Volunteer

 

The Playhouse experience is all about volunteers. Volunteers really are the heart and the soul of The Playhouse. We want to work with your individual talents to create more SERIOUS FUN.  

Volunteers help in all areas of production including (but we’re open to other suggestions):

For general questions about volunteering at The Playhouse or for questions about any of the opportunities listed below, please send an e-mail to our Production Volunteer Coordinator, Kristen Kraklow at kkraklow@sunsetplayhouse.com or call (262) 782-4431.  For a calendar view of our volunteer opportunities, check out our new Volunteer Calendar which includes performances, rehearsals, and more! 

Acting

Are you interested in being in one of The Playhouse’s incredibly fun and engaging productions?  Come out and audition sometime throughout the year and you could end up in front of an audience before you know it.  Click here for a list of our upcoming audition dates

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 Administrative Help

Do you have some skills in the administrative world?  Can you write?  Do you file?  Would you like to help around the office?  We will put you to work, and we promise loads of laughs (we laugh at The Playhouse office A LOT).

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Costumes

Costume shop volunteers assist in several different areas.  Every show needs one costume designer, someone with an eye for fashion and the ability to create the look of each character in the show.  We also need volunteers to help the costume coordinator in procuring and/or building the costumes needed for the production; this will include hemming, alterations, sewing on buttons, adding trim, sewing zippers, etc.  Other volunteers are need to help during each performance.  These volunteers save the day when costumes malfunction or need quick alterations.  Still more volunteers are needed during the week following performances to launder costumes before the next performances.  So, if you’re the type of person who knows how to put together the perfect outfit, or hem a pair of pants, you are gold to The Playhouse (and will be loved and adored by throngs of actors and actresses).

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Front of House Volunteer

Greet patrons, take tickets, check coats, distribute programs, sell refreshments, and perform other duties as directed by our House Managers, including handling emergency situations.  You’ll also get to see our fabulous shows for FREE!

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Light Board Operator

Do you have the desire to light up someone’s life?  Here’s your chance.  Volunteer to run our state of the art light board, as well as occasionally run the follow spot.  If you’ve ever turned on a light switch, this is the job for you!

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Properties Master/Mistress

Do you like rummaging through antique stores? Are you fascinated with unique items? Are you crafty? Do you have an interest in interior design? Consider volunteering as a Props Master/Mistress! This person reads the script and works with the director/actors to find all the items the actors use on stage. Sunset Playhouse has a fantastic prop room full of supplies. Occasionally, props may need to be created, borrowed and, in some instances, purchased. This volunteer can head up the scavenger hunt on their own or team up with a friend or Sunset volunteer.

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Props and Run Crew

While the actors are on stage, there is a group of people behind the set helping them every step of the way. These people keep the actors’ props organized, help move set pieces and assist the actors with costume changes.  These are a beloved group of people that you can become a part of immediately. This team is a key part of every performance, and you get the inside scope on all the great backstage antics that make live theatre such SERIOUS FUN.

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Saturday Suppers

Between the two Saturday performances, there’s not much time for the cast and crew to go out to eat, so dinner is served at Sunset.  If you like to cook, then this may be ideal for you.  Expenses are reimbursed, and benefits include actors and technicians with full bellies happily saying, “Thanks, friend!”

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Set Construction

The scene shop has day and evening hours.  Volunteers assist the Technical Director in the construction and painting of upcoming sets.  You don’t have to be a master carpenter or Michelangelo because you will be shown how and what to do.  If you’re into HGTV and need an outlet for your handyman or woman ambitions, this could be the volunteer opportunity for you.

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Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers

Are you a leader? Are you a task-oriented? Are you organized? Do you like to help keep other people organized? The stage manager does just that.  This volunteer attends auditions, production meetings and rehearsals to assist the director in taking blocking notes, lines notes, etc. Additionally, this volunteer oversees all performance related activities on the night of each performance. These activities are cueing the lights, props, sound, putting actors into places, and pulling the curtain to name a few.  Being able to deal with people and anything that can go wrong during a performance is a requirement for this volunteer.  This volunteer also requires good people skills and the ability to troubleshoot. This volunteer area can be a single volunteer or multiple volunteers sharing the responsibilities for a production. 

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