Volunteers play an important part in bringing our productions to life.
Here are some of the positions that work behind the scenes:
The job of the producer is to organize all of the volunteers and assist the director of the show. The producer coordinates volunteers, makes CDs of the music if needed, and distributes scripts to the cast. It includes but is not limited to developing a master schedule of tech week and show volunteers, make sure the set designer and painters have everything they need, make sure that the props committee was able to find all of the props, proof read the program, ensure that the costume staff has sizes and costumes for the cast. It can also include placing sign boards around town if they are used for the show. The producer is typically at the beginning and end of each rehearsal to answer parent questions regarding the show and their children. The producer will also distribute out the Twist give away (water bottles, bags, T-shirts) this typically only pertains to the children’s shows.
The stage manager is responsible for the smooth production of the show. His/her responsibilities include being at all technical rehearsals and many times working with the director during rehearsals to help with blocking, props and cues. The stage manager works with the director, lighting crew, props assistants and sound to make the production seem flawless. The stage manager opens/closes the curtains and calls all of the cues for lights, sound etc. during a show.
We like to ask all cast members and their families help spread the word about the show. Please help us with these. These are available a few weeks before the show and are generally distributed in the places you frequent (grocery stores, banks, library, etc.) You can also forward these via email to friends and family. Actors and actresses love an audience and the bigger the better! Please consider helping with this job!
Front of House Helpers
(Tickets, concessions, candygrams, ushers)
These jobs entail all aspects of managing the lobby during show times. We ask that these people arrive 30-45 minutes prior to show time to “man your post”.
Concessions are typically sold before the show and during intermission. The concession volunteers set up the table and sell these items before each show and at intermission.
Candygrams are a fun way to send a message to your aspiring actor and actress. The people assigned to this job will collect the money for the candygram and attach a note from a loved one that will be delivered at intermission or immediately following the show.
Ushers – ushers guard the door to the theatre until the stage is clear, microphones are attached and any last minute practice or photos are completed. They then hand out programs and collect tickets.
Ticket Sellers – Ticket sellers do just that, they sell ticket on the day of the show
Bio boards are displayed in the lobby before, during and after the shows. It highlights who the actors and actresses are in a production. This is a really FUN job!!! Typically, two people will collaborate on the bio board. Cast photos will be provided and then you CREATE. The boards are typically decorated with material, photos of the cast, a brief biography of the actor or actress, and bedazzled to you hearts content!
This team of people work together to pool their resources and scour the props closet for the items needed as props for the show. They usually meet once or twice during rehearsals to see what they can contribute, borrow or find as resources for the show.
Props Stage Help
This team of people work together during tech week to help the kids learn which side of the stage the props are located and make sure that the kids have what they need. They also help set the stage and turn the sets when it is appropriate. This is a very fun, dynamic and important job. Usually, the props people work two of three shows. A schedule is distributed prior to or during tech week.
Calling all artistic people!!! We need you! You will work with the director to figure out what is needed for the set. It usually involves sketching out some designs and transferring them to flats. These flats are then lined up side by side to make the background scene. Then you will coordinate with the painting crew to make your vision come to life.
The set painters assist the set designer in painting the sets once they have been designed. This is a fun job as you see the sets come to life! Painting times can be coordinated with the set designer. It can be completed during rehearsals or any other time the facility is being used. You do not need to be an artist to perform this job. It is kind of like a really big paint-by-number. It is also a very satisfying and rewarding job.
Set Load In/Set Breakdown
These people are VERY important. They help to transport the sets, props and costumes to the auditorium. Many hands make light work so the more people we have the better. They also help to assemble the sets once we get to the theatre. Set load in begins about 1 hour prior to the first tech rehearsal and set break down occurs immediately following the last show.
This person or people work with Mary to figure out the vision and availability of costumes for the show. Some things can be made, some purchased and some borrowed. This is a very rewarding job as you help bring the show to life.
The costume assistants help the costume designer as needed. They also help the children get into their costumes at the beginning of dress rehearsal and show days. They also help the children with costume changes during the show. This is similar to the props stage help. A schedule is distributed prior to or during tech week.
This person or people take the “head shots” for the bio boards and program. If possible, they get some shots of the show, rehearsal (a couple each week would be AWESOME) and tech week. They are also responsible for a cast photo during dress rehearsal. The more pictures the better! We would like to put a DVD of photos together for the cast so if anyone takes some candid shots, please forward them along.
The program designer creates formats and designs the playbill. This includes cast photos, advertisements and program messages.
This person operates the spotlight during 1 or 2 of the performances. They are required to come to at least 1 technical rehearsal with a script to learn the show. It is important that the spotlight operator knows their cues.
Wranglers are needed during tech rehearsals to help supervise snack and bathroom breaks. They are also needed before and during a show to help keep the kids controlled, quiet and focused. This is a fun job because you get to work with the kids at the peak of their excitement!
Do you have a video camera? If so, we need you. If we get the rights to tape a show, videographers are needed for each show. We need at least 4. One person will tape close ups from center stage, one from the rear and one from stage left and right. We will then collect your videos and send them to an agency to mash them together into a show! The advantage of this job is early admission and prime seating for the show so that you can set up.