This is primerly for the high school students-- but if any pros or teachers know their advice is apperciated too. I understand that most school districts offer (or require) outside groups to hire student techs for their shows. In mine they have the chioce to hire their own professionals or students approved by the district (but they can't use parents, ect.). I am one of the student professionals. There is one particular group that used to hire students until a particular couple of students totally screwed up their show. Next year the professionals they hired screwed up the show again (after attempting to talk several students into helping them-- they couldn't even work the house lights!). From what I've heard they are going with professionals again this year-- show isn't until December. I have been told by that I can meet with them and show them my portfolio on my own. However I fear that even if I do get the show, the Auditorium Manager I've been ranting about will convince them not to hire me or trump up some reason to stop me from doing the show. Real question-- since I will be 18 before the show and there are no qualifications require for professionals that they bring in, could I do it for them as a freelance tech(probably for the same rates I'd be paid if I did it through the school)? Is there any reason that the school would stop me? Would there be conflict of interest issues?