Stage Crew

The stage crew is a service club that provides all technical assistance in scenery, lighting, sound, properties, wardrobe, and makeup for plays produced by the SWCHS theater department. The stage crew responsibilities are divided into two general crews: production and run.

To be a part of the SWCHS theater department stage production crew you will need to fill out this application form.

Crew permission form is available here.

Production crews:

  • Work on one or more of the four plays produced by the theater department.
  • Puts the show together, but does not work the performances
  • Build the scenery, hang the lights, record the sound, etc.
  • Attend shop calls, which are work sessions that happen after school, in the month leading up to the play’s performances. Shop calls occur 3 times/week from 3–5 p.m.

Run crews:

  • Run lighting, sound, scenery, properties, costumes, makeup, and hair during performances.
  • Move scenery on and off-stage, run the light board, mix the sound, assist with costume changes, place the properties where the actor needs them, etc.
  • Begin tech week (3–5 days prior to the opening performance) and extend through the end of the performance run. Call times are normally 4 p.m. until finished (in most cases, 9 p.m. at the latest) during tech week. Call times for performances are usually 1-1/2 hours prior to curtain through the end of the performance.
  • Expected to attend all technical rehearsals and performances.You may work on either or both production and run crews. The number of crews worked is dependent upon your desired level of commitment.

Positions:

Student Director: Assists the Director and supervises the Stage Manager in rehearsals prior to performances. Duties may include: following along in the script to assist with cues, collecting and organizing paperwork from actors, assisting with timing acts or segments of the play to assist the Director with adjusting pacing, running to get items needed by the Director, etc.

Stage Manager: The Stage Manager is responsible for keeping track of cast members, sets and miscellaneous details during rehearsals and production of a stage performance as directed by the Production Team. They also attend all rehearsals for the two weeks leading up to tech week and assist the Student Director in any assignments given.

Costume Crew: Assists the Director and Production Assistant with all aspects of costuming the show. This may involve cleaning and organizing in the costume storage area, assisting with moving costumes in and out of the storage area for each show, assisting with distribution of costume pieces and return of costume pieces from the actors, ensuring that all costume pieces are accounted for and in good working order at the end of each show, assisting actors with any required quick changes either on or near the stage and any other costume related needs of the show.

Make-up Crew: Assists Make-up Designer(s) with all aspects of make-up and hair for the show. Duties may include applying make-up, styling hair, assisting with keeping the make-up area and application tools clean and in good working order, assisting with any make-up and or hair/wig changes during the show and any other make-up related needs of the show.

Publicity Crew: Works with the Director and production team. Designs, makes, copies, distributes, posts all advertisement materials for the show including programs, posters, flyers, shirts, etc.

Scenic Carpenter: Under the direction of the Director and Production Assistant, uses power tools to build, and assemble all scenic elements of the set (i.e. Flats[walls], platforms, doors etc.), props etc. May also be on one of the other running crews for the performances of the show.

Scenic Painter: Under the direction of the Director and Production Assistant, uses different painting techniques to paint the scenery for the show to provide the look, texture and feel that the Director desires for the show. May also be on one of the other running crews for the performances of the show.

Light Board Operator: The Light Board Operator is responsible for operating the light board during all performances. Performs daily light checks at the beginning of all technical rehearsals and performance call times to ensure that all lighting equipment is working properly. May participate in hanging and focusing lights for show.

Lighting Crew: Assist the Light Board Operator with the light board during all performances. Responsible for keeping the lighting side of the control booth clean and organized. Helps address any lighting problems that might occur during a performance. May participate in hanging and focusing lights for show.

Sound Board Operator: Responsible for operating the sound board during all performances. This includes all microphones, CD players, computers etc. required to provide sound for the show. Performs daily sound checks at the beginning of all technical rehearsals and performance call times to ensure that all sound equipment is operating properly.

Sound Crew: Assists the Sound Board Operator with the sound board during all performances. Responsible for keeping the sound side of the control booth clean and organized. Helps address any sound problems that might occur during a performance.

Property Master: Build, make or acquire any needed props for the production. During performances, the Prop Master is in charge of the prop table(s), making sure it is organized and all props are accounted for and in working order. Must check all props at the beginning of call-time and after every performance.

Property Crew: Assists Prop Master with all props during all performances and rehearsals. Helps address any prop problems that might occur during a performance. May assist Backstage Crew with scene shifts etc.

Backstage Crew: Is responsible for the safety of the backstage area during all performances. Cleans stage at start of call-time and is responsible for all set changes during the course of a performance or rehearsal. Returns set to “pre-show” setting after every performance.

Fly Master: Member of the backstage crew responsible for the operation of the grand curtain, travellers and any battens that are used during the course of a performance. Makes sure that there are no safety concerns on or around the fly system. Assists the rest of the backstage crew with any required set changes when not needed at the curtain(s). (Will not be needed for every show)

House Manager: Is responsible for everything in front of the stage. Makes sure that the house is ready before any audience members arrive. Organizes the ushers to pass out programs, collect tickets and make sure that the house always remains safe (i.e. aisles must remain a minimum of 4 feet wide and be clear at all times) and provides assistance to any audience members with wheelchairs. Generally responsible for a pleasant audience experience before, during and after the show.

Usher: Reports to the House Manager at the beginning of call-time. Assists with passing out programs, collecting tickets and maintaining a safe environment in the house. Following every performance, works with House Manager to pick up trash, recyclables and any programs left behind that can be reused at a future performance.