All call for Script Secretary:

The role of the Script Secretary is especially important to the director in rehearsals. Here the director and the script secretary work side by side, with the script secretary recording the director’s decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team. This enables the director to concentrate his or her full attention on directing.

Script secretaries have several key responsibilities and tasks to perform in each phase of a production, including

  • Writing blocking down
  • Communicating the director’s wishes to designers and crafts people
  • Calling cues and possibly actors’ entrances during performance
  • Overseeing the entire show each time it is performed
  • Make sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
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  • Notify the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal

In rehearsals the script secretary also records all blocking, plus all the light, sound and set change cues, in a master copy of the script called the prompt book. The information in the prompt book also allows the stage manager to run the technical rehearsals, calling each technical cue in turn to determine precisely how it needs to be timed to coordinate with the onstage action.

Once the show opens, the director’s work is essentially complete. Now it’s the script secretary’s job to make sure that every aspect of the production runs just as the director intended time after time, until the production closes.

If you are interested in being the Script Secretary for the Musical “The Mikado” please submit a resume and cover letter stating why you are the person for the job.

All call for Director’s Assistant

The Director’s Assistant is an person who works closely with the director throughout the production process. They are involved at the pre-production stage through to post production marketing and distribution. They must be well organized, flexible, and have a good overview of the production process. The director will determine their responsibilities throughout the production on a day to day basis. Their tasks may include writing coverage on scripts, drafting letters, making phone, coordinating the fundraising process, assisting with duties on and off the stage.

The Director’s Assistant will typically act as another set of eyes and ears and as a sounding board for the Director at rehearsals, and performances. When asked, the Director’s Assistant will offer constructive suggestions to the Director regarding all elements of the production from design to performances. It is important to keep in mind that the Director should be the only person communicating these suggestions with the production team including performers. The Assistant Director should restrict comments to the Director in order to avoid confusing or possibly contradictory messages.

It is also important to realize that the Director’s Assistant position is one of trust and confidentiality–the Director may share thoughts or concerns that should not be common knowledge. The Director’s Assistant position is an opportunity for students to learn firsthand an individual director’s process and the production process as a whole. The following are some of the duties and responsibilities a Director may require of an Assistant Director.

  • Reads and studies the play; discusses interpretation and production concept with the Director.
  • Assists the Director as needed. Sits in on all rehearsals, taking notes and actively watching and listening. Communicates regularly with the Director regarding the progress of the production.
  • Insures that appropriate people and/or organizations are thanked in the program for their contributions to the production.
  • See “Who is Called to Tech Rehearsals” for rehearsal attendance requirements.
  • Makes notes of any details yet to be completed.

If you are interested in being the Director’s Assistant for the Musical “The Mikado” please submit a resume and cover letter stating why you are the person for the job.

Around the World in 80 days… in 38 minutes and 23 seconds

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Working on a scene

This Friday, 17 Homestead Students set out for their first Competition of the year.  It was a day of many firsts.  First time they’ve competed on a Friday, first time they performed the play for an audience, first time they went to Oshkosh West, first time anyone in District 9 saw a set as large as ours.

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Painting the elephant that is in the show

For the past six weeks, 6 stage crew students, 1 costume designer and 10 actors have been designing, creating, building and practicing the play Around the World in 80 Days, an adaptation of Jules Verne’s famous book.  These kids are talented!  The only thing their director did was adapt the play, these students for the first time created everything themselves.  The crew members designed and built the massive set complete with a giant clock.  They also designed the lights, sound and projections. Emily Eckhardt, our costume designer built two Victorian dresses for the show, while the Actors created amazing characters and helped pick music for the show.

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The circus scene that is in the show

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Danny working on his clock

But back to this Friday, the 17 students loaded up a truck full of their set and boarded a bus for Oshkosh West high school.  Everyone was excited, but nervous.  There was so much riding on everyone and they all knew the pressure of being the one to mess up.  There was also the added pressure of not going over time.  From a bare stage to bare stage, the show can only be 40 minutes long.  That means the cast and crew has 40 minutes to put up a set that is 12 high, 24 feet long and 8 feet wide, perform the play and then take everything down after the performance.   We had been going over time the week before and it wasn’t until Monday that they started going under time… 20 seconds under!  Luckily we had nothing to worry about.  Somehow for this competition, we shaved a minute and a half off our running time.  We flew!

We flew through the judges hearts as well, with all three advancing us to Sectionals which will be in Neenah on November 8th.  If you see these students in the hall, congratulate them on a job well done.

Cast:

Unloading our set at District

Unloading our set at District

Phileas Fogg
Alex Gieske

Passepartout
Alessandra Gouverneur

Inspector Fix
Shawn Wilkerson

James/Aouda
Zak Heniger

Flower seller/ Speedy/ Bunsby
Alexis Thompson

Beggar Woman / Colonel Francis/ Train Porter
Michaela Miller

Street Sweep / Mudge / Suez Consul / Hong Kong Consul
Lauren Brill

Flanagan/ Meera / Liverpool Officer
Jada Davis

Sullivan / Calcutta Policeman
Maggie Collins

Fallentin / Sailor / Peninsula Conductor
Teighlor McGee

Crew:

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Warming Up

Costume Designer
Emily Eckhardt

Floor Lighting
Nathan Hunt

Sound
Erin Meskimen

Projections
Derek Fisher

Lighting
Sveta Tenges

Props
Aeriana White-Monahan

Clock
Danny Seaton

“I know you’re a technician, but you must dream of being on the stage, right?”

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Auditions for Young Playwrights Festival Showcase

Homestead Theatre:

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre will be holding auditions for its 2014-2015 Young Playwrights Festival Showcase on Monday evening, December 1, 2014, from 6:00pm-10:00pm, by appointment only. A prepared, one-minute monologue is preferred, but other material will be provided if needed. Headshots/resumes welcome but not required. Seeking fourteen non-Equity actors of all ethnic backgrounds. Roles include two females (ages 17-19), three females (ages 20-27), one female (age 50-60), two males (ages 17-20), two males (ages 26-35), three males (ages 43-50), and one male (age 50-60). The Showcase will run for five performances, March 19-22, 2015. All actors will receive a small stipend. For an audition appointment, please email marcella@milwaukeechambertheatre.com. Auditions will be held at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 North Broadway, 5th floor.

Originally posted on Bunny Gumbo's Blog:

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MCT Audition Notice—Young Playwrights Festival Showcase

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre will be holding auditions for its 2014-2015 Young Playwrights Festival Showcase on Monday evening, December 1, 2014, from 6:00pm-10:00pm, by appointment only. A prepared, one-minute monologue is preferred, but other material will be provided if needed. Headshots/resumes welcome but not required. Seeking fourteen non-Equity actors of all ethnic backgrounds. Roles include two females (ages 17-19), three females (ages 20-27), one female (age 50-60), two males (ages 17-20), two males (ages 26-35), three males (ages 43-50), and one male (age 50-60). The Showcase will run for five performances, March 19-22, 2015. All actors will receive a small stipend. For an audition appointment, please email marcella@milwaukeechambertheatre.com. Auditions will be held at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 North Broadway, 5th floor.

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The Mikado Cast list!

Mikado Cast List

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Halloween Costumes

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