If you volunteer at your community theatre, you will find it provides a creative outlet as well as an instant circle of friends. Not the shy people in town, theatre folks welcome new talent, including set builders, painters, costumers, ticket takers and cookie bakers. Actually, very few people involved in the theatre are on the stage, so if you get cold shakes at the thought of being in front of an audience, never fear, there is a job for you!
If you are interested in joining this active little family, give the theater a call and tell them you want to join. You will be asked about your interests and talents and they will try to make the best use of you. Be persistent if you want to do this. The cast and crew is working hard to get the next play on stage and sometimes phone numbers fall through the cracks. Better yet, find out when the next work party is being held and show up. Ask for the Director or Stage Manager.
We joined the work party at our little theatre right after moving to town and didn’t know a soul. We were welcomed, given jobs (my husband took apart a wall and I painted scenery) and then we were invited for pizza. Next thing we knew, we were invited back! My husband learned to run lights and I learned to be a stage manager. Twenty-five years have gone by and now I’m on the Board, again, and still painting scenery. My husband gets called to help build the weird things – which is very challenging. We’ve been on stage ourselves several times and I’ve directed 4 plays! We have a huge theatre family and are now the ones welcoming the new people.
This is a great way to meet people and do something really creative for your community. Plays run in cycles. You work and rehearse to get it to opening night and then sit back and enjoy the show. Where can you have more fun?
Come on down! Break a leg!
Photo: Editor and hubby in Cinderella