Every production needs the supporting hands of the great unseen. I refer to the gang of backstage crew that deals with promotion, construction, stage management, costumes, props, make up, set design and a whole host of tasks that make the production what it is.

If you are not a thespian, with a need to get up on stage, sing, dance or act, why not join us in one of the many production roles listed below. Email our production head at: sgtheatrecompany@btconnect.com

If you have experience as the lead role in any of the following subgroups, we would love to hear from you. A group head will be responsible to putting together the team for their chosen roles, and there will be plenty of help from the rest of the crew in doing this.

Promotion and marketing
This role is to publicise the production and make sure that both the parishes and the local press know all about it. In the past we have used flyer handouts, local posters, local and parish newsletters, as well as press releases to local news services. Social networking, like Facebook, are now also a worthy target. We include sponsorship and advertising in the performance programmes and this team will likely have the skills to expand on this.

Make up
We need a great crew of people backstage to apply the make up to more than 40 people, including, and especially the children. Many of the adult cast will deal with their own make up, but your role will be to make sure that this aspect of the show is running smoothly.

Costumes
The costume department is responsible for organising every character, principal or chorus, and to make sure that any alterations are completed, hire arrangements are dealt with, budget management and often a close relationship with the make up team.

Boxoffice
Ticket sales and performance questions are dealt with by this team of people. Tickets are sold and managed via telephone, email and via the website, but this team will be responsible for making sure that people get the tickets they require. Good people skills required.

Front of house
Our Front of house team are responsible during each performance to make sure our audience are well looked after, collect and sell tickets on the door, sell programmes, serve refreshments and manage any seating issues. Good people skills required.

Props
The properties team will be headed by the properties manager and will make sure that each actor has the physical items they need on stage at any time. This team will liaise with the stage manager, wardrobe mistress and make up lead.

Construction
Each production requires some element of new construction to build on stage set pieces that the actors will climb on/sit on/ fall off, or generally interact with. This could be a large well on a hill, side of a ship, an undersea throne or giant boot, in each case being able to be lifted and moved off stage in the least amount of time and effort. This team will include those handy with a paint brush, or those handy with a saw and hammer. The set designer will be on hand to direct all aspects of the builds and probably with a packet of biscuits.

Stage management
It’ll be alright on the night, and this team will be ready with a well practised routine for backdrop changes timed to perfection, stage items in the right place and poised position at the side of the stage. The stage team will likely consist of about four members, headed by the stage manager. Their ninja-like black clothing is all part of not being seen, but the show wouldn’t go on without them.

Musicians
It wouldn’t be a great show without the talents of the band. We audition band members separately for each production, so if you are interested in getting involved, please contact us, tell us what instrument you play, and we will be in touch.

Show photographer
We like to get a good selection of pictures from both rehearsals and during the shows. These images are then used for promotion during the next production. Professional background not necessary, but a good visual eye a must.

Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved on our next production.

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  1. I dont see the venue anywhere on the site. I have bought tickets but no idea where the production is/. Please advise.Thanks Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,
      The venue is Whitgift School, Nottingham Road, Croydon. CR2 6HT.
      I will add it to the first post for any other people without the Flyer.

      • Thanks very much,, also got my paypal receipt. At there designated seating or sit where you can, What time do the doors open for Saturday Matinee …Cheers, kids are really excited.

        • Open seating, so choose how close you want to be! arrive at least 40 minutes before the curtain.
          At the Saturday matinee we often have the children along the front. Hope you all enjoy it.

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