VOLUNTEER AT PBTS
Volunteers are the heart of Players by the Sea. They supplement its work force and bring creative energy to the theatre. For more than 53 years, they have sewn costumes and sold memberships, run lights and read lines. They have auditioned, performed, cleaned up and carried on.
Box office workers, hosts, ushers, technicians, performers, costumers, carpenters, painters and stage crews all play critical roles in raising the curtain for each performance. The quality of PBTS productions is the direct result of volunteer talent guided by on-staff theatre professionals. Volunteers also provide a link with the community that can open and extend PBTS to new audiences and play an important role in public education.
Volunteers are placed according to their interest, experience and availability and the theatre’s needs.
There’s a wealth of opportunities for participation at PBTS. PBTS needs you!
For more information about volunteering, please send an email by clicking here or calling at (904) 249-0289. Also, please click here for our PBTS volunteer interest form.
FRONT OF HOUSE
For most patrons of Players by the Sea, it is the “out front” volunteers with whom they have the most frequent or direct contact. Volunteers augment our professional staff to help us meet our objective of making every patron’s theatre-going experience a pleasant one.
The work is not difficult, but it does require an interest in assisting Players patrons – while paying careful attention to detail. Depending on the shift worked, Box Office volunteers are scheduled on a show by show or a non-show dependent basis. Volunteers on all Box Office shifts earn complimentary tickets to any performance during the opening week of the next production after their shift schedule ends. Volunteers serve in three main areas as follows:
Box Office Representatives/Hosts
Volunteers augment our professional staff in the Box Office during business hours. Working two or three hour shifts, volunteers sell tickets using computer ticketing software and answer questions to PBTS patrons. Volunteers answer phones and greet walk-in patrons. (All volunteers attend a short training session to learn how to use the computerized ticketing system.)
Beginning a half-hour before each performance, volunteers (called “Hosts”) are stationed at the Box Office check-in patrons and other front of house volunteers.
The running crews are the volunteers who run all the backstage operations during a production. Players productions run approximately four weeks, plus tech week. The Mainstage Theatre and Studio Theatre productions run Thursday through Sunday with one matinee on Sunday. The running crews arrive approximately one hour before the performance begins to preset all stage pieces.
Each volunteer working a full time position on a running crew receives two complimentary tickets to opening weekend of the production they are working on.
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
A spotlight is a lighting instrument that produces a concentrated beam of light. The spotlight operator changes the color and size of the light, and aims the light and follows the actors. Spotlights are located in auditorium behind the audience.
Properties are all the set dressings and small articles used in a production, such as furniture, books, dishes, lamps, tools, luggage, etc. The properties crew makes sure all the props are in the right place before the performance and between each scene.
Special Effects Crew
Players uses a wide variety of effects to create the theatre magic our audiences see on stage. The effects crew operates equipment generate fog, smoke, wind, snow, bubbles, confetti, pyrotechnic effects, etc.
The wardrobe people keep track of all the costumes during a performance and assist the actors during quick changes.
Set construction encompasses a wide variety of construction techniques and materials. Some of the materials used in scenery are wood, metal, foam, plastic and fabric. Projects in the scene shop depend on the degree of experience of the volunteer. The scene shop is a well-stocked and well equipped facility and is responsible for building a wide variety of products.