The Grand Opera House is looking for people to join our team!
The Grand is looking for individuals interested in creating theater to become part of the Grand Opera House family. The bulk of our assistance comes from a dedicated team of volunteers who do everything from acting to building sets and costumes, and working backstage during productions. These teams of volunteers are led by individuals who take on more responsibility in the production and as such we offer these key positions a stipend. We are currently looking for more people to fill these positions of responsibility. Each of these positions requires a commitment of time and a dedication to the production.
We are currently seeking to fill the following positions for our Summer Shows:
Our Costume designers work closely with the Director, Cast, Set Designer and Technical Director to create the individual style of each character in the show. Costumes are pulled from our extensive stock, purchased, or built. Our Costumer designers are also required to be at all technical rehearsals and performances to execute quick changes and troubleshoot costume problems, or to arrange for a volunteer crew to be backstage in their place. The Costume designer must be able to work with many different body types and time periods. They are expected to work with the Set Designer, Props Designer, and Director to ensure that the final look of the whole show maintains a high standard of quality. They are also responsible for the proper care and maintenance of costumes during the run, and cleaning everything and putting it away properly at the end of the performances. Prior theater experience is required. The Costume Designer receives a stipend at the completion of their duties
Hair and Makeup Designer
Works with the Costume Designer to ensure that the cast knows what they should do with their hair and makeup for the production. Pull or purchases, and styles all wigs for the production. They may assist with applying make-up, or styling hair depending on the needs of the cast and show, and should be familiar, or willing to become familiar, with the various styles of hair and makeup for the time period that the show is set in. The Hair and Makeup Technician is required to attend all technical rehearsals and performances, as required by the demands of the show. Prior Theater experience is a plus but not required. The Hair and Makeup Technician receives a stipend at the completion of their duties
The Props Designer is responsible for obtaining or building all props needed for the production. Props are defined as all items that an actor interacts with during the show. They also work with the Stage Manager in gathering appropriate rehearsal props early in the rehearsal process. They may also be called upon to help the Set Designer dress the set. The Props Designer must work with the Director and Stage Manager to create a complete prop list for the production, and pull these items from our stock, purchase, or build them. They also work closely with the cast, set designer, technical director, and costume designer to ensure the final look of the show maintains a high standard of quality. The Props designer is expected to be backstage for all technical rehearsals and performances, and to properly store and put away all props, and set decoration if applicable, after the final performance. Prior Theater experience is a plus but not required. The Props Designer receives a stipend at the completion of their duties.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions please send and email containing any relevant experience to Frank McClain at email@example.com
We are also seeking the following for our 2020/2021 Season.
The director has the challenging task of bringing together the many complex pieces of a production—the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting and sound and music—into a unified whole. To accomplish this task, a director needs to be able to interpret the script, cast the production, collaborate with designers, plan the rehearsals, and guide the actors in their work during rehearsals. Our directors work closely with the Artistic Director and Technical Director to ensure the quality and vision of the show. A director must have great communication, organization and leadership skills. The director must keep everyone involved and informed about what to do and when to do it. Theatre is a team project and the director is the project leader. Previous directing experience is required. Directors are involved in the production process from pre-production meetings through opening night. This position receives a stipend at the completion of these responsibilities.
The music director is responsible for working with the stage director in preparing a theatre production for public performance, including casting, rehearsing the vocalists and orchestra, conducting, and selecting the orchestra. As a small organization the music director serves in several capacities--working with singers in partnership with the director, rehearsing the cast and orchestra, and serving as conductor for all performances. The Music Director is also involved in auditioning the singers and making casting recommendations to the director, scheduling music rehearsals with the Director, leading music rehearsals, conducting all performances, working with the Technical Director to ensure quality sound, attending all production meetings and rehearsals. The Music Director accompanies during the rehearsals of a production, in limited instances a rehearsal accompanist may be hired for that purpose. Ability to read music, conduct an orchestra, and assist vocalists is a must. This position receives a stipend at the completion of duties.
Choreographers design and direct the dance or stylized movement in musical productions, working closely with the director and musical director, as well as the costume and set designer to ensure all movement is safe. Our Choreographers must often work with non-dancers, or dancers with limited experience, as well as those who have had considerable training. Dance knowledge and experience is required, experience in theater is a plus. This position receives a stipend at the completion of duties.
Stage managers provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process. They also oversee all performances, making sure that the production runs smoothly and maintains director’s and designers’ intentions. Some of the responsibilities of the Stage Manager include: attending and running all rehearsals, recording all blocking and technical elements in a “prompt book”, communicating the director's wishes to designers and crafts people through written reports, coordinating with the director and props person to provide rehearsal props, work with the set designer and technical director to mark out the set in the rehearsal space, coordinating the work of the stage crew, calling lighting, spotlight, and sound cues during performance, overseeing the entire show each time it is performed, and assisting the Technical Director in the organization and implementation of Strike. Individuals interested in the position of Stage Manager should be extremely organized, able to work with many different personality types. Prior theater experience is required.
All prospective stage managers will be asked to Assistant Stage Manage a production to learn the system used by the Grand Opera House. Assistant Stage Managers assist the Stage Manager in all duties, are required to attend all rehearsals and performances, and serve as the head of the deck crew. The Assistant Stage Manager position is not paid. The Stage Manager receives a stipend at the completion of their duties.
The set designer's job is to design the physical surroundings in which the action will take place taking into consideration sightlines and wing space. The set designer will meet with the director and the design team to discuss the details of the set and the director's interpretation of the play. The set designer will also need to work closely with the costume and lighting designers to ensure the creation of a unified look and feel for the production. Our set designers work closely with the director, stage manager, artistic director and technical director to ensure a high standard of quality. Set designers are responsible for building their set as well as the process of taking it down and properly storing all the components. Prior theater experience is required. The Set Designer receives a stipend at the completion of their duties. An additional fee may be negotiated for use of a personal offsite build space.
To apply for these postions please email Frank McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a resume and all relevant expereince.