I have finally gotten my first paid theater job! I will be working this summer at the McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, IL at SIUC. I will be stage managing Unnecessary Farce and assistant stage manager for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, and the high school production of The Wizard of Oz. I am very excited and nervous about this job. It will be more challenging than any stage managing job that I have had to this point. I have already had to make five sets of copies of all the scripts for this summer and mail off one set to the other stage manager. I had the main office at the theater department do the work of copying and mailing off the one set, but I have this task done and if I can stay on top of everything like this, I will be just fine.
The schedule for this summer will be brutal. My contract begins on June 2 and the first two shows (Yes, that is not a typo and you heard me right) go up on the weekend of June 17th on alternating days. Then we immediately go into rehearsal for The Drowsy Chaperone and The Wizard of Oz. So not many, if any, days off for two months. How exciting! I will miss most of my kids softball and T-ball games and hardly ever get to see my boyfriend or girlfriend. And, for all this effort, I will receive $2000. WooHoo! I have two months before this madness starts so lets enjoy it while we can.