1) Always wear shoes in the theatre. Always.
2) Costumes and props are never to leave the theatre.
3) Keep quiet backstage!
TECHNICAL REHEARSAL AND DRESS REHEARSAL ETIQUETTE
1) Technical rehearsal cannot be missed. It is a long and tedious process, but essential to the quality of the show.
2) From dress rehearsal till the end of the show run - no food can be consumed while you have your costume on. No exceptions.
3) Keep quiet backstage!
4) Do not play with props and costume pieces. Do not handle props or costumes that are not yours. Do not move or use props or costumes that are not yours.
5) Always be within earshot of the action onstage in technical rehearsal.
1) Call is 1 hour thirty minutes before curtain for a cast of ten to thirty. Call is two hours before curtain for casts above thirty, or a show that has complicated makeup/costumes.
2) Sign in when you arrive in the theatre. It is our only way of keeping track of who's here and who isn't. If we didn't do it, we could easily start a show without a cast member present - don't laugh, it has happened…
3) Follow this route…sign in, check your props, get into costume, get your makeup done. In that order.
4) Once you sign in, you're in the theatre for good until the performance is over. If you have to leave you must notify the director.
5) Warm-up before the show. Get yourself mentally and physically ready. Think through your entrances and exits, and your props. Read your script to get inspired. You will always find something new about the show when you read the script again.
6) Company call happens 45 minutes prior to opening. Stop what you are doing at that time and assemble front row center of the audience seats.
7) Once the technical people say "house is open!" the show has, in effect, started. Do not peek into the audience, etc. - soooo unprofessional.
8) The Stage Manager calls “1 hour,” “30 minutes,” “15 minutes,” “5 minutes” and “Places” to the cast. Each time that is called, respond with “Thank You” to let the Stage Manager know you have heard him/her.
9) When "places" is called, you are ready to start the show at any moment. It does not mean "we are starting five minutes later". It means you are on the starting block ready to run.
10) Keep quiet backstage!
POST PRODUCTION ETIQUETTE
1) It is a theatre custom for actors to help with set strike (the dismantling of the stage scenery) when the play performances are over. Come in and help the crew. It is a good way to say goodbye to the show.
2) Thank the people who have helped you through this. We often take each other for granted. It is because we are an ensemble that theatre works. Allow yourself to cherish moments that you will remember the rest of your life.
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