Okay, I'm done. I've been polite. Polite apparently doesn't cut it.
It seems as though a few things need to be made perfectly clear here.
I do not just run the Shanachie Theater. I created the Shanachie Theater. It is my setting, and I open it up to others to create playable situations.
So what does this mean?
Well, it means that if you give me attitude, I can and will prevent your attempt to join the Shanachie's Roll Call. If you message me expecting to be given special treatment without offering even a modicum of respect in your approach, you'll be lucky if I allow your character's audition to remain on the board. Anything that I deem inappropriate posted in the Shanachie Theater forum boards will be deleted.
No, I am not punishing anyone. No, I am not singling anyone out. I am trying incredibly hard not to be bitchy, but push harder, and I may not stay that way inclined. Since it needs to be explained, here is the explanation.
It takes a lot of time and energy to put on a production in a theater. The Rep and Theater Companies would, in the real world, be signing up for two weeks of intensive rehearsal for every single show they're in - long days, not just a couple of hours and then home. The Sunday between rehearsals and first performance would be the longest day of all, set aside for technical and dress rehearsals - during which anything could go wrong and set time back another hour or more. Some technical and dress rehearsal days I have been a part of have not ended until 4am. The Ballet Company rehearses intensively daily - that's every day, regardless of whether or not a performance is being prepped for. Performers are expected to be in the theater at least an hour before the curtain goes up, sometimes more dependent on costuming and make up. It is a massive commitment to be a part of just one of these companies.
If you have a child character (NPC or PC), you can sign them up for STARS with a simple PM to me, and they are automatically on the Roll Call for any production that requires children. They do not need to audition, or be on the official Roll Call list, in that case.
That is my logic when I say that you cannot have your character be a full member of more than one company, and even guesting in another company is dodgy from a pure time point of view. These are the exceptions I will make;
- A full member of the Ballet Company may be able to guest for the Theater or Rep, provided they are content with taking minor roles in their guest places.
- A full member of the Theater or Rep Companies might be able to guest for the other (not the Ballet), provided they recognize that - should they have roles in adjacent productions - their roles will be minor in both.
- If you feel your character can do more, and can explain how to me in a way that doesn't condescend or suggest that I have to do what you want, then feel free to PM me so we can discuss it.
Write ups and casting take a surprising amount of work to get sorted. Yes, I know I have been lax with them in the last few months, but surprise, surprise, I am an actual person. I have my own problems to deal with, which no one is entitled to know the details of. If I choose to share those details, it is with people I know and trust.
My setting, my theater, and my time are not yours to piss about with as you wish, or to s*** on just because I'm not bending over backwards to make you feel special.
I hope this is now clear to everyone who seems to have a problem with my stipulations. If you feel like PMing me to bitch, don't bother. And I'm sorry this is an angry post - I'm really not in the mood to be messed around right now.