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Rules of Rehearsal

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on February 7, 2018 by RobALott

They are theater traditions that have evolved out of necessity of creating a good (and practical) working atmosphere. Some people know them, some people don’t. It’s your job to keep them in play without seeming like a martinet.

1. When people are late, they apologize to the stage manager, the director, and, in extreme cases, the room.

2. People leaving a scene or needing to get to the other side try not to walk in front of where the director is working.

3. Actors should know their lines on the date assigned.

4. People not in the scene should not read or do their taxes in the room. It implies the action is boring.

5. Any offstage conversation should be whispered and short. And don’t run lines out loud.

6. Actors may not leave the general area without checking first with the stage manager.

7. No smoking, no cell phones, no elaborate meals.

8. Don’t direct on the breaks without asking permission. (“May I give you a note?”)

9. Be presentable, wash hair, wash you.

10. Introduce visitors.

Tips by Jon Jory

What would you add to this list?

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Quality Takes Time

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on February 5, 2018 by RobALott

If quality comes quickly, it’s only because you’ve just arrived and only now have you begun paying attention to the work that’s already been done.

I Perform For…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on January 15, 2018 by RobALott

“I perform for me.”

Then you should buy yourself a really nice video camera.

“I perform for my cast.”

Then you should invest in a really nice rehearsal space.

“I perform for the audience.”

Oh, then you should get yourself a checking account.

You Have to Get the Joke

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on December 18, 2017 by RobALott

The story goes…

The final call-back to work on a Mel Brooks project is to tell Mr. Brooks a joke.

Well, seeing as how Mel Brooks has already heard every joke there is, most of which he probably wrote himself, chances are good he’s not going to laugh. But, chances are also good you’ve already got the gig and he’s just making absolutely sure you know how to deliver a punchline, and that you’re not going to stumble over the set-up.

You don’t need to be funny to tell a joke. But you do need to get the joke in order to be able to tell it, and you do need to be funny to get a laugh.

If You Are a Creative

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on November 27, 2017 by RobALott

If you are a creative who also shows up on time…

If you are a creative who also delivers the project ahead of schedule…

If you are a creative who arrives prepared…

You will get hired more, work more, and be pursued more.

Let’s stop blaming our irresponsibility on our creativity.

Productive Interruptions

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on November 20, 2017 by RobALott

Prone to distraction?

Prone to procrastination?

Me too.

Try this:

(It’s been working well for me.)

The Secret to Longevity in Live Entertainment:

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on November 13, 2017 by RobALott

Make it sound like you’ve done it 1000 times.

Make it look like it’s the first time, every time.