Market House Theatre has over 300 volunteers each year that help us create live theatre showcasing the talent of our community. All the actors in the plays, technical crews backstage and in the control booth and ushers taking tickets and shows audience members to their seats are volunteers! Here is how to get involved and receive the benefits of being a volunteer at MHT.
Technical Crew/Construction Crew
Working on the stage crew helping to change the scenery, running the light board, the sound board, followspot, or helping with props can be a lot of fun without the weeks of rehearsal it takes to perform in a play. Generally the crew comes to the final week of rehearsals to watch and become familiar with the show.
Working on the stage crew to change the scenery; running the light board, the sound board or followspot; or, helping with props can be a lot of fun without the weeks of rehearsal it takes to perform in a play. MHT staff will train you how to operate the lighting board, sound board and follow spot and give you time to practice before we get to dress rehearsals. Crews work the following times:
- Sunday Technical rehearsal (which is a rehearsal with the actors where the crew gets to rehearse what they do for the show)
- Dress rehearsals are generally Monday and Tuesday evenings,
- Final Dress or Preview is Wednesday evening
- Opening night (Thursday evenings) and performances, which are generally Thursday through Sunday for two weeks for a non musical and three weeks for a musical. Youth productions may open on Thursday morning with a school matinee. Crew who work for youth productions should check for daytime school matinee performances as well as the evening shows and weekend matinees.
If you like hunting for special objects or doing craft work to create items for the show, then props might be right up your alley! Even though we have a props storage room, almost every play requires one or more items we don’t yet have!! Set construction crews work during the daytime hours and on weekends to build and paint the sets.
Costumes - Be a part of our NEW Volunteer Costume Crew!
Costume construction crew takes fabric home along with patterns from the theatre and returns the costumes back for fittings by the Costume coordinator Janice Peterson**All persons interested in crews should contact Business Manager Marsha Cash 270-444-6828 ext. 111 to set up an interview time so she can tell you what positions are available for upcoming shows.
If you have skills in carpentry or painting, we can use your help with set construction! We will post times for regular set construction work days on this website, and on our Facebook page.
The theatre needs 4-6 usher for up to 13 performances of each production. It is so easy and fun to usher. We welcome newcomers!! There is a brief demonstration on how to usher when you usher for the first time. If you like to meet and greet people this is a great volunteer opportunity.
Forty-five minutes is all the time required for you to usher. You can stay and help with intermission but no obligation to do so. Just let the box office know if you are staying or leaving after you usher.
Ushers need to arrive 45 minutes before their scheduled time to usher.
Must be able to stand and/or walk the length of the theatre several times. Be friendly, courteous, and most important helpful.
Everyone should dress appropriately. No torn jeans, no flip flops, etc. Dress as if you were attending an event at the theatre.
There are several ways to sign up to usher. You can sign up on our online service at Shiftboard.com., you can call the box office Monday through Friday, noon till 5 p.m., you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org., and you can stop by the box office during regular business hours.
Come join us for a fun evening meeting and greeting the audience.
** Contact the box office for more information 270-444-6828.
If you like helping with mailings, stuffing envelopes or helping us check ticket stubs against the chart then you might want to become an office volunteer. Just a couple hours a week or to let us know to call when we have a big mailing to get out is a big help for the theatre and lots of fun meeting people as well. ** Contact Business Manager Marsha Cash at 270-444-6828 ext. 102 for information.