Was Stage Troupe Sunday just too much for you to handle? Did the theatre packed weekend tire you out? Did the sudden change to fall and midterm season keep you from the Student Theater Sunday evening for our second GM? No? Well, either way- we’ve got you covered! If you missed the meeting or it was too much information for you to remember, here’s a recap of all the INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT things coming up. Pay attention and take note of these dates because they will sneak up on us and be here before we know it!
Before we go any further, congrats to COMBAT and everyone who participated! It was super successful, especially with the new tech addition, and we hope everyone had a marvelous time.
Also, yay to TECHSTRAVAGANZA! We’d like to thank everyone who came out and participated in our new take on workshops this semester. We hope you enjoyed it and that you were able to learn by doing! And lastly, CONGRATS to our Fall 2013 season- casts and tech! We are so unbelievably excited to get started and cannot wait to see how beautifully this season unfolds.
Speaking of seasons…. It’s nearly time to pick our next one. Crazy right? But nevertheless, the time has come.
Have you always wanted to direct? Never done it before? Done it a million times? Want experience? Have a show you want to see Troupe do? We have so many opportunities available if you want to direct/pitch a show! It’s a ton of info, but keep reading… it ‘s all really helpful and IMPORTANT!
If you want to pitch a show for next semester (or for ONE ACTS!), here’s what you need to know!
You NEED to:
- Be a dues paying member ($5) - Have a show you know and want to pitch - Make sure the rights are available - Get the script, make 2 copies - Download and fill out the pitch form from the website (http://bustagetroupe.com/members/forms-and-resources/) - Put all of that (the scripts and the form) into a manila envelope and bring it to 111 Cummington Mall labeled with “Stage Troupe” and this address:
ATTN: Eric Jacobsen 111 Cummington Mall Rm B17
**PITCHES ARE DUE BY 3PM ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH** NO EXCEPTIONS!
*If you are pitching a musical, you must contact Eric (firstname.lastname@example.org) in a timely manner so that he can check for the rights to the show. If you are pitching a play, you will need to check for the rights on your own (try findaplay.com or dramatists or various other play sites).
For the most part, the pitch process is the same. However, pitch forms have been updated to reflect a better emphasis on budget and financial aspects and the pitch process (they can still be found in the same place, under the same link), in terms of the actual pitch meeting, has been altered slightly. Each director has 6 minutes to say their piece. That is it. By the end of those 6 minutes, the membership should have all the information that they need to make their decisions. Directors cannot say ask me about tech. Following pitches, there will be those pitching will have a brief amount of time to address reading committee concerns and then questions for ALL will follow at the end.
If you have any questions about the pitching process, please contact email@example.com and we’ll help you out. The Pitching Meeting is the next GM, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH at 7PM. The pitches will be pitched and the membership shall vote and find out the next season that night! Yay, democracy!
If you would like to be on READING COMMITTEE for the pitches (you CANNOT do this if you are pitching), then please email our VPSP, Lauren, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitches for ONE ACTS work the same as mainstage pitches and are due the same day, so don’t forget! One Acts are the perfect way to try directing for the first time or to even see your own work on stage. We welcome all kinds of pitches- so write your own show, pick a short play, try something new and get your start in directing! ONE ACTS will be December 6th & 7th
Pitches for CHARITY SHOW work just a little bit differently. You still have to submit the scripts and the Charity Show form (found on the same page!), but the membership will not be voting on this pitch, the VPSP and Eboard will select the Charity Show for next semester. You will need to select a charity to pair with your show, and you get a chance to explain why you want to the show and why it fits with your chosen charity. Note that if your show is not chosen for Charity Show, you can pitch it as a mainstage. Also, some food for thought from your Eboard- We are looking for a very minimal, black box style show. Recently, Charity Show has been operating very much like a mainstage with a full set, costumes, and the like. This year, we would like to switch it up a bit and kick our giving back to charity into high gear. We are looking for a show that requires little from tech and in the way of budget so we can increase our returns to our community!
****UPCOMING SPECIAL PROJECTS****
KICKBALL vs. On Broadway is coming up this weekend!
On SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH at 12PM we shall battle OB and take back the title!
Meet in the Space at 11AM to prep with TEAM STAGE TROUPE, then we’ll go to the Boston Common and play our fellow theatre lovers in a match of SKILL (Help that) and (mostly cheering with) ENTHUSIASM!
You should also wear your Stage Troupe T-Shirt if you have one so that our team is easy to identify!! If you want a T-Shirt, bring $15 to the Space on Sunday before the game and you can get one! They’re super soft, and also prettyyyy cool looking. YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT.
P.S. Hanna will also be collecting dues! PLEASE PAY YOUR DUES for those who have not already. Hanna knows who you are, you know who you are. Just do it so this isn’t awkward(:
Lauren has started taking sign-ups for our “friendly” annual game of Assassins! Let her know if you would like to throw your name in the ring and remember that it is $2 to play.
Our Treasurer, Hanna, will also be hosting a Photoshop Workshop- Friday, October 4 at 5PM. Come learn how to use this adobe program and take advantage of yet another opportunity hang out with your fellow Troupies!
***VOLUNTEER & MORE THEATRE OPPORTUNITIES***
We were fortunate to be joined by a guest speaker at this GM. Tré Pina, the Program Manager for Children's Theatre of the CSC spoke about a really awesome and unique opportunity for those of us with a passion for theatre to get involved with our fellow BU arts community to give back to the community at large. Children’s Theatre began in 1991 and was the CSC’s first creative arts program. Volunteers brainstorm, write, and produce their own original skits in a troupe of 10 students. After the shows are prepared and rehearsed, volunteers perform their creations for children in various hospitals, community centers, after school programs, and domestic abuse shelters throughout Boston. CT brings inspiration and entertainment to children who don’t generally have access to arts education. Time commitment is about two hours each Thursday night (8pm-10pm) for most of the semester for a program-wide meeting and troupe rehearsal. Toward the end of the semester, meetings are replaced by site visits where volunteers perform their skit and conduct informal theatre workshops that include improv games and cheers. If anyone is interested they can email Tré at email@example.com, or go to CT's webpage to download the application! The application deadline is next Wednesday, and the first normal meeting is Thursday.
Lastly, a few logistics. We are still working on settling our e-mail situation. Many apologies for the inconvenience, but don’t worry if you aren’t receiving Troupe e-mails- no one is): Keep checking the website (bustagetroupe.com) and our other platforms for updates and important info!
Phewwwww, so that was a long one! Thanks for sticking with it. DON”T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR FIRST AMAZING PRODUCTION OF THE SEASON
Parents’ Weekend: The Drowsy Chaperone, October 18-20th
Tickets are available for purchase now. Information can be found on the Parents’ Weekend Eventbite page: http://buparentsweekend-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1
**SEE YOU AT THE NEXT GM TROUPIES! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH at 7PM in COM 101.** It’s a big one, you won’t want to miss it!