In what area(s) would you be interested in volunteering?
We have lots of options!
But first, some notes about volunteering for youth theatre:
For the safety of all performers and volunteers, everyone must follow the instructions of Scripps Theatre Arts Board Members at all times.
Load-in and Strike (moving the show in and out of the theater) are crucial to the success of the show and require a GREAT DEAL of effort. ALL families are expected to participate in Load In and Strike.
When volunteers don’t show up as expected, volunteers are pulled from other areas to complete the tasks and rehearsals are often severely delayed.
Have fun! Almost all of the jobs listed provide a unique opportunity to witness the magic backstage and get to know the performers. Enjoy the experience!
Jobs typically available
Help build the sets for the show. Carpentry skills are useful. Must be reasonably fit and able to lift, push and pull heavy objects. Close-toes shoes and proper clothing are required.
Paint the scenery for the show. Artistic ability is not required. Must be reasonably fit and able to lift, push, and pull heavy objects. Some ladder climbing may be required as well. Set painting often continues through load-in during Tech Week.
Can you use scissors or thread a needle? The Costumers assist the Costume Designer with fitting and costume construction and well as all of the logistics needed to assign, distribute, maintain, collect and store the costumes. Previous sewing experience is extremely valuable!
Props include set furnishings, table settings, items carried by actors, and various other objects on stage. Props assists with construction of items when needed and manages the logistics needed to assign, distribute, maintain, collect and store the props. Props loads-in and strikes its own items. and oversees management of props after load-in. Must be available during Tech Week and performances, arriving at cast member call time.
Headshots and bios for each of each actor are displayed attractively in the theater lobby. Some work will need to be done at home and the lobby displays are put up during Tech Week.
Do you like to be part of the action happening on stage during the show? The Backstage Crew moves set pieces between scenes under the direction of the Stage Manager. Must be reasonably fit and able to push, pull, lift, bend, etc. Must be available during Tech Week and performances, arriving at cast member call time. Must wear black and close-toed shoes. Note: Backstage Crew provides assistance to the set build team as sets are assembled during load-in and disassembled during strike.
Do you love hanging out with fun and interesting kids? Green Room volunteers supervise the cast members in the Green Room during Tech week and performances,, arriving at cast member call time, and are responsible for assisting with costumes and costume changes as well as overseeing that the dressing rooms are kept neat and organized. STA and various parents provide board games and other appropriate activities.
Execute all quick changes backstage and provide assistance to cast members who need help with costumes backstage, Must be available to work during Tech week and performances, arriving at cast member call time. Must wear black and close-toed shoes.
Makeup and Hair
Can you braid hair? Can you do basic makeup application? Makeup and Hair applies specialty makeup, executes some specialty hair designs and assists actors with wigs. Cast members are responsible for their own basic hair and makeup. Must be available to work during Tech week and performances, arriving at cast member call time. Loads-in and strikes its own supplies.
The Stage Manager runs the cues during rehearsals and performances and alerts cast members when they are needed onstage. Must be familiar with the script and all characters and be available to work during Tech Week and all performances, arriving at cast member call time. Must wear black and close-toed shoes at the theater. This responsibility can be shared if there are multiple Stage Managers.
One of the most challenging but rewarding jobs available. The Soundboard Operator preferably has experience with live theatrical sound. Attendance at run-through rehearsals is preferred and attendance at all Tech Week rehearsals is required. The Soundboard Operator must work every performance, arriving at cast member call time. This responsibility can be shared if there are multiple Soundboard Operators.
Mic volunteers are responsible for affixing mics to and removing mics from the actors. Must be available to work during Tech Week and performances, arriving at cast member call time. Some heavy lifting may be required during load-in and strike.
The Lighting Operator runs the lights that illuminate the actors on stage. Must be willing to climb a tall vertical ladder and work in a relatively small space. Must be available to work during Tech week and all performances, arriving at cast member call time., Must wear black and close-toed shoes. This responsibility can be shared if there are multiple Lighting Operators
Tech Dinners and Cast Party
The Tech Dinner Team is responsible for managing dinner orders and food pickup for cast members and volunteers in between same-day performances. The Cast Party Team is responsible for planning the celebration party for the cast after the show closes, working with the producers to manage details.