ARTICLE I. NAME
This organization shall be known as SRMT: Student Run Musical Theatre
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
Section I. Purpose
The purpose shall be to provide students, regardless of major or previous Wagner College theatre experience, an opportunity to participate in quality musical theatre under student production and direction.
Section II. Objectives
The major objectives shall be to:
1. Provide an additional theatre performance opportunity to Wagner students.
2. Provide another experience/entertainment venture for the Wagner and Staten Island Community.
3. To produce “relatable” theatre to the Wagner College community.
4. To provide equal and unbiased performance opportunities to all Wagner College
students regardless of previous experience.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Section I. Eligibility
Membership to SRMT is open to all students enrolled at Wagner College who meet sufficient audition requirements on a show-by-show basis. Officers are exempt (See Article V. Section I.)
Section II. Auditions
In order to become a cast member in the current production, potentials must participate in a formal audition, which will be announced. Auditionees may be called back for further examination. Once the audition process has been completed, a cast list will then be posted. All names on the cast list must be present at the first meeting to accept their roles, unless noted otherwise.
Section III. Contract
If cast in a show, cast members must read, agree to, and sign a current contract stating all terms and conditions. If any of these terms and conditions are violated, the contract may be terminated under the discretion of the President, and the cast member will be replaced.
Section IV. Attendance
Attendance will be strictly taken and enforced at all rehearsals by the Stage Manager. All students who are cast in a production are expected to attend all rehearsals and list all relevant conflicts before signing the contract with our team, accepting a role in a show. Cast members with two or more unexcused absences are subject to being dropped under the discretion of the Director. An unexcused absence is defined as an absence without informing the Stage Manager at least 24 hours before the rehearsal begins.
Members are allowed to miss two rehearsals if the absence is excused, without repercussions. An excused absence is defined as an absence in which the Stage Manager is informed at least 24 hours prior to the rehearsal, unless extenuating circumstances apply. These circumstances are left to the discretion of the Executive Board.
Under no circumstances will a cast member be allowed to miss a performance. If a cast member is not able to attend a performance, their role in the show is automatically terminated and immediately replaced.
Section V. Removal of a Member
Removal of a member will be decided by the Executive Board upon an individual basis of unexcused absence quota being met, or other failures to meet the production standards.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
Section I. Requirements for Officers
The officers of the group must meet the following requirements
a. have a 2.500 cumulative grade point average
b. be an enrolled student in good standing with Wagner College.
Section II. Officers and Duties
(See Article V. Section I.)
President/Producer - Shall preside over regular and executive meetings, coordinate productions and all current positions, and organize all information regarding production of shows.
Vice President- Shall assist president and preside over meetings in the absence of the President. Once the President graduates, the Vice President has the right to run unopposed for the position of President.
Director – Shall direct the given show and coordinate all positions involved under the supervision of the Producer.
Music Director - Shall lead all musical rehearsals and oversee all musical technicalities involving the group.
Stage Manager/Secretary- Shall record minutes at all business meetings, check attendance at all rehearsals and functions, and receive and review excuses for absences. Also responsible for sending out 2nd unexcused absence warnings to members to which that applies. This position shall also be held responsible for all financial transactions regarding productions.
SGA Representative – Shall be present at all SGA meetings and report to the President.
Show-by-show basis Positions:
Assistant Stage Manager – Shall be of assistance to the Stage Manager and step in to Stage Manager duties whenever necessary.
Pit Orchestra – Shall provide full orchestrations for the current show and will be chosen strictly under the discretion of the Music Director.
Public Relations – Shall be responsible for advertising auditions, show dates, making flyers, programs, Facebook groups and events, and any other publicly advertised information. This position requires basic or excelled knowledge in Microsoft Word or other design programs.
Choreographer – Shall choreograph specified numbers in the current production.
Light Operator – Shall operate any light cue’s given. This position may require two or more people depending on the circumstances.
Set Construction – Shall construct sets specifically designed by the Director if needed.
Front of House/Usher – Shall welcome all guests and assist them in finding seats; may also assist concession at intermission.
Concessions – Shall sell concessions before the performance and at intermission. All sales shall be recorded and reported to the Stage Manager when completed with an accurate money count.
ARTICLE V. ELECTION, REPLACEMENT, AND REMOVAL OF OFFICERS
Section I. Election Process
1. All Executive Board members hold permanent position terms until they graduate, leave, or step down from their position.
2. Elections shall be held at the beginning of any semester, only if a current member of the Executive board is graduating, leaving, or stepping down the following semester, so their position can be picked up by the new board member and be successfully replaced when the current board member leaves.
4. When running for an executive position, a thorough interview process will be held, along with a practicum to ensure this person will not only fit the job, but hold up to current standards, excel in the position, and expand the organization for the better.
5. If a member holding a position will be studying abroad in the next semester, said member will appoint another member to hold the position for the following semester. Upon return, this member is automatically offered the position back.
6. Once the President graduates, the Vice President has the right to take the position of the President, unopposed.
Section II. Replacement of Officer Vacancies
In case of a vacancy in any office, a new officer shall be chosen by the President to complete the term. If the President is absent, this job may be completed by the Vice President. Such replacement shall require an interview process to make sure the potential member fits the standards of the position.
If both the President and Vice-President are leaving, they chose their replacements who will be interviewed.
Section II. Removal of an Officer
Executive Board members hold permanent official positions. If a problem arises that is a potential threat to the organization, removal of a board member is strictly under the discretion of the President.
Show-by-show basis positions are signed under contract. If a person holding one of these positions fails to meet the current requirements, they can be terminated from a majority vote at a board meeting.
ARTICLE VI. RIGHTS
Section I. Choosing a Show
Deciding on a show will be held at the beginning of each semester. A meeting will be held with strictly only the President/Producer, Vice President, Music Director, and the Stage Manager. Each member will bring up possible shows, and they will be compiled into one list. Majority votes will narrow the list down to only 4 to 5 shows, which will then be applied for.
Section II. Obtaining Show Rights
The President/Producer will be responsible for applying for each of the shows rights. If rights are granted to a show, an additional meeting will be held between the President/Producer, Vice President, Music Director, and Stage manager to officially declare the show as our current production, sort out finances, send in the legal documents, and begin organizing auditions. If more than one show has been granted rights, we will call the meeting to first decide on a show by majority, then follow the same process.
ARTICLE VII. REHEARSALS
Section I. Regular Rehearsals
A tentative rehearsal schedule will be discussed at the first meeting. Typically, they will be held Monday through Friday for 2 to 3 hours each. A final rehearsal schedule will be emailed to the cast following a board agreement.
During Tech. week (one to two weeks before the show), rehearsal days and hours will typically increase until the show date.
Section II. Rehearsal Announcements
Rehearsals for the week will be announced on Sunday and will be affective for Monday through Friday. Cast members are responsible for attending all rehearsals and should make arrangements and changes as necessary to be there. Failure to do so may result in termination.
ARTICLE VIII. ADVISOR
The advisor must be a faculty/staff member. The advisor will be selected by the members and serve for two semesters. The advisor shall attend business meetings to the best of his/her ability, oversee any problems or issues that arise, be available to meet with any member if needed, and see that the organization’s purposes/activities are within College policy.
ARTICLE IX. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
The constitution may be revised or amended at any board meeting under the discretion of the President.
ARTICLE X. FINANCES
Section I. Accounting Year
The accounting year will be from the first day of classes of the fall semester to the last day of classes of the spring semester. The funds of this organization shall be accrued by fees, fines, dues, and by such other means as the organization shall determine.
Section II. Monetary Transactions
In order for a monetary transaction to officially take place, it must be approved by the advisor and the Director of Co-Curricular Programs. All transactions should have the signature of the Stage Manager and Advisor.