Tellico Community Playhouse
Patricia Smith Theatre
The Tellico Community Players schedule 5 or more productions per year ranging from full length plays that run 8 performances over an 11 day period to 1 or 2 day special events that require actors to memorize their lines, and occasionally Readers Theatre productions that allow the actor to work from a script. If interested in auditioning for an upcoming production, audition times and information can be found on the TCP website, by clicking Get Involved - or in the Tell-e-gram.
SET CONSTRUCTION/SET DESIGN -
Once a stage setting is agreed to by the Director and Set Design/Construction leaders, the set build date is communicated to the set construction volunteers who bring basic hand tools and power screwdrivers to create the set at the Playhouse. A basic set build generally takes 2 days.Once completed, volunteers will help paint the set flats. The Set Designer and volunteers then begin to acquire and put together large set props, furniture, etc. to dress the set for each of the scenes.
HAND PROPS & SCENE CHANGES -
Back-stage volunteers are needed to help with hand props and scene changes both before and during each performance. They take direction from the Prop Coordinator who is responsible for securing all props.
These technicians operate from the two booths at the back of the theatre and provide stage lighting and sound for the actors on stage. Lighting volunteers will work with the Director to create a light cue sheet and will program the light board, while sound volunteers will generate sound effects (EFX) and music, and maintain equipment for the wireless mics and staff headsets. Both light and sound technicians are required for most rehearsals and all performance days. Generally, only one light and one sound technician is needed for each performance. A training program has been developed for both of these areas.
COSTUMES & MAKE-UP/HAIR -
Costume volunteers are responsible for working with actors and directors to acquire (borrow, thrift stores, inventory, or rentals/purchase) and/or create costumes that meet the vision of the Director and the time era of the stage setting. Costume plots are prepared for each actor, and with the help of the producer, arrangements are made for dressers to assist with wardrobe changes during performances. Prior to each performance, make-up/hair volunteers enhance or alter the face, hair, or body of the actors with cosmetics, wigs, and other materials that complement the costumes.
TICKET TAKERS & USHERS -
On the day of each performance, ticket takers and ushers are needed to greet theatre patrons, take tickets, hand out playbills, and show patrons to their seats. They are welcome to leave once the performance begins.
The Producer works closely with the Director to recruit the personnel needed to present the show such as the Prop/Makeup/Costume Coordinators, light and sound technicians, House Manager, ushers, etc. They also assist with auditions, develop cast bios for the playbill, plan a post production cast party, and give a welcome speech at the start of each performance. They are accountable for all publicity activities and the production budget.
The Director has the sole responsibility to ensure that everything that takes place on the stage is well planned, developed, and presented. The director recruits the needed cast through auditions, prepares cues for light and sound technicians, identifies props and costumes needed, develops blocking sequences, creates stage/set requirements, etc.
The photographer is responsible for producing headshots of a production’s cast for the playbills. Both the photographer and videographer will create images and video content of rehearsals, the production team, etc. for the website blog and the cast, and for publicity and archival purposes
PLAY SELECTION COMMITTEE -
Members of this group read and review potential plays for the following year’s season, and provide a list of nominations to the Board of Directors for approval by July 30 of each year.
HOUSE MANAGERS -
The House Manager is responsible for running the theater during each performance. Duties begin an hour and a half before the performance and include opening the building, readying playbills, supervising ushers and greeters, preparing “will call” tickets, taking care of any problems or concerns regarding tickets, seats, attendees, emergencies, etc., and communicating with the Stage Manager to manage late arrivals and intermission.
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