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Have you noticed? There’s always something going on at Topeka Civic Theatre. How exciting it is…classes are being held, rehearsals are taking place and productions are being mounted on three stages – all at the same time. It’s no wonder it takes over 500 volunteers each year to keep TCT running smoothly. Whether your talents lie in performing, crewing, costuming, assisting with business operations, we know you’ll find that perfect opportunity at Topeka Civic Theatre.



Learn staging, memorize lines, develop characters and perform onstage. Audition information can be found here, under the audition tabs. Be sure to sign up for our Audition eblast (located in the footer) so you can stay in the know about upcoming auditions. Those planning to audition are asked to read from the script; in the event of a musical, you’ll need to perform a prepared song and take part in a dance audition. Rehearsals are weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. Production runs vary from five to 20 performances, with two to five per week.

Stage Managers

The Stage Manager conducts all auditions, rehearsals and performances for a show under the supervision of the Director. Once in production, the Stage Manager oversees the cast and running crew, executes light and communicates needs to the Design Staff. As the most challenging volunteer opportunity at TCT, volunteers are asked to first co-stage manage with an experienced volunteer or to work as a running crew member for several shows. The time commitment ranges from two to three months, four to six days a week, three to four hours a day.

Running Crew

The Running Crew consists of volunteers who execute all of the backstage changes during a production. Running Crew volunteers work each night of a production; however, two people can split the run of a show. The Running Crew is supervised by the Stage Manager and works closely with the actors.

Spotlight Operators

Operate spotlights from elevated platforms facing the stage. As spotlights are frequently used for solos and dance numbers for musicals, precision and good timing are necessary.

Sound Board Operator

The Sound Board Operator executes all of the recorded effects that occur during a performance. All recorded effects are on CD, cassette or reel-to-reel tapes. The operation of wireless microphones is also controlled by the Sound Board Operator. Experience in this position is helpful and training is available.


The Dresser oversees all of the costumes during a performance run. They also help the actors during quick changes and perform emergency repairs. In some instances, the Dresser also helps with hair and make-up.


Box Office

Daytime box office volunteers assist with every aspect of ticket sales, from taking phone calls to mailing tickets to providing patrons with exemplary customer service. Volunteers are scheduled in four hour shifts on weekdays. Good people and communication skills are a must and training is provided.

House Managers

Typically the first TCT representative many patrons encounter, the House Managers supervise the entryway and lobby. This volunteer collects and counts ticket stubs, offers general information to patrons and manages the Hosts. A smile, neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must for this people-oriented task. These volunteers work one to two hour shifts per performance.


Hosts greet and escort patrons to their seats, distribute playbills and answer general questions regarding the theatre. As with the House Manager, a smile, neat appearance and helpful attitude are a must.

Buffet Wing

Posted by the buffet line entrance, these volunteers collect dinner and brunch tickets. Time commitment is about an hour and the position can be performed while seated.


This volunteer serves groups who attend our productions. Ambassadors greet groups at the door and remain with them throughout the evening to ensure the patrons’ experience is most enjoyable. These volunteers must have an extensive knowledge of the theatre and have a helpful attitude.



Box Office

Daytime box office volunteers assist with every aspect of ticket sales, from taking phone calls to mailing tickets to providing patrons with exemplary customer service. Volunteers are scheduled in four hour shifts on weekdays. Good people and communication skills are a must and training is provided.

Daytime Receptionist

Assist during daytime business hours with answering phones, routing calls and messages as well as helping with various projects. These volunteers commit to a specific day and shift on a continuous week-to-week schedule. Volunteer tasks such as filing and helping with accounting are also available.


During the late spring, summer and late fall, volunteer gardeners select sections of the grounds surrounding the theatre to water the trees, flowers and grass. This seasonal volunteer commits to a regular weekly watering schedule, but hours and days are flexible and often subject to weather changes.



Set Construction

These volunteers build, cover and repair the scenery. Set construction encompasses a wide variety of construction techniques and material. 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.

Scene Painting

Whether you are an artist or not, you can learn to paint at TCT. Many painting techniques in the theatre are easy to learn. You can learn to paint scenery to look like brick, stone, marble, plaster, stucco, foliage, wallpaper or a variety of wood grains. You can master such techniques as spattering, sponging, rag rolling and dry brushing.

Properties Coordinator

Properties, or “props,” are all of the set dressings used in a production such as books, housewares and food. The properties coordinator collects or constructs props during a show’s rehearsal period and attends Tech Week rehearsals to ensure all the props are ready for the performance run.

Strike Force Crew

You help deconstruct each set on the Sunday following the final performance of each production. Strikes take between two and four hours and involved using power tools, clearing props/furniture and tidying the backstage wings.




Costume team volunteers are required to have a basic knowledge of sewing skills. Sewing tasks range from sewing buttons, hems and trim to the construction of a garment.





The success of TCT’s various fundraisers is largely dependent upon the help given by volunteers. Such fundraising volunteer tasks include house managing, hosting, distributing name tags, decorating the theatre, guiding tours and serving meals and drinks. The tasks presented are determined by the specifics of each fundraiser.

Opening Night Food Donor

These volunteers prepare a food or snack dish for each show’s opening night party and deliver it to the theatre. This task, which is arranged on a show-by-show basis, is actually a volunteer activity that aids other volunteers. Cast and crew members are most appreciative of all these volunteers do!

Academy Volunteers

Academy volunteers start as young as 12. All of our youth shows are Stage Managed and crewed by kids. Kids can also help by assisting teachers during classes or lending a hand with mailings. Opportunities for adults range from assisting with mailings to being a “backstage parent” to helping with set construction, painting and house managing.

Individually Tailored Opportunities

Got a skill that isn’t listed here that would be helpful? Let us know! Chances are we can design a new volunteer position just for you. (One most recent example is the



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