Code of Conduct

PUNCTUALITY

You’ve heard about it your whole life and being a professional means there are no excuses for lateness to a rehearsal or performance. There are moments when a real crisis may disrupt you from your appointed arrival time, so PLAN for those moments by arriving well before the designated time. Those extra minutes will allow more time to warm-up, build an ensemble, or get you in the right frame of mind. If lateness is truly unavoidable, you must call the Director or another committee member and let them know your expected arrival time.

REHEARSALS

ALL cast members are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals.  We realize that occasionally there are conflict.  If you MUST miss a rehearsal, you MUST notify the Director in advance. 

MOBILE PHONES

Turn them off when entering a rehearsal or performance space. There are appropriate times to use them, so hang up!

GOSSIP

You know it’s wrong. We heard you say it.

BACKSTAGE NOISE

It should be nonexistent. That means you should avoid all talking, whispering, and laughter while in the wings, green room, and dressing room areas. In addition to this, full cooperation with the stage manager is mandatory.

TECH REHEARSALS

ALL cast members are expected to attend tech rehearsals as scheduled before opening night. During these rehearsals, you are expected to pay attention, not disrupt the rehearsal, and stay close to the stage, because you never know when they will go back a few scenes to fine tune timing. Be advised that these rehearsals often run late; the more the cast cooperates, the earlier you get to go home.

BACKSTAGE DRAMA

Just because we play dramatic characters onstage does NOT mean we must portray them offstage. When you are in a show, the theatre becomes a tiny universe. If love should bloom while in a show, great! Keep it outside. If you a have a personal struggle, sorry, but keep it outside. You were cast for your performance abilities; perform. Everything will still be there when the show is over.

PROPS

Never play with a prop – your own or someone else’s. In fact, never touch someone else’s prop at all. Furthermore, it is not the stage manager’s job to keep track of your props. Always check your own props before each rehearsal and show.

PERFORMANCES

Call time before a performance is a minimum of one hour before start time. You are required to be at all performances. You have a responsibility to all involved to perform the show as rehearsed and to do your best. The closing night audience members paid the same ticket price as the opening night audience. You should always give your best possible performance.

PROFESSIONALISM

Take up all disputes with the director before or after rehearsal, or during a rehearsal break. Never argue with the director from on stage or during a scheduled rehearsal. If you have a dispute with a cast or crew member, take up your concerns with the director before getting anyone else involved. Furthermore, no matter how disappointed you may be in a production, NEVER speak ill of a show in which you are involved in public. We are a team; if someone asks you how a show is going and you don’t have anything positive to say, just say “fine” or “I don’t want to talk about it right now.”

BE PREPARED

Always bring a pencil to rehearsal and write down your blocking, choreography, etc. Memorize your lines on time. Practice and study outside of rehearsal.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES

We are a non-profit, volunteer organization. As such, everyone needs to chip in. All cast members have cleaning duty– no one leaves until the entire set has been struck and the theater is in peak condition for the cast and crew of the next production.

BE INVOLVED

Whenever possible, cast members should assist in costuming, set construction and painting, props, and, most of all, publicity. None of these can be done by one person alone.

ALCOHOL AND ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES

Alcohol may not be consumed on stage by a cast or crew member at any time. The same applies to illegal drugs (including marijuana). Furthermore, cast and crew members should avoid the use of all such substances prior to or during a rehearsal or performance – it isn’t fair to your fellow cast members, and you may pose a safety hazard to you or others around you.

MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Give your best possible performance.
  • Maintain performance as directed or choreographed.
  • Make no unauthorised changes in costume, make-up or hairstyle.
  • Take proper care of all costumes.
  • Appear at curtain calls as directed.
  • Be on time for rehearsals.
  • Notify the Director if you are ill or unable to reach the theatre in time.
  • Fully cooperate with the Stage Manager.
  • Consult the Director in case of disputes.

ABOVE ALL ELSE, HAVE FUN!!!