I guess the decision is ultimately up to the people who take part or don't take part in this kind of action. I for one would not have a problem with something like that with the exception that any and all money derived from the ticket sales was used to pay back the dancers/employees who gave their hard-earned money to foot the bill for the rehearsals. I have dealt with a few contracts over the years where dancers took WAY LOW salaries in exchange for a percentage of ticket revenues and most of the time it works out to be undustry standard for their per performance salaries. "Cooperative Producing" is what I like to call it.
However, I am sure that not every organization out there actually gives the money back, rather, uses it for future productions.
This is danerous territory to get into without everything spelled out clearly in a contractually binding agreement.
"SPT" - Oooooh the memories, now I am laughing
I remember when I lived in NYC (a hundred years ago) and AEA had this ridiculous thing/process called "AEA Eligibility", which basically meant you could attend calls that were for AEA union members without being in the union but you had to wait until the full AEA members were finished first and then you could audition, sometimes this would take hours, or even days to get seen depending on the production and which call you wanted to attend, i.e.Principal, Chorus, etc. "Priority Eligibility Status" was what they called it if my memory serves correctly and I think I still have one of those old cards in my desk somewhere. It was difficult to get as you had to prove earnings in a stage production for a certain period of time at a certain salary level which is tough to do if you are fist starting out, or, working as a ballet dancer. Now the kicker, and where the "Small Professional Theatre" contract comes into play is that at the time when I lived in NYC the minimum salary level you had to to prove to obtain Eligibility Status for like 6 or 8 weeks in a year was around 380.00 a week. The AEA SPT contract which is very much a "Union" contract for "Union Members Only!"paid something like $200.00 per week before taxes
. I used to argue this point with the AEA monitor's just to pass time while waiting for auditions. "How can you have a union contract that falls beneath the minimum standards of your own requirements for simple eligibility membership?" I used to ask them
. I never heard a good answer to that question but it never stopped me from asking it
Can you guess why I never got those jobs