Ocala Civic Theatre is a volunteer-based organization. With only nine full-time staff members, the volunteers are the backbone of the Theatre and have helped make Ocala Civic Theatre what it is today. You are invited to become one of our many volunteers in one or more areas.
Ocala Civic Theatre has a vast number of volunteer opportunities. From acting to ushering, we have needs which can take up as little or as much of your time as you wish. So fill your leisure time with fun — and treat yourself to a new experience.
During business hours (Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), our departments and offices are open to all interested volunteers.
Open auditions are held prior to every Ocala Civic Theatre production so that interested community members may try out for plays. Previous acting experience is not required. Actors must attend all rehearsals and performances. Ocala Civic Theatre does not use understudies.
The person in this position serves as an assistant to the Director, supervising the cast and crew during technical rehearsals and during performances. He or she calls the sound/light cues from the booth and keeps in touch with Assistant Stage Managers backstage via intercom. The Stage Manager is expected to attend all rehearsals and must be present for every performance. The Stage Manager has many other responsibilities, including telling actors when to come for rehearsals and performances, recording the director’s blocking, giving line cues for early rehearsals off book, and being present at brush-up rehearsals. A Stage Manager should have previous experience as an Assistant Stage Manager.
One or two Assistant Stage Managers (ASMs) are used for each show to work backstage, telling the Stage Manager whether the actors and crew are in position. The ASMs act as the Stage Manager’s eyes and ears backstage for all technical preparations. For example, the ASM will tell the Stage Manager in the booth when the props crew has cleared the stage or whether an actor is in position to make an entrance.
After the Lighting Designer has completed the light plot, volunteers are needed to hang lighting instruments, cut gels and focus lights. During performances, lighting technicians run followspots and the lighting control board. The lighting technicians need to be present at all technical rehearsals and performances, where they are responsible for executing the lighting cues at the Stage Manager’s signal. Previous experience is not necessary, but the person must be trained on the Theatre’s lighting equipment.
After the Sound Designer has completed the sound plot, the Sound Technician prepares microphones for each performance and works in the booth during the show to insert sound cues at the Stage Manager’s signal. The Sound Technician is expected to be at all dress rehearsals and all performances. Previous experience is not necessary, but the person must be trained on the sound equipment in our booth.
Any number of volunteers is needed to help build sets under the direction of the Technical Director. Most volunteer hours for this position are open during the day on weekdays. No special skills are necessary, and tools and equipment are provided. For further information, contact the Theatre to find out when the next set will be under construction.
The Props Master works with the Director in deciding what props will be used. This may involve pulling props from our storage and/or locating props elsewhere. The Props Master is also in charge of gathering a props crew to work during performances to maintain and organize props, pre-set them for actors, change them between scenes, and put them away after performances. The Props Master decides how many people are necessary to serve on the props crew, and he/she trains the crew in proper procedures for organizing, pre-setting and putting away props. The Props Master is also responsible for making certain that props are returned to the proper place after the production closes.
Props crews need not have previous backstage experience. They are expected to come for rehearsals during dress rehearsal week and for performances. This is an ideal position to get to know the Theatre and how its backstage operations work.
Costume volunteers work with the Costume Designer building new and altering existing costumes. Help may be needed in the form of sewing, distressing or dyeing fabric, fitting or finishing, or decorating hats and shoes.
A crew of six to eight ushers/ticket takers is coordinated by the Usher Chairman for each performance. Ushers come to the Theatre an hour and fifteen minutes before the show opens and show people to their seats. No previous experience is necessary; however these volunteers should enjoy greeting and working with the public, as they are our most visible ambassadors.
These volunteers work in the box office during the day and before each performance to sell tickets, provide exchanges and follow all proper box office procedures for ticket sales. In addition, the daytime volunteers answer all incoming telephone calls and provide information or route calls to the proper department.
Many other volunteer positions are available at Ocala Civic Theatre, including concession and gift shop sales, data entry, running errands, landscaping, special event support, mailings, filing, teacher assistant, etc.