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    Posted: 4/01/08 at 7:36pm
Hello everyone!
 
We have the wonderful problem of dealing with growth in our community theatre!  Some of our shows the past few seasons have been selling out like hot cakes (good problem to have!).  Every time there is talk of wanting to add another performance, but we've been told that it's too hard/too time consuming/etc... to get additional rights at the last minute. (the last minute being a week or two in advance) 
 
Has anyone found a way around this problem?  I would love to hear from anyone who has dealt with this.
 
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bullet Posted: 4/01/08 at 8:03pm
I've never done it but I'd say just call Dramatists or Samuel French or whoever and simply ask. I don't see how that would be that time consuming on your end. They're either going to tell you yes or no and in my experience it doesn't usually take that long to get an answer if you need one quickly. Maybe others have had different experiences. More performances means more money for everybody so I would guess they would attempt to accommodate you if it doesn't conflict with another production.
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bullet Posted: 4/01/08 at 8:51pm
What you have to understand is that it's probably the easiest thing in the world to get rights for additional performances.  Just call & ask and with on line access and email you'll probably secure rights within 24 hours.
 
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bullet Posted: 4/02/08 at 12:02am
We just added 2 shows within a 3 week period as fundraisers to help get us to festival ( I guess that it was 3 shows, including the rights for the festival performance).  This is VERY common, and we had no problems with Samuel French at all.
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bullet Posted: 4/02/08 at 2:18am

Same here, no problems at all. It's actually often just a matter of a phone call.

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The only problem with adding a show is the actors and crew.  Getting the rights for another show is a breeze.  It's extra money to the publisher at no extra work for them.  I've found the biggest problem is convincing the cast and crew to donate another night.
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bullet Posted: 4/02/08 at 10:37am
We had to add two shows to our last production and it just took a phone call and a fax to get it done.
 
We just told the cast and crew they had another show.  They grumbled, but what could they do?  They are under contract to us-heh, heh, heh...
 
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bullet Posted: 4/02/08 at 1:01pm
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We just told the cast and crew they had another show. They grumbled, but what could they do? They are under contract to us-heh, heh, heh...

How does that work? I don't think I've seen anything resembling a biding legal contract at any of the community theaters where I've worked. As cast or crew I would only feel morally obligated to the performance dates I originally volunteered for. That's not to say I wouldn't do it, but if I had a conflicting previous obligation I'd have no problem declining.
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bullet Posted: 4/02/08 at 3:21pm
Originally posted by pdavis69

The only problem with adding a show is the actors and crew.  Getting the rights for another show is a breeze.  It's extra money to the publisher at no extra work for them.  I've found the biggest problem is convincing the cast and crew to donate another night.
 
 
 
 Our casts and crews are very happy when we need to add another show. Also, with a large cast they know at auditions that if they are chosen that, aside from the actual scheduled show dates, there is a pre-determined "added show schedule" that we may put into effect and those dates must be clear for them as well. 
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bullet Posted: 4/05/08 at 11:24pm
We did a show with Sweet Adelines.  I assume the script was public domain; otherwise we violated copyright all over the place.  They wanted to tour to a nearby town the next month, but too many people would be gone.  It MIGHT have been different had they suggested a tour at the beginning.
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