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The Summer Place, Naperville’s Community Theatre since 1966, proudly stands in solidarity with the Black members of our community and across the nation during this time of pain, protest and yes, progress towards a better future. One without overreach of power; without a perception of superiority of one person over another; one with justice for all. Black Lives Matter. We join in the efforts to make that statement a reality in the minds and hearts of everyone in our community and around the world.

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus, Our 2020 Summer Season - Cabaret, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Sound of Music - has been cancelled.
For full details, read our news article.

 

Kids Camp Coming July 2020!

Calling all children, teens, and young adults who are beginners to theatre! Summer Place Theatre is kicking off a virtual summer season with a Zoom kids camp, which will include a variety of engaging and informative classes led by some of the best talents in Naperville. The classes are most appropriate for children ages 5-16, or whomever considers themselves a beginner to the arts.

The camp will run July 6th -10th and is completely FREE! We will be raising money through our Patreon account for the duration of the week. You can make a one time donation or become a monthly patron of Summer Place Theatre anytime by visiting our Patreon page. Any and all donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated!

The camp will run as follows:
Monday, July 6th: Dance with Andrew Trygstad -- Time: TBD
Tuesday, July 7th: Audition Tutorial with Matt Whalen -- Time: TBD
Wednesday, July 8th: Beginner's Music Theory with Emma Gingold -- Time: TBD
Thursday, July 9th: Tips on Memorizing with Sarah Batzel -- Time: TBD
Friday, July 10th: Musical Theater Singing with Kayla Lollar & Audrey McGee -- Time: TBD

All sessions will be held and recorded on Zoom at the designated time. Sessions will then be uploaded to our Patreon account to be enjoyed anytime at a later date. You must be a patron to access the videos on Patreon.

In order to ensure your spot and receive the link to our Zoom, we ask that you please REGISTER ahead of time by emailing info@summerplacetheatre.org. Include your child's name and age and your interest in our kids camp. You will receive a confirmation!

We cannot wait to bring theatre to our youth! Stay tuned for adult level classes coming up mid July!

Paid Jobs

We're always on the lookout for excellent theatre professionals to direct, design, and manage our shows.

These jobs have an honorarium payment and contractor agreement associated with them. 

We are looking for people with some experience in theatre production for these spots, but for assistant roles, we'll be happy to train on the job.

The best approach is to contact us. Attach a resume (MS Word or PDF). Let's get the conversation going!

Email Apply@summerplacetheatre.org

Volunteer Jobs

Box Office Manager

Box Office Staff

House Manager

Ushers

Ticket Scanners

Concessions Manager

Concessions Staff

Fundraiser

Publicity Committee Members

Fiduciary Committee Members

Some of these roles are one night commitments, and some have increasing responsibility that may last the full summer season or longer. Most take a minimum of training which you'll get when you arrive. The best approach is to talk with our volunteer coordinator who can help you decide what role is best for you. Send us an email:

Email Volunteer@SummerPlaceTheatre.org

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We send out an email when we are in need, or to keep you informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities. 

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About Getting Involved

Whether you can help for one night, all summer, or an 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.

Remember, you can find out how you and your family can get involved by emailing us.

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 get on our mailing list!

Thank you for your support!

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