Areas of involvement
The following summaries provide a brief indication of what is involved in each area, but as always the best way to find out more is to come along to Happy Hour on Friday (from 5.30pm) and ask a fellow REP member.
- REP provides acting opportunities at various levels, from our mainstage productions to smaller Studio productions and rehearsed readings. All mainstage and often Studio productions are cast by audition. Audition details are published in Rhubarb Rhubarb, the REP membership newsletter, on the REP website, REP's facebook page and in The Canberra Times.
- Stage Management and Backstage crew
- Stage Managers and their teams are responsible for ensuring that the show itself runs smoothly. If you are interested in this area, then opportunities exist to work as part of a backstage crew, an assistant stage manager or stage manager.
- Lighting/Sound Design and Operation
- The Lighting/Sound crew work to design, rig and operate the lighting and sound for shows. These are specialised areas but there are plenty of opportunities for you to gain experience as a trainee on productions.
- Set Construction, Painting and Bump-in/out
- Lots of jobs here for those with willing hands—if you can wield a hammer or a paint brush, you can be involved. And if you can’t here is your chance to learn!
- Set Design
- Opportunities exist for those who have an interest in this area. REP is one of the few theatre companies which builds working sets for each production. You can realise your own set design and work with experienced set coordinators as mentors if you are inexperienced.
- The Props person is in charge of collecting and/or making, borrowing, hiring or acquiring all the ‘properties’ or bits and pieces used on stage during a show. The Props area is also responsible for the care and maintenance of all properties and for ensuring the right thing is in the right place at the right time for each performance.
- General Maintenance
- REP has to maintain the Theatre 3 building and its fixtures. Several times a year a Company day is held to tackle various maintenance projects. These are run under the watchful, expert eye of REP’s Technical Committee members and everyone is encouraged to come and lend a hand—whether its wielding a hammer, a paintbrush or a wettex!
- Front of House (FOH)
- FOH volunteers are the first point of contact with the audience. Duties include running the wine or coffee bar, ushering, selling tickets or programs or acting as the Front of House Manager. These are pleasant tasks for all and a good way to get to know REP people. Selling tickets and acting as Front of House Manager require a higher level of responsibility and training, which is available on an ongoing basis.
- Wardrobe includes the design, construction and maintenance of costumes for productions and our Wardrobe resource. Opportunities exist to work with and be mentored by experienced designers from the membership. From simple sewing to expert dressmaking any level of skill is welcome. REP also holds Retro Clothing sales throughout the year, providing another opportunity where volunteer helpers can work with the wardrobe regulars.
- Most actors do their own hair/makeup for each performance: however, for some shows specialised hair and/or makeup is required. Opportunities exist for members to work with wigs and makeup in conjunction with REP productions.
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