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SM "Present" at Rehearsals
« on: Oct 27, 2006, 01:24 pm »
The thread about Dialect Rehearsals brought this to mind…there is a rule in the SPT book (54-J-1) saying the Equity SM or ASM shall be “present” at all rehearsals.  I’ve always read that as meaning (when I don’t have an Equity ASM) that I must be in the same room as the actors while the are rehearsing, and should only leave when we all take a break. 

Am I interpreting this too narrowly?  Could being “present” mean I’m down the hall in the copy room during rehearsal? 

(Whether an SM should be out of the room during rehearsal is another question all together…I tend to think no, but being able to make said copies occasionally could come in handy!).
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Re: SM "Present" at Rehearsals
« Reply #1 on: Oct 27, 2006, 04:45 pm »
I would interperet present as being in the room, accessible. If for some reason your presence is not really required, you could probably duck out for 10/15 minutes to do some copying, but I would try and actually work within the room as much as possible.

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Re: SM "Present" at Rehearsals
« Reply #2 on: Oct 27, 2006, 10:33 pm »
"Present" at Rehearsals.

I take Present, per the Equity Rule Book, as to be in the building.  (I kind of figured this out when you are running three rehearsal rooms at the same time - vocal work, fight work and dance work.)  For example, our rehearsal hall has three different studios, so being in the building, I can count as the SM for all three rooms.

How I tend to work is I am usually with the director in the main room, and have one of my assistants (either Equity or non-Equity) be in the fight and/or dance work, and dialect is usually in the room by themselves.

I tend never to sit in on fight and dance work, and usually have an assistant do that, while I can catch up or get ahead on paperwork.

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Re: SM "Present" at Rehearsals
« Reply #3 on: Oct 27, 2006, 10:44 pm »

My sense is that the intent of contracts that require an Equity ASM is that there always be present a SM in the room; other situations, as already noted, would seem to require more flexibility.