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Individually Tailored Opportunities
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Learn staging, memorize lines, develop characters and perform onstage. Audition information located under the audition tab. Be sure to sign up for our Audition eblast so you can stay in the know about upcoming auditions. Those planning to audition are asked to read from the script; musicals, require the performance of prepared song and participation in a dance audition. Rehearsals are weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. Production runs vary from five to 20 performances, with two to five per week.
Strike Force Crew
Help deconstruct each set on the Sunday following the final performance of each production. Strikes take between two and four hours and involve using power tools, clearing props/furniture and tidying the backstage wings.
Set Construction and Painters
Set construction encompasses a wide variety of construction techniques and materials, including wood, metal, foam, plastic and fabric. Projects in the scene shop depend on the degree of experience of the volunteer.
Whether you are an artist or not, you can learn to paint at TCT. Many painting techniques in the theatre are easy to learn. You can learn to paint scenery to look like brick, stone, marble, plaster, stucco, foliage, wallpaper or a variety of wood grains. You can master such techniques as spattering, sponging, rag rolling and dry brushing.
Opening Night Food Vendor
Volunteers prepare a food or snack dish for each show’s opening night party and deliver it to the theater. This task, which is arranged on a show-by-show basis, is actually a volunteer activity that aids other volunteers. Cast and crew members are most appreciative of all these volunteers do!
Front of House/House Managers
Typically the first HHT representative many patrons will encounter, the House Managers supervises the entryway and lobby. This volunteer collects and counts ticket stubs, offers general information to patrons and manages the Hosts. A smile, neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must for this people-oriented task. These volunteers work one to two hour shifts per performance.
Hosts greet and escort patrons to their seats, distribute playbills and answer general questions regarding the theatre. As with the House Manager, a smile, neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must.
The Dresser oversees all of the costumes during a performance run. They also help the actors during quick changes and perform emergency repairs. In some instances, the Dresser also helps with hair and make-up.
The Stage Manager conducts all auditions, rehearsals and performances for a show under the supervision of the Director. Once in production, the Stage Manager oversees the cast and running crew, executes light and communicates needs to the Design Staff. As the most challenging volunteer opportunity at HHT, volunteers are asked to first co-stage manage with an experienced volunteer or to work as a running crew member for several shows. The time commitment ranges from two to three months, four to six days a week, three to four hours a day
Properties, or “props,” are all of the set dressings used in a production such as books, housewares and food. The properties coordinator collects or constructs props during a show’s rehearsal period and attends Tech Week rehearsals to ensure all the props are ready for the performance run.
Box Office and Admin/ Box Office
Daytime box office volunteers assist with every aspect of ticket sales, from taking phone calls to mailing tickets to providing patrons with exemplary customer service. Volunteers are scheduled in four hour shifts on weekdays. Good people and communication skills are a must and training is provided.
Assist during daytime business hours. Answering phones, routing calls and messages as well as helping with various projects. These volunteers commit to a specific day and shift on a continuous week-to-week schedule. Volunteer tasks such as filing and helping with accounting are also available.
Youth volunteers start as young as 12! All of our youth shows are Stage Managed and crewed by kids. Kids can also help by assisting teachers during classes or lending a hand with mailings. Opportunities for adults range from assisting with mailings to being a backstage parent to helping with set construction and painting
Crew and More
The Running Crew consists of volunteers who execute all of the backstage changes during a production. Running Crew volunteers work each night of a production; however, two people can split the run of a show. The Running Crew is supervised by the Stage Manager and works closely with the actors.
Operate spotlights from elevated platforms facing the stage. As spotlights are frequently used for solos and dance numbers for musicals, precision and good timing are necessary.
Sound Board Operator
The Sound Board Operator executes all of the recorded effects that occur during a performance. All recorded effects are on CD, cassette or reel-to-reel tapes. The operation of wireless microphones is also controlled by the Sound Board Operator. Experience in this position is helpful and training is available.
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