SO, Why Volunteer?
Oconee Community Theatre (OCT) values its volunteers. Without volunteers, we could not achieve our mission of enriching lives by creating a broad range of theatrical programs for entertainment and education. Because the success of our mission depends upon the cooperation and participation of so many volunteers, and because each volunteer is entitled to respect, the following policy has been adopted:
Oconee Community Theatre (OCT) will not permit physical or verbal abuse of others, abusive or threatening behavior, discrimination, insubordination, intentional damage to property, possession of weapons, possession or use of controlled substances or abuse of alcohol on OCT premises or during OCT activities and productions. The Executive Director of OCT and the director(s) of each production are responsible for the administration of this policy.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES AND POSITION DESCRIPTION
Position Title: Set Builder
The set builder assists the Technical Directors with construction and painting of scenery. The shop is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Some evening and weekend hours may be scheduled through the Technical Directors. Carpentry and painting skills are helpful; however, all skill levels are welcome.
Position Title: Audition Assistant
The audition assistant works closely with the volunteer coordinator and the director to facilitate the audition process. Duties include distributing audition forms, assisting auditioners with their audition forms, taking digital photographs, making photocopies, data entry, setting up and tearing down audition rooms/areas. Training is minimal and can be done “on the job”. Auditions generally run 2-3 hours per night, Musical auditions generally run for three consecutive nights while non musical auditions run for two consecutive nights. Auditions are held roughly five to six times per year.
Position Title: Stage Manager
The stage manager assists the director and keeps accurate records of rehearsals, blocking, and production business. The stage manager acts as a liaison between actors, crew, production staff, and the director. During the run of the show the stage manager is in charge of all aspects of the production from making sure the cast and crew arrive on time to calling all of the light and sound cues. The time commitment varies depending on the director’s needs. Some directors may require attendance at all rehearsals while others may not. Attendance is required for all technical rehearsals the week before opening and generally six to eight performances.
Position Title: Costume Chief
The costume chief is responsible for obtaining and/or creating costumes for a production, maintaining the costumes, laundering and repairing, and returning the costumes to storage and/or rental facility after the completion of the production. The costume chief will meet with the director to discuss “the look” of the show, the budget, and its costume needs. The costume chief will also meet with the cast to take measurements and schedule fittings. All costumes must be completed by the first dress rehearsal which generally takes place a week before opening night. The hours are flexible; however, there is a production time line that must be followed. The costume chief will also be present to strike the show. The ability to sew is helpful, but not necessary, as most costumes can be pulled from stock, purchased, and/or rented.
Position Title: Costume Crew
Members of the costume crew will assist the costume chief with any of the above listed duties. Costume crew members are to be present during technical rehearsals and the show run to handle any costume emergencies or special costume preparations. During performances the time commitment is 2-3 hours. Additional hours can be scheduled through the costume chief.
Position Title: Dresser
A dresser is a member of the costume crew who helps actors with quick costume changes during a performance. During performances the time commitment is 2-3 hours. Additional hours can be scheduled through the costume chief.
Position Title: Prop Chief The prop chief is in charge of obtaining and/or constructing all props used in a production. A list of props is given to the prop chief by the show’s director. The prop chief is also responsible for presetting props for each performance, assisting the prop crew with stage shifts, cleaning and replenishing consumable props after each performance and organizing prop storage. The time commitment varies depending on the director’s needs, but generally includes one week of rehearsal prior to the show’s opening and approximately 12 performances in addition to the time it takes to collect the props. The prop chief will also be present to strike the show.
Position Title: Sound Board Operator
The sound board operator runs the sound board for a production and checks all sound equipment prior to each performance. The time commitment is one to two week of rehearsal prior to opening and 6-8 performances. Experience is preferred, however learning to operate the sound board can take as little as 20 minutes. Each show has specific sound effects and attendance at 6-8 rehearsals is required to gather all of the sound cues.
Position Title: Light Board Operator
The light board operator runs the light board for a production and checks all lighting equipment prior to each performance. The time commitment is one to two weeks of rehearsal prior to opening and 6-8 performances. Experience is preferred, however learning to operate the light board can take as little as 20 minutes. Each show has specific lighting needs and attendance at 6-8 rehearsals is required to gather all of the light cues.
Position Title: Usher
Ushers take tickets, distribute playbills, and help patrons find their seats. Ushers must report 40 minutes prior to show time and may leave once the show has begun.
Position Title: Box Office Assistant
The box office assistant works with the box office manager to process ticket orders via mail, telephone. The box office assistant will be required to handle cash and sensitive credit card information and needs to be familiar with current and upcoming productions. The box office is open Monday – Friday from 11:30 – 5:30 and one hour before each performance. During performances the time commitment is generally an hour and a half. During the week the hours are flexible. Computer experience is helpful but not necessary.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and state of emergency, all activities and programs at the Oconee Community Theatre have been temporarily suspended. We will resume our activities when everyone is safe.
As we continue with no income, it would be truly helpful if you are able to support us at this time by making a donation, sponsoring or even advertising for our next season. Oconee Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
The show must and will go on! We miss everyone and look forward to seeing our OCT family soon. Until then stay safe!
Board of Directors
Theatre is beautiful in the way that it helps us escape the reality of the real world. If you're an audience member or actor, you become intrigued about the lives and storylines of the characters. You laugh with them, cry with them and feel with them. You forget about what is happening in your personal life for a couple of hours and enjoy looking into the life of other people.
Position Title: Choreographer
The choreographer is hired by the executive director to choreograph musical productions. Special training and/or experience is required. The time commitment includes pre production meetings and rehearsals through opening night.
Position Title: Director
The director is hired by the executive director to direct musical and non musical productions. Special training and/or experience is required. The time commitment includes pre production meetings and rehearsals through opening night.
Position Title: Musical Director
The musical director is hired by the executive director to direct the musical aspect of any production. The musical director may conduct the orchestra or play an instrument for the run of the production. The time commitment includes pre production meetings and rehearsal through opening night.
Position Title: Musicians
Musicians are hired by the musical director with input from the executive director. Musicians play in the orchestra of a musical production. The ability to play a musical instrument is required. The time commitment includes up to 1-2 weeks of rehearsals and all performances.
Position Title: Photographer
The photographer is hired by the executive director to take and produce photographs. The photographs will be used for production promotions and archival purposes. The time commitment includes 1 evening for head headshots, attendance of one full rehearsal for observation and attendance of 1 or 2 dress rehearsals to photograph full production. Photographer may offer production photographs for sale to actors and families at a reasonable rate approved by executive director.
To Advertise For Our Season Playbill
All advertisers receive a free OCT mug and baseball cap
All advertisers are listed on our website
All advertisers receive two comp tickets to any one show of your choice
Advertisements are tax deductible
Oconee Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established October 11, 1971 with the purpose of presenting plays and dramatic works of all kinds, and the promotion and encouragement of interest in theatrical productions for the people of Oconee County. All donations are tax deductible.
Patron - $150
Producer - $300
Benefactor - $600
Angel - $1200
All donators receive a free OCT mug and baseball cap
All donators are listed on our website and playbills
To Sponsor a Show:
Show sponsor receives 12 complimentary tickets to show
Name of sponsor is printed on all publicity and programs including, all posters, tickets, program inserts, newspaper and radio advertisements
Show Sponsor receives a free mug and baseball cap
Sponsorship is tax deductible