Actors learn staging, memorize lines, develop characters and perform onstage. Audition dates and times are available on the Our Shows section of the website, and are announced in the eBlast prior to auditions. Those planning to audition are asked to read from the script; in the event of a musical, participants need to perform a prepared song and take part in a dance audition. Rehearsals are on weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. Production runs vary from thirteen to eighteen performances, three to five performances per week.
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 TCTA, 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, 3 to 4 hours a day.
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.
Follow spot operators
These volunteers operate the 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.