I haven't felt this much of a dilemma about work things for a long time. So please help:
I agreed to SM the showcase for the grad students I've worked with already. Said showcase pays $425/wk for 6 weeks, from March 29 through May 9th. I signed the contract in JUNE. Perks of this show are: traveling to New York and LA, seeing the final work of the students I've worked with already. Drawbacks: Less money, gives me a 7 week hole in my schedule from Feb. 7th to March 29th (which I still might be able to fill with some other project).
This WEEK I got offered the SM position on the school tour I did last year. Tour pays (if it's the same as last year) $600/wk for 6 weeks, from March 1 to April 11th, with a possible one week extension. Perks of this show: I know all the material already, I had fun last year. Drawbacks: would probably have to get out of the showcase contract, sometimes getting up at 5 AM and doing a show at a school sucks my soul, still leaves me with an awkward 3 week gap in February.
This week I also interviewed for a position SMing a production of Annie at a big non-eq house in the area. It would be my biggest show that I've ever stage managed myself, and they want to do auditions Apr 24-26th. (The SM has to be involved with auditions......it's a thing they do there.) This would conflict with the showcase, but not the tour. I haven't *actually* been offered the job, but the artistic director seemed really interested in me. This show pays about $2200 and has a long rehearsal period over the summer, but is only nights and weekends so I could feasibly get a day job.
So now, what do I do?
some points to consider:
a) I was really looking forward to traveling to New York and LA, and seeing my students all graduated
b) I *HATE* backing out of contracts
c) the school tour pays about $1,000 more than the showcase and doesn't conflict with Annie
d) I haven't actually been offered the Annie show, and the audition dates haven't been set yet anyway
e) where the hell am I going to work in February and March?
a) do the showcase, you signed the contract ages ago and it would be really sad to back out of it; just look for another show to do in Feb/March
b) back out of the showcase, do the tour, and use the extra money to go to New York and LA on your own
c) since the showcase production manager said the rehearsal/dates weren't flexible, see if the dates of the school tour are flexible
d) do you *really* want to do Annie? *REALLY?!?!*
General question: how much of a difference in pay is acceptable to use as a reason to back out of a contract?
and: is it even appropriate to ask if they could adjust the dates of the school tour?