When you see a show at Three Notch Theatre, you're enjoying the efforts of countless volunteers. Community theatre is so much more than just the faces you see on stage. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and span a wide age range. You may see them painting sets, ushering you to your seat, running a show, vacuuming floors, sewing costumes and hosting tours for local schools. Or, you may not see them at all -- our volunteers shop for concessions, perform accounting duties, hang signage, and stuff envelopes too.
Equal Opportunity Statement
NTP endorses the goals of diversity and inclusion, the principle of equal opportunity, and condemns racism, prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion for all participants in NTP activities. To these ends, it is NTP’s policy that no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in participation, membership, or production opportunities in any theatrical discipline or area of theatrical production based on race, color, culture, age, gender, physical disability, or sexual orientation.
While we recognize that there can be no interference with the artistic integrity or contractual rights of the author, director, or other production members, we urge all NTP participants to challenge traditional stereotypes. We acknowledge that the growth and vitality of our theater is dependent upon the inclusion of diverse voices and impulses in writing, casting, directing, and producing. Casting decisions must be based upon the needs of the production. There shall be no agreements made to cast based on factors not inherently tied to the production.
NTP Policies & Procedures Section 2.1.3
Front of House
Position: House Manager
Duties: The house manager runs the front of the house during performances. They are responsible for opening the auditorium, ensuring playbills are accessible to ushers and patrons, setting up and checking out hearing devices, and answering any general questions theatre goers may have. House managers should be familiar with the layout of theatre including locations of exits and restrooms. The time commitment is 2-3 hours depending on the length of the performance. Training is minimal and can be done prior to audience arrival. A house manager “cheat sheet” is available as well.
Position: Box Office Manager
Duties: The box office manager processes ticket orders via telephone, online or in person using the TicketTailor ticketing system and the tazotix app. The box office manager will be required to handle cash and sensitive credit card information and ought to be familiar with any current or upcoming productions. Training can be extensive and should be scheduled prior to assuming the position. The box office is open one hour before each performance. During performances the time commitment is generally 2-3 hours depending on the length of the performance. The box office manager is responsible for compiling all cash received at the lobby bar, 50/50 raffle, swag bar and box office.
Duties: The Bartender is responsible for restocking the bar at the beginning of the evening , prior to intermission and putting away bar stock (not in refrigerators) after the show. The bartender will be required to handle cash and sensitive credit card information and ought to be familiar with the running time for the show, layout of the theatre and cost of concessions and swag. The lobby bar is open one hour before each performance and the swag bar is open 30 minutes before. The time commitment is 2-3 hours depending on the length of the performance. Training is minimal and can be done prior to audience arrival.
Duties: Ushers take tickets, distribute playbills, and help patrons find their seats. Ushers must report 90 minutes prior to show time and may watch the show for free on the night they work. Volunteers may be asked to assist with the 50/50 raffle, perform basic upkeep of the lobby and facilities prior to the performance or help patrons in need of extra assistance.
Position: Set Construction
Duties: The set construction crew assists the set designer and technical director with construction and painting of scenery. Set builds are scheduled on a show by show basis and published on our calendar, facebook and email. Most scheduled builds take place during evening and weekend hours. Carpentry and painting skills are helpful; however, all skill levels are welcome.
Position: Board Operators
Duties: The light and sound board operators run the light board or sound board for a production and check all equipment prior to each performance. The time commitment is one week of rehearsal prior to opening and approximately 12 performances. Learning to operate the light board can take as little as 20 minutes; however, each show has specific lighting needs and attendance at 3-4 rehearsals is required to gather all of the light cues.
Position: Properties Guild
Duties: The props guild is in charge of maintaining all props held in inventory. A database of current properties is maintained and new properties acquired during a run of show is immediately input into the catalog. A properties guild member meets with the props designer for each show to go through the catalog and pull necessary props. The time commitment varies depending on the shows needs, but generally should take 2-3 hours. The same props guild member will also be present during strike to ensure new props are catalogued and all props are stored properly. The guild member signs off on the properties list saying that all props have been returned.