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VOLUNTEER POSITIONS WITH VILLAGE THEATRE WATERDOWN
Stage management is the practice of organizing and coordinating a theatrical production. It encompasses a variety of activities, including organizing the production and coordinating communications between various personnel (e.g., between director and backstage crew, or actors and production management). A stage manager is one who has overall responsibility for stage management and the smooth execution of a production.
Assistant Stage Manager
The ASM has a twofold responsibility. During the rehearsal period, the ASM operates as the Stage Manager’s assistant helping set up and strike rehearsal furniture, taking down line notes, etc. per the Stage Manager. Often the ASM doubles as the Script Assistant. During technical and dress rehearsals, and performances, the ASM is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the backstage area.
The House Manager is in charge of the hall on production nights. This includes making sure the chairs are setup, the concession stand is operating, ushers are in place, programmes are available and liasing with the Stage Manager to coordinate timing.
The producer’s job is to find, motivate and oversee people to do all the jobs other than directing and acting and to make sure that the whole production runs smoothly. The producer is first and foremost a good communicator and organizer, capable of working well with different teams of people and giving them the tools and information they need to do their jobs.
As the show is blocked, the stage manager records the blocking in a special script for that purpose. The script assistant uses this script to prompt the actors for their lines once they are going off book. The script assistant must also be able to prompt actors with stage directions and record blocking changes in the script.
There are many jobs in the costume area from designing, sourcing out pieces, sewing, and maintaining the costumes during the show. Heaven forbid we have a wardrobe malfunction!
Lighting and Sound
Work with the sound and lighting designers and the producer and stage manager to execute the cues.
This is a great customer service role! Ushers are responsible for the seating and safety of all patrons before, during, and after the performance. Ushers are also expected to carry out tasks to help with the smooth running of the front of house including care and maintenance of the theatre, customer service, audience experience, pre-show prep, post-show breakdown, guest and volunteer safety, and emergency responses.
The props master is responsible for finding and organizing the props used in the play. During the production the props person will often be back stage working with the assistant stage manager to make sure the items are in the correct place at the right time.