Much Ado About Nothing Applications are due 9/29!
Tech Crew FAQ
Q: What is required?
A: You must have a strong work ethic and be willing to learn. Laziness is a safety hazard in the theater world!
Q: Do I need theater experience?
A: Not at all!
Q: Do I need experience using tools?
A: Not necessary, but preferred.
Q: Do I need to be artistic?
A: No, but artists are always wanted!
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Hours are flexible, but it depends the job you are assigned. Build occurs every day after school until 6:00 PM. While we prefer students who are able to commit to the entire build schedule, we are willing to work with students who have more limited schedules.
Q: When does it start?
A: Build for Much Ado About Nothing will start on October 9th. Costumes and props will start immediately.
Q: What will I be doing?
A: It depends on what you apply for and what our needs are, but you will be helping to create the sets for our plays. Here is a detailed list of jobs:
STAGE CREW POSITIONS
The Stage Manager works in tandem with the Director in rehearsal, recording the blocking and seeing that cast members stay on script, have necessary props, and follow the staging. As the lighting, sound and set change cues are developed, the stage manager meticulously records the timing of each as it relates to the script and other aspects of the performance. All notes are maintained in a prompt book which contains all cues, technical notes, blocking and other information pertinent to the show. During the show the Stage Manager essentially takes control, calling the cues for all transitions, as well as being responsible for communication between the director, actors and back stage crew. Must have previous build crew experience to apply.
Assistant Stage Manager:
The Assistant Stage Manager is responsible for keeping track of cast members, sets and miscellaneous details during rehearsals and production of a stage performance as directed by the Stage Manager. They also attend all rehearsals and assist the Stage Manager in any assignments given. Must have previous build crew experience to apply.
Assists the Director and Stage Manager in rehearsals prior to performances. Duties may include following along in the script to assist with cues, collecting and organizing paperwork from actors, assisting with timing acts or segments of the play to assist the Director with adjusting pacing, running to get items needed by the Director or Stage Manager, etc. Must have previous build crew experience to apply.
Costume Crew/Make-up Crew:
Assists the Costume Designer(s) with all aspects of costuming the show. This may involve cleaning and organizing in the costume storage area, assisting with moving costumes in and out of the storage area for each show, assisting with distribution of costume pieces and return of costume pieces from the actors, ensuring that all costume pieces are accounted for and in good working order at the end of each show, assisting actors with any required quick changes either on or near the stage and any other costume related needs of the show.
Assists Make-up Designer(s) with all aspects of make-up and hair for the show. Duties may include applying make-up, styling hair, assisting with keeping the make-up area and application tools clean and in good working order, assisting with any make-up and or hair/wig changes during the show and any other make-up related needs of the show.
Works with the Director and production team. Designs, makes, copies, distributes, posts all advertisement materials for the show including programs, posters, flyers, shirts, etc.
Under the direction of the Technical Director, build crew works as carpenters and painters. Uses power tools to build, and assemble all scenic elements of the set (i.e. Flats[walls], platforms, doors etc.), props etc. May also be on one of the other running crews for the performances of the show. Uses different painting
techniques to paint the scenery for the show to provide the look, texture and feel that the Director desires for the show. May also be on one of the other running crews for the performances of the show.
Light Board Operator:
The Light Board Operator is always chosen from the build crew. The operator responsible for operating the light board during all performances. Performs daily light checks at the beginning of all technical rehearsals and performance call times to ensure that all lighting equipment is working properly. May participate in hanging and focusing lights for show. Responsible for keeping the lighting side of the control booth clean and organized. Helps address any lighting problems that might occur during a performance. May participate in hanging and focusing lights for show.
Sound Board Operator:
Sound Board Operator is always chosen from the build crew. Responsible for operating the sound board during all performances. This includes all microphones, CD players, computers etc. required to provide sound for the show. Performs daily sound checks at the beginning of all technical rehearsals and performance call times to ensure that all sound equipment is operating properly. Responsible for keeping the sound side of the control booth clean and organized. Helps address any sound problems that might occur during a performance.
Build, make or acquire any needed props for the production. During performances, the Prop Master is in charge of the prop table(s), making sure it is organized and all props are accounted for and in working order. Must check all props at the beginning of call-time and after every performance.
Assists Prop Master with all props during all performances and rehearsals. Helps address any prop problems that might occur during a performance. May assist Backstage Crew with scene shifts etc.
Is responsible for the safety of the backstage area during all performances. Cleans stage at start of call-time and is responsible for all set changes during the course of a performance or rehearsal. Returns set to “pre-show” setting after every performance.
Is responsible for everything in front of the stage. Makes sure that the house is ready before any audience members arrive. Organizes the ushers to pass out programs, collect tickets and make sure that the house always remains safe (i.e. aisles must remain a minimum of 4 feet wide and be clear at all times) and provides assistance to any audience members with wheelchairs. Generally responsible for a pleasant audience experience before, during and after the show.
Reports to the House Manager at the beginning of call-time. Assists with passing out programs, collecting tickets and maintaining a safe environment in the house. Following every performance, works with House Manager to pick up trash, recyclables and any programs left behind that can be reused at a future performance.Please click on the links to the left to access descriptions for each position on our Technical Crew.
Q: If I am on build crew, do I have to be on running crew?
A: No. You do not have to be on running crew to build.