Crew Registration begins on 10/29!
Please check back the last week of October for our online registration and paperwork!
The first crew meeting will be in November.
The first crew meeting will be in November.
Artistic Design and Backstage crew faq's
What’s the difference between Artistic Design Crew and Backstage Crew?
Artistic Design Crew are those students interested in building, sewing, painting, and generally creating the different costumes, sets, and props used in our show. These students only come to the meetings that they are interested in.
Backstage Crew are those students that are assigned specific backstage roles in the production. These roles can include spotlight operator, backstage captains, ushers, props masters, etc. These roles will be formally assigned based on interested and demonstrated participation. This crew assignment will take place in early January and will be formally posted online and on our bulletin “call board” outside the LGI on Friday, 1/15/16.
Can I do both Artistic Design AND Backstage Crew?
YES! We encourage everyone to get to know both sides of the “crew experience!”
Please keep in mind, that participation in the Set/Costume/Prop workshops is the best way to get to know the show, and for us (your directors) to get to know you. The people chosen for specific backstage roles will most likely be the students that have been very involved and know the show well.
How do you choose what Backstage Crew “Role” someone will get?
At our Full Crew Meeting we will have everyone take a survey about what “roles” they are most interested in. You can also share in this survey your own experiences (including the ones in this production!).
For example, you might say, “I would like to be considered for the “role” of Prop’s Master because I am an active member of Drama Club, I have attended all of our Prop Workshops and love to work on my toes backstage!”
We will also take into account how well you work on your own and how well you work with others. Certain roles require different skills and abilities. Just like the cast of actors, everyone that would like to be part of the Backstage Crew will be put into a “role,” however your role will be based on where the directors think you will be most successful.
Remember, only students that are able to fully commit to attendance at ALL Tech Rehearsals and Performances can be part of the Backstage Crew.
When do I come to meetings/rehearsals?
Students involved in Artistic Design Crew are invited to attend as few or as many Set Construction, Costume Construction, or Prop Construction workshops as they wish. These workshops will be on weekdays and weekends.
Students wishing to be part of the Backstage Crew will need to be in attendance at ALL Tech Rehearsals and Performances.They should also seriously consider attending the workshops that best suite the roles they would be interested in. (For example, someone interested in working on costumes backstage in the production should probably attend the costume workshops.)
What are the different production "Roles" for Backstage Crew?
Assistant Stage Manager:
The Assistant Stage Manager is responsible for keeping track of cast members, sets and miscellaneous details during rehearsals and production of a stage performance as directed by the Stage Manager. They also attend all rehearsals and assist the Stage Manager in any assignments given.
Assist the Light Board Operator with the light board during all performances. Responsible for keeping the lighting side of the control booth clean and organized. Helps address any lighting problems that might occur during a performance. May participate in hanging and focusing lights for show.
Build, make or acquire any needed props for the production. During performances, the Prop Master is in charge of the prop table(s), making sure it is organized and all props are accounted for and in working order. Must check all props at the beginning of call-time and after every performance.
Assists Prop Master with all props during all performances and rehearsals. Helps address any prop problems that might occur during a performance. May assist Backstage Crew with scene shifts etc.
Assists the Costume Designer(s) with all aspects of costuming the show. This may involve cleaning and organizing in the costume storage area, assisting with moving costumes in and out of the storage area for each show, assisting with distribution of costume pieces and return of costume pieces from the actors, ensuring that all costume pieces are accounted for and in good working order at the end of each show, assisting actors with any required quick changes either on or near the stage and any other costume related needs of the show.
Assists Make-up Designer(s) with all aspects of make-up and hair for the show. Duties may include applying make-up, styling hair, assisting with keeping the make-up area and application tools clean and in good working order, assisting with any make-up and or hair/wig changes during the show and any other make-up related needs of the show.
Works with the Director and production team. Designs, makes, copies, distributes, posts all advertisement materials for the show including programs, posters, flyers, shirts, etc.
Is responsible for the safety of the backstage area during all performances. Cleans stage at start of call-time and is responsible for all set changes during the course of a performance or rehearsal. Returns set to “pre-show” setting after every performance.
Member of the backstage crew responsible for the operation of the grand curtain, travelers and any battens that are used during the course of a performance. Makes sure that there are no safety concerns on or around the fly system. Assists the rest of the backstage crew with any required set changes when not needed at the curtain(s).
Is responsible for everything in front of the stage. Makes sure that the house is ready before any audience members arrive. Organizes the ushers to pass out programs, collect tickets and make sure that the house always remains safe (i.e. aisles must remain a minimum of 4 feet wide and be clear at all times) and provides assistance to any audience members with wheelchairs. Generally responsible for a pleasant audience experience before, during and after the show.
Reports to the House Manager at the beginning of call-time. Assists with passing out programs, collecting tickets and maintaining a safe environment in the house. Following every performance, works with House Manager to pick up trash, recyclables and any programs left behind that can be reused at a future performance.