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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any “small roles” in a Hannon Theatre Company production?

 

No. While principal characters may or may not be called more often that some ensemble members, every cast member is held to an equal level of commitment.

 

Obviously boys don't play girls parts.  Where does HTC get girls for the program?

 

Girls come from as many as 14 different schools in the greater Los Angeles area.  As the only co-ed activity on campus, Hannon Theatre is privileged to be able to offer the opportunity for talented females to participate in our program.  HTC actresses often include girls from Marlborough School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Immaculate Heart High School, Marymount High School, etc.

 

What is the policy regarding conflicts and the conflict sheet?

 

All auditionees are asked to diligently complete a conflict sheet prior to their audition.  If you are cast, any conflicts listed on your conflict sheet for the production period will be excused absences.  Conflicts that arise after your conflict sheet are submitted are unacceptable and may result in reconsideration of your role in the performance.

 

What is the communication hierarchy for the Hannon Theatre Company?

 

For most issues theatre-related, the initial contact is the Stage Manager.  If the Stage Manager is unavailable or the issue is inappropriate to discuss with him, the Theatre Council is the next contact point.  Finally if the issue supersedes the former contacts, the director should be contacted.

 

What do I do if I am sick or a family emergency arises and I can’t attend rehearsal?

 

When an urgent issue arises that will prevent you from attending a rehearsal, a parent must email or text the director that morning before 10:00 a.m. so that the appropriate changes can be made to the rehearsal schedule.

 

What do I do if I am running late to rehearsal?

 

Arriving early is on time, arriving on time is late, and arriving late is unacceptable.  If you are caught in traffic or stuck with a teacher, etc., alerting the Stage Manager via text message or phone call is required. Please take the proper precautions to avoid distracted driving such as pulling over to text or phone

 

What is an Artistic Director?

 

The Artistic Director of Hannon Theatre is responsible for transforming an artistic vision into a physical production for the public by collaborating with all of the directors of the various theatrical arts:  dance, singing, costumes, set design, lighting, and sound. The Managing Artistic Director wears the producer's hat as well, makiing sure the funds are procured for all of the theatre's needs and organizing the budget for the program. His main job, however, is to guide the actors in their understanding of their roles and to stage the show so the audience gets the most from the collaborative storytelling.  Contact the director with any emergency conflicts that arise or questions regarding the performance you are unable to figure out on your own.

 

What is a Stage Manager?

 

The Stage Manager is responsible for the operation of rehearsals and performances.  Contact the Stage Manager if you are running late to rehearsal, are unsure about rehearsal location or time, have a question about props, costumes, other technical details, have an issue with a fellow company members (see also, Theatre Council), or have a question about the schedule.  The Stage Manager is the first contact in the communication hierarchy for most things theatre-related.

 

What is the Theatre Council?

 

The Theatre Council is a group of company members that are responsible for leading the company in internal issues such as, but not limited to, the planning of the company party, conflicts within the cast, and making proposals to the directors for all improvements to the program.  The Theatre Council is elected by the students in the first weeks of production and includes the following roles: the Spiritual Coordinator, the Warm-up Coordinator(s), the Senior, the Female, the Newbie, and the Veteran. 

 

What do I wear to rehearsals?

 

Actors are required to wear clothing that allows free movement and but that is also appropriate to be worn at a school setting. Actors are required to provide a pair of hard-soled shoes as well which they must bring to every rehearsal unless told specifically otherwise. (Moving in sneakers is different than moving in hard-soled, stage shoes).

 

What is the policy for talking during rehearsals?

 

Don’t do it.  When the director or another faculty member is in thought, there is a tacit understanding among everyone in the room that quiet is required for him to move the rehearsal along as best he can.  Therefore, there is rarely a time where permission to chat is given.  When discussing pertinent information at appropriate times during rehearsal, whisper.  If you need to use the restroom or be excused, simply alert the Stage Manager as to where you will be before leaving the rehearsal space.

 

What happens if I have a performance-related question during a rehearsal?

 

Try and come up with an answer yourself, and try out your solution.  Hannon Theatre staff encourages creative thinking.  A main part of the directors' jobs is deciphering if some ideas fit within the overall artistic vision.  If it does or it doesn't, there is no failure. If it doesn't work, we will try something else!  To that end, avoid asking extraneous questions during rehearsals unless it is related to the task at hand.

 

How should Loyola High School Hannon Theatre Company equipment and facilities be cared for?

 

Always treat all equipment with respect.  Desks, chairs, properties (props), costumes, set pieces, technical equipment, printed materials, and anything else handled by the company should be cared for and returned to its proper place.

 

Is sitting in the house permitted during rehearsals in the theatre?

 

Sitting in the house (the audience seating area in a theatre) is only permitted if absolute silence is maintained. Beginning with technical rehearsals, sitting in the house will be restricted.  During dress rehearsals, actors may not sit in the house. 

 

What and when are costume fittings?

 

Costume fittings are sessions with the costume designer in which measurements are taken, costumes are fitted, adjustments are made, etc.  The fittings can vary in time blocks but are usually 20-30 minutes.   Held during rehearsals and on the weekends before tech week, time allotments are made via lottery except in cases where the costume designer or cast member arranges with the Stage Manager before time.

 

What are technical rehearsals?

 

The technical rehearsals are the only period in which the technical staff has to learn and perfect their roles for performances.  By their nature, technical rehearsals are tedious for cast members. “Hurry up and wait” is a common theme of technical rehearsals for the cast.  Be patient and come prepared to keep yourself occupied.

 

What are the required materials for technical rehearsals?

 

Actors are required to bring in personal costume items (black socks, hard-soled shoes, etc.), dinner and snack items (to be kept in the dressing rooms), bottled water, make-up and make-up remover (baby shampoo is recommended), a towel, and materials to keep occupied with (i.e. schoolwork).

 

When should I be wearing my stage make-up?

 

Never appear in costume or make-up before or be seen by persons other than members of the company except during performance on stage.

 

How should costumes be handled during dress rehearsals?

 

When not onstage, costumes should be handled with special care.  Costumes should never leave the theatre and a robe should be worn over and completely cover the costume during eating or drinking periods.  No smoking – period.  Costumes or costume pieces left on the floor or not returned to their proper place each night are collected nightly and may be returned to their owners for a $1 fee.

 

What is strike?

 

Strike is the post-production activity of returning and sorting costumes, dismantling the set, and any other activity related to preparing the theatre for the next production.  Strike usually is held on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday following the last performance from 2:30-6pm and is mandatory for all company members.

 

What contact information should I have?

 

Artistic Director: Walt Wolfe; wwolfe@loyolahs.edu

Stage Manager 2016-17: Redmond Ang: redmondang@lhsla.org

 

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