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									Actor Handbook
Actors Guide
Welcome to The Children’s Theatre. The following information is a guide to help
cover questions and to discuss the expectations The Children’s Theatre will
have of you as an actor. While this is not totally comprehensive, it is meant to
cover the basics of your conduct and how our organization will assist in your
success on stage. We strive to make this a positive experience for all those who
spend their time and energy within our doors. Theatre can be challenging, but
very rewarding. As you spend the next several weeks here, take good care of
yourself and stay healthy, performing can be very exhausting. We will do our
best to make sure you are prepared to perform on our stage, while having fun.
We know your show will be a great one, break a leg!

Phone Numbers
For tickets: 801-532-6000
During rehearsals: Please Call the stage manager.

Adminstrative Staff
Box Office: 11am - 4pm Monday - Thursday (additional hours noted on our website)
James Parker, Executive Director
Jessica Hadfield, Box Office Manager
Matt Ostasiewski Marketing/Program Director
Christina Wehry, Director of Development/Partnership

Artistic Staff
Joanne M. Parker, Artistic Director
Brenda Stephens, Costume Shop Manager

Production Staff
Stage Manager/Director Hours: 15min prior and after to rehearsal/performance
Students will be under the direction of the following positions:

Stage Manager

There may be other production staff members specific to your show who will
also give direction such as:

Artistic Director
Music Directors
Parent Volunteers

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Building & Staff Hours
Building: Building will not open until 15 min prior class time and will close 15min
after class. Please be considerate of staff by dropping off/picking up your stu-
dent promptly.

Monday-Thursday: 11am-4:00pm
Friday: 2:00pm - Showtime (performance days only)
Saturdays 1 hour before showtime (on performance days only)

Performance & Rehearsal Schedules
Students will receive a paper copy of the rehearsal/performance schedule
specific to the production. Schedules may change based on Director’s needs.
Changes will be emailed or or given on a paper copy to students. Please be
proactive with your child in asking for any papers or notices when you pick them
up. A rehearsal calendar may be available online.

Drop Off & Pick Up
Please drop off students at the front of the building.
Parents/Authorized Drivers must enter building to sign out student, unless the
signed waiver has been completed on the Authorized Driver page of the registra-

                                                                                            Access & Front Door Security
                                                                                            For security of the students, the front
                                                                                            doors will be locked 1/2 hour after re-
                   200 South
                                                                                            hearsals begin and will open at the end
                                                                                            of the class period.
                              Floral St (alley)

                                                  After Floral St. Take your
                                                   rst right under the parking
                                                  structure. Follow till you
                                                  see the black “Stage Door”.

                   “Tunnel”                                                                 Back/Stage Door Parking lot & Access
                                                                                            Theatre Parking Lot is reserved for staff
    State Street

                                                                                 200 East

                                                                                            only, but may be used for early/late
                                                                                            drop off pick uploading. When not late/
                                                                                            early please use the State Street door.

                   300 South
                                                                                            Parking at the theatre?
                                          Metered parking is available on the
                                          street along State Street as well as 200
                                          & 300 South. Meters are free after 6pm
                                          on weeknights and 2 hrs free on week-
ends all day until 6pm after which there is no time limit. The theatre parking lot is
reserved for staff, please do not park there as space is very limited.

A yellow curbed loading zone is located just to the south of the metered spaces
in front of the theatre, and allow drivers to leave their vehicles.

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Visitors & Observing Rehearsals
For the security of the students and to avoid distractions, we do not allow par-
ents/visitors to observe rehearsals. We want all actors to train in a comfortable
environment they can call their own without worry of an unexpected observer.

Students are required to attend all rehearsals and performances.
Please do not be late, as it slows the progression of the production.
In the event of a unexpected conflict, please call or email the Stage Manager.
You may also call the office during regular hours by calling 801-532-6000.

Call Times & Dismissal
Students are required to sign themselves in upon arrival and wait in the Studio
until the start of class.
Rehearsals: No earlier than 15 min prior to rehearsals time
Rehearsal Dismissal: At the end of the schedule rehearsal block
Standard Performance Call Time: 1 1/2 prior to showtimes
Performance Dismissal: Typically 1 half hour following the performance (actual
time varies.)

Call Times for Opening Night/Closing Night
Opening night call time is 2hrs prior to performance
Cast meeting will be held after the performance (dismissal up to 45min after)
Closing night, students are required to assist in strike, cleaning of dressing
rooms. This process typically does not take much longer than standard dismiss-
al, about 15 - 25min longer.

Tickets are available to purchase anytime over the online, or phone or in person
during regular Box Office hours. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11am to 4pm.
On performance days on Fridays 2pm to showtime and 1/2 hour before each of
the shows on Saturdays.

Headshots, Posters, Production Photos & Video
No photography or video are permitted during the productions. Headshots and
Production Photography is property of the a 3rd party photographer and is li-
censed to The Children’s Theatre. Photographs are available for purchase at the
discretion of the photographer.

Lobby headshots are for the promotion of the production, and should not be
removed. Students and Parents may pre-purchase their own headshot through
the Box Office, and can be picked up following the final performance at the Box
Office window.

Videos are not permitted due to copyright laws.

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2 breaks will be given during the class period. More breaks will be given at the
discretion of the Stage Manager and Director.

Food, Drinks & Snacks
Please notify staff of an major food allergies.
Please do not bring or chew gum at the theatre.
Sudents should bring snack and drinks for breaks.
A credit account may be setup through the Box Office for purchase of snacks ( if
available) at the concession stand.
Stage Manager/Director cannot conduct cash transactions, please setup a
credit for snacks at concessions stand.

Student Health
Band aids, neosporin, and alcohol wipes are available throughout theatre.
In the case of a physical emergency and or serious illness with a student, the
Stage Manager/Director will contact the parents/emergency contacts and if
necessary call 911.
Students should wash hands regularly and clean up/sweep after snacks/meals.

Please follow these guidelines if your child is ill:
Take time to notify the theatre.
Before sending your child to theatre, be sure that s/he is well enough to be at
the theatre.
Do not assume your child will get better at the theatre.
Understand that we have no provisions to care for sick children.
If a child becomes ill at the theatre, every effort will be made to contact the par-
ents who should be available to take them home.
Chronic or serious conditions. Diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, and similar condi-
tions, which could require emergency treatment should be brought to the atten-
tion of the staff and noted on the registration form.

Please stay home if the following symptoms occur
•    Fever of 100 degrees or above
•    Abdominal pain
•    Diarrhea
•    Acute colds/runny nose (non-allergenic)
•    Swollen glands around jaws, ears or neck
•    Suspected impetigo
•    Yellow, green or odorous pus in blister
•    Nausea or vomiting
•    Unusual drowsiness or tiredness
•    Sore throat/persistent cough
•    Red, inflamed, discharging eyes (non-allergenic)
•    Suspected head or body lice
•    Skin rash of unknown origin
•    Any skin sore oozing of fluid

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•   Diphtheria
•   Infectious
•   Mononucleosis
•   Pink eye
•   Mumps
•   Strep infection
•   Ringworm
•   Measles
•   Scabies
•   Whooping cough
•   Chicken pox

Staff Members and authority figures are not allowed to administer any medica-
tion, including aspirin.
Medication should be administered outside of the theatre.
Medications that need to be taken during rehearsals/performances should be
brought to the attention of the staff and noted on registration form.
Any medications that need to be taken after registration should be communi-
cated to the staff in writing.

Theatre Closure, Delayed Start or Early Dismissal.
The Children’s Theatre will be open on all scheduled days unless circumstances
create health or safety issues for students and staff. Severe weather conditions
may force theatre closures, delayed starts, or early release.

Dress Code
Everyone including staff, students and volunteers are expected to dress in a
manner that demonstrates they respect themselves and the learning environ-
ment. Clothing should be neat, clean, and appropriate for learning and weather
conditions. It should not draw inappropriate attention to the wearer, nor disrupt
the learning environment. If clothing or behavior is distracting to teachers or
students, such clothing or behavior is unacceptable. Staff will determine when
an individual student is in violation of the dress code. Parents may be called to
bring the student a suitable change of clothing. Parents are also expected to
observe the dress code whenever they are in the building.

The following would be considered in violation of the dress code:
•   Garments that are low enough to reveal a student’s underwear
•   Clothing advertising drugs, alcohol, tobacco, acts of violence
•   Clothing associated with gangs, illicit drugs, or illegal substances,
•   Clothing with offensive and/or vulgar language and/or designs
•   Clothing which calls attention to the body, including sheer or skin tight
•   Short shorts, running shorts, or mini skirts (as a rule of measurement, shorts
    hem should reach the finger tips when arms are held loosely at the side)
•   Crop tops showing midriffs, tube or tank tops or halters

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Leave Me Home
The Children’s Theatre is not responsible for lost or stolen personal belongings
brought to the theatre. The following should not be brought to the theatre:

•    Sports equipment. such as hard balls or bats, basketballs, footballs
•    Personal Electronic Equipment
•    Toys
•    Pets
•    Perfume, nail polish
•    Weapons. such as knives, firearms, matches, guns, darts, bullets, arrows,
     caps, firecrackers, throwing stars
•    Gum
•    Inappropriate reading material

Cell phone can be brought, but should be put away except in communication
with parents/guardians.

Discipline Policies
Any student removed from the theatre for a reason or condition that threatens
his/her welfare or the welfare of others shall be released to the parent, the par-
ent’s representative, or other proper authority, including, but not limited to, law
enforcement officers and medical personnel. The theatre shall make reasonable
efforts to notify the parent prior to removing a student from the premises. If the
parent cannot be notified prior to the removal, the parent shall be notified as
soon as possible after the removal and informed of the reasons for it.

Rights and Responsibilities
Respect others and yourself: It’s an attitude! Respecting personal space and the
rights of others is important in any situation. Students of all ages must be aware
that it is inappropriate to improperly touch, pinch, write offensive messages,
make obscene gestures or bring inappropriate print/pictures to the theatre. We
want all students to feel comfortable, respected, and able to achieve his or her
potential. Anything that can be demeaning, lessen self- respect and esteem,
or limit a student’s ability to achieve will be considered a violation of personal

Discipline Policies
 You may be removed from the theatre for:
•   Defying authority
•   Disruptive behavior
•   Assault/battery
•   Foul, profane, vulgar or abusive language
•   Defaming or false statements about students or staff
•   Destroying, defacing or vandalizing property; criminal mischief
•   Burglary, theft or stealing
•   Posing a significant threat (including harm to self or others) to the welfare or
    safety of a student, theatre personnel or the operation of the theatre

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•   Possessing, using, controlling or being under the influence of alcohol, a
    drug, an imitation drug or drug paraphernalia or misusing (including inhal-
    ing) any substance, possessing or using tobacco
•   Hazing, demeaning, intimidating or assaulting someone or forcing someone
    to Ingest a substance
•   Sexual or other harassment
•   Inappropriate exposure of body parts;
•   Bullying – aggression, verbal or physically threatening/intimidating behavior
•   Gang-related attire or activity that is dangerous and disruptive.

You WILL be removed from the theatre for:
•   Possession, control of a real weapon, explosive or noxious/flammable ma-
    terial, or the actual or threatened use of a look alike or pretend weapon
•   Possession, control, sale, or use of an alcoholic beverage, drugs, or con-
    trolled Substance
•   Using or threatening to use serious force affecting a student or staff

Theatre personnel will use reasonable physical restraint if necessary to protect
a person or property from physical injury or to remove a violent or disruptive

Building & Theatre Property
Clean up your area and keep belongings out of the rehearsal area
All food is to remain in the Studio or lobby tables

Off Limit Areas
Tech Booth
Staff Only Rooms
Box Office
Concessions Stand
Administrative Office

Theatre seating is for our audiences, respect them by keeping feet off and exer-
cising gentle use.
No food or drinks are allowed. Water is acceptable.
No gum.

Dressing Rooms
Dressing Rooms may be used by 2 or more casts simultaneously, please clean
up after yourself and area after each performance.
No food or drinks are allowed. Water is acceptable.
No gum.

Keep walls and floors clean.

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Use supplies wisely.

Parking Lot/Front of Building
Respect the parking lot and front of building
Keep feet hands of front of building
Leave any building supplies stored in parking lot alone
No climbing on building or adjecent buildings

Parent Involvement
It is critical that both home and the theatre focus on helping children be the very
best they can be. You can increase the effectiveness of the production process
in the following ways:

See that your child is at the theatre on time and has eaten a good meal and sup-
plied with snacks that will boost their energy levels. Depending on the produc-
tion, several additional calories can be expended during rehearsals.

Other ways to help:

Ask questions.
Give your support and encouragement
Show support for the theatre in word and action.
Read all communication from the theatre including changes in the schedule
Remember to ask for important papers.

The Children’s Theatre may also disclose appropriately designated Directory
Information without prior written consent, unless parents, guardians, or eligible
students have specifically requested, in writing, that such information not be

The Children’s Theatre defines directory information as the following:

Student’s name, address, and telephone listing

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The following rules are for the welfare and safety of the production company.

•    Never change the production of the show once it has been set in final dress
     rehearsal. It is the duty of every company member to maintain the directed
     concept throughout each and every performance. Nothing is to be changed
     or modified without prior approval of the director.
•    Respect the authority of the stage manager and/or assistant directors.
•    Never leave the rehearsal space or the theatre until you have been released
     by the director, assistant director, or stage manager.
•    During the run of a show, you are to never be seen by a member of the
     audience beyond the execution of the show outside of the theatre.
•    Never peer at the audience while on or off stage. If you can see the audi-
     ence, they can see you.
•    Never speak or approach an actor waiting for an entrance.
•    Never touch a piece of lighting, sound, or stage equipment except in the
     performance of your duty.
•    Do not enter the stage from the house or the house from the stage before,
     during, or after a performance while the audience members are in the the-
     atre, unless directed or for part of a performance.
•    Be ready for your entrances.
•    Do not loiter in the wings.
•    Never leave the theatre in any part of your costume.
•    Eating, and/or drinking in the theatre, backstage, or in the dressing rooms is
     not permitted.
•    Never play tricks or jokes backstage or on stage.
•    Never enter the technical areas unless you are assigned to do so.
•    Overt physical affection to another cast or crew member backstage is inap-
•    Absolute silence must prevail backstage during rehearsals and throughout
     the performance, except where communication is necessary to properly
     expedite work delegated to the cast.
•    Remember you are a part of the team. The crew and the performers are
     working towards the same result. Respect the part that each of us plays in
     the production.

The Company Responsibilities
Theatre is a physically exhausting art form. It requires complete concentration
and great stamina. No one is above adhering to the rehearsal and production
schedules set. Check your attitudes and egos at the door.

•    Eat three good meals a day.
•    Get as much sleep as possible. Good health leads to a good performance.
•    Take care of your voice. (This means that you have to be attentive to how
     you are using it outside of rehearsal as well as during rehearsal.)
•    Always allow yourself enough prep time for an adequate warm-up. You

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     need to be physically keyed up, really alive and placed, responsive in
     senses and emotion, relaxed, concentrated, intelligently serious, and ready
     to attack a creative rehearsal.

Rehearsal Notes
•    When you get the notes, go over them carefully. WRITE THEM DOWN if
     needed in a character journal or notebook and apply them to your perfor-
     mance in the future.
•    Keep all your notes together and go over them each day just prior to your
     rehearsal to be sure you incorporate the suggestions in your performance.
•    If you do not understand a note fully, be sure and check it with either the
     director or assistant director before your next rehearsal.

Unless told otherwise, this script does not belong to you. Some scripts cannot
be marked at all as they are being rented for the production, if so do not use
ink to mark it. Write in pencil and erase all markings when you turn it in at the
end of the production period. You will have to return this script at the end of the
production as clean as you got it at the beginning of the production. Scripts not
returned may result in a fee for replacement.

Learning Lines
•    Lines and blocking should be memorized as soon as possible or by the date
     specified on the rehearsal schedule/Director.
•    When you drop a line on stage, simply hold your character position and
     characterization and say, “Line!” in character. The stage manager should not
     feed you your line until you indicate that you need help.
•    Being “off book” means that you have memorized your lines and can pro-
     ceed through a scene without the help of the script.
•    ALWAYS bring your script to rehearsal…even after you have learned your

•    Rehearsals are NEVER to be missed without prior permission.
•    If an emergency arises, call the stage manager or office as soon as pos-
     sible. If you cannot reach the stage manager, you may leave a message with
     the office. If you send an email or call after office hours it will probably not
     be checked until the next business day.

•    All rehearsals calls begin exactly on the time indicated on the schedule.
•    A call of “places” means that all performers and crew involved must be

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     ready to perform. They should be “in their places.”
•    It is best to arrive at the rehearsal hall AT LEAST ten minutes prior to a call.
     It is mandatory that you are ready to go on time.

On Call for Performances
•    Be at the theatre promptly at the designated time or you will be considered
     “absent” from the call.
•    There will be a sign-in sheet posted. You must sign yourself in.
•    No one should sign in for you and you should not sign in for someone else.

Relationship to the Director
•    Unless you are in a scene being worked on and have a pertinent question,
     never approach or speak to the director while they are working with, listen-
     ing to, or watching a scene in progress.
•    Never walk between the director and the playing area.
•    Do not offer directorial suggestions during the rehearsal time. If you have
     an idea and would like to share that idea with the director, approach the
     director with your idea AFTER the rehearsal or during a break.

Relationship to Other Company Members
•    Do not offer a suggestion, chastise, argue with, or prompt another actor
     under any circumstance.
•    Never speak to or approach another actor who is waiting for an entrance.
•    Do not talk backstage during performances unless it is mandatory and
     concerns the integrity of the production. During rehearsals, keep voice low
•    Be ready for your entrance. This is your responsibility during rehearsals and
•    After rehearsal, clean up everything on the stage and in the Studio…even if
     it is not your mess.

Relationship with the Crew and Equipment
•    During a scene shift, an actor should completely clear off the stage space
     unless he/she is involved in the change or about to make an immediate
•    Do not distract crew members
•    Never touch a piece of lighting, sound, or stage equipment unless assigned
     to do so.

Guests in the Theater
•    No unauthorized people are permitted backstage. Authorized people are
     those that are members of a particular production in progress that evening

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     or those that have obtained permission by the director.
•    No company member is allowed to receive guests at the theatre except
     after a rehearsal or performance has ended.
•    Performers must be out of costume before they receive guests.
•    Guests may not be in the dressing rooms or studio before, during, or after a

Rehearsal Costumes
•    If a rehearsal costume is issued to you or you are asked to provide it, you
     will be expected to wear it every time you are called for rehearsal until it
     is replaced by your performance costume. You may be able to leave your
     rehearsal costume at the theatre. Rehearsal costume can be hung up on
     the costume rack.
•    Wear appropriate clothing and shoes to rehearsal. Your clothing should not
     restrict your movement.
•    Wear shoes and clothing to rehearsal that will be similar to that which you
     will be wearing in the performance.
•    Your arrival time should include time to put on your rehearsal/ performance
•    If you need time to put a costume on, you should arrive early so that you
     may start rehearsal on time.

Rehearsal Props
•    The actor should be aware, at all times, when his/her hand is occupied with
•    Add your own rehearsal props as soon as you are off book and your hands
     are free to use the props. Use your props every rehearsal until performance
     props are provided.
•    If you cannot find a rehearsal prop, inform the stage manager.
•    Treat rehearsal props with as much care as you would performance props.
•    Always keep rehearsal props in the assigned area.
•    NEVER TOUCH A WEAPON unless assigned to do so.

Performance Props
•    Never touch a prop unless you are the character assigned to use that prop.
•    Always return your props to their assigned area as soon as you leave the
     acting area.
•    Never sit on stage furniture back stage.
•    Report broken props to the assistant stage manager and/or prop master
     immediately. If you don’t tell someone, it won’t get fixed.
•    NEVER TOUCH A WEAPON unless assigned to do so.

Costume Calls
•    A call for a costume fitting is as important and urgent as a rehearsal call.

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•    Unless your measurements are taken and fittings are held on schedule, your
     costume cannot be completed.
•    Use the fitting to help you determine what sorts of rehearsal costumes you
     may need to help you simulate your performance costume. The costume
     designer may have something you may use until your performance costume
     is ready.
•    Discuss with the costumer items that you may need to work with…swords,
     pockets, purses, handkerchiefs, etc.

Handling a Costume
These rules exist because we care about how you look on stage and because
we care about what happens to the costumes.

•    Costumes have no life except the life the actor gives them.
•    Find out how your costume relates to your performance.
•    Costumes are not the actor’s play things, they are only to be used as your
     CHARACTER would use them. Off-stage, however, they are to be handled
     with extreme care.
•    Skirts and capes are to be held so that they do not touch the floor. Be care-
     ful of snagging on backstage items.

General Costume Reminders
Your “look” is an important part of your costume and is not to be altered with
prior permission. Performers may not alter their personal, everyday “look”
without the prior permission from the director or costume designer. Altering
includes, but is not limited to piercing or tattooing any part of their body and
(depending on your look at the time when you were cast), as well as the shaving,
growing, or dyeing your head and/or facial hair.

•    Please take a shower before performances if needed.
•    Please use soap, deodorant, and antiperspirant.
•    Do not wear perfume or scented hairspray while in your costume. (Some
     people are allergic to these substances!)
•    Leave valuables at home or give to the stage manager.
•    Have make-up on before putting your costume on if possible, this will pre-
     vent additional soiling of your costume.
•    If your costume goes on over your head, ask someone to help you by put-
     ting a cloth over your head to protect your make-up and costume.
•    Men, unless you are required to grow a beard for the production, be sure
     you shave before performances.
•    NEVER restyle wigs and/or hair pieces unless instructed to do so.
•    When you are wearing your costume, do not eat or drink anything.
•    Be careful where you sit; be careful what you lean on.
•    Before entering the acting area, check yourself for any item that your char-
     acter would not be wearing (i.e. watches, jewelry, wallets, etc.).
•    Please do not touch anyone’s costume. This will assist in preventing confu-

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     sion and loss.
•    Remove your make-up AFTER you have removed your costume.
•    You may only receive guests once you have removed your costume.
•    Please return costumes neatly hung on hangers. Items such as hats or
     items (not clothing) that cannot be hung should be placed on shelf or in
     your bin and placed in a cubby. Costumes left on the floor or stuffed in a
     cubby may result in fines.
•     If your costume needs repair or adjustment, tell the stage manager AND
     write you needs on the costume repair sheet.

Technical Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal

•    During the technical/dress rehearsal period, it will be necessary to have the
     complete cooperation of the entire production company.
•    The director and stage manager will conduct the progression of these
     rehearsals/performances and may cut from scene to scene (cue to cue),
     depending upon the needs of the designers, directors, and staff.
•    Anyone may stop a rehearsal if he/she feels that he/she is being put into an
     unsafe position.
•    Remain attentive and do not engage in unnecessary conversation.
•    Do not question the authority of the stage manager and crew.
•    Even if you disagree with a procedure, comply with the directions given to
     you. The only exception to this is if you feel a situation is unsafe or if you
     feel your life is in danger.
•    Actors must help the technicians by remaining in character and following
     the prescribed “timing” during these rehearsals.

Strike Procedure
Striking the show is the process of removing the production (costumes, prop
and set). On the last performance of the run, the cast and crew will remove all
costumes, props, etc. from the dressing rooms, backstage and theatre. The
stage manager will give assignments and direction. Dressing room cleaning will
also be assigned. Please pick up all bobby pins, safety pins and other items
that might clog the vacuums. Vacuuming, throwing out garbage and cleaning of
surfaces and mirrors is typically the duties. No one will leave without permission
of the technical director and/or stage manager.

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