In Tech (and in Life), Time is like Toothpaste.

I’m in a hotel room as I type this.  And I just finished a sweet caesar salad with chicken that left me fully satiated . . . and with some breath that could kill a whole bouquet of roses.

So I went to brushy-brushy-brushy (as Elmo sings to my daughter every night), grabbed my toothpaste, and noticed that I was just about down to the end of the tube.  I crinkled the tube some more, pressed out the corners and squeeeeeeeeezed with all my might to get a few more drops onto my brush.  “Come on,” I urged the tube, “I gotta kill this Caesar!”

I eventually got a little dollop to pop out but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still have a little anchovy aftertaste right now.

You’ve been there before, right?  With toothpaste, or hand soap (ever put more water in the bottle to extend its life?), etc.

Now flash back to when you opened that tube of toothpaste . . . or that bottle of soap . . . you didn’t think even think about it coming to an end, now did you?  You probably over-pasted, or let some spill, and didn’t give two dollops.

But eventually, your tube did run out.  It always does.  And then you found yourself with less than what you needed to do the job right.

The same is true with time.

And I find my “toothpaste theory” is never more evident than in tech.

Tech is the most expensive and arguably most important time in a show’s run-up to a Broadway opening.  It’s where all the elements come together.  It’s when there are more people getting paid than ever before.

And you only have a fixed period of time before the tech ends, and the performances must begin.

And at the beginning of tech, everyone spends a little more time on things than they should. And then, as the first preview gets closer . . . and you start to approach the end of the “toothpaste tube of time,” things get more tense, as you’re trying to squeeze every last second of time out of your tech rehearsals to give that first audience the best show possible.  “If only we had another day,” is probably the most commonly heard expression in tech.  Well, second most common to, “Oh @#$%!”

So . . . it’s important to go into tech remembering that the toothpaste at the beginning of the tube is just as valuable at the end. Do that and you’ll find yourself with a better show for that first audience, which will result in better word of mouth, and so on, and so on.

Oh, and, by the way, this toothpaste theory works for life too.  No matter what age we are, we all think there is plenty of time to do all the things we dream about doing, from writing a play to having kids to taking that vacation to that one place we’re dying to see.

But, the fact is, life is short.  And you don’t want to find yourself at the end of your own toothpaste tube trying to squeeze a few more years out.  Because you can’t.

So go out there and do something you want to do today.

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Intern and Associate Producer

Seeking person(s) who wants to actively participate in learning how to produce an off-Broadway show.

Associate Producer- No salary but is entitled to a Producer’s share.

Intern- No salary, college credit applicable, negotiable hours.

Description: Tony nominated/ Obie winning producer seeks an intern (hours and dates negotiable) to assist in daily office aministration.

It is important that the Intern truly desires to become a theatrical stage producer. Producer will teach the Intern all facets of theatrical production.

Excellent computer skills required.

Email cover letter and resume for consideration.

Job starts ASAP.

www.BroadwayBoundProductions.com

Job Start Date:
8/21/2012
Salary:
N/A
Company:
Broadway Bound Production

Address:

New York, NY 10036
US
Contact:

brittn07@aol.com

Seeking Music Director for world premiere of “Fancy Nancy the Musical”

Seeking an experienced music director for Vital Theatre Company’s upcoming production, “Fancy Nancy the Musical”, a new musical for children featuring adult actors.

More information about the show at: http://vitaltheatre.org/fancynancy-2012.php

Ideal candidate will specialize in vocal direction and technique in the contemporary musical theatre style. Must be able to teach vocal parts from the piano. Piano accompaniment ability is a plus though not required, because pre-recorded accompaniment will be used for rehearsals and performances.

Responsibilities include teaching, rehearsing, and directing all music to a cast of 6 for a rehearsal period that runs from August 27th – Sept 28th Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm with two additional brush-up rehearsals between the first preview performance (Saturday, Sept 29th) and opening (Saturday, October 6th).

Please submit a resume to daabosch@gmail.com

Fee: $500

Vital Theatre Company
2162 Broadway, 4th floor at 76th Street
New York, NY 10024

Stage Manager for Musical Theatre for Children

Vital Theatre Company is looking for an experienced non-equity stage manager for their upcoming production of Fancy Nancy: The Musical

Production Dates:
8/20- Fancy Nancy First Production Meeting
8/27- Fancy Nancy First Rehearsal (Renderings to show cast and design team)
9/17-9/21- Fancy Nancy Set Build
9/24-9/28- Fancy Nancy Tech
9/29- Fancy Nancy Press Opening
10/6- Fancy Nancy Public Opening (Party)

Rehearsal Dates:
Rehearsals will run M-F 10am-3pm starting 8/27
Tech week will start 9/24 M-W 10am-3pm Th-F 10am-6pm

Performance Dates:
Saturday 29-Sep 11am & 1pm
Sunday 30-Sep 11am & 1pm
Saturday 6-Oct 11am & 1pm Opening
Sunday 7-Oct 11am & 1pm
Monday 8-Oct 11am & 1pm Columbus Day
Saturday 13-Oct 11am & 1pm
Sunday 14-Oct 11am & 1pm
Wednesday 17-Oct 11am & 1pm Non-pre K day
Saturday 20-Oct 11am & 1pm
Sunday 21-Oct 11am & 1pm
Saturday 27-Oct 11am & 1pm
Sunday 28-Oct 11am & 1pm
Saturday 3-Nov 11am & 1pm
Sunday 4-Nov 11am & 1pm
Tuesday 6-Nov 11am & 1pm Election Day
Saturday 10-Nov 11am & 1pm
Sunday 11-Nov 11am & 1pm
Monday 12-Nov 11am & 1pm Veteran’s Day

Possibility to extend show past this date.

Please contact Matt Wharton, Production Manager at Matt@vitaltheatre.org to schedule an interview. We will be interviewing early next week and making a decision by the end of the week.

Job Start Date:
8/27/2012
Job End Date:
11/12/2012
Union Information:
Non-Equity
Salary:
1000
Company:
Vital Theatre Company

Address:

New York, NY 10024
US
Contact:

anon-046366-1345224352@anon.playbill.com

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