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The Circus in Winter

Some samples of paperwork from my time as a Wireless Microphone Technician at Goodspeed Musicals.

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A quick note and story about the 2 RF Schedules: During the run of the show, one of our actresses took ill and since there were no understudies, our stage managers and producers made the difficult decision to cancel a few performances and let her heal. She valiantly powered through after our break, but the production company wound up hiring an alternate to stand by for her.  Based on this, and the technology we were using, we had to have a quick way to get everything ready for Actress A or Actress B.  In my case, this just meant changing a few labels, getting the correct mic rig set up with her packs, and for my mixer, it meant he had to restore the correct gain and EQ settings.  For stage management, it meant helping Actress B with the cut track for this role that she had learned in A DAY. A DAY!  For wardrobe, this meant altering the entire costume back and forth between their sizes since there was only one, so I guess we had it easy! But thanks to Janine, the show went on, and everyone did their best to help make the transition smooth.

The run sheet details my pre and post show duties, the track cards are my preferred way of tracking my during show duties, printed on a set of 3×5 index cards on a binder loop (I stole this format from my wardrobe friends) that live in my cargo pocket.

Published: 25/11/2014

Les Misérables

Here is some paperwork from my time as Wireless Microphone Technician on Dallas Theater Center’s production of Les Misérables. Printed on 3×5 index cards for use in show. As you can see, I had both a lot and nothing to do at the same time! Sometimes my job was to switch a mic, sometimes just to be standing somewhere strategically to check someone’s mic placement without their really needing to know that that’s why I was there…you know the drill 🙂

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Published: 17/08/2014

And what have we here, little innocent sister?

C’mon Becca, let’s have all the news!
(Because it’s been a while since I’ve done this.)

Anyway, as the first few lines would suggest, I’ve been hard at work all summer as a mic technician (or “A3”) on the new production of “Les Misérables” currently playing at Dallas Theater Center. I’ve been having a great time getting to know a new city, getting good at driving (who knew this New York girl had it in her!), and learning what it takes to do this whole Deck Sound/A2/Mic Tech thing. While I’ve worked on musicals before in various capacities, it’s my first time being “on the floor” as a member of the Sound department, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it! The most important things I’ve learned, I think, are mostly reinforced lessons from past shows, but I’ll repeat them nonetheless, maybe just to ingrain them into my own head more!

1. Sometimes the most useful thing you can do is GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY.

2. (converse of 1) Only exist when you need to. Be a ninja.

3. Learn your people, ESPECIALLY if you’re new in a place where everyone already knows each other. Feel out your place, and don’t get discouraged if it takes a little while.

4. Tensions are going to be high enough without your help. So don’t help it! Get good at “microphone clinical” and people will do whatever they can to help you solve the problem at hand.

5. WARDROBE ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS AND ALLIES. Respect them and their show needs as you try to solve yours.

Most of this is average “first professional gig” stuff, but I think the more I’ve been able to take it to heart, the more I’m on my way to becoming a really good A2, and eventually earning enough stripes to become an A1!

And, speaking of becoming a really good A2, I’m going to get a chance to do just that on my next gig! I’ll be heading back up north in September to be the first ever Audio Apprentice at Goodspeed Musicals, serving primarily as the A2 on their production of The Circus in Winter. I can’t wait to get started.

As far as portfolio fodder for this show goes, I wasn’t heavily involved in paperwork or load-in, but I’ll post a PDF of the index cards I made for my “track.” Click the Portfolio section if you’d like to see!

More news soon as I attempt to catch up on posting work from other projects 🙂

Published: 08/08/2014

The Beginning…

of the end!  I’m writing this as I head into my final three weeks of undergraduate schooling at the amazing Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.  There is plenty still left to do: I’m stage managing a production of The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney (details here!), finishing up some interesting class projects, and of course, looking for jobs and wondering what’s next!  After those three weeks there’s a class trip to Los Angeles to showcase my work and meet with industry professionals, a big party to celebrate CMU Drama’s Centennial year, one more end-of-semester critique, and of course, GRADUATION!  It should be an exciting time, and I’m going to head into it with my game face on.  Look for more updates here as things progress!

Peace,

Becca

 

(photo credit: the bygone beyonceinamerica.tumblr.com)

Published: 14/04/2014 | Comments: 0

Opening to Catastrophe

This piece was composed in the style of Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company for a hypothetical design of the short play Catastrophe, written by Samuel Beckett.  I imagined it as a prelude to this preparation of a play, hearing an orchestra tune up, getting the audience into the mindset of being at the theatre, but then abruptly reminding them that it isn’t all fun and games here.

Happy Listening!

 

(the drawing that serves as the cover art is also a Becca Stoll Original)

Published: 02/04/2014