Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Crew Positions

All crew positions are required to see one run of the show prior to technical rehearsals. This is coordinated through the Stage Manager.

Call times below are listed in reference to the start time (“GO”) set for each dress rehearsal or performance.

Deck Crew

Required to attend dry tech, wet tech, all dress rehearsals, and all performances.

Call time: 90 minutes before GO.
Responsibilities:

  • Sweep & mop stage
  • Prepare and set all properties
  • Perform any other presets or duties during the show as directed by the stage manager
  • Make sure that backstage and the green room are left clean and safe after each run

House Manager

Required to attend all performances.

Call time: 1 hour before GO.
Responsibilities:

  • Dress professionally
  • Make sure house is clean and free of trash
  • Open house when the stage manager gives the all clear
  • Work with ushers to make sure that patrons find their seats and that the tickets are taken and counted (division of duties can vary from show to show)
  • Blink lights in foyer at 10 minutes till GO to cue patrons to make their way into the house
  • Check bathrooms and lobby for patrons and coordinate with box office before closing house
  • Inform stage management when house is closed
  • Open doors at top of intermission(s)
  • Blink lobby lights at 2 minutes until the end of intermission(s)
  • Give drop count (number of torn tickets) to the stage manager by the end of the performance

Light Board Operators

Required to attend dry tech, wet tech, all dress rehearsals, and all performances.

Call time: 90 minutes before GO.
Responsibilities:

  • Turn all necessary equipment on upon arrival and off upon departure.
  • Perform channel check with the show electrician before each performance.
  • Carry out cues only when instructed by the stage manager

Microphone Technicians

May be required to attend a few rehearsals prior to tech in order to work in microphones. Required to attend wet tech and all dress rehearsals.

Call time: 90 minutes before GO
Responsibilities:

  • Put new batteries in mic packs each night
  • Put mic packs into unlubricated condoms to protect them from sweat
  • Distribute mics to actors
  • Be on-hand during show in case of mic emergencies with extra bobby pins, mics, batteries, and mic tape

Show Electrician

May be required to attend dry & wet tech at the discretion of the master electrician and lighting designer. Must be present for pre-show duties for all dress rehearsals and performances.

Call time: 90 minutes before GO.
Responsibilities:

  • Adjust & troubleshoot lighting equipment as needed
  • Perform channel check
  • Test all practicals before each show
  • Perform black-out check

Sound Board Operator

Required to attend dry tech, wet tech, all dress rehearsals, and all performances. For dress rehearsals and performances.

Call time: 1 hour before GO.
Responsibilities:

  • Turn all necessary equipment on upon arrival and off upon departure
  • Tests recorded sound and practicals before each show
  • Perform mic checks for each show (if the show involves microphones)
  • Carry out cues only when instructed by the stage manager

Stage Carpenter

Required to attend all performances.

Call time: 90 minutes before GO.
Responsibilities:

  • During pre-show, check the set for damage
  • Make any necessary repairs to the set before the next show

Ushers

These positions are filled in the final weeks leading up to opening, and often on a volunteer basis. The number of ushers varies based on the space. Typically you need one usher per entrance to the theater and one for tearing tickets.

Call time: 1 hour before GO
Responsibilities:

  • Dress professionally
  • Tear tickets
  • Direct patrons to their seats
  • Follow instructions from house managers

Wardrobe & Make Up Crew

Required to attend at least one run of the show prior to dress rehearsals, but not required to attend dry or wet tech.

Call time: Varies based on the needs of the show and actor call times, but is typically 15-30 minutes before actors start arriving. Call time for each show is set by the costume designer and/or costume shop manager in conjunction with the stage manager.
Responsibilities:

  • Meet with costume designer and/or costume shop manager to discuss the costume plot, quick changes, and wardrobe maintenance
  • Conduct all necessary costume maintenance pre-show and post-show (laundry, ironing, repairs, etc.)
  • Assist actors while they are getting into (and out of) costumes, wigs and makeup
  • Keep actors on schedule for GO
  • Check costumed actors against the costume plot before they go to the stage
  • Assist actors with any quick changes that occur throughout the show
  • Make sure actors are not eating, smoking, or drinking anything but water while in costume.
  • Keep the costume shop clean and tidy
  • Make sure everything is put away, turned off, and locked before leaving after each show

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