Thrs. Oct 29, 2015
It took me three tries to get to the right building (I've had a few too many rehearsals in the vicinity of 8th Av and 35th), but I made it there in time. I became immediately aware that I'd overdressed for a music rehearsal: I wore dress slacks and Melissa, our PSM, wore a Los Pollos Hermanos t-shirt. However,
I noticed over the course of the day how the humor of the t-shirt was appreciated by almost everyone, and how it put people at ease. Not only was Melissa comfortable, but her comfort made others comfortable.
One of the first things Melissa taught me was that you can tuck the binding of a binder back beneath the rings you can get it to fit on a music stand. Genius!
I also learned I won't need to haul my stage management kit around, Stage Management gets its own road case, which will transition into Melissa's calling station backstage with monitors and everything. Instead, I get to use the trunk provided for us (per SETA contract rules) for personal items, like bulky winter clothes or a hot pot for coffee. Score!
Fri. Oct 30, 2015
My first lesson of the day is to read an entire email thread if it's included. I was proud of myself for getting in on time with the requested print-out in hand, only to discover that it should have been printed double-sided. If I had read the emails prior, I would have seen this request by the Musical Director.
I must remember to open the door when we go on break. This lets everyone know, inside and out, that we're on break and reminds them theres a world outside the rehearsal room. However, you should close it if anyones practicing music during break.
I learned the importance of using the "color matching" setting on a copier at Staples. The flesh tones of the costume renderings turned gray before my eyes (think: Walking Dead) and I was lucky that our Costume Supervisor is kind enough to let us use the original copies of the renderings for 1st rehearsal next Monday. Patrick then taught me how to properly post costume renderings: in scene order by character horizontally, not in scene-by-scene groupings. That way an actor can see their entire progression in one clean line.
Fourth, read everything you're handed. Just because you're handed a check does NOT necessarily mean it's for you!
Sat. Oct 31, 2015
I didn't plan ahead for the weekend travel schedules, and was 5 minutes late to call. Lesson learned.
To assist with blocking notation, Melissa drew a straight line along the left margin of her dialogue (not including lyrics) and numbers only the even lines to avoid too much clutter in that margin.
Despite an hour scouring through the SETA handbook, I was unable to find any reference to whether a straight six rehearsal required a vote; which is very interesting because the LORT handbook is quite specific on this subject.