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Rehearsal Schedule Builder

For Directors

Scheduling rehearsals for a large cast is a nightmare from which there no escape. It must be done, and it takes a huge time investment from directors and/or stage managers tasked with the undertaki...

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Cast & Crew Contact Sheets

For Directors For Performers

Cast98 automatically generates a contact sheet for all cast and crew members for every show. This is a private resource, so only cast members, directors, and crew members can view it by logging int...

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Cast Bios

For Directors For Performers

Cast bios are built into Cast98 profiles so when a performer writes it, they will never have to write it from scratch again.

Each show, cast bios are automatically imported...

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Automating Auditions

For Directors Getting Started

Cast98 exists to lessen the burden of show logistics for busy directors. Any performing arts studio, theatre, or organization can use Cast98 to automate their auditions process, and it's 100% free....

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New Feature: Profile Assist

For Performers New Features

Parents asked for it, and we have delivered: Family Accounts are now possible for moms, dads, guardians, and spouses to manage their significant others' profile(s). We call it Profile Assist.

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Summer Sales Internship

Announcements

About Cast98

Cast98 is a self-service website that automates cast logistics for theatre directors. Especially among community theatres and non-profit ensembles, email and paper-based comm...

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Directors' Guide to Rehearsals

For Directors How To Getting Started

Cast98 enables directors to move from casting to rehearsal scheduling with no downtime. Where most community theatres choose to send a preliminary schedule shortly after the cast list is publicized...

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Changes in Version 3

Changelog

Overall

  • [Change] Thumb-friendly menus! (for tablets and smartphones)
  • [Change] Faster page loading, because waiting 6-10 seconds per click ...

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Anxiety and Auditions

Perspectives Auditions Just For Fun

Knees shaking, palms sweating, and a sudden desire to visit the deepest parts of Zanzibar.

Yep. It’s time for my audition.

I don’t know about you, dear Reader, but I loathe audition...

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Gosh I Hope I Get It

Auditions Just For Fun Perspectives

Let’s talk about the time before auditions. Lots of actors have their methods for preparing for an audition, so start with the basics:

  1. Know yourself. Without getting ...

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Directors' Guide to Casting

For Directors How To Getting Started

This guide is written to help Cast98 show directors make the most of features available to them. Where we pick up is from the Cast & Crew tab on the editing panel for a show.Read more

New Pricing Model

Announcements

Today I am happy to announce that Cast98 has a new pricing model. The previous model (annual subscription + per-show) was an attempt to match the cost structure set forth by other products on the m...

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Directors' Guide to Auditions

Getting Started How To For Directors Auditions

In this article, I (Daniel) am going to walk you (the show director or stage manager) through everything you need to know about hosting online audition signups with Cast98.

If you haven't a...

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New Features Coming in 2017

Just For Fun

I (Daniel) can't resist telling you about some of the exciting new features coming to Cast98 in 2017. Not only do I have high hopes to launch an all-new ticketing application that will supplement m...

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Email Templates

Getting Started Frequently Asked Questions

One of the great "Getting Started" features of Cast98 is that transitioning is a total sinch. As a member studio, you get access to a handful of email templates that you can customize and send out ...

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Referral URLs

How To Getting Started

It's probably not what you think! Every member studio gets their own custom referral URL that they can share with their current body of performers to make signing up on Cast98 and connecting with t...

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Conflict Calendars

Getting Started

Cast98 performers can easily mark conflicts by visiting their Conflict Calendar under the Me tab.

Conflict calendars have been designed for simplicity. As a performer, you only need to clic...

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Formatting Text

How To

Whether you're a performer editing your acting experience or a director editing your show's audition information, Cast98 provides easy text formatting that may be, admittedly, a little new to you.<...

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User Accounts

How To Getting Started

People ask a surprising number of questions about user accounts, and so hopefully this resource will serve to answer many of those questions. Let's talk about who should create a new account and wh...

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New Feature! Partial Day Conflicts

Frequently Asked Questions Announcements

Our single most requested feature since we launched in the summer of 2016 has been "can I say I'm unavailable from 6-8pm, instead of marking the whole day as a conflict?"

Our answer until n...

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How Cast98 Works

Getting Started

Cast98 is a comprehensive set of online tools that community theatres can use to digitize their show logistics. Built to make the most time and resource-intensive tasks as easy as brewing a pot of ...

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Audition Insights

How To

We all know this scene:

I walk into the audition with a congregation of at least 20 other waiting auditionees. My palms are sweating and my stomach is churning. When my name ...

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Cast98 No Longer In Beta

Announcements

We have just launched Cast98 out of beta and into the world. We are so excited to have renovated our user experience over the last couple of months, having made several improvements to our informat...

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How the open beta works

Getting Started

We call it "beta testing" but it's more like a grand opening. We've only just launched to the public, so undoubtedly someone will discover a new bug that has gone overlooked despite a few months of...

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Directors beta is ongoing

Announcements

We've completed our performers beta and so now we're moving on to our private directors' beta, where we've enabled access to our demo site for our beta testers to try out the experience as though t...

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Performer beta is now open

Announcements

Today we officially announced our performer beta. We're calling it the performer beta because we are only asking for participation on our demo website, created for a make-believe theatre g...

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Ways To Offset The Cost

Getting Started

Cast98 requires a subscription, and we know that for most small performance companies, local dance studios, community theatres, a budget for such fancy things is usually non-existent. We get it, an...

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