Recent content by TechWench

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    Warm-ups?!

    What kind of games do you exactly play? I need something to get everyone pumped up and moving. Normally I have my cast shake down and maybe do 'the machine', which they usually enjoy. But those are old and not so fun anymore. I need something like a cheer.. maybe? Anyone? Bueller?
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    Unruly casts?

    That is SO not the answer. A cast and a crew, SM, director, anyone even remotely conected to the show has to work together. Even if you are not thanked, you are apreciated. Everyone knows that without the actors or SM or director or LD, there is no show. Everyone needs to get past thinking that...
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    Unruly casts?

    Hey Hey. Long time no see! Ok, so what is a good way to get a large cast (30 people) to really get with the show? We are about 2 weeks form opening and the cast has not been giving their all..in any sense. So, I know it sounds bad, but we have come to the conclusion that we need to scare...
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    Small situation:

    We have had problems with this guy before. None like this however. He is always smarting off to me and my assistant. The director has spoken with him but he doesnt seem to understand that we are profesionals and that stuff isnt funny. All of my higher ups know what happened and they are going to...
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    Small situation:

    I had an actor physically threaten me tonite. Why? Because I told him to get in costume. We were alone when it happened and I immediately told the director. He understood that I didnt feel safe and was upset so he talked to the entire cast. I wish we could just kick him out of the show, but we...
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    bigger or smaller casts??

    right now im going from SMing a very small casted show to a very big casted show. What are some diferent techniques used with larger casts??
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    ??ASM??

    Ok, Quick question! For the show im working on now, I have a cast of 15 in a small theatre with a director that I have worked with. Well...He gave me an ASM for this show so I can show someone how to properly SM. But this girl has SMed before and from what I'm told she was not very good at...
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    ETC 48-96 and bump buttons.

    Ya, ypu can disable the bump buttons if you go into the setup page and look around for a bit. i cant say for sure what category it is under, but i know its there. im sure someone else will fill in the blanks here! but its there, if you get into that setup menu by hitting the setup button...
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    Standby

    i know right. I keep telling him that I will make it so the board ops can call their own cues. Whether it be making them cue sheets or their own fricken prompt books! But he insists on it and it frightens me to death. Especially since he is freaking out, that worries me even more. As well as...
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    Standby

    Haha. Ya, it does suck. Its only a hanfull of people in the cast, I mentioned to the director that we should have understudies, at least one male and one female to cover roles. But alas, he assured me that nothing will happen. And low and behold. I get subed in for one of them. sweet. at least...
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    Standby

    She is going out for her first weekend. To get her physical and all that jazz. She was supposed to go this weekend and just miss a rehearsal, but the one this weekend got canceled, and moved to next weekend. and there is no way she can get out of it. i think its perfectly ridiculous.
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    Standby

    oh man. today was quite an eventful theatre day. one of the girls in my cast called me and told me that the weekend of opening night, she will be going to the military. so guess who gets to play her part?! oh yes. thats right...its me. im not too happy about this. id MUCH rather call the...
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    Standby

    Hello All! So im going into tech week for the show im SM'ing and I was looking for a better way to notate a standby. Currently, I just write it in, or on one of those little dot stickers, but those get in the way of everything. How do you guys layout your prompt books?? And also, im starting...
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    Capricious director

    threatening people is an art [no, really]. it can only be used in dire situations cause if you use it too much it loses all meaning and has no effect, and it is then that you become powerless. dont go so far as to threaten to kick someone out of the show, cause if you dont have the actual...
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    Capricious director

    massage trains are the best! Thats the one thing i miss about high school!! And yes, our director did cry...often. During one of our class productions the class wasnt working too well so she had everyone including crew come out into the house and she proceeded to tell everyone how we let her...