Gig&Tell: Cohoes Music Hall

  • 09/24/2012  10:24pm

    I was in just in the cast of In The Heights. Come on guys, we are now getting out of control. We all had a bad experience. We get it. Let's move on.

    I have been doing professional theater for over 6 years now, and have worked at over 10 different theaters and this theater is THE WORST THEATER I HAVE EVER WORKED AT IN MY LIFE! CR-Production makes every community theater I have worked at look like an Equity house. Pass!

    09/25/2012  10:57pm

    I have been doing professional theater for over 6 years now, and have worked at over 10 different theaters and this theater is THE WORST THEATER I HAVE EVER WORKED AT IN MY LIFE! CR-Production makes every community theater I have worked at look like an Equity house. Pass!

    09/26/2012  12:29am

    I have been doing professional theater for over 6 years now, and have worked at over 10 different theaters and this theater is THE WORST THEATER I HAVE EVER WORKED AT IN MY LIFE! CR-Production makes every community theater I have worked at look like an Equity house. Pass!

    09/26/2012  12:30am

    Hey
    I was not a part of In the Heights I was in Hello, Dolly this is my advice

    The rehearsal process was hard. Often times the level of respect or rather the willingness to work was not found in director Jim Charles. Most of the Principal's scenes weren't blocked until close to opening or weren't blocked at all. Often times I as an actor would feel insulted or belittled but as a professional you sometimes get bad directors and you deal with this and carry on which is what I did and opening night arrived (or rather a delayed opening night because there were only two technicians and an actor who were building the set ((also most of the cast ended up helping to build or paint the show.) ) And I LOVED PERFORMING THE SHOW!!

    It was great singing Hello, Dolly in the space without mikes and I personally got great reviews and a great performance experience out of the show.

    BUT it is also true that I did not receive my final pay check until a full month and a half after I had left Cohoes.

    Ultimately if you are coming to perform and can create a experience that is positive from that great, I have a bunch of new friends and have a nice credit on my resume. But know that the producers are not good with their actors and are frankly poor theatre producers. They have the heart but not the financial know how to run a theatre and I wouldn't be surprised if they start having a hard time getting New York actors and are forced to become a community theatre.

    02/04/2013  11:39am

    To the person who wrote the following .....The poster above, in regards to having "just finished" IN THE HEIGHTS, was fired after his unprofessional outburst towards the producers in regards to the microphone system they are trying for the very first time. So perhaps a graim of salt with that particular post. The cast was being asked enunciate words and project even though the mics were there to help, and the person, shocking everyone in the room, rudely told the producers to get better speakers. In any other professional theatre, this is grounds for firing. Same at Cohoes.

    Just wanted to be clear that sometimes if you bring unprofessional people to a theatre that most people have heard stories about and COME PREPARED for anything that comes their way, it doesn't go well. We've all heard the stories. The shows are pretty baller once you get past the ghost town and the non-equity status of things. They are good about equity breaks, and not going over rehearsal time. The sets are actually beautiful and I've never heard of anyone getting hurt on them. Although unorganized at times, the producers are very passionate about what they do. They love theatre. There is qualms at every Noneq theatre but sometimes you only get out of it what you put in.

    My reaction to this brainless poster:
    Are you a fucking idiot? moron? or just plain stupid. Which of the 3?
    Unprofessional artists people have heard about? How about JIM AND TONY acting UPROFESSIONAL. People have heard about how unprofessional they are as theater owners and directors. How can you tell a group of artists they are "fucking up"? Do you think that's professional? No, because you're an airhead. Did you get spoken to that way in College? I sure as hell did not. An artist can say "get better speaker systems" all they want. Maybe the theater needed it. Voices can blow out by singing over an orchestra (in their case... a band) without mics. Oh let me guess you don't have a fucking clue on how to sing properly. I see...were you the underpaid choreographer ? Because every single "Artist" I know hated their experience there. I have no respect for you (poster) because you do not respect artists. You accept these losers telling artists they are "fucking up". Well then I can tell you your brain is "fucked up" How's that ? I work with amazing people who don't curse unless, it's involved in a script. Cursing at actors? I can't believe I just read this. I cannot believe you stuck up for them after reading that artists' story. What I will not stand for is theater owners / directors harassing their artists. That's nonsense and that's not what we paid for training and school for.

    CLOSE THE THEATER DOWN! film or record their outbursts and send that filth to Actors' Equity! Report it. Do not let it go unpunished actors. They get what they put out. All the while we will continue enjoying our "REAL CONTRACTS" and laughing about them in the dressing room as "many" people do. Trust me on this, and the stories aren't cute there or here!!!!

    02/18/2015  3:31pm

    I believe they have closed.....except for their children's theater program.

    02/19/2015  10:40am

    Good!

    08/28/2015  3:18pm
  • WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING 04/20/2014  7:25am

    worst theater I have ever worked for in my life! Jim is a cold heartless person who is so mean and disrespectful to others its disgusting and sad to say the least. Its just a very depressing and negative environment to work in.If you are new to the theater world as tempting as it might be Dont work here!

    I agree that this is NOT a place to work at if you are a new actor. But if you've been around the town, and you can stand your own, it's not a bad place to work. The guys were lovely outside of the theatre. Always took care of us whenever it came to housing needs. But once in rehearsal, it was stressful. It's two men and their staff of what seems to be 4 other people trying to run an entire company/theatre. They have at least 4 different theatre programs (children, middle school, high school, and MainStage) and Jim and Tony run everything themselves. This would be an amazing place to work at if they had the money to hire more help. It's just 2 awesome guys, wearing about 284 different hats, trying to work everything out.

    04/24/2014  11:05pm

    Agreed.....I had a horrible experience there.

    05/10/2014  7:43am

    I have worked here before. Many years ago actually. How the hell is this place still open? How is it possible? Since my experience with "this place" I have gone on Equity National Tours and 2 Broadway shows. I am still currently in one right now and when I look back at my experience I become livid. My experience with "this place" sucked guys. I was put in 2 different houses throughout the run of the show. That's number 1. Jim and Tony were dreamers and delusional thinking this place meant something. From the read of it they still are. That's number 2.

    Jim has no professional way in giving notes, shouting like an angry woman...just embarrassing. We would laugh at him and talk shit about him all the time. He thought we liked him.... OK! Again delusional Jim... That's number 3.

    Opening night Jim was drunk and acting a fool. Very loud and completely unprofessional. I work with the best of the best, and Jim is TRASH... pure trash. Like shit trash guys. They have no class. Maybe I was brought up with too much class! No... I was actually.
    I hope he changed that bad habit. I hope he changed ALL OF HIS BAD HABITS! Clearly he hasn't though.

    I took them off my resume because casting directors were actually asking me how my experience was working with Jim Charles. They said We hear this and we hear that? Believe it or not I always told the truth, which was at least 3 times. I said he was unprofessional. Do not try this at home guys. They said THEY KNEW! and THEY (the casting director) were sorry! for his lack of respect. oh and I got hired too!

    The set was dangerous as hell and there were no mics then. this had to be at least year 2004 - 2005. I don't care to remember. How don't they have mics now? What a joke Jim and Tony, yes you two! I can't believe these actors are saying yes to these contracts. Especially the young ones.

    Say no. You will still make it in the biz. They have no ins in the business trust me. That was my path back then to perform there, I can't take my decision to work there back now. I clearly didn't know my worth.

    KNOW YOUR WORTH GUYS! DO NOT WORK HERE, YOU WILL STILL MAKE IT LOL.
    NOT EVEN FOR A Minute. I don't care if it's a lead in your dream show. You will be lowering your standards as an artist. Trust me especially the young ones.

    Writing this is like a weight off my chest. Right time , right place I guess.

    Tony Rivera and Jim Charles you are both not cut out for this business. I feel you guys had your run and should just shut down already. Stop taking advantage of ARTISTS. Seruously you least be arrested or have warrants for all of the illegal shit you guys to to Artists.

    Oh and by the way, people you worked with know what crappy people you two are. They have Worked with you at some point and are doing huge things. Something you two will never see because your karma won't allow it. Think about that one. Do the right thing. Throw in the towel. Sell the place and stop thinking that what you are doing is right! YOU GUYS ARE WRONG ON ALL LEVELS.

    With that said, Actors if you sign a faketract write and post your experience. It will be shitty. However, you will know your worth even more than you think you already do when you start working in amazing quality productions after working at this shithole.

    If anyone sticks up for them you are clearly TONY AND JIM. All of these reviews are embarrassing. JUST SHUT DOWN ALREADY.

    Actors, Smile on and just SAY NO! Better opportunities will come.

    01/24/2015  3:21am
  • We Have To Shut Them Down    
    05/09/2014  2:33pm

    Here's The thing, It doesn't matter how nice they are. I cannot believe they can still hire actors. I am glad they lost their ability to have equity guest artist contracts because its not fair. I was the nicest to them, even when Jim lied and said he's never not paid his actors... There are still actors who haven't been paid from my cast.. and that was last year. Those of us who did get paid had to fight with them and then I saw how mean they could be. Why do you have a child when you can't even afford to pay your actors? Sell the theatre to someone who can make it great. Its such a beautiful theatre that hasn't been taken care of and I am upset that actors would work there. This is why the union was created. So actors wouldn't be taken advantage of. Shut them down. I have never worked at a non equity theatre that doesn't pay their actors. So no, They are not like any other theatre. Not to mention you rehearse in dust, dirt and there are rusty nails and such. It could be such a nice place. It is too bad. No actor should ever have to approach a director and ask them to be paid 2 weeks after a show is done. They should be ashamed of themselves and those actors who work there knowing how poorly they treat their actors should be ashamed too. Have standards. Its better to not work than work for a company that doesn't respect the contract you have set up. boycott CR productions.

  • WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING 04/20/2014  7:25am

    worst theater I have ever worked for in my life! Jim is a cold heartless person who is so mean and disrespectful to others its disgusting and sad to say the least. Its just a very depressing and negative environment to work in.If you are new to the theater world as tempting as it might be Dont work here!

  • W2's + Cohoes Music Hall. Can these exist on the same sentence? 03/03/2013  6:07pm

    So.....I worked at Cohoes Music Hall last year (2012), and needless to say, I wont be seen there EVER again! All the negative experiences described in previous posts, I have experienced. I bit my tongue every f'ing day I was there, and not said and acted negatively about the awful things I have to put up with in this theatre...because I was being "professional" (stupid call on my part). And whoever this person posting and defending this theatre, more power to you, I hope Cohoes pays you money for putting in such wonderful words for them (but then again, that check might bounce! Ha! #immaturebutfunnycuzitstrue). Everything is subjective, but based on my experience, THIS THEATRE WAS THE WORST!!!

    With that said, it's tax season, and Im still waiting for my W2 from Cohoes (the last thing I need so I can do my taxes). I know I filled out a W4 and handed it to Tony (when I finally got my contract, a couple of days before opening night). And they did take money out of my (handwritten) pay check (with no pay stub).

    It's already March. I know by law, W2's have to be mailed out (the latest) January 31st. They are in Albany, I should've received that by the first week of Feb.

    Has anyone received W2's from them? Or should I not even bother waiting for mine, since they seem to break rules left and right anyway?

    (on a positive note, I think Jim and Tony are good people....JUST DONT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM!)

    You need to contact the IRS if they haven't given you your W2. That way if you don't get it in time you don't get in trouble for not filing properly. I did get my W2 but that's because I've already reported them to the Department of Labor so they probably didn't want to tango with me any more.

    03/20/2013  12:35pm

    whats the salary rate range here?

    02/15/2014  2:57pm
  • Cohoes 11/18/2012  11:50am

    I believe that Cohoes is not terribly different from other non eq houses...it has it's ups and downs. Overall, when I worked there the experience was great because I believe it's all what you make of it. Some of the people that I worked with there were absolutely wonderful and I can only hope that I get the pleasure of working with them again. I made some great friends and if the timing was right I wouldn't be opposed to going back for the right opportunity. Some people in my cast clashed with JC but I have YET to do a show where there haven't been strong personalities butting heads. Again, you level of maturity, professionalism, and desire to work will dictate the experience you have at Cohoes. You definitely have to be lighthearted and roll with the punches but I would never condemn the place or the people that work there.

    OK JC stop posing as an actor and writing good reviews about your own theater just to save it. Thats just sad man.

    02/12/2013  1:40am

    I'm not sure why I'm taking the time to respond to this considering there is simply no way I could prove my statements made here one way or another. That being said, I am not, nor have I ever been, JC. It is possible that other people have had other experiences than you have and it might be a respectful thing to do to honor that possibility and refrain from making assumptions.

    03/13/2013  5:05pm
  • Cohoes Music Hall    
    09/24/2012  9:54pm

    I am very disturbed by whoever this poster is who keeps bashing Cohoes. I feel it is wildly inappropriate. I definitely appreciate your posting about your experience, but it is unnecessary to keep posting. I am very sorry to hear that you had such a horrible time.
    I however, would like everyone to know that Cohoes was a most enjoyable experience. I do strongly believe with any job, you get out what you put in. Meaning, I knew I was not performing on Broadway or even an Equity Regional Theater, I was performing in a non equity theater in a small town. However, I had an awesome time with a killer cast. We spent our down time eating at the local diners which were so very tasty and walking along the beautiful waterfalls that are in the town. Even on my days off I took a Mega Bus back to New York City to be with family and audition for other shows. It was easy to get back and forth.
    I never had a problem with my paychecks, and others in my cast I have talked with also didn't have any. Needless to say, I have heard of others who have not gotten paid in other productions and that's really unfortunate.
    The quality of my production was good. Remember, it is a regional non eq theater. You are not performing at Paper Mill Playhouse(which I also have had the pleasure of working for). But our costumes and sets were great, and the choreography for our show was amazing! It was the most challenging choreo that I have ever done. It was awesome. Jim and Tony both were very supportive of our cast and crew. I never heard of any disgruntles between anyone during my time there.
    So definitely decide for yourself whether you want to work here. Remember, most contracts are only a month long. It is definitely worth a month of your life rather than working a boring survival job.

    I am happy you had a good experience. I have NOT posted on here before, but just was reading through and MUST AGREE with all the negative comments. This place is dreadful. Jim and Tony are two of the worst people I have ever worked for. TERRIBLE organization, no respect, bad pay (if they pay you at all) and absolutely no professional decorum at all. It was like working for a BAD, NEW community theatre. I would never go back and feel sorry for anyone who does.

    09/28/2012  5:01pm

    (Same person as last reply) - I was just reading about IN THE HEIGHTS sound debacle - we had a similar one in the show I did. We were SCREAMED at by Jim Charles for sound problems after our FIRST try with the orchestra. It was the most negative thing and completely ruined any progress we had made that day. That's what I meant by professional decorum - THERE IS NONE. These people are absolutely awful Seriously, I hope their funding that they constantly beg for doesn't arrive and they shut down, because they do NOT deserve to be producing theatre.

    09/28/2012  5:05pm

    I have never done anything at Cohoes, but have had two friends do various roles for them, and as far as I know their experiences were positive.

    But I did read through a lot of the threads concerning the "horrible" In the Heights experience, and at the very least, the passion behind the thread was an interesting psychological study.

    I reiterate I've never worked for Cohoes, so my comments require a big grain of salt as well. But I've noticed that the Cohoes seasons often have a large foundation in Gilbert and Sullivan and very legit musical theatre. To that end, and being a performer myself who prefers legit musical theatre and operetta, I find the absence of mics liberating. There was a time when microphones didn't exist after all, and to truly capture the singing style of the classics, particularly in the Gilbert and Sullivan genre, you need singers who can carry over an orchestra with firmly grounded classical singing technique. Or you need Ethel Merman. Coming from that background, I imagine the producers expect only the best singing in their performance venue. And being an opera singer in addition to musical theatre performer, I can more than imagine what these "vocal tricks" might be, with regards to a kind of singing that is strained, unsupported, small, etc, etc. I am sorry to say, if this was indeed the case, I almost sympathize with the producers and their frustrations.

    That being said, I don't think In the Heights is a show that should be performed without mics. Guys and Dolls may have premiered without mics, but even then the orchestration is so thick, that only a Sky and Sarah coupling in the best voice will soar over it. But now contemporary musicals are engineered with a sound system in mind. To that end, In the Heights suffers without the proper technology to run it.

    Which leads me to believe that Cohoes should simply not be doing In the Heights as a part of their season. But if they are indeed experiencing great financial difficulty, I would not be surprised if the inclusion of a show like this is with the hope that it will draw in new audiences.

    Again, I could be completely unfounded here, but these are just my speculations on the matter.

    12/22/2012  12:06am

    I wanna know what show you did to where Jim and Tony were supportive???
    Yes its true it is Non-Equity and not as professional but that does not give the excuse to not pay us when we are contracted to be paid. People need to stop using the excuse of "Non-Equity" just to be excused for there carelessness.
    I know community theaters that have more professionalism then this poor excuse of a theater. Cohoes Music Hall is a disgrace to the theater community and to theater itself

    03/05/2013  11:22am
  • Checks don't always cash.... 03/21/2012  3:49pm

    Checks don't always cash, you don't always get your contract till opening, there is a lot of drama from the gents that run the theatre. The housing is OK though. Fun, themed rooms.

    I have heard from several friends who worked there:
    RUN AWAY!

    - Checks don't cash
    - Many people get injured because their sets are unsafe/poorly made, and then they fight you on paying for your medical bills.
    - IF you get injured on their set; They will fire you without pay and send you home Right away (again to avoid paying your bills).
    - The producer likes to cast himself in leading roles.

    Do your due diligence, and protect yourself non-equity friends. A job is not a job if you don't ever actually get your paycheck. :)

    03/27/2012  8:53am

    Very discouraging atmosphere.

    04/13/2012  9:23am

    Not worth it, by any means; it's a community theater setting, at best.

    The theater was built in the 1800s and looks to be held together by termite poo. They'll sell it as an "acoustically perfect" hall, which I think is just a way to get around using microphones. How exactly can it be "acoustically perfect" when the balcony has windows facing a frequently-used railroad track? Forget character/emotion/texture/etc because "piano is forte in our space". Seriously, you will be shouting every single word.

    The pay is marginal (200-400/wk non-eq), the housing is meh, the city will bore you to tears, production quality is, again, a community theater feel (backstage techs are high school volunteers). They usually bring in guest directors, but if you ever get the artistic director (J.C.) directing you, just run; it will not be worth the headaches and frustration. He barely looks at the script before staging, he'll talk to you like you're a 5-year old, and if you ever question or suggest something to him, he'll passive-aggressively shut-down and say something like "fine. do whatever you want, the scene is fucked anyway." Brilliance.

    Bottom line - this place is not worth it.

    04/16/2012  4:55pm

    Horrible place to work. Artistic Director Jim Charles doesn't do research on the shows and doesn't seem to read ahead before blocking scenes in rehearsals. Process is disorganized and quality is that of a community theatre. Final paychecks of many actors (including myself) have bounced, and Jim Charles will stall the process of getting you your money as long as he can. Costumer doesn't even take measurements, but rather fits to your shape borrowed costumes from a nearby playhouse with sloppy stitching/pinning. The city has absolutely nothing to do so you'll be bored the entire time.

    They will say that the space is acoustically perfect. It is very clearly not. There are giant windows in the back and the sound gets lost if you do not shout every line. This claim is just an excuse for them to save money by not using microphones. Your voice will be strained through the whole process and you will be forced to do a lot of unhealthy singing. The theatre itself is old and falling apart, and the production team definitely does not live up to its mission of using the profits to revitalize the music hall.

    The housing is above average. There are a few interesting things to do in the town. But if you have any respect for yourself as an actor, do not accept a contract with C-R Productions at Cohoes Music Hall. You will not grow as an artist, you will not be paid on time, and you will damage your voice. Stay away.

    04/23/2012  2:28pm

    I have worked for Cohoes more than once and I can say that either these reviews are somewhat exaggerated, or the atmosphere has completely changed over time.
    I have had a wonderfully positive time working there.
    My checks never bounced.
    The theater is gorgeous and a super fun space to perform in.
    No one was injured on the stage - it is not an "unsafe environment"
    The producers occasionally have played roles but to say they always cast themselves as the lead is 100% inaccurate.
    I have had wonderful positive and encouraging experiences as an actor from the entire production team.
    I would gladly go back and am very disappointed to see this kind of negative feedback. It is not the experience that I or my fellow cast-mates had.

    04/25/2012  8:22am

    after performing in a show of theirs as a lead a few years ago, i literally stopped auditioning and questioned my career choice for a few months before i recovered from the experience. pass.

    04/28/2012  12:49pm

    I actually had an amazing experience working there, maybe it was the show, and the people I was surrounded by, but I loved it very much!

    However, the worst part was that, after ending one of the most amazing experiences ever, We had a lot of issues (and still are) with our money. Some of us still are not paid. It was like this horrible thing was crushing all the great vibes and love that we left with. It's really upsetting that we had to end such a great experience with such an awful situation.

    We will all take away the family that we created among the cast, but needless to say, I don't think any of us will be working there again.

    06/05/2012  2:52pm

    I agree with the above. The cast and crew were amazing.

    JIM - The Artistic Director - is a scam to say the least.

    He is belittling to his actors, provides beds that my dog would refuse, condescending to his creative team, and handles his theatre like a community theatre. It is one take home box away from a bad diner theatre WHO DOES PAY

    I am 2 1/2 week out of the show and have $650 in bounced checks. He has made little to no effort to fix this and texts me instead of talking to me on the phone because he is scared to face his issues. I am not sympathetic to this issue because it has now taped to the entire cast.

    He lucked out with GREAT actors and GREAT techs.... but he is terrible to work with. He reprimanded me for asking for a contract. Thankfully I stood my ground since I am out money.

    I would NEVER return and would wish anyone the best who dares. I guess we all have to try it once.

    I hope they can turn themselves around. . . AND PAY ME!

    06/07/2012  2:15am

    In the passion of the moment I didn't re read before posting :)

    *DOESNT
    *Happened

    06/07/2012  2:17am

    The complaints and questions about casting on the callback corner are very typical of cohoes. When I was cast I found out with a little more than a weeks notice. The productions themselves are professional (I had an amazing time there as did several posters above) but there are delays and lack of communication with casting, and problems with paychecks. Big problems.

    I think with the majority of small union / nonunion theaters, it's all about knowing what you're getting yourself into. We unfortunately can't expect broadway caliber shows and pay. However I would much rather be performing for $350 a week than making a little more than that as a server. I'd heard the checks don't cash, so when three of mine bounced I wasn't surprised. We got our money eventually. I didn't receive half of my necessary emails because no one double checked my name's spelling, it's a pretty small theater and staff. But if it's between plaing a great role with some bumps along the way and working in a restaurant... I'd weigh your priorities and see what's more important.
    That's why I love this site. It's making facts and opinions public knowledge so we can decide our future rather than walking in blind.

    06/20/2012  7:01pm

    They are $75,000 in debt and they are begging people for money to be spotted to them by Aug 15. This company will probably close.

    08/02/2012  11:50pm

    The WORST theatrical experience I have ever encountered.

    08/03/2012  8:48am

    I was a tech person not an actor. I can say that if a theatre treats their actors that badly you can only imagine how they treat their tech crew. It is a bare bones staff using high school students to fill in the blanks.
    They yell at you over things out of your control. They expect you to work very long hours and if they don't have enough money for supplies you have to buy it and hope you get paid back soon. They expect everything to get finished even if they don't have the money for it.
    Paychecks bounce and it is very hard to get paid. They expect you to go above and beyond for them, but can't even cover the basics of being an employer. Do NOT work for them. Find any other work.

    08/03/2012  12:09pm

    Working at Cohoes Music Hall was the best, worst experience of my life. In as many years of working in this business, I have never been treated as poorly by the producers. Passive aggressive does not even come close to describing their insanity. If it had not been for the amazing cast, directors and musicians and crew of the show itself, there would have been no tolerable outcome. If this place stays open, avoid it like the plague unless you're a strong-willed individual. That having been said, if you'll 'lucky' enough to fall under their good graces, your checks most likely won't bounce and they'll be happy to have you back. Which will be of little concern for those whose checks did bounce and were treated like 'children' during their work at the Hall. Before anyone donates a red cent in this current fiscal 'crisis', some agency somewhere should go over their books with a fine tooth comb to ascertain where all the money went, and locate all the outstanding individuals who may still be owed salary or payments, before the producers collect a penny.

    08/03/2012  12:09pm

    Not the best theatre to work at. The checks bounce and Artistic Director JIM CHARLES is the rudest most unprofessional person I have ever worked with in theatre. He acts like a child and makes accusations against actors he feels threatened by. If this theatre closed it would be no loss to the theatre community--just look out for Jim Charles--not the best man to work with or work for.

    08/04/2012  11:44am

    There wasn't a single person I know of who was involved in our production that got paid on time, many of us received checks that bounced.

    Jim Charles has been getting a lot of flack on these postings, and it's not all undeserved, though he is a generally nice guy when you're not working with him.

    Our director was his partner Tony. Again, a nice enough guy and unlike Jim he's consistently pleasant to the people he's working with from what I've seen. Unfortunately, he didn't so much direct us as he sat back and had our dictator of a choreographer exploit and abuse us, constantly going over scheduled breaks and working us past our scheduled rehearsal times while the SM just sat back and let it happen. This choreographer would also show up late and unprepared for rehearsal and then yell at us if we didn't show up early.

    Tech staff was almost non-existent, we had some hard workers (from what I could see our Technical Director, Master Carpenter and Music Director never stopped working until we opened), but they're obsessed with filling as many positions as possible with high school aged volunteers who have no idea what they're doing. Not the kids' fault, but frustrating nonetheless. As a result of this we had to delay our opening by a day.

    I don't like openly talking crap about theaters, especially ones that are struggling like this one, but these guys can't be allowed to continue operating the way they have been. It looks like they may shut down after this current show, and that truthfully might not be a bad thing.

    08/08/2012  6:40pm

    Ok so I just got done doing In the Heights. My suggestion is STAY AWAY! you will be entering into HELL! Jim and Tony are both directors for the theater and have no clue what they are doing, and are the rudest, most cold hearted, and cruel people I have ever met. I always find good in people even if they are not the easiest people to get along with, but I have found none from these two.

    We had a cast meeting the night before we opened after our dress rehearsal show. The whole cast thought the show went very smoothly, and we were so happy, but instead Tony bashed us the whole meeting and did not say one thing to us that was positive. Saying that we are all FUCKING up. Even though this show is a dream show to everyone in the cast, and they all worked their asses off for it.There is a big difference between constructive criticism, and criticism and it was not constructive.

    In the meeting I was very upset and I told Tony that we needed better speakers. Hes jaw dropped and the he called me quote "A FUCKING ASSHOLE" as well as a lot of other insulting remarks in front of the whole cast and fired me shortly after.

    The theater is going under and will not survive. its a joke the way they run things. I feel sorry for anyone who takes a contract from them. very few people come back to this theater to perform so they love to cast new young faces fresh out of college. Actor BEWARE and if you do disregard my warning to you and take the contract like I did. LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL!

    09/12/2012  11:14pm

    The poster above, in regards to having "just finished" IN THE HEIGHTS, was fired after his unprofessional outburst towards the producers in regards to the microphone system they are trying for the very first time. So perhaps a graim of salt with that particular post. The cast was being asked enunciate words and project even though the mics were there to help, and the person, shocking everyone in the room, rudely told the producers to get better speakers. In any other professional theatre, this is grounds for firing. Same at Cohoes.

    Just wanted to be clear that sometimes if you bring unprofessional people to a theatre that most people have heard stories about and COME PREPARED for anything that comes their way, it doesn't go well. We've all heard the stories. The shows are pretty baller once you get past the ghost town and the non-equity status of things. They are good about equity breaks, and not going over rehearsal time. The sets are actually beautiful and I've never heard of anyone getting hurt on them. Although unorganized at times, the producers are very passionate about what they do. They love theatre. There is qualms at every Noneq theatre but sometimes you only get out of it what you put in.

    09/20/2012  11:23pm

    Jim charles is that you? Ok so the person above my post you are saying a lot of half truths and it sounds like your the director of the theater, because lets face it no one likes the the director not even the staff thats why they all left after "in the heights".

    Anyway I was thinking to myself that I should be the bigger man and not respond, but Im sorry I will say anything it takes if I can save one unaware poor soul from this theater.

    Ok so yes it was the first time the directors were using mics and they were adjusting our mics throughout the performance, but dont criticize the actors and tell them that they are all "Fucking up" (Like they told us) when you the director are still trying to adjust and figure out the mics.

    And as for myself that got fired? Sounds like you do a lot of judging a person before you even meet them. I had to do a lot of preparing myself before I came to this theater. Especially when other directors through out the region told me not to work there. I mean "we all heard the stories" about this theater,I mean its listed all over this page! lol

    And your right Jim the shows are "balla" lol and the sets are beautiful,but lets be real the directors do not make the sets its the amazing tech crew and designers who make the sets which by the way the lead tech designer quit after putting up this show as well as many others. Dont believe me?check out the website under "employment opportunities". There is a lot of "opportunity" at that theater.

    So you can sit there and say what ever you like about me I dont care, because its not about me. Its about every good, genuine and talented person on this site who do what they do out of their own hearts can know how unbelievably unprofessional this theater really is.

    Like I said LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL! #Cohoesrealness

    09/21/2012  12:35am

    Jim charles is that you? Ok so the person above my post you are saying a lot of half truths and it sounds like your the director of the theater, because lets face it no one likes the the director not even the staff thats why they all left after "in the heights".

    Anyway I was thinking to myself that I should be the bigger man and not respond, but Im sorry I will say anything it takes if I can save one unaware poor soul from this theater.

    Ok so yes it was the first time the directors were using mics and they were adjusting our mics throughout the performance, but dont criticize the actors and tell them that they are all "Fucking up" (Like they told us) when you the director are still trying to adjust and figure out the mics.

    And as for myself that got fired? Sounds like you do a lot of judging a person before you even meet them. I had to do a lot of preparing myself before I came to this theater. Especially when other directors through out the region told me not to work there. I mean "we all heard the stories" about this theater,I mean its listed all over this page! lol

    And your right Jim the shows are "balla" lol and the sets are beautiful,but lets be real the directors do not make the sets its the amazing tech crew and designers who make the sets which by the way the lead tech designer quit after putting up this show as well as many others. Dont believe me?check out the website under "employment opportunities". There is a lot of "opportunity" at that theater.

    So you can sit there and say what ever you like about me I dont care, because its not about me. Its about every good, genuine and talented person on this site who do what they do out of their own hearts can know how unbelievably unprofessional this theater really is.

    Like I said LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL! #Cohoesrealness

    09/21/2012  12:36am

    Ill preface this post by saying the cast i worked with was AMAZINGLY TALENTED. I was flown in on the same day as opening to replace a talented actor who was fired. I flew all night, anded at 9 am, and was told that i would have rehearsal at 12. Instead i was driven straight to rehearsal with no sleep. I was forced to brush my teeth and "freshen up" in the theaters dirty bathrooms, toilet paper and who knows what else all over the floor. GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION. I had a brief read through with my talented counter part and the director and given FEW notes from the director. After a 4 hour rehearsal, i was escorted by a cast member to my housing. The place [an ex- drug rehab center] was DISGUSTING. Dirty floors, ceiling pieces missing, dirty kitchen, and a shower that looked like it had not been cleaned since it was installed, some what like a slaughtering room in a horror film. I begged for new housing, and as a result, i was hung up on by one of the producers during a phone call discussing the issue. I was forced to TEXT him with an ultimatum- clean housing, or fly me back home. I was then moved to a better housing situation, where i STILL had to bleach the shower before using it. I was lead to believe that the places were dirty as a result of the untidy cast. But i am no fool- clearly the place had been dirty for months. I was later criticized by one of the producers for my "airy, poppy, vocal tricks". NEWS FLASH- I was never given a proper vocal rehearsal and totally relied on my knowledge of the show based on how the COMPOSER AND CO WRITER of the show taught it to me. I was flown in because i had just completed touring with the show, working with the original creative team. Instead of directing me, i was forced to use my direction that i remembered from touring.

    A few days into the run, we had a cast meeting where we were belittled and personally accused of things in front of the entire cast.

    The straw that broke the camels back:

    I was confronted by the dance captain [appointed by the producers, regardless of the fact that she wasn't the most CAPABLE of the job title] based on some he said she said. I was hit with an insult which attacked my sexuality IN FRONT of the director, who neglected to address the situation at that moment. I was embarrassed and humiliated while the whole cast watched in awe as we were in the middle of a sound check prior to a show! At any other company that i have worked for, this would have been IMMEDIATE grounds for termination.

    All this for a LOUSY check, and stress that was unnecessary. I paused my life on the west coast to come and help out with a production and i was blatantly disrespected. Not to mention my name AND the creators name was spelled incorrectly in the programs, resulting in the same misspellings in ALL of the reviews we got.

    I think this company capitalizes and preys on the talent of some amazing performers in order to save their dying business. My advice to any PROFESSIONALS out there, DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY if you are expecting a professional work environment. YOU WONT FIND IT HERE. Needless to be said, i wont be putting this on my resume. I want NOTHING to do with this place.


    ***** All statements of this post are based on TRUTH. Nothing was fabricated.*****

    09/22/2012  2:06am

    ACTORS BEWARE!  As a current cast member of In The Heights I feel obligated to come forward and speak my mind about the true conditions of this place, and respond to the most recent posts here in Gig & Tell.  I am sorry to admit that the warnings given in almost every post above are more than true, and also handle the situation too lightly.  Before delving into the fact that a cast member was fired (who also posted on here), we seem to be ignoring the fact that another cast member was fired a week into the process.  Because the casting is done so last minute and they don't hold "genuine" callbacks, they cast a very sweet woman in the role of Abuela.  Now, this woman was an older woman and was also a German opera singer.  Not quite Abuela criteria, but we were rolling with the punches.  Out of embarrassment of their casting choice, they let the Abuela go.  We had a replacement within a few days (a much younger, 24-year old young lady who would have to age herself nightly).  At this point, we also hadn't fully cast the show.  We had begun rehearsals and were still missing both of Nina's parents, both of whom are central characters.  We finally got them almost a week and a half into the process (of a two week and some change process in total).  After finally receiving our "parents," we thought the show would be smooth sailing.  False. 

    What both posts above fail to mention about "that fateful night a cast member was fired" was that we received both the pit band and our sound equipment on the same day.  Before our dress run we had been told not to rely on the mics, that they are solely there to enhance the sound the space creates naturally.  Now, with an 8 to 10 piece pit blasting at your feet and hearing mic levels change drastically throughout the run, a persons natural instinct is to try and adjust to the sounds they hear too.  After all, we were all trying to get used to all of the new sounds being thrown at us at once.  After what the ENTIRE cast felt was a successful run through of the show that we were immensely proud of, we sat down for notes.  Expecting to hear a congratulations on a great first attempt, our director (Tony Rivera) began a condescending speech about how we "failed" to remember anything he said in terms of sound and that it was not good.  Before even getting to the notes his partner (Jim Charles) chimed in to back up Tony's sentiment and began accusing the cast of "marking their way through the show" in hopes that we wouldn't have to work as hard thanks to our new mics, and that we were guilty of using "vocal tricks" (which none of us still quite understand what those are...).  When an actor confronted Jim about it saying that he knew he was referring to him because of a comment Jim made backstage during the show, he began to say that he was not marking and was trying to get used to the sounds.  Jim didn't want to hear any of it and the two began to argue about the performance.  When Jim finally pushed this actor to the breaking point about how he wasn't singing full out, his response was "well than maybe you need to buy better speakers." so he could be heard over the pit, because he was.  While the cast did groan and try to stop this actor before it escalated too much, Tony chimed in by saying "buy better speakers? Wow.  You're a fucking asshole" and began to repeat this phrase over and over again in front of the entire cast, crew, and creative team.  The actor began to reason with Tony and was said he was trying to just come from a real and honest place, but Tony ended notes early and sent everyone home.  The actor felt bad for the way things had ended and how quickly it escalated, so he went back to the theater to apologize, where he was then immediately fired.  Several cast members went to the theater to try and reason with Jim and Tony, since we had our first preview the next night with an audience, but they just said that what was done was done and we'd have a new Benny soon.  The actor was made to leave the next morning.  For the first preview performance the role of Benny (a black male dating the puerto rican female lead - the centrifugal story that moves the show) was played by our white female choreographer with script in hand, and sung by a male ensemble member from the wings.  It was. needless to say, an embarrassing moment for all.  Including the audience.  They flew a male actor from the national tour out on a red eye the next morning, had a put in rehearsal for him before we opened and sent us on our way, boiling it all down to "show business" and that we all "need to get used to it because this is how it works."

    Within our first few days, we had been introduced to a woman who proceeded to measure us for costumes.  As tech approached we saw no signs of her, or any costumes coming our way.  When we asked (several times, mind you) the answer we kept receiving was that they would talk to us about it soon.   At the end of tech (still costume less) they sat us down and said it would become our responsibility to provide costumes.  So on our day off, we all had to scramble to pull together costume options, without any direction as to what the "look of the show" was to be, just clothing we should stay away from.  On the Tuesday we returned, we had a costume parade in front of the team, one by one, standing on the stage where they told us how awful we looked or things that they had said not to wear were supposed to be on us... It was a mess.  It was insulting and a waste of money. 

    There are many many more stories I could share with you about how awful these two men are, but I will leave you with just a brief description of our housing situations.  One house is beautiful.  A multifamily home with gorgeous hardwood floors, granite counter tops, central air, and cable.  The other is an old medical rehab center, where the playhouse stuck some twin beds into what used to be offices.  The kitchen cannot be used. The appliances either don't work or are too rusted to use.  The worst, however, is the shower.  They stuck an old outdoor shower into a bathroom and said "here you go".  The shower has a giant crack in it, which floods the floor almost every time it is used, and it is so rusted out and built over with crust that your best option is to hop in a car and drive 15 minutes to planet fitness to shower instead.  I pity anyone who subjects themselves to this world.  Currently one of the floors of the multifamily home is completely powerless ( for over 24 hours now) and the old medical building has been without Internet for almost three weeks, despite multiple messages to Jim and Tony about needed to get this fixed (and the severity of the shower).  They acknowledge the problems and act like its of upmost importance and are "shocked" at the situations, yet have done nothing to fix any of these issues.  The straw that broke the camels back however was yesterday.  The third floor of the multifamily home apartments has been without power, heat, and hot water for three days.  When the issue was brought to both Jim and Tony the acknowledged it and said the issue was being worked on and that National Grid (the electric company) would be responding very soon.  The next day the cast members received a text saying that the issue would not be fixed until Monday... The day after the show closes ( and mind you, they are making us leave immediately following the show, where we have to bring all of our luggage at call time).  The options Jim gave were that the cast members could pack up and move to less suitable living conditions for the next two days or they could bite the bullet and live in their dark apartment.  I took it upon myself to call National Grid just to talk to them about how severe the issue was and to see if they could bump is up on a priority list to fix the situation.  I was informed by the customer service operator that she could see the record of the account holder calling in the issue but that he left the note that it wasn't "of upmost importance" to be fixed and they could do it Monday instead (forcing the actors to live in the dark and cold intentionally).  When I asked the costumer service rep if they could potentially come the next day to fix it she said "as long as the account holder called again they could have the issue fixed by sunrise."

    I would also like to point out that the post above speaking in favor of the theater is by the shows choreographer.  As a member of the team, I don't personally find that post to be valid and worth consideration for any actor coming into this place.  

    To whomever would defend this place, I say screw you.  No human should ever have to come in contact with these people or this theater.  They are vile, despicable human beings.  They have no business running a theater or having any contact with any other person.  This place is hell.  The entire cast (with the exception of one) agrees.  I've even heard of people wanting to protest outside of their next open call, to warn actors.  People who have worked here and defend this place nd their actions, say "it's the cohoes way" and that we need to embrace.  Screw you, Jim and Tony.  I am a damn good actor and am part of an extremely talent cast.  No person deserves to be treated this way.

    09/23/2012  11:55pm

    While I can't be as long winded as some...I just wanted to write up here that I have worked on a few contracts at COHOES MUSIC HALL and I have had an overall WONDERFUL experience each time. I won't lie to you, yes, there are some problems with the theater and administration at times, however, I found that these things were things that I have had to deal with at quite a number of the other non-union theaters I have worked for.

    The theater (while old, yes, it was built in the 1800s remember) is a fantastic historical space. I have NEVER found the microphone issue to be a problem. I have NEVER had a bounced check. I have ALWAYS felt respected and heard when I voiced my opinion. Jim and Tony are super LOYAL to their alum and work COUNTLESS hours to try and expand their programs for local children.

    Though not perfect, Cohoes is a WONDERFUL place and Jim and Tony great people.

    09/24/2012  10:34am

    To the person who had a wonderful experience, have you worked there since May 2012? Things started to go drastically downhill at the end of April, I have the checks that never cashed to prove it. Now, the money was righted. I was paid in cash, but towards the end of my employment I had to beg more and more just to get what was owed to me. Also, something has to be said about the fact that they now have a bare bone staff, which includes no one that I worked with as recently as June. The staff put up with as much as they can take then leave with hardly any notice because Jim and Tony are so impossible to speak with. Now, I don't want to ruin your pleasant experience, but I do want to make it clear that nobody is over exaggerating. The old rehab building is in bad shape, the downstairs is the costume shop, sounds as though there aren't many costumes being made though. They use well-intended elderly women who are seamstresses. They have other jobs and do the best they can, but that doesn't hold Jim and Tony back from yelling at them and driving them away.
    They lie to production members in their interviews telling them that their theatre is more successful and stocked than it is.
    I'll be completely honest, I enjoyed Jim and Tony as people, but their business personality was horrendous and it makes me question their integrity. I quit shortly after Tony looked me right in the eye and lied to my face. I can handle many things, but do not lie to me.
    I would encourage anyone asked to work for CR Productions to consider anything else. I joined the team excited for a theatre home and a long term position, it became a nightmare.

    09/24/2012  10:59am

    I am very sad to see that so many actors had such a negative experience with "In The Heights" at Cohoes Music Hall. I wasn't a part of this production so I can't speak to that experience, but having been in three productions over the last three seasons (including this season's opener "Guys and Dolls") I have to say that there seem to be some gross inaccuracies being posted on this website.

    I personally have never had a negative interaction with Jim or Tony. In fact, it's really been quite the opposite. Both Jim and Tony have been extremely positive to work for and have been essential in my development as a person and an actor. Without their constant support and encouragement I would not be where I am today.

    What I will say about Jim and Tony is that they expect a high level of professionalism from their actors. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone seeing that it is professional theater and we are hired on a contract to do a job. So many times we forget that at the end of the day this is a job that we are employed to do, and our directors, choreographers, stage managers, producers etc., are our supervisors who are holding us accountable to our job responsibilities. Unfortunately, I have been witness to individuals who came to rehearsals with bad attitudes, arrogance, entitlement, etc., and those individuals were held accountable to those actions. I have never once witnessed Jim and/or Tony treat an actor in a way that wasn't deserved. Have I ever seen one of them get angry at an actor? Absolutely. But these were the actors who came to rehearsals late, didn't prepare their material on their own when asked to, refused to help with set changes because "I didn't get a degree in theater to move a desk on stage" (exact quote), talked back to a member of the production team, etc. Unfortunately, I think these individuals are the ones that are giving Cohoes such negative feedback because they are unwilling to accept personal responsibility for their own actions (or lack thereof) and want to find someone else to blame. Everyone who I have worked with at Cohoes who came to rehearsals prepared and ready to work hard and have fun had a positive experience.

    I'm one for an honest portrayal so I'll speak to some of the less than perfect aspects of Cohoes Music Hall that I have experienced.

    1) Some of the cast housing is less than ideal. But having lived in said cast housing that is less than ideal I must say that it is more than adequate. I never felt unsafe. I always was able to cook a meal in the kitchen. I was never fearful to take a shower. You can't realistically expect to be staying in a 5-star hotel for every acting job you take, and the fact that it's free housing should be enough to be able to tolerate a less than 5-star housing situation.

    2) Actors are expected to help out with some of the set changes. I don't know why this is a surprise to actors every show that I do in Cohoes, but it is. Most of the tech crew are eager high school students who have a love for theater and want the experience to be a part of professional theater. Were we not those people once upon a time? So we have to occasionally move a table on stage… We are getting paid to do what we love - I'll gladly move a table or help with some other aspect of a scene change.

    3) Cohoes isn't the most vibrant community and without access to transportation down time can be a little slow. I personally used my down time to either rehearse, sleep, or exercise so I wasn't really phased by the lack of options for things to do. But it's not New York City so some people will definitely find themselves a little antsy.

    Cohoes is clearly not the right environment for every actor. If you aren't willing to work for producers that expect you to be professional you probably shouldn't work there. If you are unwilling to pitch in and help out with scene changes you probably shouldn't work there. If you are expecting 5-star hotel accommodations you probably shouldn't work there. If you expect a busting metropolis with endless wireless cafes and Starbucks on every corner you probably shouldn't work there.

    If you want to work at a company that works hard to put on the best productions possible, expects professionalism and respect out of their actors, and reaches out to the youth of the nearing communities to evoke a sense of passion for theater for future generations then you should work in Cohoes. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities I have had there and hope to go back again soon. I consider the theater a home away from home and absolutely love working there.

    09/24/2012  12:05pm

    Unfortunately none of the posts above are fabricated. Also in response to the poster above, it is very nice of you to try and defend the theater, however you said yourself were not in the cast of In The Heights, so you have no clue what you are saying about the extremely talented, flexible, and professional cast. Also to the people trying to defend the theater, you obviously know that not so good things are being posted on here and are posting in hopes to trick other readers into thinking that ALL THE OTHER NEGATIVE POSTS are exaggerated. Also you are saying that CR productions cast an ENTIRELY unprofessional cast...I don't know about you, but I wouldn't trust a company who can't even cast ONE professional, competent person. There are only a few posts on here now, but there will be more. Do trust. I would post more about my experience, however I would be saying the same things everyone else has been saying on here. From the top of the page I might add, and not just from In The Heights, nor do I really feel the need to. I will tell my friends about my experience, and they will tell there friends, and so will everyone else in the Cast, and everyone else who has worked here.
    If you enjoy being verbally abused, disrespected, treated like a less than human being, and blatantly lied to, then by all means, work for this company. After all, we are all just "Fucking morons"- C-R Productions

    09/24/2012  2:16pm

    I really think that people need to read every comment on here with a grain of salt. Know that we are a community of actors who are passionate about our work and sometimes can get emotional about our experiences.

    I can't speak for your experiences and you can't speak for mine. Based on my experiences at Cohoes I have nothing but positive things to say. Accusing me of trying to trick other actors is unprofessional and unwarranted.

    The purpose of this site is to share our experiences working for a production company so that others can know what to expect. If you had a bad experience, fine. Post about it and move on. Coming back and arguing every person who had a different experience than you isn't productive. Believe it or not, there is a large community of actors who enjoy working for Cohoes and who gladly return show after show.

    You had a terrible experience. I am sorry for that. But don't ruin other people's possibility for a positive experience just because you didn't have one. Move on with your life and your career knowing that you now know even more things to look into before working for your next production company.

    09/24/2012  2:54pm

    I wouldn't go back to Cohoes Music Hall if it were the last theater on earth! The artistic team are very cruel and mean spirited individuals.

    09/26/2012  8:20am

    I wouldn't go back to Cohoes Music Hall if it were the last theater on earth! The artistic team are very cruel and mean spirited individuals.

    09/26/2012  8:23am

    i was thinking of auditioning for Nunsensations. i love the nunsense shows and would like to be able to be closer to family in the area. i've been on the cruise ships too long. please reach me at jennywendydarling at yahoo. i'd appreciate a real conversational email about whether or not this place is as bad as people have made it out to be. it's so close to home. that might be nice for once.

    10/16/2012  8:56pm

    I was a part of the "Hello Dolly" cast. I have to say, this Music hall will hopefully go out of business. It is an absolute nightmare. 1. The housing is disgusting. 2. JC acts like a total asshat. (aka condescending, disrespectful, 3. Everyone is overworked 4. Our first check cashed. However our second check did not. We were told that someone had "broken into the theatre" and stolen the Checkbooks. (Sounds like BS) A hold was then placed on our paychecks. God only knows if we will ever see the money we are owed. I am currently talking to legal representation to see what my options are. Long story short RUN AWAY!

    11/16/2012  7:56pm

    This company deserves to close and stay out of business forever.

    Let me tell you a little story about the fiiiiiine people at Cohoes Music Hall...

    A few checks did not clear from the recent production of "In The Heights". Mind you, that the theater literally had JUST raised nearly $100,000.00 from the community just to STAY OPEN, and that class act Jim Charles stood in front of the audience each and every night and thanked them for the money outreach, but pleaded for more, saying "they need to use over half of that money just to finish paying off the actors and creative team". After hearing this every single night, you'd assume that the company's top priority once the show closed would be to, you guessed it - "finish paying off the actors and creative team" Well, surprise surprise, not only did an actor's check bounce, but the MD/Conductor's did as well. Of course when confronted about the check bouncing, Jim Charles went on to claim that "he was just as confused" about why the check bounced, and that he would wire the money directly into said actor's account. Easy fix, right? Well, it would've been, if Jim hadn't been full of crap. After days of waiting and being told by Jim that the money should be on its way, the actor decided to make some calls to the bank(s) to check on this "wire" status. Neither the actors's receiving bank nor Jim's bank the money was supposedly sent from had any record or recollection of any wire being set up -.-

    Long story short(er), it was not until after many more (forced) phone calls, emails, and texts that the money was finally sent, probably only due to a fear of legal action being taken.

    It's one thing to have a check bounce, but to be lied to directly multiple times about the situation is unacceptable. When an actor does their job, you pay them, END OF STORY.

    Seriously, what kind of "professional" company fires their lead the night before they open? When your pride and ego are so big that they cant handle a one sentence critique to the extent where you'll put your actors in that sort of predicament, you need to have your business ownership re-assessed.

    As long as ^this^ is, it doesn't even begging to skim the surface of why this place deserves to be shut down. Take it as either a warning, or a plea to all of my actor friends to stop bringing such great talent to places where it is obviously not appreciated. They don't deserve you :)

    11/21/2012  9:23pm

    Never work here.

    12/14/2012  11:24am

    So... does anyone think we'll get our W2s in time for tax season? And if we don't, isn't there some kind of fraud at play? Someone more tax law savvy than I MUST know the answer. What do we DO?

    02/26/2013  3:31am

    Seriously...just DO NOT work there. the end.

    02/28/2013  12:16am