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#11 Colourarc

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:17 PM

QUOTE(wood pusher @ May 7 2010, 01:51 PM) View Post
No-one has yet pointed out that a showman's job is effectively part time.  You will probably find it a drop from teaching pay.  Bottom line - 30/perf. plus pre-sets and bonuses - maybe. Or maybe not.

It can be a physically heavy job too.  If you've never lifted anything heavier than your holiday suitcase then you might want to consider your ability to do so.


True, Wood Pusher, *but* on some shows you can clock up 30hrs a week @ 10 an hour, beats working in supermarket for 40hrs @ minimum wage!
Not sure what pre-school teachers earn, but it may not be too much of a drop!
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE(Colourarc @ May 11 2010, 11:17 PM) View Post
True, Wood Pusher, *but* on some shows you can clock up 30hrs a week @ 10 an hour, beats working in supermarket for 40hrs @ minimum wage!
Not sure what pre-school teachers earn, but it may not be too much of a drop!


I can tell you Pre-school teachers pay is rubbish! dry.gif lol

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 01:03 PM

QUOTE(JerseyGirl @ May 12 2010, 03:15 PM) View Post
I can tell you Pre-school teachers pay is rubbish! dry.gif lol

  Wow...there aren't many jobs where people regard 180 take-home as an improvement!  Just be sure you are happy to work every evening and bank holidays too.  Yep, that includes Boxing Day, New years eve and day.  They do tend to be a deal-breaker for many starry-eyed youngsters.




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Posted 26 May 2010 - 09:01 PM

QUOTE(Colourarc @ Apr 19 2010, 10:18 PM) View Post
No, it's not bad at all! but if you think it's an easy job & just fun - it's not!

Some shows are paid better than others, some have a heavier workload.

If you love the job it's worth the pay!

Props are dealt with by Stage Management.
Scenery/set changes/flying pieces by Stage Crew.

Where do you live? Do you have a local Theatre? It might be worth while seeing if your local theatre is taking on any casual crew, or if any local Am Dram groups need a hand, ask around and get some experience, see if you like it before giving up your day job!

pm me if you want.

What about the pre-production, fit-ups and tech. period?  That where the techies really show their mettle.  Run of show is the easy bit.  A showman does not a good techie make - usually very little knowledge of relevant legislation, licensing and insurance issues.  All part of my world - admittedly a dull part.  There's a lot more to being a tech than following a cue sheet.  Who made up the cue sheet for starters?




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