Volunteer


Come PLAY with us!

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Where would we be without our volunteers? Without YOU? ECHO Players is run entirely by volunteers, and we invite you to come PLAY with us!

Whatever your background or experience level, there is an opportunity for you to contribute your skills, time and talents to our community of theatre lovers!

Sharing your skills while learning new ones is what we’re all about. Volunteer opportunities go hand in hand with training, workshops and chances for members to gather and socialize.

Not only can you volunteer in the creation of spectacular theatre productions with ECHO Players, we also welcome your time, talents and energy in the organization and implementation of the ongoing operations of ECHO Players and the Village Theatre. We are a community group and we welcome you to come PLAY with us!


Membership

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You can become an ECHO Players member for just $15 a year! (or $7.50 for students) As an ECHO Players member you are informed of all auditions and other events that take place throughout the year, and you are eligible to participate in all productions.

You also receive invitations to New Member Nights, Opening Night Parties, Christmas socials, the annual ECHO Players summer BBQ, play reading nights and many other activities.

We look forward to another exciting year of theatre, and we encourage you to participate, either on or off stage, whatever your interests. There is so much to do, and it’s a great way to get to know many very talented and interesting people.

If you have any questions about ECHO Players or becoming a member, get in touch with Tricia Browne, Membership Secretary at triciaQB@shaw.ca. Or use the form on this page.

Membership Form


What can YOU do?

Whether you have a little time to give, or a lot, if you’d like to get out, meet people and be part of our fun and social group, consider joining us in one or more of the following areas:

+ Acting, Singing and Dancing…

Open auditions are held for all productions. New faces are always welcome! Rehearsals are usually held 3 times a week over a 10 – 12 week period, and shows run for approximately 14 performances. ECHO Players welcomes new actors as well as those with previous experience.

+ Directing…

Previous experience is preferred to direct one of our Season’s four main productions, but opportunities also exist for the beginning director. If there is a play you are excited to direct, your proposal is always welcomed by the Artistic Direction Committee.

+ Producing…

A Producer’s Manual lays out the steps and timelines for this rewarding organizational position. The producer assists the director to put together a production team, hold regular meetings, organize auditions and look after the budget that has been approved by the ECHO Players Board. Being an Associate Producer is a good way to start.

+ Stage Managing…

With guidance from the Stage Managers’ Manual, you assist with auditions and, after the show is cast, attend rehearsals, assemble a prompt book, record blocking and notes and work with the director, technical people, etc. during rehearsals. The Stage Manager coordinates the rehearsal schedule with the Board Member responsible for our rehearsal space. During dress rehearsals and performances, the Stage Manager is in charge, calling the cues for the show from the upstairs technical booth. Being an Assistant Stage Manager is a great way to gain experience.

+ Program Coordinator…

Coordinate the preparation of programs for productions between the Producer and Graphic Designers, some computer/ Word Processing skills are helpful. Get bios from cast members, Director, Producer, Stage Manager and the President's and Director's message. Input and assemble all text and photos for program and send to graphic designers, then check proofs. This position works in tandem with the Promotions and Marketing committee.

+ Box Office…

Be part of the front line team selling tickets through our computerized Box Office system at the Village Theatre.

+ Lighting and Sound Design and Operations…

Learn to hang and focus lights, record sound effects and run the control boards during the shows.

+ Set Design…

Through consultation with the Director, prepare a floor plan showing location of entrances, key furnishings, etc. After discussion with the Director, make changes necessary and then prepare scale drawings of components that need to be constructed. Provide instructions to set construction team, set painters, scenic painters and set dressers.

+ Set Construction Team…

Review the set design, and determine what existing materials are available in the theatre storage areas and purchase the rest. Construct components and assemble the set in accordance with the drawings and instructions.

+ Set Painters…

After consultation with the Director, set décor and set design team, paint the sets for the production once construction is complete.

+ Set Decorators…

After consultation with the Director, set design and set painters, assemble furniture, draperies, pictures and other items to decorate the set.

+ Properties…

Assemble props for the production. Props may be obtained from the ECHO Players properties room, thrift stores, borrowed from antique stores or from other members, etc. Attend rehearsals in order to coordinate the use and placement of props. Return props to storage in good order after the run.

+ Costumes…

Study the play thoroughly with an eye to the era, style, social status, etc. of the characters. Determine the number and type of costumes required by each character. Measure the actors. Determine if any costumes in the wardrobe are appropriate. Purchase fabric, etc., as required. Attend the dress rehearsal to correct any problems. Return all costumes in good order at end of production to wardrobe.

+ Makeup and/or Hairstyling…

Study the play and meet with the director at production meetings to discuss what is needed. Check make-up supplies and order more if needed. Meet with the cast before dress rehearsal to plan make-up and/or hair, and attend the final few dress rehearsals to oversee the actors’ make-up and/or hairstyling.

+ Stage Crew…

Be a member of the backstage crew helping change scenes and assist actors during the performances.

+ Front of House…

Staff the concession, hand out programs, show people to seats, be familiar with safety procedures.

+ Bar…

Help staff the Bar in the Green Room during productions and social events


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