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Subject: Re: Question on performance protocol
From: Jim Bodge <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jim Bodge <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 18 Dec 2011 20:38:49 -0500

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Ms. White fell some 8 feet from a platform that I believe is 
surrounded by scaffolding.  Mr. Pape and Mr. Kaufmann were the 
nearest to this event and in the heat of the moment must have thought 
something even worse was happening.  They can hardly be faulted for 
not standing on some rule of protocol.

As a professional actor, I will say that in the normal scheme of 
things the Stage Manager is indeed in charge and one always does what 
she or he says.  But if you think someone is being hurt or worse, or 
you see what looks like a fire - you don't wait for word to get to 
the Stage Manager's desk.

Jim Bodge

At 7:09 PM -0500 12/18/11, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>HI, Y'all! 
>     My understanding (from posts and descriptions of  people who were
>there) is that just after the unfortunate accident to Wendy  White during
>Saturday night's performance of "Faust,"  Rene Pape both  gestured and vocally
>asked for a curtain; and that Jonas Kaufmann formally  requested for the
>conductor to stop the performance.  Are individual  performers at 
>the Met actually
>authorized to do any of these things?  I  thought that the ONLY person who
>could stop a Met performance in  mid-flight was the stage manager in chief,
>who is actually calling the  show and who is theoretically in total command
>of the performance.   Have I misunderstood the protocol?  Are things
>different at the Met?   Are performers there completely free to do 
>"anything they
>might consider  helpful" when they witness an emergency from their individual
>perspectives  onstage?  Our list includes MANY "stage people," and even
>singers who have  actually performed at the Met.  I hope that they might shed
>some light on  what the true correct procedures are.  I have heard of
>situations (not at  the Met, however) where the conductor has 
>stopped a performance
>because the  musical values have become so totally unglued that he needs to
>stop  and regroup.  Are there clear-cut understandings about how desperate a
>  situation must be before he is entitled to do that? 
>     Cheers,
>     Dennis Ryan

Jim Bodge

You really only need two things:  Duct Tape and WD-40.  If it's 
moving and it shouldn't, use duct tape.  If it won't move and it 
should, use WD-40.

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