So you rented a set, props and costumes for your show....

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  1. Amiers

    Amiers Renting to Corporate One Fixture at a Time.

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    Since we are complaining. We just got a truck back the other night from Detroit with literally 0 straps holding the load down. The only thing holding cases down was drape pipe under wheels and some pallets in the tail.

    Needless to say we had some damaged stuff.

    For some reason nobody cares about the out as much as the do about the in.
     
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    cbrandt Well-Known Member

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    Do I need to go yell at someone for giving Detroit a bad name? Usually our loaders, IA or independent, wouldn't let a truck leave like that...
     
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  3. Amiers

    Amiers Renting to Corporate One Fixture at a Time.

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    I would say it was prolly a 50/50 mix of fault our guys not calling the truck and hired guys loading it.

    We still haven’t gotten the full story yet.

    I wouldn’t peg it as just Detroit workers either. This seems to be common all around. Everyone just wants to GTFO as fast as possible. Crew , Workers , hotel staff, and the roaches living in the raceways.
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Any high school program that doesn't network with other high schools, llocal professional and community theaters, and college and university theaters to borrow/rent is just doing it wrong. You can save a lot of time and money by working together with other local resources and have much better looking stuff. For example. For Adams family last year we "rented" the Torture chair and several nice pieces for the crypt, and some cool set decorations from a local community theater for about $100. This gave me the time and budget to build my own really cool Torture wall. We rented a couple of drops from Grosh and had a spectacular professional looking show. While yes it could have all been done in house, it absolutely looked better this way and I had more time to focus on the lighting design. This year we are doing Newsies and Grease so I'm working through my connections to try to find a printing press and Greased Lightning so I can save time and energy and focus on other things.
     
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    josh88 Remarkably Tired. Fight Leukemia

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    Detroit's IA is actually quite good in my experience. A damn sight better than Toledo's, that's for sure.
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Absolutely agreeing with you Bill.
     
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    Crisp image Well-Known Member

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    Community and school theatre is such a big drain on resources that some local co-operation is a great thing. The cast and crew in my area go from company to company depending on the show. We often swap bits for shows.
    It is a great time and budget saver but we have to make sure It does not look like the other company's show that we copied.
    Regards
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