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Tools of the Trade / Re: Google Wave - SMNetwork Sandbox
« on: Oct 13, 2009, 02:56 pm »
Me, me!

--Invite sent. --

Yikes, that sounds so painful!

It will heal the fastest if she just stays off her feet (literally!) for a little while.  Is there any way she can take a couple of days off? 

I know that's not ideal, but the more pressure she puts on that tender area (even if it's wrapped or bandaged), the more it will impede the new skin that's growing.

If that's not possible, Scooter's suggestions sound like they'd help!

Oh gosh.  I worked on Faith Healer recently and we had a few good ones.

There's a part where Frank sings "Lovely, Never Never Change" and one night the audience sang along with him.

At the end of the play, Frank's line is "At long last, I was renouncing chance."  Despite the fact that he said it very clearly inevitably we'd hear someone say, "Renouncing WHAT?"  The best one, though, was when someone called back, "Who's Janis?"

The Green Room / Re: "I can't do that on stage."
« on: Sep 15, 2009, 12:19 am »
We had to cut the top of a banana in a certain way so that our actress could peel it without a fuss.  (That one I kind of get, though, because sometimes bananas can be very difficult indeed!)

Seems like we stage management students rarely get to have a real summer vacation.  There's always this internship or that summer stock theater to work at - summertime is resume-building time for most of us!

Since everyone's winding down at school and gearing up for your summer plans, let's share!  What are you doing this summer?  (If you don't feel comfortable sharing names/locations, tell us about what you'll be doing.)  For those of you who are interning, is it your first time?  Any questions or thoughts about the upcoming experience?

And, people who are taking a fun trip, or doing something completely non-theater related, I want to hear about that too!

I'll start the ball rolling!  I'm interning at a theater company out in western MA.  One thing I love about working there is that all the interns live together camp-style in a house down the street from the theater.  There's a sense of camaraderie that's so much fun, even out in the boonies with nothing to do.  I've been here for about a month already and I'm really enjoying myself; I've been running a show and I'm about to start rehearsals for the next one on top of that.

Your turn!  What are you up to for the summer?

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Schools
« on: Apr 28, 2009, 03:43 pm »
I'm an undergraduate departmental representative for the Brandeis theater department, so I can answer any questions you have.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Explaining Yourself
« on: Apr 22, 2009, 09:13 pm »
I like to tell people that every time they see a light change or hear a sound effect, it's because I told it to go.  That tends to be suitably impressive without having to explain too much.

Employment / Re: Share your special skills
« on: Apr 13, 2009, 03:42 pm »
I can do a lot of different dialects, and I can teach them to other people pretty well. I can also read and write in the phonetic alphabet.

Re: contact sheet, I usually pass one around at the first rehearsal anyway to make sure everyone's info is correct.  If there's a number you're unable to find, you can always just fill in the blanks when you meet your actors.

I'm an english major in addition to a theater major, and I read a LOT of plays each semester.  Personally, I love to read plays as literature; reading a play should be a different experience than seeing a play.  I find that if I'm studying a play (as opposed to reading it for fun) I don't tend to lapse into "SM mode."  Having a production-oriented attitude toward a play can be helpful in a class, but it's also nice to delve into the language in a way we don't really get to as stage managers.

It does not factor into who they accept and who they don't, thankfully.  And, questions about race are always optional (and they'll find out what race you are when you go for an interview, anyway!).

« on: Dec 17, 2008, 10:51 am »
Hip hip!


Thanks nmno!  :)

The Green Room / Re: I can't believe I just had to do that...
« on: Dec 01, 2008, 04:12 am »
I had to reset an exploding baby each night.

Usually after I call places and head up to the booth, I do a role call on headset.  My ASM will be checking that all the actors who enter in the first couple of minutes are ready to go, and when I get the OK from her, I start the show.

I'd hesitate to start the show blindly, having told the actors that it's their responsibility to be at places.  Not to say that actors aren't usually ready on time, but if a show starts and, say, an actor is late getting onstage, that reflects poorly on me for not having made sure that we really were ready to start.  I don't think it would do anyone any good to assume that actors are in places and start the show without confirming that.  As the SM, part of your job is to do everything you can to make the show a success each night, and making sure that actors are ready is just another part of that job.  (Also, if an actor is late to places, there's usually a good reason - costume troubles, etc.)

Tools of the Trade / Re: Evernote
« on: Nov 18, 2008, 12:08 pm »
You don't actually need a smart phone...if you have a camera phone you can snap pics of notes etc throughout the day, text them to the email address they give you, and then use your computer to review them.

And, it's also great for compiling notes from the web.

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