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Jul. 16th, 2009 @ 09:56 am (no subject)
Does anyone know of a free, decent, sound cueing software available on the net? I want to run it off of my PC. Thanks!
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Jul. 10th, 2009 @ 07:36 pm (no subject)
Hello everyone,

This is a completely random question, but I figured you guys would be a good source to ask.

Is there any stigma against stage managers with tattoos?

I'm currently studying stage management at my university and was thinking about getting a tattoo. Nothing huge, nothing gaudy, and in a location where I can hide it. Still, I thought I would ask and see if anyone had insight into how people feel about stage managers with tattoos.

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Scully - scientist
Jun. 5th, 2009 @ 06:55 pm appropriate stipend/charge?
Hi Everyone,

This is my first post in this community.  I've done a couple small stage managing gigs for a couple cabaret shows through a theatre, and one of the acts would like to hire me for one of their shows outside of the theatre.  They want to know what my rate would be for a 4 night run and 1 rehearsal.  I was wondering what's appropriate to ask for.  Each show that I've been paid for my rate was pre-set by the theatre I was working through.  Now that I'm working directly with the performers I don't want to ask for too much or too little.  Any suggestions?

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Olivia Wilde aviators
May. 24th, 2009 @ 10:38 am (no subject)
hello all!

i'm a rising second-year theatre production/stage management student and i have a question for you all.
how unlikely is it to find a relatively stationary stage management job? is it basically all travel? is it NECESSARY to work in a really big city?

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outdoors ikonic
Apr. 12th, 2009 @ 07:20 pm Budget research
Hey everybody,

I am writing a research paper for my non-profit class regarding revenue acquisition for theatres. Many of you are working or have worked in or with non-profit theatres across the nation and I would love to get your input on the questions below. Also, if anyone is able to hook me up with specific budgeting info (like spreadsheets or exact figures) regarding your theatre's revenue and/or expenditures, it would help me greatly.

Feel free to reply here or email me at marblekiss@yahoo.com.

1. Is there a staff person dedicated to identifying new donors and/or maintaining current donor correspondence? Is there a staff person dedicated to finding grants?

2. Roughly what percentage of your revenue is generated by ticket sales? By grants? By donations? Do you have any other major sources of revenue (e.g., rentals, education classes, etc)?

3. Have you noticed a decline in revenue in the last year or in other times of economic recession? If so, by how much?

4. During times of nation-wide economic hardship, has the theatre undertaken any new initiatives in obtaining revenue (new programs, ticket incentives, events, etc.)?

5. Have you done any internal cutting to reduce costs (e.g., changing season selections to public domain works, recycling set pieces from one production to another, etc.)?

Thank you so much for your time!
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Apr. 8th, 2009 @ 10:55 pm Making a comeback

Hello fellow SM's,

Following the receipt of my Masters degree and subsequently working in the medical field for 5 years, the theatre bug has still got a hold on me.  I used to SM for my alma mater and 2 Off-Broadway theater houses.  Over the years, I have lost contact with those connections.  I'd like to return to my first love, however I'm a lost as to where to start.  I'm in NYC. Any advice?  (I'm non-Equity)

Thank you,

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Apr. 3rd, 2009 @ 12:20 am Halp!
So tonight after the show an old woman passed out in the theatre and was bleeding everywhere and I called 911 and had paramedics come and it was all very horrible.

Someone informed me that i had to file an accident report.

I'm fairly new to professional theatre, I literally just graduated high school last summer and I'm a freshman in college, so I'm sorry if this is obvious information, but google isn't really helping me that much.  What do I do? Is there some sort of thing I need to fill out? Where can I find it? Who do I turn it into?

If someone could please please help me ASAP that would be awesome.
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Princess and the Frog- Kiss
Apr. 1st, 2009 @ 12:35 pm Stage Manager needed in Baltimore

The Mobtown Players, a community theater group, is in need of a stage manager for the upcoming production Three Days of Rain. The need is for a production stage manager, as the play goes into tech 4/18 and opens 4/24 and runs for three weekends.

If you are available and interested, please contact me at icewolf010@gmail.com. Thank you.
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techie not goth
Feb. 20th, 2009 @ 03:22 pm To Misquote The Fresh Prince: "Producers Just Don't Understand"
What follows is the series of emails between the Producer of Blues in the Night and me, Your Intrepid SM, regarding what, exactly, I was being paid to do. The Producer is also the Big Giant Head In Charge (BGHIC) at this particular historic theatre venue. I Need an English to Crazy-Rich-Lady InterpreterCollapse )

Here are my thoughts:
  • C**** has no idea what goes into the backstage machinery of a production, even though she's spent her entire life as a performer. The only tech she seems to be aware of at all are sound and lights. Perhaps this is because those personnel are visible to the performer while onstage performing.
  • C**** has her salaried TD, B**, spread too thin with his own schedule and staffing budget. He attempted to get me to be responsible for locking up the venue (for free) so he wouldn't have to stay late or use part of his staffing budget to pay someone else to stay late. Had he asked me this up front, I wouldn't have felt that I was being taken advantage of. He could have traded me something for this added responsibility, like, I don't know, extra help on future shows or something like that. He never mentioned that I was to keep the key thing a secret. That little tidbit would have been useful to know, too.
  • C****'s response to my asking to be paid for Props work was met with the response that B** would be saddled with it, rather than coughing up an extra couple of bucks. She seems to believe that Community Theatre should be done for free. Except for herself, whom she pays very well.
  • I never did receive a contract from her. But I have my fee in writing, so nyah.
  • Adding insult to injury, the Venue Rep for "Blues", L****, who, incidentally, played Lancelot in the just completed run of Camelot, forgot to list me in the damn program for "Blues" for the entire first weekend. Stinker. The Box Office Lady assures me that this was merely an oversight on his part, and does not reflect the Venue's opinion of me. She says that in subsequent meetings since my li'l missive on Stage Management, no one has said any bad thing about me in her earshot, and that I am not put on any "Do Not Hire" list. Not that I was worried. There aren't many SM's in our area that are worth a toot, anyway.
  • Of course, I ended up doing the majority of the props myownself anyway, without pay. The show must go on, and all that. I admit, I was torn about doing it. I almost let the show go on without decent proppage, just to make my point. In the end, though, I couldn't do that to my actors or my director. I can either turn in my receipts to B** for reimbursement or I can eat the money and keep those props for my own future props needs. I haven't yet decided. Those 1930s magazines were hard to find, though inexpensive, and it will be nice to not have to drive all over town for them, should I need them again. I even put several of my own personal belongings in the show, for no fee. Anyway.
  • The show is a smash hit, selling out for the second weekend (running now) and getting a four star review by the local reviewer. So there. That'll have to do me, I guess.

I wonder how people with 40 + years in theatre can believe that the Stage manages itself.
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Trip a Trip a Trip
Feb. 5th, 2009 @ 11:00 pm Fie on Camelot!
I just wrapped up a community theatre production of Camelot. I thought other SM's would enjoy some of the notes I had to give my cast and crew over the course of rehearsals and performances. Many of these are funny, even though necessary. It is not my custom to give notes as an SM, but I was called upon to do so due to the large (and silly) cast. The most ridiculous bit of this production was that the choreographer, who also played Mordred, refused to take part in scene shifts, as the rest of the cast was asked to do. The director did not want any stage hands in modern dress to be visible to the audience, even in blackout. For several numbers, the choreographer had every single cast member in the scene but himself, and all entering quickly from the wings, the cyc, and the house, so that left no one, since he refused to lend a hand. So I had to wear a costume made up of spare parts from other costumes and I ended up looking like a damn gnome, complete with hat. No one could take me seriously in that get up and my entire job was made more difficult because of one jackass. Anyway.
Here are some of my SM Notes, in no particular order. EnjoyCollapse )
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Trip a Trip a Trip