Sort of a flip story here-
I was asked to sub for a single group instrument class for 50 minutes. Sub pay is $40/half day, whether that "half" is one class or solid kids from doors open till lunch. The coordinator had asked the music teacher to cover the one class, but "mumble mumble, so many excuses why she could not, even though she has the time open" So, to help justify my $40 for 50 minutes of class time, she asked if I could fold some cloth leftover from the school play. Why not? She is a friend, and she is recovering from surgery and in pain. Plus, she promised it would be less than an hour.
The task was folding a couple of dozen 30 foot long heavy drapes/panelspanels of material from the play stage and folding them just so to fit away into the storage boxes.
I innocently asked, "Why are the drama students not helping with this? It is a part of striking the set and there is still so much to move when this is done!"
"Oh, maintenance will move and put away the rest. The director says the students need to work on theatre, and this is just busy work, so no need to waste class time on it."
wow. The director's sense of entitlement-- that her coordinator (mid-level manager) would do the work deemed unworthy of her students.
Let alone, the pain of recovering from surgery and still in physical therapy, yet here she was, folding panels, in pain.
At least I was getting paid. I wonder if the coordinator and maintenance staff got even a spoken thank-you.
Cuz, you know, striking a set is just not part of play production. Putting away items you used, knowing how to replace them, respecting the work of others, learning how to build, and then unbuild a set, that is just busy work, not real work!
(must have changed since I was in HS and college productions, or else I went to the wrong schools!)
And she was right, I was done in well under an hour. She was still working, plus trying to field phone calls and deal with some damage to equipment, and take notes, when I left.
Maybe the director should be written about in the Special Snowflake thread.