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Who is Stage Right

Main Stage Productions Inc DBA Stage Right is a non-profit community–centric theatre based at the historic Crighton Theatre (234 N. Main St., Conroe, TX 77304) whose core actions are:

  • Respect the individual and the group
  • Inspire the community
  • Grow as individuals and as a community
  • Heal through laughter and tears
  • Treasure our history

Why respect the individual and the group?

  • Volunteer organizations are made of individuals who donate their time, talent, and treasure
  • Acknowledgment of those donations (thank you's, small gifts, gas credits, positive shared experiences, etc.) is food for the soul.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated
  • The group is essentially a community that must be nurtured

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Why inspire the community?

  • A community is made of individuals and relationships that must be nurtured
  • People who feel good about their community are more likely to make a significant contribution (time, talent, treasure) to the maintenance and growth of their community
  • Self–confidence and self–esteem are not just individual traits but community traits

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Why grow as individuals and as a community?

  • Individuals and communities are organic in nature – they either grow or die.
  • Both individuals and communities must refresh and renew themselves constantly to mature and develop.
  • Both individuals and communities must continually reassess and rededicate themselves to their mission

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Why heal through laughter and tears?

  • Emotional release and escape can be therapeutic.
  • Life requires a healthy balance between work and play.
  • Theatrical performances and adventures should strive to help individuals and the community achieve this balance.

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Why treasure our history?

  • We must understand and preserve what has been given to us lest we lose the treasures that have been entrusted to us.
  • One such treasure is the Crighton Theatre – a historic building intended for the benefit of Montgomery County residents
  • We promote events and organizations that support the Crighton Theatre

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What is your vision and mission statement?

  • Our vision: We seek to build a more supportive greater Houston theatre scene that is the inspiration of the nation.
  • Our mission: To present theatre productions appropriate for all ages for the cultural education, entertainment, and inspiration of the community that supports the Crighton Theatre. To foster and develop, through theatrical workshops, seminars and other appropriate means, the artistic talents and skills of company members.

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What makes you different from other theatre groups or organizations? What makes you different from other theatre groups or organizations?

  • Our vision extends beyond ourselves or what our group accomplishes.
  • All organizations are unique and contribute to a thriving, vibrant community
  • All non–profits are symbiotic and need the support of the community
  • We will thrive and grow as long as we are of service to our community
  • We do not believe that theatre is a zero sum game.
  • We believe that we must promote and nurture other civic groups as we are stronger together than apart.
  • If we cannot provide what a patron wants or needs, we should re–direct him/her to another group that best matches their desires.

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What is your opinion on the previous suit and current countersuit between the Crighton Theatre Foundation and the Players?

We are saddened whenever any group must resort to legal remedies that will lead to resentment and a weakening of the supportive bonds that should exist between all civic groups servicing Montgomery County.

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Why do we need another theatre group in Montgomery County?

  • Why not? Several new groups have already formed in the past few years.
  • Over 400,000 people live in Montgomery County
  • Over one–quarter of the population is under 18
  • Consistent with our vision for growth in individuals and in the community, we are developing an aggressive arts education campaign for youth and adults. It will consist of theatre, film, dance, and other cooperative arts ventures.
  • Consistent with our vision that theatre is not a zero sum game, we plan to carve out a niche that attracts new patrons through our core actions (Respect, Inspire, Grow, Heal, Treasure)

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Why form a theatre group now?

  • Life is an interesting balance between plans and serendipity. We always dreamed about forming a theatre group but never thought it would happen.
  • When we discovered that the Crighton Theatre might be “dark” for Christmas, we decided to take action.
  • We've observed that the greater Houston arts scene is not as supportive of each other as in other metropolitan areas. We decided to start a movement to change that attitude.

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What is your attitude towards other theatre groups?

  • We need to be good corporate citizens.
  • We desire to change the greater Houston arts scene to be more supportive of each other.
  • We plan to promote and work with other theatre groups that are like–minded and want to join the effort to make the greater Houston arts scene known and respected throughout the United States.
  • We want to help in building the Conroe Theatre District into a vibrant downtown area for the citizens of Montgomery County.

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Why do we need another youth education group in Montgomery County?

  • Young adults are our future.
  • Over 25% of Montgomery County's population is under 18
  • We believe that all of us – individually and collectively – must nurture and promote good citizens.
  • The best citizens are those who are self–motivated to enrich the overall life balance within Montgomery County.
  • A well–rounded, diverse background is the best foundation for our youth to be competitive in the global marketplace.
  • Stage Right in concert with other county civic groups will strive to provide this diverse background.

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How will your classes be different from other arts groups?

  • We will offer classes with specific goals and skill development in mind.
  • Classes with encompass a variety of topics necessary to guide talent to staff the next generation of theatre production companies
  • Classes will be open to all ages but targeted at specific skill levels. In some cases it may make sense to separate different age groups based on maturity.
  • We will draw educators from all backgrounds and co–teach classes with other groups with common goals.

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How did you decide your ticket pricing?

  • A survey was made of all theatre groups within our benchmark group.
  • Our pricing is neither the highest or lowest within the benchmark group.
  • We have simplified our ticket structure for now but will adapt to changing business conditions as needed.
  • We have tested alternate financial strategies using our business models.
  • Our non–profit must have a business plan that gives us a reasonable chance for breakeven.
  • The current pricing structure gives us that reasonable chance for breakeven.

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How do you decide your season of shows?

  • The current focus is on comedies and musicals. With a plunging stock market, damage from Hurricane Ike, and uncertainty in the future, we desire entertainment just as Americans needed entertainment during the Great Depression.
  • We take feedback from our patrons.
  • Original works and dramas will be considered when the group becomes financially stable and they can be marketed in a way to achieve a balance between educational opportunities, patrons' wishes, actors and directors' wishes, and financial risk.

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How do you fund your activities?

  • The primary source of revenue for the group is ticket sales. Over 90% of our funds come from ticket sales. 40-60% is typical for most non-profits.
  • We also seek advertising, sponsorship of shows, and endowments to minimize financial risk.
  • We will accept donations from any legitimate source.

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How do you make decisions?

  • We believe in fact based, transparent, financially responsible decision making.
  • We solicit input from all sources.
  • Strategic decisions are made by the Board of Trustees.
  • Tactical decisions are delegated when possible to the lowest level of the organization or contract agency.

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I'm an actor/director/techie. Why should I participate in your organization?

  • We are open to all who share our goals and our vision for a group that looks beyond itself.
  • We are open to all who agree to our code of conduct. If you strive to live our core values already, you won't have a problem.
  • If you want to help mold a growing organization, we want you!

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I'm part of many other organizations and I have limited time.

  • If you can add volunteering to one more organization (i.e. ours) great! We have ways to limit your involvement to minimize your time constraints.
  • If you must choose, please stay loyal to your current organizations. They need you. We are not into poaching or robbing talent from other groups as that would be counterproductive and against our core values.
  • Share our core values with others within the groups that you support. Follow the “public praise, private criticism” mantra.
  • Our society needs building up, not tearing down. Be one who helps to build a better society.

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I attend many functions and I have limited time and money.

  • If you can add just one more series of events (i.e. our show) great! We strive to minimize our scheduling conflicts with other groups.
  • If you must choose, please stay loyal to the groups you currently support. They need you. We are not into poaching or robbing customers from other groups as that would be counterproductive and against our core values.
  • We will work with you to make it affordable to add one extra set of events (our shows) to your busy schedule.

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I like doing or seeing plays/video with a message or an edge.

  • There is nothing wrong with dramas, message vehicles, or material with an edge.
  • When the time comes, we will incorporate such material as part of an overall offering.
  • However, the financial reality is that for our current venue (Crighton Theatre) comedies and musicals are more popular and have a better chance of breakeven.
  • We have a fiduciary responsibility to produce shows that will not bankrupt the organization.
  • When the organization becomes larger, perhaps a separate venue could be used for such material.

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I think theatre is boring.

  • Do you like woodworking? Power tools? Sound systems? High wattage lights? Special effects? You need to get involved on the technical side of theatre/video.
  • Do you like laughing? Go to a comedy. Do you like music? Go to a musical.
  • Do you have kids or friends who like to be in shows? Go see them. Help them with their show (ushering, selling tickets, security, concessions, etc.)
  • Do you like computers? We seek video editors, computer graphics, web designers, networking specialists, and more.
  • Are you a neat freak? Help organizations with scheduling, organizational models, financial modeling, procedures manuals, filing systems, costume and props cataloguing, and more.
  • Be in a video by being yourself. We seek humorous, clean video that can be used to promote a message and attract others to the theatre experience.

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My organization believes the same way you do. How can we work together?

  • Help us with advertising, ushering, concessions in exchange for recognition in the playbill.
  • Allow cross–links between our website and yours.
  • Co–produce a show with us.
  • Sponsor/underwrite a show.
  • Give us your promotional materials and we'll work together to find low cost, effective ways to distribute your content with ours.
  • Let us know about your events/activities so we can plan joint activities when and where it makes sense.

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How can I help?

  • We seek like–minded individuals and groups to help execute our core values through action.
  • Let others know about Stage Right.
  • Support affiliated groups.
  • Volunteer as artistic staff (actors, singers, dancers, directors, teachers, creative staff for writing, video, and radio). Teachers include voice, dance, film, theatre, and other disciplines.
  • Volunteer as technical staff (lighting, set design, props, special effects, stage management, concessions, ushering, brochure and programs).
  • Volunteer as administrative staff (budget, planning, marketing, fund raising, cold eyes reviews, audits, computer programming)

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I like your goals but don't have time to help out. What can I do?

  • Support our productions and other arts groups by attending their events.
  • Tell others about our productions and other arts groups' events.
  • Write or speak honestly and positively about the productions.
  • If you can't say something nice, transmit constructive criticism to the groups in private (public praise, private criticism)

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How do I give you feedback?

  • Fill out the feedback cards in the brochures.
  • Send us email (info@stage–right.org)
  • Tell one of our members.
  • If you like what we do, let us know.
  • If you have a better way to do something, give us constructive criticism.
  • If you see us deviate from our core values in action, gently pull us aside and remind us of our mission.

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Casting - What are the House Rules?

  • We have no clue what that means. The director has complete freedom to select the best cast that he/she can. Anyone who tells you differently has no idea what they are talking about. If the director does not see anyone at auditions that fits the bill, he/she can get on the phone and invite as many people as needed to fill the roles. If the director likes to select their friends that is ultimately his/her choice.
  • Because we are a relatively new group and we do shows that do not necessarily appeal to actors/directors but to our patrons, our cast may get augmented by permanent staff/Board members. We would prefer NOT to be the fallback option but the show must go on for us to achieve our goal of supporting the Crighton Theatre.

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Code of Conduct

When someone auditions, they agree to the following:

0) Be truthful. This audition form is no different than an employment form. Deliberate inaccuracies are cause for termination.

1) Be on time: 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 and get into character. If lateness is truly unavoidable, you must call the director or stage manager before the scheduled rehearsal start time and let him/her know when you plan to arrive. If you are going to be late consistently on certain days due to school or work issues, such issues need to be arranged with the director prior to the rehearsal run.

2) Rehearsal attendance: You are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals. This is a time to explore your character and his/her motivation. In the event that you must miss a rehearsal because of work, school, or a family emergency, you must contact the director or stage manager as soon as you are aware of the situation and at least half an hour before the start of rehearsal.

3) Cell phones: Turn them off when entering a rehearsal or performance space.

4) Notes – Getting them: Always be gracious, even if you disagree. Say, "thank you" after the director gives you the note, or "May we speak about this later?" if you don’t understand or disagree. The note session is not therapy for your character, but rather a session of quick fixes for MANY elements of the show. Find time for you and the director to solve issues that affect you or your character only.

5) Notes – Giving them: It’s quite simple – don’t do it. This includes feeding another actor his/her line.

Furthermore, don’t take notes from another actor. A response could be, "Thanks for your help, but I think it’s best we do this kind of thing through the stage manager or director."

6) Costumes and appearance: Make no unauthorized changes in costume, make-up, or hairstyle. Let the designer know your concerns, but avoid doing his or her job. Take proper care of all costumes – this means no eating, smoking, or drinking anything besides water while in costume unless requested to do so onstage by your director. It is your responsibility to provide your own shoes, makeup, and hosiery unless otherwise specified by your director.

7) Gossip: You know it’s wrong. We heard you say it. This includes non-supportive behavior/talk in forums such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or in any other public venue - electronic or otherwise.

8) 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.

9) Tech rehearsals: ALL cast members are expected to attend tech rehearsals EVERY NIGHT of the last week 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.

10) 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.

11) 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.

12) Ad-libs and changes to the script: Unauthorized ad-libbing or line alteration is a violation of the author's copyright. The only acceptable changes to dialogue are those made by the director to update time references or to eradicate objectionable language or content. Perform what the playwright has written; that's why you auditioned in the first place.

13) Performances: Call time before a performance is a minimum of one hour before start time. You are required to be at all performances - including pickup rehearsals. 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.

14) 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."

15) Alcohol and illegal substances: Alcohol may not be consumed on theatre property 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.

16) Smoking: If you must smoke, keep it outside and away from the entrances. Not everyone wants to pollute their lungs. Do not smoke in costume, and do not smoke immediately before walking on stage – the smell follows you.

17) Hygiene: Shower daily while in rehearsal or performance. Brush your teeth before rehearsals and performances and keep breath mints on hand. Always wear deodorant, preferably unscented. Do not spray aerosols, especially hairspray, inside the building. If you must use hairspray, it is to be unscented, non-aerosol only, and may only be sprayed outside or in the restroom. Do not use perfumes, scented lotions, body sprays, etc. during a rehearsal or performance, or in the 6 hours preceding – other cast and crew members may have severe allergies. Appropriate underwear and hosiery MUST be worn with costumes. This includes black socks for men if wearing black shoes, and panty hose or tights for women unless otherwise specified. Finally, GUM CHEWING IS NEVER PERMITTED ON STAGE!

18) Makeup: All cast members are expected to wear makeup during performances and designated rehearsals to get the maximum effect out of your facial expressions. It is your responsibility to provide your own eye makeup. Never share sponges, lipsticks, or eye make-up and applicators with other cast members – this is a great way to prevent the spread of infection. Additionally, makeup is to be applied in the dressing room or makeup area only. Please be respectful of Mother Nature. This applies to styling hair, too,except when spraying non-aerosol, unscented hair spray.

19) Bathroom: Don’t hog it. Clean up after yourself. The bathroom is not a hair and makeup area – that’s what the counter and mirror in the green room are for. Keep the paper towel and toilet paper supply stocked.

20) Additional duties: We are a non-profit, volunteer organization. As such, everyone needs to chip in. All cast members will be assigned one or more nights of clean-up duty following performances. On those nights, you may not leave until your job is done. Out of courtesy to staff members, keep post-show socializing to a minimum so that staff may get home in a timely manner. All cast members have cleaning duty on closing night – 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.

21) 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.

22) 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.

23) Special effects: There may be occasions when fog, gun shots, strobe lights and other special effects may be incorporated into a show. If, out of medical necessity, you prefer not to be around these special effects, you must communicate your issues to the director in writing within the first week of rehearsals. Do not touch or tamper with special effects equipment unless you have been authorized to do so by appropriate staff (e.g. director, special effects technician).

24) Obey your director: If your director asks you to do something, do it. Never tell a director you "won’t" do something he/she feels will enhance the production. Never say you "can’t" do something without honestly attempting it first.

BEAR IN MIND THAT EVERYONE IS REPLACEABLE

25) Behavior: This is a family friendly theatre group. Please refrain from swearing, cursing, and other objectionable language or behaviors as we wish to provide positive role models for the children. Cast members may not be in dressing rooms designated for cast members of the opposite gender. Horse play is not permitted. Illegal conduct (harassment, sexual or otherwise) is a reason for immediate termination. Anything behavior that contributes to a hostile environment including disrespect of these rules is a reasonable for termination or non-involvement in future shows.

26) Protected space: We have a closed rehearsal policy. That means no guests during rehearsal unless cleared with the director or a member of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, no guests may be in backstage areas during a performance or within 30 minutes before or after a performance without permission of the director or a member of the Board of Trustees.

27) Promotion: My likeness may be used to promote STAGE RIGHT shows in general. Any media released by me (photographs, video, etc) may be used by STAGE RIGHT for promotional purposes. Exceptions may be granted on an individual basis.

ABOVE ALL ELSE, HAVE FUN!!!

The rules/objectives are not meant to be comprehensive but to remind everyone that we need to respect each other and the organization.

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Are children welcome at performances?

  • All children must have a ticket and be able to sit in their own seat for the entire length of the performance without disturbing those around them irrespective of age.
  • We strongly suggest that children younger than 5 not come to performances as they are likely unable to meet these requirements.

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Are you a professional or community group?

  • Stage Right is a community theatre group that strives to do the best performances we can while allowing opportunities for actors and staff to grow in their theatrical experiences. Strictly speaking, we only reimburse in some small fashion volunteers' expenses.
  • As time passes we intend to practice a code of conduct that include many equity practices. We have researched equity contracts but do not offer equity guest contracts at this time.
  • People sometimes like to differentiate themselves as professional vs. community. Sometimes it is meant as an insult or a demeaning comment.
  • I've seen plenty of community theatre that rises above so called professional theatre. I've also seen plenty of vanity projects (both professional and community). You decide what "label" makes sense. Hopefully there is a place for all in a free society.
  • Fundamentally, theatre is a business whether it is for profit or not. Anyone who tells you differently has no clue what they are talking about. You need to have worked every aspect of the theatre - on and off stage to have an appreciation of all the efforts that it takes to make a successful production. Your strategies are different when you are trying to fill a 50-150 seat theatre vs. a 500+ seat theatre. You attitude may change when you have 20-50 thousand dollars on the line per show.

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Do you accept original scripts to be produced on the Crighton stage?

  • We support the creation of orginal content. However, we do not have the time to review new scripts.
  • Unless you wish to provide 20-50 thousand dollars to produce your show, we are unable to take that risk.

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What is needed for a typical audition?

  • Auditions are open to anyone who has a desire to act. Auditions are held at the Crighton Theatre at 234 Main St, Conroe, TX 77304. For large musicals you can enter the Crighton from the front. Sometimes the stage is in use and you must proceed to the upstairs rehearsal hall by entering from the Simonton entrance.
  • The time is generally Sunday and Monday from 7-9 PM. Actors are asked to do cold readings from the script. Callbacks may be conducted on subsequent days to finalize the cast. In any case the director will communicate with you directly by phone if possible. If you have your own resume and headshot that is helpful.
  • For musicals there are additional singing and dancing auditions. Bring a song without vocals on an mp3 player, phone, or CD. You are taught a dance step from the musical.

Do you loan out materials (set, props, costumes) to other organizations?

    Stage Right’s philosophy is to promote other non-profits through the selection of a spotlight organization for each show. This allows other non-profits to share their information and raise funds during Stage Right performances. An example is where we partnered with Operation Pets Alive and Cloud Nine to raise $4500 and provide 41 dogs with new homes during the run of Legally Blonde.

    In the past, Stage Right has shared costumes, props, materials, and set pieces with other partner organizations in return for similar or in-kind consideration. In extreme circumstances we have helped other organizations when they had to cancel a show (i.e. Always, Patsy Cline at Playhouse 1960). These efforts have been subsidized by the Crighton Theatre Foundation as they have provided us with storage and rehearsal with the intent of helping us to grow and become a financially healthy organization.

    With the renovation of the Crighton the cost of operating a theatre organization (set, props. costumes, rehearsal space) will increase dramatically as we develop our own storage and rehearsal facility. This means the cost of any item is not just the cost of the materials and the time needed to construct or build an item but includes an ongoing maintenance/storage cost.

    Due to this new and increasing maintenance and storage cost the following policy is being implemented.

  • No space or materials may be loaned to any organization or individual without consideration in-kind. Stage Right productions have the right of first refusal before the materials or space may be considered for loans. Materials or space damaged during the loan must be replaced or repaired to our satisfaction. Additionally, a minimum of two Board members must approve the decision. Factors that may be considered (for or against a loan):
  • o Safety
    o Cost of damage
    o Previous history with the organization
    o Potential for loans to any organization (directly or indirectly) who have engaged in litigation against Stage Right or the Crighton Theatre Foundation

  • Stage Right strongly discourages the borrowing of any materials from other organizations as we cannot guarantee their safety or protection. An example is the record player from Playhouse 1960 for our production of Blithe Spirit. Halloween’s example of a wide open door to the Crighton is another example.

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