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B.5.c  Running crew behaviors.  At some point in the quarter you will be asked, per­haps repeatedly, to reserve time for a running crew on a mainstage, studio production, or concert/recital performance. It is impossible at the beginning of the quarter to know exactly what the production will require in terms of running crew numbers. For this rea­son you may or may not be needed in which case you will not be penalized from a grading standpoint. However, we absolutely must count on your participation and presence on a crew and once the commitment is made we cannot permit leeway for unexcused absences.  Your commitment to be on a running crew requires the following behaviors:

Plan to have your dinner meal prior to your arrival at the theatre.  Do not bring food or meals into the theatre. Plan to make your phone calls before heading to the the­atre. The telephone backstage and in the costume shop are for emergencies only and cannot be used once you are on duty.

Crew entrance into the theatre is by way of the Stage Door located on the southwest corner of the building.  Do not enter through the house, lobby or lower gallery doors even though they may seem to be a shortcut.

Arrive at the theatre no later than your call time. Sign-in on the call sheet just as soon as you arrive.  Do not leave the building under any circumstances.

Report to your prearranged backstage area to begin your preparatory work for the production.  The crew leader will assign your tasks.

Remember that actors and crew are not permitted in the lower lobby or main upper lobby after the initial call unless as a means of getting to the control booth.  These are public spaces.  Restrooms are located in the dressing rooms and water is available in the kitchen.

Those crew members not in the booth or already called to places may join the performers in the group prayer prior to the beginning of the show.

Concentration on the task at hand is extremely vital to a successful production. Therefore, while in the control booth it is imperative that calls and discussion be kept at a low level. Patrons in the rows ahead of the booth window can hear idle chatter and excessive noise. Treat the audience and actors ,who by the way can see the booth crew, with consideration and respect.

During the performance, the booth is the exclusive domain of the stage manager and the operators of the sound and lighting systems.  No other person is authorized to be there.

Disruptive behavior and noise in the Greenroom is detrimental to the ensemble and can result in late entrances and calls not being heard from the monitor. The Greenroom is a place for actors and crew to focus and concentrate on the production.

Following the performance you may greet guests, friends and family in the Studio Theatre, not on the Mainstage.

Before leaving the theatre by way of the Stage Door, complete all necessary tasks in preparation for the next performance; such as re-setting the stage, removing valuable props, turning off equipment, and setting out the ghost light.

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