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To create and edit a show, class, or event page:

  • Navigate to the venue page for the venue that is mounting the show. Navigate to the venue page for the venue that is mounting the show.
  • Look for the list of shows on the right, below the button bar Look for the list of shows on the right, below the button bar
  • To create a new show, class, or event, click the appropriate link in the "Shows and events" heading. To create a new show, class, or event, click the appropriate link in the "Shows and events" heading.
  • Or, to edit an existing show, click the show's link in the listing, and use the appropriate [ / ], [+], or [X] links. Or, to edit an existing show, click the show's link in the listing, and use the appropriate [ / ], [+], or [X] links.
  • Stage one: Fill in the basic show information. Don't forget the abbreviation, on the right! Stage one: Fill in the basic show information.  Don't forget the abbreviation, on the right!
  • Fill in the limits of the calendar. Almost any sensible date format will work. Fill in the limits of the calendar.  Almost any sensible date format will work.
  • Open or close auditions explicitly. Open or close auditions explicitly.
  • A show description is optional, but recommended. It can be used as source material for publicity. A show description is optional, but recommended. It can be used as source material for publicity.
  • This field is displayed on the proptume page. Enter any directions, conventions, and abbreviations you will be using. This field is displayed on the proptume page.  Enter any directions, conventions, and abbreviations you will be using.
  • Check off any staff positions you would like automatically created. Check off any staff positions you would like automatically created.
  • Click [submit]. You will be taken to your newly created show page. Click [submit].  You will be taken to your newly created show page.
  • Stage two: Add acting roles, musicians, and crew one at a time by clicking the [+] icon in the appropriate section. Stage two: Add acting roles, musicians, and crew one at a time by clicking the [+] icon in the appropriate section.
  • Staff and musician roles are simple to enter. Acting roles by their nature require a bit more description. Staff and musician roles are simple to enter.  Acting roles by their nature require a bit more description.
  • Select where in the list this role should be displayed, and submit the form. You can update this at any time. Select where in the list this role should be displayed, and submit the form.  You can update this at any time.
  • Upload photos or flyer art to the filmstrip just above the button bar of the show page, if you like. Upload photos or flyer art to the filmstrip just above the button bar of the show page, if you like.

Background:

To create a show, class, or event, you must be the owner (or minion) of the venue that is mounting it. The page you create will be visible to the public, and will be the point of contact for aspiring actors, musicians, and crew to learn about it, and to decide whether they want to participate or not. It can also be used as a source for publicity. Show pages should be created well before auditions, to give potential participants ample time to peruse the story, roles, calendar, and other information, and to register to audition or volunteer.

Show page creation is done in two stages: First the fixed information (name, description, calendar limits, audition state) is entered, creating the basic page. The show abbreviation is shown in all calendar entries pertaining to this show, to distinguish it from other appointments in the calendar. The start and end dates set up the calendar; only dates within those limits will be shown. The prop and costume (proptume) form notes field will be displayed in the proptume page, to describe the conventions and abbreviations your prop and/or costume people prefer you to use. It can be edited later on the proptume page.

As a shortcut, you can also create a set of standard staff positions in this stage.

In the second stage, roles and photos are attached to the page individually, because they vary in type and number from show to show. Actors will use this information to determine whether or not there is a role for them in the show. These are added directly from the show page, using [+] to add an item and [ / ] to edit an item. Photos and artwork (such as publicity flyers) can be added or deleted using the appropriate [+], [ / ], and [X] links for each image in the filmstrip (located just above the red button bar), and captions can be edited using the appropriate [C] link. Visitors may view or download the full sized version of the image by clicking on it.

You can edit elements on the show page by clicking on the appropriate [ / ] link. You can also open and close auditions, and alter the start and end dates, by clicking on the [Edit show info] button in the red button bar.

How do I ... Just click on a question (and maybe scroll back up [^]) to read the answer.

orient myself?

do the basics?

use special features?

interact with a show or event?

empower assistants?

use advanced calendar features?

manage an author area?

manage a show or event?

set up a theater?