> From: Molly Dewane <mwprncra@...>
> Subject: Pay for Talent
> I don't think you'll get lynched, Curtis. :) You make
> some good points. I, too, have directed, and it is a lot
> of work. I have yet to see many good directors. The
> last director with whom I worked had the stage manager do
> all of the work and the woman was nasty and impossible.
I have heard of the sort, though I've had mostly very good
luck with directors (the worst experience I had was while
working with an opera company...they tried, in an attempt
to shave a few dollars off the budget, to have him do two
one-act operas instead of a full-length, thinking that, as
they were smaller shows, they wouldn't be as expensive to
produce. He spent as much, or more, on EACH show as was
spent on any of the full-length productions they did that
same year--was extremely demanding, incredibly inflexible,
and responsible for the single worst tech week of my
theatrical career--rehearsals until midnight, then MORE
work on stuff for his show until 3 am, and then back at
work at 9 am (still on his stuff) for pretty much the
entire day, because everyone else was willing to compromise
a little bit on their shows).
> In my part
> of the country, there are non-union theaters organized as
> 501c3 organizations with no union affiliation (not even
> an AEA 99-seat). Yet these groups won't call themselves
> "community theater." They prefer "independent" or
> "storefront" theater. It is so pretentious. If the work
> done by these so-called "independent" or "storefront"
> groups did consistent, quality work, that would be one
> thing. However, most often, you will see last minute,
> half-assed work.
*dry chuckle* Yeah, 'community theater' is kind of a dirty
word for a lot of the people I work with..."This is so
community-theater..." is a fairly common declaration
whenever things start to come apart at the seams (not just
costumes). I can see why they avoid the name...but the
name change should be supported by an attitude change.
> P.S. "Seussical" is a darling show for youth theater.
It's a very cute show...one of the theaters I work for just
wrapped up their production of it. It CAN become a very
big show, in a hurry...depending on the space in which
you're working, I could envision some ways of doing it
fairly simply, however.
I think my favorite youth theater production was Alice in
Wonderland...but I'm biased, it was my first-ever youth
> From: K Murphy <costumerkate@...>
> Subject: What's the most insulting thing that's ever
> happened to you as a costumer?
> In light of the discussions lately about the value of our
> work and so forth, I was just wondering if you all have
> stories about the absolute worst, most insulting thing
> you've had happen in your professional capacity.
I've actually had incredibly good luck, and don't really
have too many horror stories--especially not insulting
ones. Probably the closest thing was having a costume
designer I was working with insist on having a dozen
custom-built masks done in a week--but I was a theater
student at the time, it was a school production, so all my
professors sympathetically looked the other way while I
skipped all my classes for a week to work on them.
I've been more perturbed that some costumers we've
contracted work to have misrepresented their abilities...we
had one woman who came in for her interview and said "If
you show me a picture of it, I can build it". So we gave
her the dresses for the closing number we were doing in the
show. She did alright with the corsetted tops (all she had
to do on those was add some D-rings down the front)...but
that was the ONLY thing she got right. The skirts weren't
even the right style, the hemlines were way too long, and
the tops (under the corsets) looked like peasant blouses
(not a combination that works too well for a kind of
flamenco-flavored number). After the production designer
explained all the alterations to be made, she did a
completely half-assed job of making the alterations...never
did line ANY of them, despite her declaration in the
interview that EVERY stage costume should be lined...as a
costumer, I was insulted at the way she mis-represented our
community as a whole.
> From: Pierre & Sandy Pettinger <costumrs@...>
> Subject: Fw: OT: SCA 12th Night Costume STOLEN
> Hello all - just passing this along, the more people that
> know about
> it, the less chance the bad guys have of getting rid of
Do you know from which part of the country (assuming it was
still in the USA) this outfit was stolen? It baffles me
that someone would steal it...outside of the SCA, I don't
know too many people that would have use for it. Inside
the SCA, unless you relocated to another kingdom after the
theft, you'd probably never be able to wear it again (and a
few of the stolen items you'd never be able to use without
some explanation, as they are awards granted within the SCA
and wearing them without earning them is like painting
crosshairs on your forehead and asking someone to smack
you...) But, then again, most criminals don't seem to be
very rational individuals...
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