So...You'd like to get involved? Great!
We are up and running at The Summit Playhouse, and we would love to have you join us! We have volunteer opportunities for both business and creative minds alike, so whether you like to create, organize, manage, or build, there is a place at The Summit Playhouse for you. Become a valuable contributor, make new and lasting friendships, and share your honed skills -- or if you're inexperienced but interested in an area, let us train you!
And there are perks -- for every show in which you volunteer, you will receive a complimentary ticket to a performance. So read on to see how you can volunteer and enjoy live theater right here in your own community!
- Ushers/House Managers
- Costume Designers
- Set Construction
- Set and Scenic Painters
- Set Decorators
- Light Board Operators
- Lighting Assistants
- Lighting and Sound Designers
- Stage Managers
- Musical Directors
To volunteer for MainStage Productions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To volunteer for Youth Theatre productions, please email us at email@example.com
Ushers and House Managers arrive at the theatre one hour prior to show time. Ushers welcome guests, hand out programs, help patrons find their seats, close and open doors at intermission and straighten up the theater following the performance.
A prop is anything an actor touches on stage—such as a book, a pipe, or food. The Props Master works with the Director to decide which props are needed for the show, and then gathers those items. This involves pulling props from our collection at the Playhouse and/or locating props to borrow, rent or purchase. If you like searching and shopping, this job is for you!
Costume Designers work with the Director to provide costumes for the cast that are appropriate for the characters, time period and setting of the production, all within a specific budget. Costume Designers may pull costumes from our own collection, rent pieces, shop for new pieces, or construct new costumes from scratch. If you enjoy clothing and fashion, sign up!
If you enjoy creating, gluing, and sewing -- or if you prefer organizing, labeling and ironing -- consider joining our team as a costume assistant.
We are in need of photographers to shoot headshots and production photos. These photos are displayed on our website, social media, in the press and in our Playhouse.
Volunteers are needed to build sets for our productions. While carpentry skills are certainly useful, there is work for all levels. Tools and building supplies are provided.
Set and Scenic Painters:
Once the set has been built, it needs to be painted! Painting projects range from solid walls, to wood grains, to detailed scenic designs. We need painters of all skill levels, from beginners to experts.
Once the set has been painted, it’s time to decorate! Set Decoration includes furniture, lamps, and curtains -- and benches, garbage cans, and lamp posts -- depending on the setting. Set Decorators gather pieces from our Playhouse collection and also borrow, rent and buy pieces. If you enjoy decorating, join us!
Light Board Operators:
The Light Board Operator follows the script and executes lighting cues on our computerized light board. This is not as difficult as it sounds and is explained to you by our Technical Director. The operator needs to be present at all technical rehearsals and at performances. No previous experience is necessary. We will train you!
Volunteers are needed to hang and focus lights. If you like heights please inquire, as climbing a ladder is a must for this position!
Spotlight Operators run the spotlight during rehearsals the week prior to show dates and at performances. The spotlight is simple to operate and no prior experience is necessary.
Lighting and Sound Designers:
The Lighting and Sound Designer works with the Director to create dynamic lighting plots and sound effects for the production. This volunteer position requires prior experience in design and setting lights, and it is also very helpful if you are able to climb ladders.
The Producer heads the production, organizes the production team, schedules auditions, ensures the production is running smoothly and on schedule, keeps the show within budget, among other responsibilities. If you are organized and enjoy managing, this position is for you. If you have never produced a production, you will work with an experienced Playhouse producer who can teach you the ropes.
The Director provides a strong artistic vision for the production and leads the cast through the rehearsal process. The Director is responsible for scheduling rehearsals, coaching the actors, and working collaboratively with the artistic team and producer on the production. Directors are hired for each production after an application and interview process.
The Stage Manager works with the Director throughout the rehearsal process, managing the rehearsal schedule, recording blocking, giving line cues, and managing the cast and crew during performances. The Stage Manager attends all rehearsals and is present for all performances.
The Music Director is responsible for teaching all of the vocal music to the cast. If a pit band is being used instead of musical tracks, the Musical Director appoints and rehearses with the musicians and conducts the pit band during all performances. This position requires an experienced musician with a background in both vocal and instrumental music.
The Choreographer creates all of the dances in a musical that reflects the artistic vision of the production and teaches the dances to the cast. The Choreographer must also prepare and conduct a dance audition as a part of the audition process.
We are always in need of extra sets of hands to do everything from organizing costumes and props, to hanging production posters in our community. If you feel you have something to contribute, please reach out. We welcome you and your ideas!