Friday, May 1, 2015

Term of the Moment: first cover, second cover

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.

Term of the Day: send 'em back to the hall

send 'em back to the hall--when you've ordered a stagehand from the replacement room (the hiring hall) and he or she fails to perform, you can say, "Send 'em back to the hall."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Term of the Day: koo koo bird

koo koo bird--young, scattered actor or actress.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tough Stagehand Line of the Day: "You can't break iron"

"You can't break iron"--When asked how he was recovering from an injury incurred when somebody pushed a roadbox on him, the stagehand, who survived the horrors of Vietnam combat, said with deadpan intensity, "You can't break iron."

Term of the Day: bust a move

bust a move--to start a project, to change a job. Or a dance move. "Break's over. Let us bust a move and store the dead orchestra seats."

Term of the Day: Broadway hungry

Broadway hungry--when a stagehand tries hard to get work on Broadway, after coming from the TV studios or the industrial world, where the pay is lower. "The former apprentice was Broadway hungry, trying to work in the theaters."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unrewarding Jobs of the Moment: scut work, jobs

scut work, scut job--tedious, dirty work, often given to the youngest stagehand on the crew. "The young stagehand was given the scut job of cleaning old adhesive off the ramp with a heat gun and a spackle knife."