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Doreen Lechner - Facilities Manager | (812) 482-3070


Your agreeing to serve as a volunteer is a commitment that we greatly appreciate. We are contractually obligated to provide a certain number of crew, and we rely on your commitment to be at the Arts Center throughout the time period in which you have agreed. Each performance has a different set of time and crew requirements, but they typically include load in, set up, run of show and load out. In general, we prefer that volunteers can commit to the entire period (from load in through load out), but we are glad to have your help at any point.

Volunteer Assignments

The numbers of volunteers varies from performance to performance. In general, the Performers Series events require more personnel than do the Backstage and Family Series events. Although we may not solicit your help for a particular performance, you are encouraged to let us know if you would be interested in volunteering for any of the performances.

Volunteer positions will usually fall into the following categories:

  • Loaders loading and unloading scenery & equipment from trucks/vans (ALL volunteers help with the loading and unloading)
  • Carpenters setting up the stage scenery, platforms, etc.
  • Electricians hanging & focusing of lights; follow-spot & light console operation
  • Sound assist with set up of sound equipment & console operation
  • Props assisting with stage properties
  • Wardrobe assisting with costumes & wigs; steaming, ironing, repair; dressers
  • Runners running errands for the company; transporting bus drivers
  • Hospitality setting up snacks & drinks; making cast & crew comfortable


Volunteers should wear comfortable, working clothes for load in and out. If you have a pair of work gloves, you may want to bring those as well. We do provide gloves if you don't bring any. Backstage running crew personnel (during the performance) are to wear dark clothes, preferably blacks. If you are asked to usher, you should bring along some nice clothes for that. There will usually be time to leave and change before the show call, but if we are running tight, there may not be.

Professional Attitude

As a volunteer, you are a representative and serve as a reflection of the Jasper Community Arts Commission. We have received numerous compliments from performing groups on the ability, enthusiasm and professionalism of our stage crew. We ask that you refrain from inappropriate language and behavior while you're at the Jasper Arts Center.

Professional touring groups travel with only a skeletal technical supervisory crew. They rely on having local crew do the actual set up and running of the performance. Volunteers are assigned to certain members of the touring group and are answerable to them. If there are any difficulties, procedural concerns or suggestions, however, these need to be addressed to Doreen. She in turn will discuss them with the touring company. If your company supervisor has released you, please check with Doreen to be sure you are not needed for a different assignment.

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