There are many other ways to become involved in a production outside of acting. People are always needed for props, costumes, painting, set construction, set decorating, make-up & hair, backstage work, lighting, ushering & pop stand, and ticket booth. Anyone interested in working on a production may come to auditions and let the director know of his/her interest. Please reference the opportunities below, perhaps something will inspire you to volunteer!
Have you ever thought of getting more involved in community theatre? Aurora Players offers lots of volunteer opportunities both behind the curtain and working on the organization’s various committees. The following information is a brief description of these opportunities. If you would like more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure one of our committee chairs or producers talks with you. Please leave appropriate contact information so we can set up the contact.
Don’t be shy. Put your toe in the water and try us out. It’s sure to be fun and you will be helping to bring quality theatre productions to our community.
Work behind the scenes for a production
- Costuming – Volunteers work on sewing and/or constructing costumes for productions under the leadership of the Show Costume Coordinator. Volunteers with previous show costuming experience usually act as Costume Coordinator for a show.
- Stage Managing – Initially a volunteer works with an experienced Stage Manager to learn the tasks associated with this position. The Stage Manager assumes responsibility for coordinating and managing the backstage operations of a production and assuring the artistic intentions of the Director are fulfilled. The time commitment spans about 6 weeks and usually begins a few weeks before opening night, through set strike.
- Set Construction - Volunteers assist with the construction of a properly working, safe theatrical set(s) working under the direction of the Set construction Chief. The time commitment can span 4 to 6 weeks with most work occurring on the weekends.
- Set Decoration/Furnishing – The Set Decoration Chief and volunteers bring the director’s vision to life by creating the environment that sets the stage for the performance. The time commitment can span 4 weeks with most work occurring on the weekends or weeknights. Players maintain storage of props on and off site under the supervision of Props/Set Furniture storage Manager.
- Props Management – Volunteers locate, care and monitor items needed by the actors during a show. Items must be located prior to tech rehearsal and require volunteers to be present during the run of the show. Players maintain storage of props on and off site under the supervision of Props/Set Furniture storage Manager.
- Artistic Painting – Artists bring the director’s vision to life by painting scenes on the set, flats and scrims. These activities usually occur 2 to 3 weeks before the show opens.
- Lighting and Sound Design – Working with the director, this crew chief sets a light plot that will provide the right artistic illumination for a show.
- Light and Sound Technician – These volunteers run the lights and sound for a production. Initially volunteers work with an experienced technician, who will teach the requirements of this position. Volunteers will learn how the script, equipment and attention to detail bring the director’s vision to life. The time commitment spans about 5 to 6 weeks, usually beginning a few weeks before opening night, through set strike.
- Hair and Make Up – Volunteers work with the crew chief and assist the actors to get ready for the performance. The time commitment spans about 4 to 5 weeks, usually beginning with tech rehearsal, through set strike.
- Ticket Booth and Ushers – Volunteers help with these activities for one or more shows working with experienced volunteers and/or the House Manager.
- House Manager - Initially a volunteer works with an experienced House Manager to learn the tasks associated with this position. The House Manager assumes responsibility for managing operations that occur in front of the curtain. The time commitment is one weekend run of the show, usually 3 to 4 performances.
- Lobby and Still Photography – The photographer works with the production team to take, process and mount photos for a production.
- Coordinator Tech Supper – The volunteer plans, cooks, organizes and serves a supper for the cast and crew on the technical rehearsal day. A budget is provided.
- Marquee sign – Requires a volunteer who can create an information sign that is hung outside the building to promote the show.
- Show Producer – Initially a volunteer works with an experienced Producer to learn the tasks associated with this position. The producer team works with the director to coordinate the non-directorial tasks necessary to mount a production. The time commitment starts from the point the Board commits to the show, to striking the set after the last performance.
Work on a Committee FOR THE PLAYERS ORGANIZATION
- Membership – A wide variety of volunteer opportunities keep this function working smoothly and could include helping with mailings, record keeping and community outreach under the direction of the Membership Chair.
- Playbill Committee – Working under the Committee Chair, volunteers help with the production of Aurora Players Playbill. Volunteer opportunities are seasonal usually from December to February.
- Publicity Committee – Volunteers work with the Publicity Chair to keep the activities of publicizing a season of shows on schedule.
- SRO – Volunteers assist the editor to publish periodic newsletters (6 issues/year) that keeps the membership informed regarding Players activities and opportunities.
- Project Stage – Volunteers assist the Head teachers as needed during the very successful series of summer theatrical workshops for young people. Time commitments are usually two weeks in July, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 1:15pm.