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Tools of the Trade / Re: Samsung Tablet for Prompt/Cues
« Last post by Mac Calder on Sep 10, 2022, 11:15 pm »
I tend to find that a tablet is not the best for marking up documents - I don't SM traditional theatre much any more, but I do undertake many similar tasks in my day to day - including marking up of construction documents, documenting meetings etc. Paper is still the best when it comes to  markups that need to be done quickly and accurately. Where a tablet comes in really handy is for all that stuff you may need to quickly reference.

OneNote  is excellent for pretty much everything you would traditionally keep in the front of your bible - it can also be shared with password protected sections - so you could make it generally available and then lock specific sections for just you - or your SM team for example.

My tablet is at work, so I will check Monday to see what one I use, but an app that lets you annotate over PDF's and photos is really handy. - the ability to take a quick photo and then draw some quick arrows on it and send it through along with a request is really handy... or even just for keeping notes yourself.
Tools of the Trade / Re: Samsung Tablet for Prompt/Cues
« Last post by goldbrian19040 on Sep 05, 2022, 04:16 pm »
I bought a Samsung Tablet and after six weeks returned it. I found that I didn't need it as much as I thought. I use an Excel spreadsheet for cues and prompts. Column 1 is the script page number. Col 2 is the character name, Col 3 is the text, col 4 is the Cue/prompt. Once we get everything finalized script-wise, I remove the Page column and add a column for notes, etc. During initial rehearsals, I will have a blocking column instead of the cue column. You can duplicate a sheet and label a tab for each rehearsal day and change blocking, script at will. That way if the director says what did they do yesterday? You can tab over and find it relatively easily. You can do all that on a tablet, but I wanted it for the pen feature on the "Notes" app. It wasn't as helpful as I thought. A relatively new laptop will get you there for less money.
Introductions / New SM in an older body!
« Last post by goldbrian19040 on Sep 05, 2022, 03:40 pm »
I happened upon SM Network and couldn't be happier. I got a master's in theater, graduating in 2009. I immediately did everything but proper stage management. I have been a project manager, a production manager, and an event planner. This past July through a series of divine (I think) interventions I was hired on my first AEA contract at an RPT 4 theater outside Philadelphia. I had a steep learning curve when it came to AEA protocols. I somehow have managed to make it to tech week relatively unscathed--learning as I go. The overlay of AEA over the job has rattled my cage a bit. So far though I am very impressed with the level of professionalism amongst the designers and actors.
My favorite story regarding being a stage manager involves my thesis project in school. A very high-profile director was coming from China to direct our students. He didn't speak English but would have a translator. It turns out that the translator didn't know theater terms. She was a woman, and therefore subservient to the male director in their culture. So when he asked for the entire front-of-house lighting to be taken down (um, no) and I asked her to tell him that we couldn't do that. Her face flushed and she ran out of the room. Three months before they were to arrive I sent a short five-question list about how the director wanted to handle auditions and first rehearsals. (Does he want to start with a table reading?) stuff like that. Two days before opening night I was driving them back to their hotel. She pulled out my questions and asked me about them. What I learned is that the Chinese system of theater doesn't have a stage manager. They have captains of each department but not a person who functions in the same way as the stage manager in Western theater. Since I was at every function they attended in and out of the theater, they thought I was some kind of a liaison. I realized early on that their translator was adept in social situations but unaware of the many nuances of theater terminology. Being a good stage manager, I got a friend to be MY translator. He was fluent in Mandarin, and a theater person so he knew theater. He alone saved the show.
That is my wildest (and first) SM experience!
I look forward to contributing to the community!
Job Postings / Job Posting: KCTYA AEA SM for National Tour in Spring 2023
« Last post by Maribeth on Aug 01, 2022, 05:39 pm »
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audience is hiring crew positions for our Spring 2023 national tour! Our AEA SM position is hired on a TYA AEA Tier I weekly contract. This position pays $900/week plus per diem and housing in a single hotel-room.

SM prep begins - 12/27/22
First rehearsal - 1/3/23
Move to stage - 1/17/23
Tour launch - 1/23/23
Return to DC - 5/7/23

For more information and link to application, please see the full job posting. Other tour crew positions are also available, and can be found here, listed in the Education Department.
Introductions / Re: I've been away for a long time
« Last post by Mac Calder on Jul 11, 2022, 08:58 am »
Welcome back
Introductions / Re: I've been away for a long time
« Last post by KMC on Jul 07, 2022, 07:34 am »
A bit of a ghost town these days - but welcome back nonetheless  :)
Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Child Guardian/Wrangler
« Last post by EustaceSM on Jun 21, 2022, 08:52 pm »
Hey all!
I am going to be very fortunate to have Child Guardian/Wrangler(s) for my next production of A Little Mermaid. The guardians will most likely be volunteer parents added at Tech.

Does any one have a template or sample for a Runsheet/Cue Sheet for Child Guardians they be willing to share? 

Thanks in advance!

Tools of the Trade / Re: help with prop
« Last post by maximillionx on Jun 08, 2022, 06:19 pm »
So you're still gettin' science-y, but Gallium is an alternative.

It melts at about 85 degrees, so will go from a solid rock to a mercury-like substance in your palm. It also is used frequently as an alternative in science-like experiments with bare skin, and according to a bit of googling I just did, has no known biological use!

Good luck!
Tools of the Trade / Re: help with prop
« Last post by kitsee on Jun 06, 2022, 09:59 am »
Ok thanks! - I don't need it to bead like mercury for this production but great idea about the salt I will remember that for future.

My problem is - the liquid will be poured from a decanter to a glass live on stage and it needs to look like a mercury-esq substance. I guess I could use unset gelatin but this production is with a fringe and the time constraints and lack of access to kitchen etc won't make it easy.

Thus my question - hoping to pick peoples brains for other things I could possibly use  :)

Tools of the Trade / Re: help with prop
« Last post by Mac Calder on Jun 06, 2022, 12:50 am »
Mercury is very liquid... so you probably don't need to thicken if all you need it to do is poor. If you want to bead like mercury, you need to increase the surface tension more than the viscosity - which you can do with salt...
I would probably use silver mica powder for colour. It's a little bit magic-potion-esq, but from a distance, it's silver.
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