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Leave this one to the Stage Manager and the Director!

I am currently working as an ASM for my college's fall production. We are taking line notes, as we have been off-book for about a month. For the most part, we are not having too much trouble. However, some actors struggle with word order and specificity on very specific lines.

For example, one actor's lines utilize simile, but she has consistently spoken the words out of order, so the lines don't make sense. This note has been included in her line notes for weeks. The other ASMs and I have gone so far as to indicate that this is a repeated error, but she has not taken time to fix the line.

I'd like to ask her in-person about the line, as it may be effective, but I don't know what to do. As an ASM, we have some authority over actors in the rehearsal room. However, I don't want to do anything that may be interpreted as passive-aggressive or bitchy - I have a lot of classes with this girl and don't want to strain our relationship. Should I ask the SM to tell her? How might I make this mistake more apparent to her in line notes?
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I tend to use booklet printing, double sided, but leaving odd pages blank.

 Alternatively, I print to PDF and then shrink the page to 70% and position the page top-left - leaving large right and bottom margins for notes.

I generally work corporate shows though - so these scripts are being used for 1 or 2 shows, so saving paper is worth it.
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Students and Novice Stage Managers / Online Copies of Scripts
« Last post by valerie.dien on Oct 20, 2019, 03:36 pm »
Hello,

I recently have taken an offer to be the SM of a show at my college and thinking ahead about it I am wondering how to address line notes. I have been given a script in book form, and have seen the pdf online, but am unsure as to whether I need to type the whole thing up myself in a google doc so I can have that. Should I be in possession of that sort of script already, or should I just copy it into a google doc?

Thanks so much.
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I am currently working as an ASM for my college's fall production. We are taking line notes, as we have been off-book for about a month. For the most part, we are not having too much trouble. However, some actors struggle with word order and specificity on very specific lines.

For example, one actor's lines utilize simile, but she has consistently spoken the words out of order, so the lines don't make sense. This note has been included in her line notes for weeks. The other ASMs and I have gone so far as to indicate that this is a repeated error, but she has not taken time to fix the line.

I'd like to ask her in-person about the line, as it may be effective, but I don't know what to do. As an ASM, we have some authority over actors in the rehearsal room. However, I don't want to do anything that may be interpreted as passive-aggressive or bitchy - I have a lot of classes with this girl and don't want to strain our relationship. Should I ask the SM to tell her? How might I make this mistake more apparent to her in line notes?

Update: The SM and Director have been aware of the problems as well, as getting the cast to apply their line notes is a bigger problem than we thought!
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In my theatre department, we use digital line notes. We create a different Google Doc for each member of the cast, adding a table where we type lines in one column and add specific notes in the other. This is also a useful system because we can indicate lines an actor messes up on multiple times (we make the text red) and we can indicate lines they've fixed (we add a strikethrough). Also, multiple ASMs can work on line notes at the same time!
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I'm currently working as an ASM on a devised piece of theatre as part of a rolling premiere across the country, and due to multiple changes being made on multiple occasions, we used single-sided script pages. More and more changes were made, even after our first few stumble-throughs, so we only printed double-sided scripts once it was confirmed that we had the final version of our script. I definitely felt guilty about the amount of paper we went through, but a new script was necessary, seeing as the scripts the other ASMs and I had were both out-of-date and covered in out-of-date line notes.
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Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Learning how to read music
« Last post by emma on Oct 17, 2019, 05:39 pm »
I would suggest googling the different note names and values of the notes. If you want a more thorough understanding, I would suggest getting a book on music theory and reading it. the third thing I would suggest is to find what time signature a song is in and then listen to it and try to find the beginning and ends of the bars. This can be very overwhelming at first but once you start to understand it I think you will be able to grasp the concept of music a lot better.
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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Creating a Digital Calling Script
« Last post by Maribeth on Oct 16, 2019, 08:11 pm »
I make mine in Word (or an equivalent like OpenOffice). I use the underline feature to create a straight line from the cue word to the side of the page, then I use a text box to write the cue itself. I also put a box around the cue word (or note).

I find it's generally easier to tech with a pencil and paper, and transfer the cues during down time, so that I'm not holding up tech. Once I'm done, I save it as a PDF so that things don't get messed up the next time I open the file. And, I print a hard copy to call off of- don't want to have a computer failure mid-show! :)
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When I?m doing a prompt book, I have my script single-sided and hole-punch it on the opposite side you usually would. This means the script is on my left and cues, notes, and blocking is on my right. I do this because I?m right handed.

The columns I have for the ?blank? page are (from left to right): Cues Closest to the script (LX, SQ, FLY, etc.), Description (a description of what each cue is. Eg ?LxQ 1 - House Lights Out? etc. I also use this Column for any notes about the blocking that require extra attention.), Blocking (Alan crosses downstage left from upstage right would be (A) USR x DSL etc.)

I would always draw a line connecting a cue to a point in the script and add a tail after the word/line that the cue happens.

It really is personal choice and whatever is easier for you.
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Hello All!

I am currently doing a show at my community college that is allowing for some experimentation with my calling script because for the first time I have a day off in my Tech, Dress, Performance schedule. I thought I would use the time to place the cues into a word document but I realized I have absolutely no clue how to do this. Can anyone help me with this?

Just extra info that probably does not matter I am still doing tech with a ruler and pencil and in the past I have used sheet protectors and wrote cues in with different colored sharpies so I thought I try something new.

All of the thanks in the world,
Gavin!

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth
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