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A 50l(c)(3) nonprofit community
theatre organization founded in 1988
Spring & fall productions,
four to seven performances each

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PERFORMANCE SPACE:
Home Auditorium
4400 S Home Ave
(7000 west,
a few blocks east of Harlem)

Stickney, Illinois

(312) 802-8020

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There's a place for everyone in a theatre group! In addition to the few people seen on the stage, there are many behind-the-scenes people who are having just as much (if not more) fun. A new production crew, comprised of experienced people and novices, is assembled for each show. Every show is different, but listed below is a sampling of the positions with brief descriptions. If any of these interest you, even if you have little or no experience, please contact us. (These are all unpaid positions. Only experienced directors and musical accompanists, when needed, receive a nominal stipend.) S.T.A.R. is committed to equal opportunity for all people without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age or physical disability. Theatre is about life, and life is about people of different sizes, shapes and types.

S.T.A.R. Positions
(Click on a position to read the description below)

Actor

Box Office Mgr

Lighting Engineer

Prop Mgr

Stage Crew Member

Ad Sales Mgr

Concession Mgr

Photographer

Publicity Mgr

Stage Mgr

Assistant Director

Director

Playbill Designer

Set Designer

Tech Director

Assistant Stage Mgr

Flyer Designer

Production Mgr

Set Builder

Ticket Sales Mgr

Board Member

House Mgr

Prompter

Sound Engineer

Usher


Production Manager
Works with the director to provide everything he or she needs to put on a good show. Assembles a list and coordinates the acquisition of needed properties or "props" and other such things to allow the director to concentrate on the artistic aspects of the show. Stays in constant contact, often by phone, with the director from auditions through opening night. Attends rehearsals as required, sometimes only stopping in beforehand for a few minutes to consult with the director.


Director
Leads and directs the actors in character development and interpretation, pacing of dialogue, and blocking (movement) to produce the best possible "look and feel" for the audience. See "Select & Direct" Program.


Assistant Director
The "AD" attends every rehearsal and assists the director by keeping track of blocking, schedules, and cast lists. Serves as the prompter when the actors are "off book" (have memorized their lines). Often serves as stage manager as well.


Prompter
If the director has no assistant, one or two prompters (one at a time) are needed when the actors are off book. Attends scheduled rehearsals.


Actor
Few people are "natural" actors like any other profession or avocation, you have to work at it. S.T.A.R. holds open auditions for every play, but lead roles are invariably filled by experienced actors or, less often, by people who have at least taken acting classes. There are, however, many smaller parts that new actors can do quite well. And, in time, these actors will start "getting leads."


Photographer
Photos of the actors in rehearsal are needed for publicity purposes about a month before opening night. Headshots are needed for the playbill. Color photos are sometimes also taken during a dress rehearsal to document the show and serve as mementos for the actors and crew.


Publicity Manager
Writes and issues press releases, including captioned photos, to local and major newspapers and other media a few weeks before opening night. Serves as the liaison to any reporters who may contact the group.


Ticket Sales Manager
Handles advance ticket sales to the cast and crew, keeping detailed records and collecting cash and checks, which are then turned over to the group's treasurer.


Ad Sales Manager
Sells playbill ads to local businesses personally and through the cast and crew. Keeps detailed records and collects cash and checks, which are then turned over to the treasurer. Assembles ad copy and presents it to the playbill designer, allowing plenty of time for layout and printing.


Playbill/Flyer Designer
Designs a show logo and produces a flyer, postcard, and various other pieces to advertise each production. Obtains the required number of copies from a commercial printer and prepares them for mailing. Writes and/or edits biographical material on the cast and director, and assembles copy and photos for the playbill. Obtains the required number of copies of the playbill from a commercial printer and delivers them to the theater before opening night.


Stage Manager/ Property Manager
In charge of the actors and the backstage area before, during, and after all performances. The director officially "turns over the show" to the stage manager after the final rehearsal. Stage managers who are not also assistant directors usually attend one or two rehearsals early on and every rehearsal during "tech week" (the final week before opening night, when rehearsals are scheduled almost every night), in addition to every performance. Arrives at or before "call time" (typically an hour and a half before curtain) and stays till all props are put away, etc.


Assistant Stage Manager
Serves as a liaison between the stage manager and the actors in the "green room" (the actors' waiting room). Attends every rehearsal during tech week and every performance, arriving an hour and a half before curtain.


Stage Crew Member
Reports to the stage manager and his/her assistant. Responsible for moving set pieces and props before, during, and after all performances. Attends every rehearsal during tech week and every performance, arriving an hour and a half before curtain.


Tech Director
When a production requires more than the usual technical expertise, a technical ("tech") director may be needed. This is someone who has previously served as lighting or sound engineer. The tech director attends several rehearsals early on, every rehearsal during tech week, and usually all performances, too. He or she manages the lighting and sound engineers.


Set Designer
This person works with the director and tech director to design the stage set - the room or location in which the action of the play will take place.


Set Builder
An opportunity for the handyman or handywoman to have fun and be creative. Even those with a fear of power tools are welcome to assist and paint.


Lighting Engineer
Reports to the tech director (if the production requires one). Stationed next to the sound engineer at the "tech table" at the back of the auditorium. Runs the lightboard according to the wishes of the director and/or tech director. Attends one or two rehearsals early on, every rehearsal during tech week, and all performances. Works closely with the stage manager, communicating by means of an intercom during showtime. Arrives at least an hour and a half before each tech rehearsal or performance to set up the equipment, and stays after the show until the equipment is put away.


Sound Engineer
Reports to the tech director. Stationed next to the lighting engineer at the tech table in the back of the auditorium. Runs the sound computer according to the wishes of the director and/or tech director. Attends one or two rehearsals early on, every rehearsal during tech week, and all performances. Works closely with the stage manager, communicating by means of an intercom during showtime. Arrives at least an hour and a half before each tech rehearsal or performance to set up the equipment and stays after the show until the equipment is put away.

S.T.A.R. is known for its professional computerized sound, which is done entirely by board member Glenn Reyna. To hear some clips of his work, click here.


Box Office Manager
Greets patrons and sells tickets to those who have not obtained theirs in advance. Arrives at least an hour before each scheduled performance and remains at the box office until the cash receipts are balanced and the last patron has arrived. Turns over all cash, checks, and records to the treasurer each night.


House Manager
Responsible for making sure that the "house" or audience area is ready for patrons. Ensures that the floor is swept at least an hour before each performance. Schedules and manages the ushers, filling in as necessary. Usually works all performances.


Concession Manager
Purchases and/or sells snacks and beverages during intermission.


Usher
Reports to the house manager. Greets patrons at the door, takes and tears tickets, and hands out playbills. Turns over ticket stubs to the box office manager. Attends at least two performances, arriving at least an hour beforehand and staying after the show for cleanup.


Board Member
Any interested party who is at least 18, has been involved in theatre for at least five years, and has participated in at least one of S.T.A.R.'s productions is eligible to serve on the board of directors (the voting body that manages the group) by invitation of the current board. Elections are held twice a year, usually in November and May.

 

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