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Backstage Volunteers

As a backstage volunteer, the show can’t go on without you—literally! These volunteers may never be in the spotlight, but their work behind-the-scenes ensures that QCT continues to produce the best and most innovative theatre possible.

Painters, builders, stage managers, makeup artists—there is a backstage volunteer opportunity to fit your talents. If you have any more questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. To register, contact the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209.

Please select your area of interest:

Set Construction & Painting  |  Costumes  |  Makeup/Hair

Stage Management  |  Properties  |  Lights  |  Sound  |  Performing

Set Construction & Painting

Qualifications: availability to THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR for set construction or painting; basic carpentry or woodworking skills; ability to use basic hand and/or power tools

Responsibilities: assist THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR in all phases of set construction, including painting and strike

Upcoming Opportunities

Email Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen to learn more about current openings.

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Costumes

Qualifications: ability to assist the COSTUME DESIGNER with laundering costume pieces, sewing new costumes, restocking used costumes, or quick changes during performances

Responsibilities: help costume designer build costumes prior to the show; launder costume pieces between performances; restock costumes after a performance closes; assist performers with quick costume changes during performance; help clean up costumes during strike

Upcoming Opportunities

Email Costume Shop Manager Susan Scholz to learn more about current openings.

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Makeup/Hair

Qualifications: ability to assist performers with makeup or hair for the run of a show

Responsibilities: help actors before performances with makeup or hair, as needed; help clean-up makeup areas during show run and after performances; assist costume designer prior to show; help with strike by cleaning up makeup and the dressing rooms

Upcoming Opportunities

Email Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen to learn more about current openings.

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Stage Management

Qualifications: ability to call a production once the show is ready to open; be the first to arrive and the last to leave the theatre during rehearsals and shows; worked as a crew member on a previous show

Responsibilities: read the show and attend all rehearsals; assist the Director in rehearsals with actor preparation; keep a calendar of any rehearsals that cast or crew must miss; mark cues for all segments of the production (lights, sounds, special effects, scene changes, etc.); check all props with prop chair for production; note blocking and notes from Director; notify cast & crew with any instructions from the Director; make and maintain a performance sign-in sheet for cast & crew; be responsible for stage maintenance during productions; time dress rehearsals; make sure all aspects are ready for the show to open before the house opens (sound checks, pre-set, & props, the house opens 30 minutes before curtain time); working with Technical Director assign crew personnel jobs during production; call the show; secure the building following rehearsals and performances (check that lights are off and check green room for cleanliness); be present at show strike; gather scripts and turn into office.

Upcoming Opportunities

Email Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen to learn more about current openings.

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Properties (Show Props)

Qualifications: ability to meet with Director to plan and gather props for the production; ability to attend Tech rehearsals & performances

Responsibilities: make a list of needed props with the Director; be aware of deadlines to have props ready; be responsible for all props while in QCT possession; work with stage manager and actors on prop settings for production; make sure all props are set before house opens for show (30 minutes before curtain time); clean up after each show and get props ready for next show; at the end of the show run, be responsible for striking props and putting them away

Upcoming Opportunities

Email Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen to learn more about current openings.

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Lights

Qualifications: working knowledge of the light control board; knowledge of production; ability to work all technical rehearsals & performances; ability to assist THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR in light design by hanging and focusing lights prior to technical rehearsal; watch a rehearsal before technical week to get an idea of the show content

Responsibilities: arrive early for pre-show lighting set-up, run light board during all rehearsals and productions

Upcoming Opportunities

Email Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen to learn more about current openings.

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Sound

Qualifications: working knowledge of the sound control board and the audio vault (digital storage system); knowledge of production; ability to attend all technical rehearsals & performances; ability to assist THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR in sound design; watch a rehearsal before technical week to get an idea of the show content

Responsibilities: help Technical Director set up microphones & monitors etc. prior to technical rehearsal; arrive early for pre-show sound checks; do a mic check with actors before house opens (which is 30 minutes before curtain time); run sound board during all rehearsals & productions

Upcoming Opportunities

Email Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen to learn more about current openings.

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Performing

Actors are the principle instruments through which the Director speaks and interprets the Playwrights thoughts.

Responsibilities: be prepared for all rehearsals; have lines & cues memorized; be responsible for character development; note all instructions from Director; be responsible for all of your props and costumes (make sure your props are set in the right area); if you must be absent or late for a rehearsal, inform the stage manager; if an emergency arises during a performance, alert the stage manager immediately if you must leave; sign in for each performance; turn in all scripts, props, & costumes following the run of the show; help with the show strike

Upcoming Opportunities

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Questions

Have a question about becoming a backstage volunteer?

Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen is happy to help! Reach him at 217-222-3209 ext. 103 or