O-LIVE! THEATRE CAST MEMBER AGREEMENT
O-Live! Theatre is dedicated to cultivating and nurturing artistically confident, talented, disciplined and well rounded theatre performers in the community through training in the arts with Christian values. We strive to enhance the public’s appreciation of faith-based entertainment for audiences of all ages with biblical messages of faith, hope and love.
Here are guidelines that are consistent from show to show. These are designed to help facilitate the smooth functioning of rehearsal,
performances and other facets of the process to produce a show.
ATTEND ALL REHEARSALS AND BE ON TIME
Being on time means in your place ready to start. As a rule, rehearsals begin at 7:00 p.m. and end no later 10:00 p.m. This will probably vary according to schedules of cast members and the participation of children in a production. Please look at the rehearsal schedule and know when you are called.
REHEARSAL END TIME
No one should leave a rehearsal until dismissed by the director or the stage manager. The absence of any one person can waste the time of many others. If an emergency requires leaving, it is the responsibility of the actor or crew member to notify the Director or Stage Manager, immediately and not another cast or crew member.
CALL THE DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER
as soon as possible if you are going to be late or absent.
Bring your production script and a note pad to EVERY rehearsal and come prepared to take written notes.
CHANGE HAPPENS, so USE PENCIL – NOT PEN.
USE OF TIME
There certainly is a social aspect and great camaraderie that happens in
participation in creating theatre. Remember, however, that the focus of being together during production, rehearsals, work-calls and performance, is in creating an excellent and memorable performance. If your active participation is not required for a while, spend time for line study, observing and learning from other actors and the director or performing other production related activities as appropriate.
QUIET DURING REHEARSALS
Please minimize talking (or other noise) in the rehearsal area by those not involved in the scene. Any unnecessary noise adversely affects a performer’s concentration and, therefore, the rehearsal or the performance itself.
BEING OFF BOOK AND OTHER DEADLINES
When the cast is scheduled to be off-book (Not using the script or written notes for lines) it is expected that each cast member will know his/her lines.
CELL PHONES, I-PADS, etc.
These devices can cause inattentiveness or unwanted distractions. No cell phone use of any kind during a performance. During rehearsals please be mindful not to let it interrupt rehearsal.
VISITORS AND GUESTS
Individuals not connected with the rehearsal should not attend rehearsals unless it is arranged through the director or stage manager.
At the discretion of your director, rehearsals may be closed to the public, parents, family or friends.
ABSOLUTELY NO VISITORS IN THE GREEN ROOM, DRESSING ROOMS OR BACKSTAGE BEFORE OR AFTER PERFORMANCES!
Most actors use the time before a performance to get into make-up, costume and concentrate on their character. People other than cast/crew are an unneeded and annoying distraction. If you feel you must give someone a "tour", please arrange it ahead of time, checking first with the Director, House Manager and Stage Manager.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is a wonderful tool for promoting a performance and we would love you to help promote the production. Please use the hashtag #olivetheatre. We encourage you to forward any good photographs you might have to our firstname.lastname@example.org or text to O-Live! Theatre at
602-524-0156. You may not publish in any format including social media, photographs of minor children who are in the production without the written permission of their parents.
The Director and the Costume Director will determine the proper costumes for each character for the production and go over it with you. As we are a growing theatre, we ask that you provide your own wardrobe for the part. It is the responsibility of the actor to care for the costume and wear it appropriately. No eating or drinking while in costume.
O-Live! Theatre will provide makeup and assistance with special makeup applications
Don't touch or move any props on props tables in the dressing room. Anything you find backstage needs to be left in its place. Props are often borrowed, rented and/or irreplaceable and should not be used by anyone other than the designated actor.
After you are cast in your role, try not to change your appearance as you were cast as the perfect person for the role. This includes shaving or growing of beards and change of hair style. You may be requested to change your appearance as part of your role.
TECHNICAL (TECH) REHEARSAL
This is often the longest rehearsal, and it is often the most important. It is the first time that most of the technical elements are joined with production. Patience is needed from all involved. Remember that the technical crew has only a few hours to perfect their part of the production while the cast has been working for several weeks.
These final rehearsals require the total concentration of the
performers and crew, because new elements might still be
integrated into the production.
No actors should be in the house (lobby and theatre floor) or
visible in costume to patrons.
Actors act. Directors direct. Do not confuse the two. Please don't
direct your fellow actors during rehearsal or performances. Most
Directors are open to suggestions, but clear any suggestions you
may have with him/her first, in private. If you need to share an idea
or don't feel good about some aspect of the show, including your
character, blocking, etc., talk to your Director privately. If you, have
needs, positive suggestions about the production or about the
facility, or unresolvable issues with other cast members or crew,
please discuss them one-on-one with the director or her/his
designated person at an appropriate time. Do not expect the
director to stop production or rehearsal to listen to your input
or complaint. Do not expect an immediate response or change.
The Director will respectfully consider your input but is under no
obligation to integrate your suggestions into the performance.
Never argue with the Director in front of other actors from the
stage or any other place, during any part of the rehearsal process.
INTERPERSONAL ISSUES AND RESOULTION
Please attempt to resolve your own issues with the other person
first, one-on-one out of earshot of others if at all possible. If you
have unresolvable issues with other cast members or crew, please
discuss them one-on-one with the Director, or her/his designated
person at an appropriate time. Do not expect the director to stop
production or rehearsal to listen to your input or complaint. Do
not expect an immediate response or change. Complaining to
other cast and crew is inappropriate, artistically unprofessional,
distracting and disruptive to other’s abilities to focus on their own
performance. All issues will be resolved by the Director.
However, airing your grievances on social media, during a
rehearsal or a production, is inappropriate, and will result in
immediate termination of your relationship with the performance
and with O-Live! Theatre. Please go through the chain of command
as described above to help resolve problems.
The director has the right to terminate any cast, crew, or volunteer
member’s participation at any time.
As a community theatre participant, we all bear equal responsibility to do our share in keeping the designated performance facility safe, clean and functioning. All cast and crew are expected to honor the rules of each venue.
PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
The house, dressing rooms, green room and auditorium are to be kept clean during rehearsals. Check your rehearsal environment (theatre, lobby and backstage) before you leave each time. Please make sure to pack up all your belongs after a performance.
Because we all work jobs in "real life", we sometimes rush directly from work to rehearsals or performances. Food in the house or backstage is permitted during rehearsal as long as the posted guidelines for disposing of food and food containers are followed. Be sure all food and food containers are removed from the premises before you leave. If you bring it in, take it out. And never, ever, eat in costume!
Unlike touring stage plays with big budgets, community theatre ask actors to pay a production fee to help offset the cost of putting on productions. A production fee of $80 is required before the first rehearsal unless arrangements have been made with the Director.
Welcome to O-Live! Theatre.
If you're on this page you've been invited to play a role in one of our productions.
If this is your first experience performing with us, you will find excellence and dedication from everyone involved in our productions. Our desire is to lead someone to Christ, provoke thoughts of change, encourage and entertain with laughter. We have high standards, but we also never forget to have fun! The cast and crew are community theatre in every sense of the word. We have members who have never been on stage before as well as those who have many years of skill and experience. None of our volunteers are paid, however many use the experience on their resumes and the majority just love the performing arts. Every cast member pays a production fee of $80 to help support the theatre. You will also be eligible for nominations at the annual Church Star Awards as our productions are submitted every year. Our productions are not just entertainment, they are ministry and we work together to create the very best show possible. We are dedicated to help each other grow, hone our craft and skills, and to enjoy the process of doing theatre together.