Community Theatre, what's involved?
Would you like to be involved in the Bunbury Repertory Club but not sure what you could do? Here is a idea of all the areas you could get involved with and a description of what's involved.
Remember, you don't have to be on stage to be a part of the club.
Some of our most active members have never performed on stage and don't intend to.
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Directing - This person is responsible for the entire production. This includes casting, sourcing production helpers etc.
This person has the support and help of the entire club.
Producing -Helps the Director and takes on roles such as coordinating with publicity person, looking
after the background tasks.
Acting - On stage in a specific character performing in shows.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PERFORMANCE
Stage Managing - The person is responsible for the coordination of the stage crew and all stage related task for the performance. They direct what is to be done between scenes and coordinate the actors to the stage for cues. The Stage Manager is in charge of the entire production once the play moves into performances. They take over from the director.
Stage Crew - under the direction of the stage manager, they change sets during performances and help the
stage manager in any way needed. Size of role is dependant on the type of production.
Property Manager - This person is responsible for sourcing any props needed for the production and keeping track of them during rehearsals and show. They ensure the actors have what they need on the stage or
on their person before walking on stage.
Lighting Coordination - This person operates the stage lights during performances
Lighting Designer - Designs the lights according the to the directors needs for the production
Sound Operation - Operates the sound during performances and lead up rehearsals.
Wardrobe Coordinator – looks after the costumes that the Repertory has. this involves maintaining the costumes and liaising with the productions costume person what is needed from it for each production or event.
COSTUME COORDINATOR - Looks after sourcing and/or creating costumes for the cast. This person may not have sewing abilities but coordinates what costumes are needed and delegates to members that do sew or sources existing costumes from elsewhere and casts wardrobes.
COSTUME CREATOR - Requires sewing abilities and creates costumes as per the direction of the Costume Coordinator
HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Make Up - Does the actors makeup before performances with the directors input and any makeup changes
needed during performances. E.g. the addition of a black eye.
Hair - Does the actors hair before and during performances with the directors input
Set Designer - Designs the set needed for the production. This may be a simple set with a few flats or a large box set.
Set Builders - building the set. This usually requires a fair amount of people and is coordinated by the
stage manager, director or set designer.
Set Painters - This can require simply painting a wall one colour or an integrate landscape painting.
All levels of painting abilities are welcome.
IN FRONT OF THE SCENES
Front of House coordinator – this role involves contacting and putting together a team of members each
night to sell programs, usher or sell tickets. before a show
Programme sellers - Sells programmes at performances
Kitchen Coordinator - Organises the tea/coffee and snacks available at performances and the drama festival.
Also coordinates the kitchen helpers.
Kitchen Helpers - Helps in the Kitchen during performances selling tea, coffee and snacks and helps clean
up at the end of the night.
Ticket sellers - Sell tickets at the door before a performance.
Ushers - show people to seats and sit in auditorium during show to ensure quiet or to assist anyone needing to exit safely.
THE RUNNING OF THE CLUB
President - This roles overseas the entire club. He or she runs the committee meetings,
annual general meetings and many other items or tasks.
Vice President – aids the president in duties and steps into presidents role if the president is unable to fulfil role.
Secretary -takes all the minutes at the meetings, collates paperwork and is responsible for compiling the meeting minutes. Also looks after the club email and writes and sends out any correspondence.
Treasurer – looks after groups finances including banking, writing cheques and paying any bills/invoices
in consultation with the committee.
Committee - there are 6 committee positions. these roles aid in decisions concerning the ongoing operations of the club. There are two types of positions. three are held for a one year term and three are held for a two year term. Committee members are expected to attend committee meetings once a month with possible ongoing tasks in-between.
ANNUAL DRAMA FESTIVAL
Drama Festival Coordinator - This position coordinates and organises the entire Annual Drama Festival. This includes sourcing the adjudicator and liaising with Theatre groups all over the state as well as ensuring the smooth running o f the weekend.
Drama Festival Helpers - This role assists the drama festival coordinator in organising the festival
JUNIOR REPERTORY CLUB - THEATRIX
Junior Repertory Coordinator - Prepares and runs the drama classes each week and is the Director of any shows
performed as well as liaising with venue bookings. Coordinates with treasurer the session fee’s and reports back to the committee regarding the class. Also holds a Working with Children Check card and a Senior First Aid Certificate.
Junior Repertory helpers - Helps within the classes and performances if needed. Supports the teachers and
children within their ability. If over 18 holds a Working with Children Check card.
Website Coordinator - runs the content of the website. Places advertising for any upcoming shows or events.
Ensures that is up to date and regularly added to keep interesting. Liaises with website designer for specific changes.
Website data entry - This role helps the coordinator compile pages like this and helps upload past play histories.
Social Media Content Coordinator - Keeps the Social Media pages upto date and current.
Ensures that there is activity on the all sites regularly.
Playreading Coordinator - Coordinates the monthly reading of a play. Sources a play to be read on the night and
allocates roles to those in attendance. The play may be one a future director is considering or one read
for enjoyment. actors are not cast from these readings.
Newsletter Coordination - Collects and writes the content for the monthly newsletter. Requires contact with anyone who has a piece, or wishes to have one, in the newsletter including the presidents introduction.
Newsletter Design - Collates the content from the coordinator to the final design of the newsletter
Marketing - Responsible for the marketing of the productions and the club. Sources and utilises ways to
promote the productions to bring in the audience members. Liaises with media and program coordinators,
poster designers etc. Oversees the face of the club to the public.
Programme design - designs the look and layout of the programmes for a show.
Programme content coordination - content for the programmes that are sold at performances
Poster/Graphic Design - Designing the artwork that is used in the posters and advertising promotional material.
Poster distribution - Takes the poster for production and helps get them up in shops etc around
Bunbury and its surrounds by utilising members and the community.