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Volunteer

 

There are a lot more ways to be involved at CP than just acting on stage. We are always on the look out for new people who want to be involved in any area of production. Getting involved is easy.

 

You can click one of the links below to sign up for opportunities depending on the time of day you are available - weekdays (afternoons), weekends, or day of shows.  Or you can click the "Sign up to Volunteer" link to give us your general information and tell us the specific areas you are interested in volunteering for.

 

If you are looking for acting opportunities, then please check the AUDITIONS or the EDUCATION (for kids' opportunities) sections of our web site.

 

Take a moment and download our volunteer handout to learn more about the benefits and rules for volunteering at CP.

 

Need community service hours?

 

If you are looking to volunteer for community service hours, we are glad to help.  Please click one of the links below to sign up for time slots/opportunities.  This is the best way to sign up for community service hours with us.

 

SEP. WEEKDAY GENERAL

SEP. CREW CALLS

 

USHER & HOUSE MANAGE - MURDER IS ANNOUNCED/BLACK COFFEE

 

 

Other Volunteer sign up.

 

For complete policies regarding volunteers please click here.

Click on any of the following jobs to see a brief description of the position and the time commitments.

 

Performance Opportunities

Front of House

Backstage/Technical

 


 

MUSICIANS
What would a musical be without an orchestra? At CP we believe in using all the talents of our community, and therefore NEVER perform a musical with "canned" or prerecorded music. Depending on the show, we use everything from a piano player, to brass, woodwinds or strings. Contact the director or musical director about what we're looking for at the time.


TIME REQUIREMENTS:
Several rehearsals with just the orchestra as set up by the musical director
6 rehearsals with the cast
6 performances

 

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BOX OFFICE
Enjoyment of working with the public and thinking on your feet are traits of a good Box Office worker. This position involves assisting our Box Office manager with the daily ticket reservation and money collection for productions.


TIME REQUIREMENTS:
Varies, Box Office is open from noon to 5:30 p.m., beginning three weeks prior to opening night; extra help is usually needed on the first Monday of each week.

 

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HOUSE MANAGER
The House Manager is in charge of everything in the front of the theatre during a performance. Duties include checking the cleanliness of the restrooms, lobby and theatre prior to patrons arriving; coordinating the ushers; watching for items such as cameras, pagers and cell phones; being in the lobby during performances to answer phone calls or deal with other emergencies; check with the Stage Manager regarding opening the house, beginning the performance, and starting it after intermission; straightening up the lobby and restrooms following the performance.


TIME REQUIREMENTS:
1 hour 15 minutes before curtain time until the end of the performance.

 

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USHERS
A great opportunity to meet people and get involved with CP. Ushers greet the public, take tickets, help patrons find their seats and hand out programs. Prior to the performance, the ushers also help make sure the theatre is clean and the seats are up. Often ushers volunteer in groups with their friends. We use 4 to 6 ushers per performance.


TIME REQUIREMENTS:
1 or more performances per production — it's up to you. 45 minutes prior to curtain time until the show begins.

 

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ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Be backstage during the performances and work with the Stage Manager to ensure the production runs smoothly and properly. The A.S.M. and the S.M. can also coordinate times so that at least one of them is present at all rehearsals for things such as prompting actors. During the run the A.S.M. is responsible for all props and set changes, as well as making sure actors make it on stage.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
Varies during rehearsal process, depending on coordination with the S.M.
5 tech rehearsals
6 performances

 

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AUDITION ASSISTANT
During the auditions this individual greets those auditioning and directs them to fill out audition forms. The audition assistant coordinates the flow of traffic in and out of the theatre during the actual auditions. A good sense of humor and the ability to make nervous actors relax is helpful here.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
2-3 hours on audition days (generally two days)

 

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COSTUMING
Anyone who can sew - from simple alterations to full-scale construction - can easily become involved as much as your time commitment allows. Hours and times are very adaptable, and you can work at home. This position works closely with CP's Costumer in coordinating measurements of actors, pulling items from stock and any minor repairs which may be needed during the run.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
Flexible.

 

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FOLLOW SPOT OPERATOR
The spotlight is most often used in musicals, but has also been used in straight plays as well. Training on how to run the instrument, and solve any minor lighting problems is provided to those interested.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
At least 1 rehearsal prior to tech week
5 tech rehearsals
6 performances

 

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LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR
During tech rehearsals and performances the Board Op. runs the theatre's lighting system. We recently upgraded our lighting system to a computerized board, making running lights a breeze. The Board Op will need to attend at least one rehearsal prior to tech. week so they have a working familiarity with the show, and preferably be present to assist in the light hang.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
At least 1 rehearsal prior to tech week
Morning/afternoon Saturday light hang (preferably)
5 tech rehearsals
6 performances

 

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LIGHTING TECHNICIAN
This position involves helping with the hang of each individual lighting instrument prior to the first tech rehearsal of each production. Each instrument must be hung, gelled, and focused. In most cases it is necessary to climb ladders to reach the lighting locations. This is a fun area, but not for those who have a fear of heights.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
Generally a Saturday morning/afternoon work call 1 or 2 weeks prior to opening, additional time as needed

 

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MAKE-UP TECHNICIAN
Assist actors in the application of stage and specialty make up, in addition to assisting with hair and other items of an actor's appearance on stage. Experience with the application of stage make up is preferred, though we also love to train new people.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
Varies, depending on the number of actors and how many technicians are available
2 hours prior to performance when working a show

 

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PROPS
Finding props for a production is often like a giant scavenger hunt, and the more creative places you look the more fun you have. Props at CP include any item which an actor touches or moves - it generally does not include items such as set dressings and furniture, but may. Working with the Prop Master, this position helps find/borrow/buy/build all the necessary items for the production. This also can include real food or drink used during a performance.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
Flexible. A prop deadline will be given for everything to be done, so you can work mostly on your own time.

 

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SEATING AND RISERS
At times it is necessary to move or alter the seating at CP. When that happens the more people who can help move the seating and risers the better. This crew of individuals help to rearrange the house for the needs of a particular production. This does not happen for every show.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
1 or 2 days for several hours, depending on the difficulty of the move

 

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SET CONSTRUCTION CREW
Like tools? Like to build things? Like the smell of saw dust? Then this is for you! This position involves working with the head of set construction to build the designer's plans for the set. While carpentry skills are helpful, we also set out to train people in new skills. Building the set is one of the first things which must be completed for each production.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
Flexible. Crew calls are held several Saturdays during the production process and generally someone is at the theatre who can give instruction and guidance during the day.
Ask for a schedule of crew calls.

 

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SET PAINTING/DECORATION
This group of individuals is responsible for the painting and decoration of the set. Those with skills or background in art or painting are especially useful in this area. You will also learn some of the tricks of painting for the stage - it's not like painting your house. This position also includes helping with the locating and hanging of things such as pictures on the set or other decorative items desired by the director and head of set decoration.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
Flexible. Crew calls are held several Saturdays during the production process and generally someone is at the theatre who can give instruction and guidance during the day.
Ask for a schedule of crew calls.

 

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STAGE MANAGER
One of the most important positions available at CP. The S.M. serves as the director's assistant throughout the rehearsal process, and then runs the show once it opens. The S.M. prompts actors with their lines and helps the director coordinate all the aspects of the production. During performances the S.M. is generally in the booth overseeing all activities, the amount of cue calling and other activities during the performance will vary depending on the show. A complete and more detailed description of the S.M.'s responsibilities is available from the director.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
5 days per week for 6-8 weeks depending on the production (can alternate times with the Assistant Stage Manager)
6 performances

 

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SOUND OPERATOR
The magic and mystery of our sound system will be revealed to those interested in serving as the Sound Board Operator. This position is responsible for running sound cues during performances. We now run most of our sound cue through a computer making this job even easier.


TIME REQUIREMENT:
At least 1 rehearsal prior to tech week
5 tech rehearsals
6 performances

 

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