Shepherd Theater is always looking for people interested in joining us on productions. Shepherd offers a both a theater major and minor, but anyone can be involved in the shows, you don’t have to be student in the program. Additionally, Shepherd Theater offers both upper and lower level classes (3 credits) for participation in either acting or tech that can satisfy requirements for most Shepherd majors electives needs.
Shepherd Theater always welcomes participation by members of the general public as well. Please contact us at 304-876-5447.
Theater participation can be a major time commitment, so we want to use this opportunity to lay out some of the basics so that you can make informed decisions about your level of participation:
Acting and Stage Management
This is the most time intensive part of our process. In general, we rehearse 4 hours a night Monday to Friday from 6-10 p.m. and on on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Rehearsals last 6 weeks and the run of the show is 2 weeks. Shows run Thursday to Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Essentially, this will take up one half a semester. Acting positions require an audition and casting by the show director. Stage Management typically requires starting as an Assistant Stage Manager for at least one production but exceptions are made based on experience and enthusiasm.
There are two parts to this area, one is the running of the shows and the other is the building of the shows. Run crew members are with the show for 4 weeks including first viewing, tech, show run and strike. Shows run Thursday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm. The first week of viewing and tech is the most involved: Monday to Friday is 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday is 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday is noon to 10 p.m. Technicians are required to strike and restore the show after the final performance
Build Technicians can include any of the crews (sound, lights, scenery, paints, etc) that actually create and install the items for the show. These people may, but are not required, to run the shows as well. Build Technicians set up times during the week that they come in to the shops and perform the jobs with the crew head. These hours can be set up for each technician and crew head based around free hours. Build technicians are required to strike and restore the show after the final performance. Build technicians will also assist in the final cleanup and restore of the theater. Once the show is over, build technicians continue to meet during the determined time to finish space cleanups, start build for next show, or assist in regular theater operations.
Box Office, Usher
The shortest of our time requirements, Box office and ushering are not available for credit at this time, but can be combined with Build Technician duties if credit is desired. This is a great way to become involved and check us out without a major time commitment. Box Office personnel and ushers work for the run of the show from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday. We ask that people in these positions dress nicely and be prepared to interact with the general public.
All areas of the productions have designers-Costumes, lights, Sound, Set, Etc. If you are interested in this, please contact us directly so for further discussion.