Theatre Volunteer

I’m always excited to see new people get involved in theatre, whether through participation or simply enjoying some great shows.

Theatre is magical: it opens up new doors of perception and allows people to enjoy a kind of culture available nowhere else.

Take movies, for example. Now, I love a good movie, and even several really bad ones. But when you see a movie, you’re seeing what millions of others have seen, image for image and word for word. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, live theatre offers each audience a unique experience.

Add to that the very real and immediate presence of actors, the great sense of history, and wonderful themes presented by playwrights and you have a wondrous concoction. In short, live theatre is just special.

With the great push for volunteerism in America these days, I urge everyone to consider what they might be able to contribute to community theatre organizations. Sure, funding is important, but service even more so, and even if you don’t consider yourself artistic or talented, there’s always a way to help out. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, act as ushers, promote shows, run concessions, paint and build sets and perform dozens of other vital duties. Contact anyone at your favorite community theatre troupe to find out how you can help! Remember, “many hands make light work”.

Even going to see a play is an important contribution. The price of your admission pays for rights to perform the show, access to venue, sets, props, costumes, and more importantly helps fund the next production.

But how does one turn these activities into traditions? It’s easy, really. Just consider how theatre can commemorate special events in your life or the lives of those you love.

Family traditions are important to everyone, and adding theatre is simple. The holidays are an excellent opportunity as the magic of theatre and the wonders of the season fit so very well together. Virtually every community theatre in the western world puts on a special Christmas production, and these are often treated with special care to present the very best shows of the year. Going out for an evening at the theatre in December can really support the Christmas spirit in children and adults alike.

Speaking of kids, there are tons of opportunities to add theatre traditions to their lives, including birthdays, summer theatre camps and outdoor shows, school productions and even backyard home-brewed plays. Sparking interest in the young is a contribution to the ongoing life and growth of theatre than cannot be overestimated.

There’s plenty of opportunity for us grown-ups too. Adults may enjoy intimate dinner shows on anniversaries. Birthdays, visits from loved ones living far away, and other special occasions are made even more special with a good play, and the excitement of the rising curtain isterrific regardless of age.

So consider how you can fit theatre into your life on a regular basis, and help support the tradition of live theatre with a tradition of your own!