Local 706 - The Artisan

Fall 2016

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10 THEATER THEATER NEWS NEWS EXTENDED FAMILY NEWS LOOKS LAST LOOKS NEWS HEALTH AND WELFARE NEWS CREW CREW SHOTS CREDITS PHOTO CREDITS EDUCATION EDUCATION NEWS GUILD GUILD NEWS by Randy SayeR Assistant to the Business Representative I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 "This & That …" The National Tour of Disney's Newsies was added to the tail end of the Pantages Theatre's 2015-16 season (Aug. 30-Sept. 4). The producers decided to use this opportunity to make a 'high-definition digital capture' of the production and the live performance(s). Kaylan Paisley, Hair & Make- up Department Head on Pink Contract with Newsies, said, "I was excited and slightly ter- rified to jump into the world of 'high definition,' facing the challenges of making our wigs and facial hair—all built for the stage—somehow work on camera. Luckily, I had Michele Arvizo, Vanessa Dionne and Patrice Madrigal to work with me; they always had the answer! Make-up was another issue altogether, transferring the looks from 'theater' to 'film.' Newsies is full of high-energy dance numbers. We were reapplying make-up, drying hair and powdering like crazy—to make our actors look as though they had not just danced for 10 minutes straight … Time was a huge consideration: we shot the entire musical in just four days! Recording the live performances had its own set of challenges: 'hi-def' and 'quick change' do not belong in the same sentence! Topstick toupee tape and rigged hairpins—which allow us to change actors in seconds—were out, so we broke down the quick changes and cut cor- ners whenever possible. In the end, making the Newsies movie was a rewarding and exciting project, a real highlight of my career! It was amazing to watch the entire company come together; I am so proud of our work, and my LA crew was the best that this girl could ever ask for!" As of October 2, Newsies has closed, but this production will now be preserved and enjoyed for years to come. Awesome job team! For the first time in forever … The unions that represent the 26,000 or so Disneyland Resort "cast members" (employ- ees) have formed a "Coalition of Resort Labor Unions" (CRLU), initially formed to discuss the company's pro- posed overhaul to its resort-wide attendance policy. This has now become an exciting and beneficial partnership between the American Federation of Musicians (AFofM), American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE Locals 504, 706 and 923), Independent Employee Service Association (IESA), Los Angeles & Orange Counties Building Trades Council, Service Employees International/United Service Workers West (SEIU/USWW), Teamsters Local 495, United Food & Commercial Workers, Unite Here!, Workers United—and other unions are joining the coalition each month. The CRLU now has a dedicated Facebook page! This group promises to be an important alliance that will hopefully allow all unions to work together for better wages, benefits and working con- ditions for our combined memberships. I am very proud to represent our members in this important endeavor. See you at the negotiating table, or see you in the wings! Randy Sayer Speaking of Yellow Card/Pink Contract productions, we currently have 48 shows and attractions touring around the United States … from our own Suzanne Story, department heading the national tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder to Joyce McGilberry traveling with Wicked. Work "on the road" provides excellent wages and benefits for a great many of our 40 Pink Contract members! Local 706 is currently in active negotiations with KTLA (Broadcast Television), Pasadena Playhouse (Theater) and our first-ever contract with the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego (Regional Theater). CBS (Broadcast Television—which includes KCAL & KCBS News) will be negotiated before the end of the year. We have signed a one-year extension of our agreement with San Diego Opera. Our agreements with FOX NE&O (Network Television), San Francisco Ballet and Cal Performances/Zellerbach Hall (Regional Theater), and Center Theatre Group have all been ratified by our membership and are signed or in the process of being signed. We are still wrapping up the contracts with LA Philharmonic/Walt Disney Concert Hall & Hollywood Bowl and LA Music Center, both of which "piggyback" on top of the CTG agreement. I am also negotiat- ing San Francisco Single Signatory contracts for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Disney's The Lion King, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King & I, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Finding Neverland, Fun Home and the 20th anniversary national tour of Rent. I also have a contract with the newly renovated Curran Theatre on my wish list.

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