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Cast and Technical Crew: Production Schedule

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Cast from Poenulus 1999

Everyone

1st Tues Everyone auditions.
1st Wed read-through of the play.
1st Thurs blocking begins for actors; technical crews meet to begin the planning process.
3rd Week Everyone is present at dress rehearsals set by the Directors
last Monday Performance 1 at 6:00 p.m. in front of Allee Chapel
last Tue Performance 2 at 11:45; cast party following

Actors

2nd Mon all Latin lines chosen and turned in to the Directors. You will want to confer with others in your scenes to make sure that all important details can be understood.
2nd Thu off book (you may ask for help with lines)
3rd Mon all lines memorized; completely off-book

Technical Crew

All members of the technical crew need to report to the Technical Director daily. Collaborating with members of your crew is a sine qua non, especially at the creative/planning stages. As the term progresses, keep in daily contact with other members of your crew to ascertain what progress you are making. Helping out with other crews and with the actors (e.g., helping them learn lines) is also essential to the success of the production. Finally, your assistance at rehearsals during the third week is critical so that the cast can learn to work with the material you have prepared.

Costumes

2nd Mon costumes designed (on paper)
2nd Tue measurements taken
3rd Mon costumes for major roles finished
3rd Wed costumes for minor roles finished

Make-up

2nd Mon plan proposed (masks or make-up); faces designed (on paper)
3rd Wed make-up ready for dress rehearsal

Music

2nd Tues overview of music proposed
Week 2 music directors work with actors to learn their music (outside of rehearsal time)
3rd Mon music ready to go at rehearsal (musicians present or music recorded)

Scenery

1st Fri doors/scenery from last time found (in Commons storage)
2nd Tues preliminary set design(s) drawn and shown to Tech Director and Directors
2nd Thurs final set design approved by Tech Director and Directors
3rd Thurs set completed ready for dress rehearsal

Props

2nd Mon a list of all props needed and where to find them
2nd Wed props (or a reasonable substitute) available at rehearsal
Week 3 someone present at all rehearsals to assist with props

Publicity/House Managers

please have every press release or ad approved by the producer and directors; all on-campus ads should be bi-lingual

2nd Mon marketing strategy proposed; press release due at OCC (Cornell Newsletter, Sun, Gazette, Press-Citizen)
2nd Tue letter to local classicists mailed out
3rd Mon campus publicity begins to appear
3rd Wed arrange for the show to be videotaped (make sure that the camera has a spare battery); make arrangements to rig lighting in the Black Box if weather looks ominous

before and after performances: in charge of preparing the theatrical space (cleaning, setting up decorations, directing traffic flow)

 

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