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Hi everybody, I’m Cerris Morgan-Moyer of the Actors Reporter and welcome to the TradeVine. Your time is important so we’ve done the work for you by finding a few interesting articles over the past week to share with you. Our goal at the TradeVine is to help you stay informed and to keep up with some of the entertainment news you may have missed in the Trades, such as Backstage, The Hollywood Reporter, and Daily Variety.
Back Stage, February 22nd – Summer Theater Programs Are an Alternative to Summer Stock, by Mark Dundas Wood. Looking for summer work? Well, instead of waiting tables and waiting around for that next job, think more creatively and join a summer theater camp. Working for a summer theater camp or similar summer program may not be for everyone. But for those who enjoy working with young people, it can be a viable—and inspiring—alternative to acting in a summer-stock program yourself or pounding the sun-baked pavement looking for work in the city. Back Stage recently looked at four programs to get an idea of the options available throughout the country. 1. Stagedoor Manor, Loch Sheldrake, New York. 2. Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, Idyllwild, Calif. 3. Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts, Medford, Oregon. And, 4. Long Lake Camp for the Arts, Adirondack Park, New York. Learn more at Backstage.com
Daily Variety, Sunday, March 4th – Ralph McQuarrie dies at 82, by Variety staff. Conceptual designer Ralph McQuarrie, who designed the look of the “Star Wars” characters including Darth Vader and Chewbacca, died March 3, in Berkeley, Calif. He was 82. McQuarrie, part of the team that won an Oscar in 1986 for the visual effects in “Cocoon,” worked on all three of the original “Star Wars” films and designed the spaceships in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” He was also credited on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and worked on the original “Battlestar Galactica” series. His vision will be missed.
The Hollywood Reporter, March 5th – Dues for Middle-Class SAG Actors, and Most Dual Cardholders Would Decrease in Merger, by Jonathan Handel. The SAG-AFTRA dues structure favors SAG, and if SAG and AFTRA merge, would cause AFTRA-only actors and singers to pay more, while broadcasters would see little change according to an analysis by Jonathan Handel for The Hollywood Reporter. That analysis reports that roughly 45 percent or more of the guild’s membership will benefit from a dues reduction. Of course, as of today’s TradeVine, that merger is still caught up in the courts.
Well, that’s it for the TradeVine this week. I’m Cerris Morgan-Moyer. Thank you very much for watching. And remember, You heard it through the Tradevine!