Orpheus is a non-profit organization and, as such, relies heavily on the time and expertise generously donated by its volunteers. There are many pieces that need to come together to put on a production, aside from the actors you see on the stage. We welcome you to find an area of interest and join us in putting together our shows. It's a great opportunity to meet people, learn more about the theatre and be a part of something very special.
If you are interested in volunteering, give us a call at 613-729-4318 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see what opportunities are available or to see the current production teams, look on the Production Personnel page.
Our Production Team
The Production Team for each show consists of directors, producers, stage managers, assistants and coordinators. The directors are the artistic vision behind the show, determining the look and feel which will be presented before the audience. They coordinate the different aspects of the show (technical, artistic and administrative) to bring everything together as a whole.
For individuals who are interested in a position on the production team but who feel they may need more experience, Orpheus has a very successful apprenticeship program through which these individuals can learn what is involved in the role they seek. Apprentices have successfully gone on to become Artistic Directors, Musical Directors, Choreographers, Costumer Designers and more for their own shows.
The Artistic Director is the primary visionary, making decisions on the artistic concept and interpretation of the text and its staging. He or she oversees the mounting of the production by unifying various endeavours and aspects of production. The director's function is to ensure the quality and completeness of the production and to lead the members of the creative team into realising their artistic vision for it. The director therefore collaborates with a team of creative individuals, coordinating research, stagecraft, costume design, props, lighting design, acting, set design, and sound design for the production. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
Working closely with the Artistics Director, the Musical Director oversees the musical aspect of the production. He or she teaches the music to the performers, provides musical support to rehearsals with the assistance on a piano accompanist, works with the orchestra contractor to plan the band composition and with the sound designer to plan and address audio issues. THe or she also plans and executes the orchestra rehearsals. The Musical Director is the only position that stays with the production for the duration of the run, conducting the performers and the band during the performances.
The Choreographer works closely with the director to align his or her individual visions for the musical numbers and brings all of the movement pieces together. He or she designs dance numbers which are both appropriate for the contents of the musical and the dancing abilities of the cast. The Choreographer teaches the steps and movements anc coaches the cast throughout the rehearsal process.
Costumes help to establish the time and place of a particular scene as well as the mood and atmosphere. They indicate to the audience the status of a particular character and may reflect their lifestyle and personality. Volunteers in Costumes are always needed to help cut material and sew the outfits to be worn by the actors. Once the costumes are done and the show has begun, volunteers are required in wardrobe to assist with changes and fix costumes that may need repair.
Hair and Make Up
Closely coordinated with costumes, hair and make-up add the final touches to the appearance of the characters on stage. Volunteers in this area assist the designer and the actors in preparing them for the stage.
Working in coordination with the artistic director, set designer, costume designer, lighting and sometimes, sound designer, the Properties Designer is in charge of handling and buying/finding the props (the object used on stage by actors for use in the plot or story line of the show). Much of the work done by the Property Designer is research, phone searches, and general footwork in finding needed items. (Adapted from Wikipedia.)
The role of the Lighting Designer is to work with the artistic director, choreographer, set designer, costume designer, and sound designer to create an overall 'look' for the show in response to the text, while keeping in mind issues of visibility, safety and cost. The Lighting Designer also works closely with the stage manager on show control programming. (Adapted from Wikipedia.)
The Sound Designer is tasked with ensuring that the sound and music enhance the production and are in harmony with the work of the actors and other designers. He or she ensures that the performance can be heard and understood by everyone in the audience and that performers can hear everything needed to enable them to do their jobs. In conjunction with the artistic director and musical director, the Sound Designer determines and oversees the use of microphones for actors and musicians, and works closely with the stage manager on show control programming. (Adapted from Wikipedia.)
The Set Designer is responsible for collaborating with the artistic director and other members of the production design team to create an environment for the production and then communicating the details of this environment to the technical director, production manager, scenic artist and propmaster. Set designers are responsible for creating scale models of the scenery, renderings, paint elevations and scale construction drawings as part of their communication with other production staff. (Adapted from Wikipedia.)
Scenic Design defines the performance space, the area in which the action is taking place. Using flats, drops, curtains, colour and other methods, the scenic design team determines the physical environment that the actors will have available to them.
Orpheus's workshop is where the set is constructed. These are the rooms and tables and platforms that are needed to give the scene dimension. This team works closely with the scenic design team to provide the settings for a show. The sets must be durable and moveable. Sometimes the construction is given new challenges, such as creating the structure to provide the rain or snow.
During rehearsal and showtime, the crew is the group of individuals who move the sets and props, and bring in the flies and drops, ensuring that every piece of scenery is in place. If you thought the actors were well choreographed, this team requires flawless execution of every move to ensure the safety of everyone on stage and to keep the pace of the scene changes at a good clip. They also provide our lighting and sound.
Orpheus House Hospitality
Orpheus House is the gathering place of all its members where rehearsals, meetings and smaller performances all occur. It is also a place for members to socialize, and with the devotion of the volunteers in hospitality, there is always a good time to be had by all. These volunteers coordinate refreshments, meals and decoration for banquets, potlucks, bar nights and special functions.
The Marketing & Publicity Director works with a team of publicity volunteers to get the word out about the show. Tasks include getting articles in local papers, assisting with public appearances and updating social media.