See the 2015 Volunteer Award Winners here.

Volunteering at SCT is fun and rewarding. You’ll work in a lively atmosphere with creative people, and can contribute a skill you already possess or learn something new. Check out the positions listed at right, then download our volunteer form (please read instructions carefully to submit your form).

VOLUNTEER FORM

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If you’re unable to submit your form online, mail your completed form to Box 2305, Salina, KS 67402-2305. You may also email or call Jill French at 785.827.6126 to volunteer.

Volunteer Positions

AUDITION ASSISTANT

The audition assistant works closely with the volunteer coordinator and the director to facilitate the audition process. Duties include distributing audition forms, assisting those auditioning with their audition forms, taking digital photographs, making photocopies, data entry, setting up and tearing down audition rooms/areas. Training is minimal and can be done “on the job.” Auditions generally run 2-3 hours per night and can span a period of two weeks. Musical auditions generally run for three consecutive nights while non musical auditions run for two consecutive nights. Auditions are held roughly 11 times per year for MainStage, CTA, and holiday productions.

BOX OFFICE ASSISTANT

The box office assistant works with the box office manager to process ticket orders via mail, telephone, or in person using the ExtremeTix computer program ticketing system. The box office assistant will be required to handle cash and sensitive credit card information and ought to be familiar with any current or upcoming productions. Training can be extensive and should be scheduled prior to assuming the position. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 11:30-5:30 and 45 minutes before each performance. During performances the time commitment is generally an hour and a half. During the week the hours are flexible. Computer experience is helpful but not necessary.

COSTUME CREW

Members of the costume crew will assist the costume chief with any of the above listed duties. Costume crew members are to be present during technical rehearsals and the show run to handle any costume emergencies or special costume preparations. During performances the time commitment is 2-3 hours. Additional hours can be scheduled through the costume chief.

DRESSER

A dresser is a member of the costume crew who helps actors with quick costume changes during a performance. During performances the time commitment is 2-3 hours. Additional hours can be scheduled through the costume chief.

HOUSE MANAGER

The house manager runs the front of the house during performances. They are responsible for opening and closing the lobby curtains, ensuring playbills are accessible to ushers and patrons seated in the X row, setting up and checking out hearing devices, and answering any general questions theatre goers may have. House managers should be familiar with the layout of theatre including locations of exits and restrooms. The time commitment is 2-3 hours depending on the length of the performance. Training is minimal and can be done prior to audience arrival. A house manager “cheat sheet” is available as well.

LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR

The light board operator runs the light board for a production and checks all lighting equipment prior to each performance. This position includes climbing in the catwalks above the house seats. The time commitment is one week of rehearsal prior to opening and approximately 12 performances. Learning to operate the light board can take as little as 20 minutes; however, each show has specific lighting needs and attendance at 3-4 rehearsals is required to gather all of the light cues.

MAILING CREW

The mailing crew prepares SCT publications for bulk mailing. Duties include stuffing envelopes, labeling, sorting, and collating. Training is on the job under the direction of the marketing director or volunteer coordinator. Most assignments are completed within a few hours. There are no prescheduled days for mailings.

PERFORMER

Performers are used in all plays and musicals produced at SCT. Performers are responsible for memorizing lines, musical numbers, and dance routines. Performers are expected to provide their own stage make up and properly store costumes during performances. Performers must attend all required rehearsals and be on time for said rehearsals. Rehearsals generally run 4-6 weeks, with 5-6 rehearsals per week, each 2-3 hours long. Performers are expected to participate in every aspect of Production Week (Sunday-Thursday of the week the show opens) which includes a costume parade, technical rehearsals (microphones, set, props, etc.), and running through the show in its entirety. Performances run for 3 weeks but may be extended with 4 shows each week. Understudies are not used and all performers are expected to attend every performance. Clean-up duties will be assigned to performers during the run of the show. At the end of a run performers are required to help strike the set.

PROP CHIEF

The prop chief is in charge of obtaining and/or constructing all props used in a production. A list of props is given to the prop chief by the show’s director. The prop chief is also responsible for presetting props for each performance, assisting the prop crew with stage shifts, cleaning and replenishing consumable props after each performance and organizing prop storage. The time commitment varies depending on the director’s needs, but generally includes one week of rehearsal prior to the show’s opening and approximately 12 performances in addition to the time it takes to collect the props. The prop chief will also be present to strike the show.

SET BUILDER

The set builder assists the technical directors with construction and painting of scenery. The shop is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm. Some evening and weekend hours may be scheduled through the technical directors. Carpentry and painting skills are helpful; however, all skill levels are welcome.

SOUND BOARD OPERATOR

The sound board operator runs the sound board for a production and checks all sound equipment prior to each performance. This position includes climbing in the catwalks above the house seats. The time commitment is one week of rehearsal prior to opening and approximately 12 performances. Learning to operate the sound board can take as little as 20 minutes; however, each show has specific sound effects and attendance at 3-4 rehearsals is required to gather all of the sound cues.

SPOTLIGHT OPERATOR

The spotlight operator runs spot lights for a production. This position may require standing for an extended period of time. This position is generally up in the booth above the house seats. The time commitment is one week of rehearsal prior to opening and approximately 12 performances. Training is minimal and can be done during tech week rehearsal.

STAGE MANAGER

The stage manager assists the director and keeps accurate records of rehearsals, blocking, and production business. The stage manager acts as a liaison between actors, crew, production staff, and the director. During the run of the show the stage manager is in charge of all aspects of the production from making sure the cast and crew arrive on time to calling all of the light and sound cues. The time commitment varies depending on the director’s needs. Some directors may require attendance at all rehearsals while others may not. Attendance is required for all technical rehearsals the week before opening and generally 12 performances.

USHER

Ushers take tickets, distribute playbills, and help patrons find their seats. Ushers must report 40 minutes prior to show time and may leave once the show has begun. Volunteers may schedule their dates for ushering through the Salina Community Theatre Guild.