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Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for help bringing our 2019 season to life! Summer Place is powered by dedicated, creative, generous, efficient people who donate their time to getting our shows off the ground.

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Whether you can help for only one night, all summer or for a hour here and there, we would love to have you be part of the team! Volunteering opportunities include set building, costuming, backstage crew, ushering, concessions and box office support, props coordination, marketing and promotion, fundraising, play reading, and more. Find out how you and your family can get involved by emailing volunteer@summerplacetheatre.org.

Here's a partial list of what our awesome volunteers do:

Usher

Ushers greet audience members at the door of the theatre and pass out programs, point out bathrooms, assist people with the elevator, and help people to their seats as needed. They open the doors at intermission, monitor the bringing of concessions into the theatre (politely remind them to finish their concessions in the lobby), and assist the House Manager as requested. Ushers may watch the show in the theatre once the audience is seated. This is a one-time commitment.

Box Office Staff

The Box Office staff checks in season ticket holders, scans tickets, sells tickets (either by collecting cash and returning correct change, or scanning a credit card), and directs audience members to the theatre. They may perform other tasks as requested by the Box Office Manager. This is a one-time commitment.

Concessions

The volunteers who sell concessions during intermission will collect cash and return correct change, replenish concessions as needed from the provided supply, and report any food or drink items that need to be replenished to the House Manager. This is a one-time commitment. 

Stage Crew

Stage Crew fills in behind the scenes as requested by the Stage Manager. They may move set pieces, place props on stage, run the sound or light board, operate spotlights, relay instructions from the Stage Manager, and perform other tasks as needed to ensure the show runs smoothly. They often work in very low light and lift heavy objects. The stage crew is committed for tech week and each performance.

Set Building

Tech Week: Volunteers who help to build the set will work under the Technical Director and/or Master Carpenter to construct, paint, and dress the set. They use power tools, paint set pieces and furniture, and perform other tasks as requested to prepare the stage for the opening of the show. This is a short-term commitment of one or two weeks.

Strike: At the end of the run of the show, the strike crew will dismantle the set and assist the staff with cleanup so we can vacate the theatre or prepare for the next show. These tasks could include

  • Helping the Lighting Designer unplug and remove or reposition lights
  • Helping the Sound Designer collect and inventory microphones and cables
  • Helping the Props Master collect and inventory props
  • Helping the Stage Manager collect and erase scripts
  • Helping the Costume Designer collect and inventory costumes
  • Helping the Technical Director or Master Carpenter take down the set and set dressings
  • Helping the Music Director dismantle the pit by moving instruments or chairs and music stands
  • Taking set pieces, furniture, props, and costumes to storage

This is generally a one-time commitment.

Production Team Volunteers

We need plenty of help to get the show from rehearsal to final curtain. Our production team needs help with costume design, props, operating the sound or light board, assisting the director or the stage manager, and acting or playing in the pit. These volunteers are committed for the run of the show.

Publicity

Publicity volunteers help spread the word about Summer Place Events. They create and post flyers, brainstorm marketing campaigns, post on social media, and perform other tasks as requested by the Publicity Chair. Some other tasks may include:

  • Collecting cast and crew bios and headshots
  • Taking cast and crew headshots
  • Photographing rehearsals, shows, and other events
  • Updating the website with news articles
  • Visiting retirement communities to distribute publicity materials to their program director
  • Posting information about upcoming events on online calendars
  • Sending press releases to local newspapers

Volunteers may serve on the publicity committee for the whole year, or simply put up posters one Saturday morning. There’s something to fit every schedule.

Fiduciary Committee

Volunteers on the Fiduciary Committee help to keep Summer Place running throughout the year. They research and write grants, brainstorm and plan fundraisers, balance our accounts, sell ads and solicit donations, and act in the best interests of Summer Place Theatre. These positions can be long-term, or you can join us for a single grant-writing night.

Can you do one of these tasks? Email us or let us email you!

Thank you for your support!

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