set for longer than anyone can remember has taken its toll on the condition of the pieces.

The board declined the request to have a new one designed and built, so we're sticking to the same budget but looking for a different rental set that the AD likes that we can rent in place of the one he doesn't like.

I've been to kenmark, grosh, backdrops beautiful and every other drop rental site I could find, but in general, while the AD likes many of the Act I drops, but he does not like any of the Act II drops.

I've been calling around to ballet companies in the region and just outside of it, that do not have Nutcracker run dates that coincide with ours, to see what renting their sets will cost, if they're available and if they will rent them. So far, I'm S.O.L. The companies are either expanding their runs and the dates conflict, don't rent their sets, don't own their sets either, or their sets are primarily hard sets and would eat my budget in shipping alone.

Does anyone have any leads on companies I could call (Ballet or Set Rental) to try to find a Nutcracker set to rent for this Dec. 2014 (specific dates are Dec. 6th to deliver and Dec. 15th to ship back). Or any advice on how to refine my searches to make my pursuit more productive?

Thanks in advance!

I'm looking for someone who is or could refer me to; the stage manager of a professional ballet or dance company that I could shadow for a week or two. My background is in stage managing theatre but my current and hopefully long term position is the stage manager/production manager/company manager of a small professional ballet company. I would love to have the opportunity to see how a seasoned professional dance stage manager and their medium to large sized professional dance or ballet company transitions from the studio to the stage as well as see what type of paperwork I'm missing from my templates or that I'm using that is not necessary for dance management. I'm trying to plan this shadowing for October or for sometime in the 2014-15 season. Because I've only been in the professional realm for a year I am not sure about the proper protocol for approaching other companies about this possibility. I'm not sure how normal or out of the box this type of request is, so any input on the topic is greatly appreciated.


I'm new to the site and haven't been able to find a discussion that can help me with this question. If there is an existing similar topic that I've missed, please copy the link for me and I thank you ahead of time. Otherwise, here goes my question...

I was recently hired on as the production/company/stage manager for an up and coming professional dance company, after PSMing their Nutcracker production in December. We have a few tour dates coming up in the next couple of months and we will be traveling with some lighting equipment and the Ballet Company's Marley dance floor. Obviously, the venues we will be performing at will have different stage dimensions and most of them do not have their own Marley in house. My question is; when left with no other option (the dancers must perform on Marley), what are some tricks of the trade to fit a Marley dance floor to a stage that has completely different dimensions. I'm still waiting on the venue TDs to get back with me about their exact stage dimensions, but I know for the most part our Marley will be too long and we might run into the situation where we will have too much width US and have to leave a roll out and loose valuable dancing space. In these instances, what is the safest route to take to try to keep things running smoothly without endangering the well being of the dancers? Iíve seen people roll the edges of the dance floor up and tape them down, but this seems like it would be horrible for the Marley and very unsafe for the dancers. All input is appreciated, Thanks!

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