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[08 Dec 2002|06:05pm]

[ mood | cynical ]

Interesting note from this week's Independent:

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If your reading this, most likely you can imagine my various responses.

If you want to read his full article, I guess it will be here for at least a few days

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Goodbyes... [21 Oct 2002|11:51pm]
[ mood | indescribable ]

As you may or may not know, tomorrow will be my last day at Stewart Theatre.

I will miss everyone very much, so don't be surprised if I pop my head in from time to time to see how everything is going.

Since I created this community to be for current tech crew only, I must relinquish power over it. Since there are only a couple of actual members, I am hoping that DJ won't mind that I am turning over administrative duties to him.

I plan to monitor this community, so that I can keep up with the things that happen at Stewart.

And who knows, maybe I'll be back...

Miss me and keep in touch.

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[07 Oct 2002|09:48pm]

[ mood | ambivalent ]

One of the new people have reconsidered working here.

Don't worry, at most you've seen them maybe once; the person almost never worked.

It may not be totally appropriate, but here is the letter I just got from the person:

to be honest, the whole idea of having the call sheet inside the
theatre is very unefficent. I came by 3 times last week, all weekdays
before 5pm and the doors were locked. And this was when i knew i was
on the call sheet. I can afford to waste 30 minutes walking there and
back for no reason. I think that it would be best for me to seek
empolyment else where, somewhere with a little bit more structure.
But, i thank you for the oppertunity and wish you good luck on the
upcoming productions.

And interesting mix of "Fuck off" and "let's be friends". I guess that is pissed off but not wanting to be too rude?

Ah, well. I hate to say it, but it may not be perfect, but it has mostly worked this long.

Hmmm. Now I need to decide who of the very promising people who I turned away I should call.
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Crew Meeting [16 Sep 2002|03:41pm]

[ mood | disappointed ]

Wow, I know I am not a dynamic public speaker, and I wasn't covering exciting material, but I really put people to sleep at the crew meeting.
I have decided from now on to not talk more than an hour and to ask for the pizza to be delivered an half-an-hour before I really want it.

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The Best Tech Crew in the World, Baby! (Mid-Autumn) [08 Sep 2002|08:35am]
[ mood | proud ]

That show was a clusterfuck from hell*
They had no real idea of what they wanted, they showed up 30 minutes late, and they changed things during the show. Not cool.

What pulled us through it all was my fabulous crew, especially the guys (and gal) I had on deck. I have never been more proud of the teamwork exhibited by the crew, and we were working like a machine, baby!

I am so proud of my deck crew that I am going to call them out by name (for posterity's sake):
Frankie, Jenny, Ryan, Kevin, and Brad.

DJ was also on deck and helped out, but I was most impressed by the precision with which they handled the transition between the delicate instrument segment and the biggest clusterfuck of the night. (Not dissing DJ, Jesse, Daniel, or Dennis... just giving highest props to the aforementioned five... i coulda hugged you guys!)

I am so glad the night is over though, I have never come so close to hitting non-show people in my life.

*IMHO, not in Stewart Theater's nor NCSU's. (DJ's diclaimer)

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[17 Jul 2002|10:14am]

[ mood | pleased ]

Jean and I are about to go to a meeting that we think will be to defend our crew costs for Music Department shows.
They claim we are using too many crew people for their shows. That we are sitting around most of the time.
We will tell them, among other things, that we have tried cutting them back to a skeleton crew and they came in with last minute changes and problems and we couldn't help them enough.
I'll let you know how it comes out.

FOLLOW-UP: Good news. The head Music Dept. guy had had things explained to him, and was very understanding. They had got the wrong idea from seeing us sitting around. We explained that sometimes we just have to wait for the next thing to do, and that often there are people that they are not being billed for anyway. He's sold. He understands that there isn't really any fat to cut from our end, and that maybe there are a couple of things that they could do differently to save them a few dollars.

Now, the individual conductors that we work with may not be so reasonable, but their boss is on our side.

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[15 Jul 2002|02:26am]

[ mood | indifferent ]

Orientation has asked to use Stewart on all Monday and Thursday mornings. I'm going to handle it in the morning, but Roger will talk to Jean about the possibility of changing the schedule from here on out. It will probably be a 9am-11am added before the calls we have now for any that want to do it.

Jean updated the calls. If you can come in that early, fine. If not, we'll still be fine.
They will want to have the option of having some small groups meet in here, so we will be scheduled from 9 straight through to 3:30. If they stay that whole time, we'll do split lunches. If not, then all the early comers can take 11-12 for lunch.

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[11 Jul 2002|09:15am]

[ mood | annoyed ]

I love getting woken up with a "Orientation really wants to get in the theatre 5 minutes ago" phone call. Jean's taking a sick day, so I'm off to work.

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[10 Jul 2002|10:57pm]
[ mood | weirded out. ]

can you guess why this caught my attention?

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Dance Beat [22 Jun 2002|10:43pm]
[ mood | glad it's over. ]

Wow. For the most part, these people had their act together.
We started on time, finished early, and had nothing but cooperation.
I will not mind at all working with these people again.

Side note:
What I *do* mind is having 5 people on the call where only 4 people are really working and the fifth is more of a hinderance than a help. If she doesn't get it, fine. But when other crew members have to take 5 minutes to teach her something she should already know (because someone taught her the exact thing 15 minutes ago) something is wrong. I felt kind of guilty for giving her "easy" jobs, but she gave me no choice. In the time it took her to strike 4 headsets, 3 chairs, and 2 cables, the rest of us struck the booms, the lights, and the gel.
*exasperated sigh*

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FFA (Future Farmers of America) [13 Jun 2002|05:25pm]

[ mood | content ]

Were done with the FFA conference. There were long hours with lots of making it up as we went along lighting and sound and set changes. It would have been annoying, but they were all so darn nice.
They were respectful and appreciative of the work we were doing; they were apologetic when they didn't do something just right; and they were open to suggestions that we made even if they didn't match what they had had in mind.
Working hard on a show is so much easier for people like this.

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Raga Sudha: Suhanee Shaam [09 Jun 2002|10:18am]
[ mood | rested ]

last night was quite a challenge to my patience. part of me felt really guilty for being annoyed when all they did after the show was shake my hand and tell me what a wonderful job we did. i was thanked by people who weren't in the show.


well, strike didn't take very long, so i guess all in all there's not too much to complain about... anymore, anyway.

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[22 May 2002|02:44am]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Welcome to Stewart Theatre!

It's not much right now, but at least we can post in peace...
without worrying if Yahoo! will start charging for groups.


  • This is NOT a method of signing on to/off of calls. You MUST do that in person.

  • This community is for current crew members only. This will help to alleviate any bad blood that may have existed eons ago.

  • No personal postings. Don't post about your love life. This is for theatrespeak only. Feel free to rant about/praise/etc. anything that happens in or around the theatre. *This* is the place to rant about people like David Ferri. This is NOT the place to discuss your lust for David Ferri (ha!).

  • That's about it. Fairly simple rules.

    Drop me a line if you have questions or if you want to join!
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