Wednesday, June 17, 2015
stagehand torture device--badly designed prop or piece of scenery that is handled by a stagehand that may cause an ongoing or permanent injury to the stagehands handling it. "The bed unit in the recent production of 'Betrayal' was so heavy that the nightly shift turned it into a stagehand torture device."
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
forever job--long-running Broadway shows like "Phantom of the Opera," "Lion King," "Wicked" and "Jersey Boys," where stagehands plan their retirements off of them. "Cats" felt like a forever job, but closed after 18 years.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
first cover--an actor paid to cover the star of a show, who may have no role of their own in the show. If so, they are a standby, meaning they are required to be available for every performance to cover the star, to be on standby. The standby is a principal contract and can only be on standby for principals in the show. (A standby may cover multiple principals. Sometimes by contract, the standby must be within a 15-minute walk of the theater while the performance is on. A second cover is often an ensemble member who is rehearsed to cover the star role when the first cover is sick or on vacation.