AVES Theatre 2017 New York/DC Trip Info

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Aves Theatre Crew Positions

Costumes (NO SEWING ability is required!!!):

Duties include:
Shopping for costumes
Coordinating ensembles
Building of costumes
Dressers for "quick changes" during performances 

Hair and Make-up:  Assist on-stage performers with application of make-up and preparation of hair for the show.

Tech Positions

Stage Manager:  The stage manager participates in most parts of production. He/she can assist with rehearsal through taking notes, playing music, or whatever else the director needs. He/she can also help with set construction and other technical work. During the production itself, the stage manager can be backstage calling stage directions or in any other technical area calling cues or helping with other tasks.

Lighting Crew:  There are several jobs in the lighting area. There must be a light board operator, who physically moves the switches and changes the lighting at each cue. There must also be a person calling light cues for the light board operator. This person has a script and tells the light board operator when to change the lighting at certain times during the show.

Sound Crew:  The first two jobs for sound crew are very similar to lighting: a sound board operator and a person calling sound cues. However, there can be more jobs in the field of sound in addition to these two. Occasionally, there are two sound board operators: one to mix the vocal microphones and one to mix the band, if a live band is utilized in the show. There are also members of the sound crew backstage to monitor the vocal microphones, change batteries, and fix any sort of problem with sound backstage. These two people, one for stage left and one for stage right, are critical to the success of the show, as they ensure that all microphones are working correctly and every person in the show can be heard at the correct time.

Deck Crew:  The deck crew is comprised of all the people backstage who run the physical parts of the show. There is usually one person per side calling cues for set pieces, and the cue caller for stage right also calls the fly cues for set pieces flown in and out. There are also several people who work the fly system and move the set pieces.