Local 706 - The Artisan

Summer 2019

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20 • THE ARTISAN SUMMER 2019 by Patrice K. Madrigal Theater Business Representative I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 Theme Park, Theater & Broadcast Television News SHOW NEWS Announcements! San Francisco Ballet announced Thomas Richards-Keyes as the new Head of Hair & Make-up, and Maurisa Rondeau is the new Assistant Head of Hair & Make-up! Center Theatre Group announced Mary Warde is the new hair & make-up supervisor for the Ahmanson Theatre! Congratulations Mary, Thomas and Maurisa! Disneyland Resort Star Wars Land is open! I haven't been able to go … yet, but I hear that the characters are geing lots of aention, and it's prey spectacular—even more so if you are a Star Wars fan. Randy and I continue to have ongoing negotiations with Disney and are hopeful we may be nearing an agreement soon. For me, I have seen a group of amazing hardworking people come together with love and support for each other. They share their excitement for what they do (and I'm hearing fun insights of the goings-on backstage!). If you ever visit the resort, you experience their work all around you. One of our Disneyland stewards, Deserea Parrish, accompanied me to the Tony Awards party for The Actors Fund. It was a won- derful evening Theme Park/Theater/Pink Contract/ Regional Theater Some lingo from the "Theatrical realm": The term Pink Contract refers to an agreement between the Broadway League & Disney theatricals and the IATSE regarding touring theater productions. The Pink Contract crew is employed directly by the production, and works alongside the local union crew who are employed by the theater. The term "Pink Contract" came from the color paper the contracts were written on. Yellow Card shows are shows that employees all IATSE crew members and is a union production. The actual 'yellow card' is sent ahead to the theaters on the tour, and lists the local crew needed for the touring show, and yes—the card that was sent was usually a yellow postcard, hence the name. The forty (40) IATSE Yellow Card shows are all listed on the IATSE website! A tech rider is a document which gives "technical" information about the touring show to the hosting venue. It is sent ahead of the tours' arrival, often with the Yellow Card, and is basically a "wish list" of requirements and needs: things like the call times for the local crew in each department, the equipment, and any other necessities relating to the load-in, performances and load-out of the show. One of the things I like to point out on a technical rider is the request for all crew are required to wear 'theater blacks or show blacks.' This means all black attire when working backstage! On some occasions, a touring show may request that the stage crew wear 'a Hawaiian shirt' (Mamma Mia!), 'a plaid shirt' (Kinky Boots) or 'Navy dungarees' (South Pacific). We all get a good laugh when we see our fellow crew members being fitted for a costume. However, "theater blacks" is a real thing; it's more than just blending in. This comes from a long tradition of "cloaking" ourselves so the audience cannot see us in the wings. There is also a safety requirement and "quiet" factor to the shoes we wear—which should cover the foot, be closed toe—and black. (If you work at the Disneyland Resort, the dress code is called the "Disney Look.") Recently, there have been some safety issues presented to department heads about what is being worn while working backstage; we need to be safe and protect ourselves, otherwise we can be injured. Network TV We are still in negotiations with KTLA, KCOP & KTTV, and NBC/ Universal. Randy and I have high hopes that these will come to conclusion(s) soon.

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