Backstage

Stage Manager

This is the right hand of the director. During rehearsals, the stage manager keeps a record of all the movements on the stage, a running list of anything added that is not in the script, prompts the actors with their lines during rehearsals, and assists the director in creating rehearsal schedules and calendars. During performances, the stage manager “calls” the show with a headset, guiding the tech crew members through their cues. The stage manager is also responsible for locking up after rehearsals and performances.

Time Requirement: 4 days per week for 5–8 weeks of rehearsal for approximately 3 hours per day and 10 performances over 3 weekends. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assistant Stage Manager (ASM)

Often needed in larger productions, the ASM is often stationed just offstage to facilitate communication between the stage manager (who is out in the house) and actors, as well as ensuring safety. The ASM often helps with complex set changes, quick changes offstage, or preparing the stage for performance. Variable hours depending on the complexity of the production.

Minimum Time Requirement: 3 hours per day for tech week and 10 performances over 3 weekends. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Costumes

Costume volunteers are instrumental in building costumes and accessories used on stage. Anyone who can sew or craft—from simple alterations to full-scale construction to a variety of crafts—can easily become involved as much as your time commitment allows. Hours and times are adaptable.

Time Requirement: Flexible—and remember, we can teach you simple skills to complex sewing. Whatever fits your comfort level. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Costume Run Crew

Costume run crew spend their time backstage helping actors with quick costume changes during the show, hair styling and makeup before and during the show, and making quick repairs as needed. This is a great way to be a part of the action!

Time Requirement: 5 rehearsals one week prior to opening and 10 performances over 3 weekends. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Props

Props are anything that is not an actor or part of the set. If you are a crafter and enjoy antiquing and flea marketing, this is the area for you! The props designer is responsible for finding, borrowing, buying, building and researching all the hand props used by actors. Props designers work closely with the director and scenic designer to enhance the look of the show.

Time Requirement: One production meeting per show - the rest is flexible! You will be given a deadline when everything needs to be at the theatre, and you can work on your own time! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Set Construction

Volunteers who enjoy building and painting are thrilled to see their finished project on the stage! Set construction is a great place to learn some basic carpentry and painting skills. Training is provided to those without experience.

Time Requirement: Varies depending on the complexity of the set. Can be daytime, evenings or weekends depending on the availability of the volunteers. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Set Design, Decoration and Scenic Art

Look to decorate? Have a flair for scenic painting? Have a good eye for composition and proportion? Set Design, Decorating or Scenic Art may a great place for you. All the scenery, furniture and props the audience sees on stage make up the set design. The set designer's job is to design these physical surroundings in which the action will take place. The overall look of the set gives the audience information about the director's concept of the production. The set suggests the style and tone of the whole production;creates the mood and atmosphere;gives clues as to the specific time and place of the action and offers creative possibilities for the movement and groupings of actors. The set designers decorators and scenic artists work with the director to ensure the proper look of the overall set. Time Requirement: Flexible and varies depending on the complexity of the set. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Running Crew

This is the perfect opportunity to learn and experience what happens behind the scenes of a theatrical production. Crew members are responsible for any special effects needed from backstage and changing the set between scenes and at intermission. Running crew is also used to set props both backstage and on-stage before and during performances. This is a great way to be a part of the exciting live performance without being on stage!

Time Requirement: 5 rehearsals one week prior to opening and 10 performances over 3 weekends. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Light Board Operator:

No production could happen without a light board operator! The light board operator is the person in charge of running the computerized lighting console. This person works directly with the stage manager to ensure all of the lighting cues are executed on time. Training on how to use the light board will be provided, but it is as simple as pushing a button!

Time Requirement: 5 rehearsals one week prior to opening and 10 performances over 3 weekends. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sound Board Operator

The sound board operator works closely with the stage manager in executing sound effects and music during the performance, and may also be responsible for controlling live microphones if used in the production. No need to worry about previous experience, volunteers will be trained to use our equipment!

Time Requirement: 5 rehearsals one week prior to opening and 10 performances over 3 weekends. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.