What skills do you have you can share with us?
Lots of exciting things are happening at The Brewster Theater Company! Main Stage productions, Cabarets, and special projects involve many people making the magic happen. Every year, dozens people volunteer their time and talents to keep The Brewster Theater Company running. Whether your talents lie onstage, backstage, or any of the numerous other volunteer positions we have to fill, we think you'll find that The Brewster Theater Company is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!
What skills do you have you can share with us?
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Interested in volunteering? Contact us at BrewsterTheaterInfo@gmail.com
Pick an interest:
Actor • Singer • Dancer • Musician • Assistant Directing/ Stage Managing •
Production Assistant • Running Crew • Spot Light Operator •
Light or Sound Board Operators • Photographer/Video • Makeup/ Hair
Front of House Volunteers: Box Office • House Managers • Ushers • Concessions
Scene Shop Volunteers • Construction • Painting • Props
Costume Shop Volunteers • Special Event Volunteers • Marketing
Actors and Singers
Find your place on our stage! Actors learn staging, memorize lines, develop characters and work as an ensemble. Audition notices are emailed to those individuals on the volunteer mailing list and are available on the website. Those auditioning will be asked to read a scene from the script. For musicals, participants need to perform a short prepared song and take part in a dance audition as well.
Do you play an instrument? The Brewster Theater Company’s orchestra is made up of an amazing group of talented musicians who tackle complex scores with ease. We are always looking for musicians to be a part of our live orchestra pit band and our cabarets. Our musicians are given a stipend per performance.
Scene Shop Volunteers
If you like to tinker with projects or work with your hands, this position is for you! These volunteers help build, cover and repair the scenery. Set construction encompasses a wide variety of construction techniques and materials. Projects depend on the degree of experience of the volunteer. Most projects are accomplished in teams and there is lots of room for on the job training.
Try something new! Many painting techniques in the theatre are easy to learn. You can learn to paint scenery to look like brick, stone, marble, plaster, stucco, foliage, wallpaper or a variety of wood grains. You can master such techniques as spattering, sponging, rag rolling and dry brushing.
Properties, or "props", are all of the small pieces on the set or carried on by actors in a production such as books, housewares and food. The properties coordinator collects or constructs props during a show's rehearsal period and attends Tech Week rehearsals to make sure all the props are ready for the performance run.
Costume Shop Organizers
Love clothes? Love to organize? These volunteers try to bring order to the chaos. Theatre Lawrence receives lots of donations of clothing, jewelry and hats. These volunteers sort jewelry, box hats and size and hang clothing on and on-going basis.
Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of sewing skills. Sewing tasks range from sewing buttons, hems and trim to the construction of a garment
Assistant Director/Stage Managers
These positions are responsible for the smooth running of the production, from auditions to the last performance and strike. Duties include organizing rehearsals with the director, noting the blocking of actors, setting up the stage for rehearsals, and backstage management of all performances. The stage manager is often the first one in the building and the last one to leave. These are critical and demanding volunteer roles.
Usually involved in a production from pre-production through opening, a PA helps get the space ready, runs errands, sets props, and does anything necessary to support the Stage Management team.
Running Crew/ Dressers
The Running Crew consists of volunteers who execute all of the backstage changes during a production. Running Crew volunteers work each night of a production; however, sometimes people can split the run of a show. The Running Crew is supervised by the Stage Manager and works closely with the actors. Some crew may be assigned to oversee the costumes during a performance run. They may help with quick changes or emergency repairs.
Follow Spot Operator
These volunteers operate the spotlight from the booth facing the stage. Spotlights are frequently used in musicals, so precision and good timing are necessary!
Light Board Operator
The Board Operator works the computer board in the light booth that controls all light in the theater. The Operator follows the script and moves pre-programmed controls. This person works closely with the lighting designer, director and stage manager. Training is available.
Sound Board Operator
The sound is controlled from the sound booth facing the stage. The Sound Operator is responsible for all the recorded or live effects that occur during a production. The operation of wireless microphones is occasionally included. The sound operator adjusts all the sound levels to ensure effective operation and patron comfort. Training is available.
For some shows actors need help with special make-ups. Period hair styles and wigs are often used and help is needed to achieve the right look.
Front of House Volunteers
In charge of all aspects of the of front if house, staffing and personnel.
Box Office Volunteers
These volunteers sell tickets and distribute pre-paid tickets and Season tickets at the Box Office for each performance. Good people skills are a must and training is provided for all activities.
Lead Ushers are responsible for the safety and security of the audience. This person supervises the ushers and offers general information to patrons. A smile, neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must for this people-oriented task.
Ushers, who are supervised by the Lead Usher greet and escort patrons to their seats. They hand out programs and answer general questions regarding the theatre. As with the Lead Usher a smile, neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must. Prepare, maintain and clean-up the house.
These volunteers sell refreshments before the show and during intermission. They coordinate the purchase, preparation, and presentation of the items for sale. Maintain and clean-up the concessions area.
Love to plan parties? Get involved here. Hosting, decorating the theatre, guiding tours and preparing, serving meals and drinks. The needs vary depending on the event.