We have lots of exciting things happening at Theatre Lawrence. Shows, youth classes and special projects involve many people making the magic happen. Every year over 400 people volunteer their time and talents to keep Theatre Lawrence running! Whether your talents lie onstage, backstage, in the office, or any of the numerous other volunteer positions we have to fill, we think you'll find that Theatre Lawrence is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!
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 and in the Journal World. 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. Rehearsals generally run Sunday through Thursday.
Assistant Director/Stage Managers
This volunteer is 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. This is a critical volunteer role and a demanding one.
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.
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 theatre. 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.
The Dressers oversee all of the costumes during a performance run. They also help the actors during quick changes and perform emergency repairs.
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
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Box Office Volunteers
These volunteers sell tickets, and distribute pre-paid tickets at the Will Call Window for each performance. Good people skills are a must and training is provided for all activities.
Season Ticket Table Attendants
The Season Ticket Table Attendant holds all season ticket reservations for pick up prior to the start of each performance. Good people skills are important.
House Managers are responsible for the safety and security of the audience. This person supervises the ushers, collects ticket stubs, 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 House Manager, greet and escort patrons to their seats. They hand out programs and answer general questions regarding the theatre. As with the House Manager, a smile, neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must.
These volunteers sell wine, beer, sodas and specialty drinks before the show and during intermission. Most drinks are pre-mixed so inventive bar tending skills are not required, however you must be at least 21 years of age.
These volunteers are responsible for making the coffee, setting out and selling the cookies and generally hosting during intermission. Good people skills are needed.
Daytime and Seasonal Volunteers
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These volunteers assist with a large variety of projects within the business office. The office volunteers may answer the phone, track volunteer hours, help with mailings and may be trained to handle reservations from phone calls or walk-in patrons. These volunteers are utilized during box office hours and are generally scheduled in three hour shifts on weekdays. Good people skills are important and training is available.
During the late spring, summer and late fall, volunteer gardeners may help with planting, weeding and watering the plantings. This volunteer should check with the office for scheduling and needs.
Scene Shop Volunteers
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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 Volunteers
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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.
Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of sewing skills. Sewing tasks range from sewing buttons, hems and trim to the construction of a garment
Special Event Volunteers
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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.
Have that competitive edge? Help acquire needed funds for Theatre Lawrence with the sale of grocery gift cards, dining cards and giveback cards. These volunteers staff tables in the Green Room during intermissions. A friendly, outgoing personality adds to the fun.
Youth Education Program Volunteers (YEP)
Like to work with kids? Volunteers assist teachers with check-in, snacks, craft projects and special activities.