Volunteer Opportunities

 

We thank you for your interest in Highlands Cashiers Players, your local community theatre. We hope to see you soon, in whatever role you decide to support us, either volunteer or patron.   For more information or to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Chair Kathrine Buckley at 706-782-2887 or kbuckley@gmail.com

Costume Crew:  Costume volunteers are instrumental in building costumes as well as putting finishing touches on projects. Anyone who can sew or craft from simple alterations to full-scale constructions can easily become involved. Give as much time as your schedule allows. COMMITMENT: Flexible.

Costume Run Crew: Costume run crew spend their time backstage helping actors with quick costume changes, hair styling and makeup, and making quick repairs as needed. This is a great way to be a part of the action during performances! COMMITMENT: 5 rehearsals one week prior to opening and 12 performances.

Set Construction: Volunteers who enjoy building and painting are great for this area! These volunteers assist the Technical Director with constructing and painting the set. Set construction is a great place to learn some basic carpentry and painting skills. Training is provided to those without experience. COMMITMENT: Normally weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in addition to special evening or weekend workdays.

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 in addition to changing the set between scenes and during intermission. Running crew is also used to set props both backstage and onstage before and during performances. This is a great way to be a part of the exciting live performance without being on stage. COMMITMENT: 5 rehearsals one week prior to opening and 12 performances.

Props Designer: 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. COMMITMENT: One production meeting per week; the rest is flexible. You will be given a deadline for when everything needs to be at the theater, but you can work on your own time!

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 the lines during rehearsals, and assists the Director in creating rehearsal schedules and calendars. During performances, the stage manager “calls” the show: sitting on headset backstage and guiding the tech crew members through their cues. The stage manager is also responsible for coordinating locking up after performances the House Manager. COMMITMENT: 5 days per week for 5-8 weeks of rehearsal for approximately 3 hours per day and 8 performances.

Box Office: The box office is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and for one hour prior to each performance. From 6:30 pm on a performance night (1:30 Sundays) volunteers pull pre-paid/will call tickets, take phone calls and sell tickets to walk up patrons. This requires handling cash, checks and credit cards. COMMITMENT: Flexible. 10-1 and/or 1-4 Monday through Friday; 6:30-8:00, or 1:30-3:00 performance days.

Ushers:  Takes tickets at the door, checks that each ticket is for that day’s performance. Gives out programs. Knows the seating in the theatre, takes patrons to their seats if necessary. Once the show is running and everyone is settled, you are welcome to sit and watch the performance. COMMITMENT: One (1) hour before the performance.

Concessions: Volunteers sell concessions at intermission. They are set out before the show starts and cleared away after intermission. You are welcome to sit and watch the performance before and after intermission. COMMITMENT: One (1) hour before performance and intermission.

Dinner Theater Kitchen Staff, Wait Staff and Bartenders: One show annually is a dinner theater performance. Bartenders are needed to pour drinks at our cash bar. Kitchen Staff is needed to warm and plate the dinners/desserts, and Wait Staff is needed to serve our patrons. COMMITMENT: Flexible. Serve one show or as many as you like. 3-4 hours per performance.

Lobby Display Board: The Lobby Display Board serves to present a visual introduction to our patrons of the cast and crew in each stage production. Photos and materials are provided. You bring your artistic vision and talent in designing and producing a visually appealing board. COMMITMENT: Flexible. As long as it takes to have the board ready for dress rehearsal which is the night before opening night. You can work on your own time!

Feeding Cast & Crew: This is one of our most vital opportunities. Prepare and serve a simple meal to the cast and crew before each show. These meals typically consist of a protein-rich entrée (soup, stew, casserole), salad, bread, dessert. Nothing fancy; just tasty and nutritious! COMMITMENT: One (1) show per production. Meal to be served 1 hour prior to show time.

Performers:  Each show relies on the performers, all of whom are volunteers. Aged 5-85, we need people to audition and share their talents with us. Not everyone will be a star, but those in the chorus or background create the atmosphere and make a show possible. We need actors, dancers, singers and musicians. No experience is necessary, just the willingness to attend rehearsals when needed, follow directions, learn your lines and have lots of fun! COMMITMENT: Rehearsals, performances, photo calls, strike day – as directed. i

House Supervisor:  Works with the House Manager before opening the theatre, makes sure that patrons do not enter the theatre before the doors are opened. Sees that programs are available at the doors. Closes and opens the doors at the start and end of performance and intermission. Acts as an Usher and seats late-comers. Prepares concessions for intermission. Lets patrons know that intermission is ending. You must be approved by the House Manager to fill this position. Once the show is running and everyone is settled, you are welcome to sit and watch the performance. COMMITMENT: 3-4 hours per performance.