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How does everyone here let auditioners know if they have been cast or not?  Do you physically post a Cast List?  Make personal phone calls?  Mass email?  Personal email?

I work at a small community theater.  This will be my 8th show there.  I normally call every auditioner personally, but recently found out some of the other SM's don't do this. 

Aloha all,

This is my 5th show I have stage managed.  All have been at our local community theater.  (I do about 1 show a year.)  While I am fairly new to being an SM, I have been an actor in youth and community theater since I was a little kid (I'm 48 now), so I do know how things are supposed to go.

I have worked with the same props master this whole time.  Up until this show, she's been ok to work with.  A little quirky, but aren't we all?  But for this show, I'm really having a problem with her and I feel terrible because I really like her as a person.

She is refusing to use the prop list I have made, the props tracking chart I came up with and the chart of where to pre-set props so they would be easy for the actors to grab.  She is using 2 props tables, but they're not taped off, so everything is disorganized and messy (which I absolutely hate).  Basically, things are organized in such a way that makes it easy for HER and not for the actors.

When I brought it to her attention, she said that she can't work with MY system and that she'll be working with HER system of doing things.

Ultimately, the main thing is that the actors have their props when they go onstage, so instead of causing a HUGE rift in this little, local community theater, I am just dropping the issue and letting her do HER system.

Because I haven't had any formal SM training, I don't know if the SM has any say about how the props are run backstage or not? 

Introductions / Aloha from Maui!
« on: Jun 05, 2016, 07:12 pm »
I've been lurking for a while, so I thought I should put on the big girl panties and say "Hello" like a grown up.

I am currently the stage manager for a small community theater's production of Spamalot.  I usually stage manage 1 show a year for the theater.  (They ask different people for different shows.  It's a small island and they like to spread the aloha around.)

I started acting at age 7 in our local youth theater and was in show after show for 22 years.  I stopped for 15 years to get married, have kids and start a business with my husband.  I was asked to stage manage a small show for a friend who was directing and that's how I got back into it.  Spamalot is the 5th show I've stage managed.

I have always done theater for fun.  I've rarely gotten paid for anything.  It's nice getting a check for stage managing now.  It's not much compared to the hours I put in, but its fun and I get out of the house for a couple hours a day (but that's a whole other story).

Much aloha,

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