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I actually had my second show ever cancelled last night.

The first time was an outdoor summer stock venue and we cancelled due to a rain-out .... pretty straight forward.

Last night, we experienced a catastrophic lighting equipment failure ... our board kept freezing beginning at about 1/2 hour, we were able to get it up and running and then it froze again at 5 minutes.  It unfortunately seemed to be a problem with the DMX, so we couldn't even hold a cue state on-stage - when the board froze the stage would go to black.  The work lights are somewhat dim in our theater, and not adequate for performing under.  (I actually would use stage lights for understudy rehearsals).  Luckily, my company manager was still around as curtain wasn't up yet and he was in touch with both the general manager and the producer.  Once we realized that there was nothing we could do to revive the board, and the limited work lights would not provide a safe show for the actors or an enjoyable show for the audience the producers' rep (the CM) and the venue staff decided the best course of action would be to cancel the performance.

The Green Room / Re: Sanity is Evasive
« on: Mar 09, 2011, 07:09 pm »
I do karate ... it's a really great full mind-body-spirit form that's in quite a few states & countries called Seido.

Tools of the Trade / Re: [FAQ] Electronic Prompt Copies
« on: Mar 09, 2011, 07:06 pm »

I updated my version because I got a new computer.  Since I still have the old computer I am tempted to just do the script on that version.

Thanks for the advice ... I was sort of thinking that might be the answer.    :)

Tools of the Trade / Re: [FAQ] Electronic Prompt Copies
« on: Mar 09, 2011, 06:56 pm »
I don't know if this would be better served with it's own thread but...

I just upgraded my Microsoft (and am now using Microsoft Office 2011...).  While in general I think it's pretty sexy, I'm still learning the new ins-and-outs as I upgraded from Office 2004.  I have a typed up version of the script that I'm trying to put cues into for a long-term calling script.  In the past I have always just dropped in a thin line (which was the default) and written the cues in the a text box.

With the new Office the default line is thick and weird and I am having a hard time figuring out how to adjust it ... and when I try callouts it seems hard to put exact placement.  Am I just not figuring out an easy way to do it as I'm new to this version of software and tired from my tech/preview period?  Any suggestions on an easy way to type this sucker up?

Thanks much in advance for any advice/suggestions/etc!

I send the schedule
Every single night for you
And yet you are late

The latter part of 2010 brought two long drives for me (one 2500 miles, the other a mere 800 miles...) and for both trips got in the habit of calling standbys and go's for whenever we entered new states.  Luckily both of my co-pilots were amused ... and when I was driving would take over the state calling duties.

The Green Room / Re: First Jobs
« on: Jan 15, 2011, 09:22 pm »
My first paid job was a non-AEA assistant stage manager for an U/RTA summer stock company.  I can't remember what I was paid ... I just recall it being a small stipend for the summer plus housing.  My college mentor got me the position and I cannot thank her enough for the opportunity! 

I my first stage management job between my freshman & sophomore years in college, when I was still figuring out what exactly a stage manager was.  That summer, I learned much from the stage manager I worked with and then ultimately became (and still am!) friends with the other stage manager there that summer.  Along the way, I've picked up some stage managers who I cherish as mentors - some still in theater, some note; I've learned both what to do and what not to do from most of the stage managers I've worked with; I've been mentored by production managers; friends who are general managers; actors (both good and bad).  I've listened to stories over many a beer, and eavesdropped on conversations and those have also been great learning lessons.

My first Equity contract was replacing the ASM on a large off-Broadway production on which I had been the PA.  That was on a LORT contract, and I was paid minimum which was around $625/wk.  I've had lots of jobs since then that have paid far less.  :)

Does anybody have an e-copy of Cactus Flower by Abe Burrows?

Many thanks!

The Green Room / Re: Suffering from what I call "theatredox"
« on: Jan 06, 2011, 02:33 pm »
I'm finally having a little downtime (that I thought I was going to get in October!) and am using it to catch-up on reading, organize my apartment and get back to a regular karate schedule.

So far, I've been impressed with my productivity while still taking a little "me" time!

One audience member I wouldn't have back, and another I would (same production...different performances)

(To preface this ... I'm doing a production of Measure for Measure that just spent 2 weeks touring to prisons, homeless shelters, etc.)

At a women's shelter just after Thanksgiving, a somewhat angry-sounding woman sitting towards the back yelled "Y'all better call your director and get on out of here right now!" in the middle of part 2.

(Same production) At another venue, a woman responded to Isabella's question of "To whom do I complain?" "The Po-lice!"

We had many, many great moments with these audiences...

The Green Room / Re: SM Hobbies
« on: Nov 10, 2010, 02:08 pm »
I started taking karate a few years ago which has quickly become my favorite hobby!  Last month I actually took part in my first tournament.

College and Graduate Studies / Re: USITT Conference
« on: Nov 08, 2010, 02:14 pm »
I'd second that I've heard good things from people who have done the SM Apprentice portion of USITT.

I went back when I was in college.  While it is somewhat limited in the amount of stage management specific workshops, I took the opportunity to learn more about the new technology that I deal with on a regular basis, even though I don't always deal with it first hand.

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: PROPS: Edible dessert
« on: Nov 08, 2010, 02:08 pm »
I've also been noticing more mini-meringues in stores, to be used similarly to sponge cake shells.  Again, easy to eat, and you could serve with some fruit or drizzled with chocolate or caramel syrup.

Usually I'll use the time to catch up on paperwork / work related emails, etc.  The most important thing for having someone present in those sorts of rehearsals is just to keep an ear out for any notes or questions that may pop up.

The Green Room / Re: What did you learn today?
« on: Aug 02, 2010, 11:52 pm »
Today I learned that you can in fact put down spike tape on an outdoor, asphalt basketball court!

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