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Back at work - not too much of a to-do list left on my desk for me, I think, I may have to start picking away at it to find out.

I teach my first class tonight! I'm really excited and nervous. I'm working on an outline of topics to cover, but I'm worried I'm going to get all nerve-rushed and blow through everything I know in 45 minutes, One of my ideas for the night is to talk about the various jobs the SM does and then take a scene, cast it, have one student act as the SM as I block it, talk about prop needs, sound cues etc. with the actors and see how much the SM has kept track of and written down......fellow SMs, lay people, what do you think?

But now, the moment you've been waiting for:

1. what was the highlight of last week?

2. What is your favorite kind of tree? Why?

3. What was the last song you listened to this morning?


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Oct. 3rd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
1. Going to out a few times with shaggy3418 and midnightsungrrl while Shaggy was in town (I think that was last week - I'm not sure of the passage of time anymore - I've been sick)

2. My favorite tree is the Mountain Ash. The leaves turn ORANGE at fall and the red berries look really pretty. Plus in the olden days, it was thought that the Mountain Ash AKA the Iron Wood would give travelers protection if carved into a walking staff.

3. Remedy by Seether.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
1. Probably the huge storm we had Tuesday or so. It was very, very windy for about fifteen hours, with sideways rain and thunder and lightning.

2. Hm. Oaks, I guess. Because of their association with druids.

3. Ah...this morning? When was that? I'm not even sure which CD I was listening to before lunch.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
1. Knowing my birthday was next week.
2. I would like to plead the 5th, lest the Arbor Day Foundation finds out and decides to excommunicate me.
3. I didn't listen to music this morning.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
1 - Probably watching Serenity

2 - Juniper - It smells great and mosquitos can't stand the smell. Double win

3 - Tyrone Wells - By My Side
Oct. 3rd, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)

1- My friend's birthday

2- the Weeping Willow

3- 'Cars' by Gary Human

Oct. 3rd, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
SM Class
I think what you've got listed is great. When it comes to SMing, I've found its definitely a craft learned by doing, not reading.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: SM Class
I agree, and I appreciate the feedback. I just found out that there is a rehearsal in the space tonight so I might not be able to do the scene work, but I am very, very much hoping to be able to after all.

Right now I'm combing the web finding things like the AEA list of duties and quotations about what makes and ideal SM, then I am going to compare that to "real world" (yes, you SHOULD have a props person, but I can count on one hand the number of times I have in almost 40 shows, so let's talk about some prop basics.....) I'm excited, but I'm freaking out...
Oct. 3rd, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: SM Class
I'd love to see what you come up with if you don't mind sharing.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: SM Class
I don't at all!

Do you have Kelly's The Backstage Guide to Stage Management?
Oct. 3rd, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: SM Class
Nope, I have the Lawrence Stern book from the pre-farflung internet era.
Oct. 3rd, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: SM Class
I haven't picked that one up yet, but I keep looking at it.

The Kelly has an interview with a Broadway General Manager from the 80's who answers questions like
"Could you describe the ideal stage manager?"
"Simple...someone with a good working knowledge of all technical aspects. Someone who can act as a director but doesn't want to be one.."
"How do you define the duties of a stage manger?"
"I think the stage manager should know everything that goes on on that stage."

I want to breakdown the class into sections and only deal with pre-rehearsal this week, if possible, even with doing the scene. I'm hoping to even put off blocking notation until next time, though I am ready to tackle French Scenes if need be.
Oct. 4th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
1. The highlight of last week was starting my new position at work. More interesting and weekends off! Woohoo!

2. Dogwood - beautiful and smell wonderful.

3. My commute is so short, I don't have enough time to listen to the radio. But Chris Rock was reruning on comedy central last night and he couldn't shut up a about Livin' Da Vida Loca, so I have that stuck in my head. Thanks a whole fucking lot Chris.

Say, send me your snail mail so I can send you a postcard from Rome!
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
1. Dinner at Iron Chef Morimoto's. I keep telling myself to post the menu before I lose it.

2. A Weeping Willow - fond memories from childhood, plus willow is one of the most beautiful words in the English language to me.

3. Whatever Mark put in the CD alarm.
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