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Central to our success through the years are the many volunteers who have helped to make it all happen! Look around FTC and you will find hundreds of volunteers: actors, singers, dancers, technicians, carpenters, costumers, ushers, greeters, box office, publicity and stage crew — they are all volunteers. FTC is very fortunate to have a network of volunteers who donate countless hours to bring our stage to life. With seven mainstage productions, eight special events, and three semesters of youth theater classes — we've got a task for you!
Please register to become a volunteer. We have a place for everyone, no matter what talent, skill or ability you possess. Come be a part of the finest theatrical experience in the Texas Hill Country.
Here are some ways you can volunteer:
Actors - Anyone who ever wanted to act, from the novice to the most seasoned actor, is welcome to audition for our productions. Watch our website for upcoming audition information, how to prepare and what to expect.
Set Construction/Painting - Volunteers help build, repair, paint and strike sets. It is helpful for volunteers in this area to have some construction or painting background. Daytime and night hours are available.
Lighting/Sound - Training will be provided. We need people who are available throughout the entire run of a show. Some jobs can be shared with another person, and some require that you are there every performance and throughout tech week prior to the show opening. This is a job that requires a strong commitment and the ability to follow a script.
This position is part of the stage crew. Properties are all of the set dressings and small articles used in a production. Time commitment varies with each show and may require attendance at some rehearsals and tech week.
Costumes - Volunteers are instrumental in sewing costumes as well as putting finishing touches on projects. Time requirements vary with each show, but hours are flexible with your schedule.
Stage Crew - Each show requires many people working back stage to make things happen onstage. From cleaning before a performance, preparing the set, coordinating special effects, and moving set pieces — there is a lot happening back stage! Time commitment is the technical rehearsals and the full run of the show. Stage crews typically work every night of a production and must be highly responsible.
Stage Managers - This is a great opportunity to work closely with the Director of a show. You must be available for all rehearsals, follow the script, take down blocking and write notes for the Director. Previous theater experience is a plus.
Ushers - This is a great way to get started volunteering and meet a lot of people. Ushers are friendly and helpful. They are responsible for taking tickets, helping patrons find their seats, and handing out playbills. We use four ushers for each show. Arrival time is typically one hour and fifteen minutes before a performance.
- Act as the host/hostess of the theater by being in the lobby and welcoming our patrons. You'll need to be prepared to answer any questions that come up and arrive one hour and fifteen minutes before a performance.
- Work in the lobby behind the counter serving drinks and setting up refreshments. Proceeds from concessions help to support FTC.
Box Office/Ticketing - Volunteers are needed to reserve tickets and work the will-call during production. Time and commitment vary, but computer skills are a must.
Business Office -
Volunteers are often needed to assist in data entry, filing and general office work. Time and commitment vary, but daytime hours only.
Maintenance - With a building as large as the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, you can imagine there are a lot of odd jobs for all different skill levels. We can always use help with general cleaning, maintenance and upkeep of the theatre. Daytime hours are typically required for this type of volunteer.
Hospitality - Volunteers are regularly needed to assist staff with special events, such as opening night galas and special events. We always need people on call to help.
For more information about volunteering at FTC please call the theater office at 830-997-3588.