Are you interested in stagecraft? The Pinckney Players offer many opportunities for you to get involved, from being on stage to working behind the scenes to participating in our community outreach activities.
You can find your favorite spot or push yourself to learn new and creative talents. Check out the list of activities at right...
The Pinckney Players Stagecraft Activity List
Take a look through the long list of activities below, and use the e-mail link under each to let us know what interests you. We will keep you informed of when opportunities become available.
No experience is needed. We are a community theatre group, and we approach each production as a group, utilizing our combined skills, talents and knowledge. We learn from and teach each other, with the goal of growing our talents and improving our stagecraft.
Oh, we also have a lot of fun and good times, too!
Get On Stage
Be someone else for a while, to the delight of your friends, family and community. Our casts include your neighbors of all ages. Our musicals have great lead roles as well as large choruses. Our dinner theatre shows are more intimate, smaller ensembles. One thing is for sure, all the roles are fun to play.
Do you have what it takes to put a show together? This may be your opportunity to find out. The director faces the most demanding creative challenges in stagecraft. Unifying their vision in a comprehensive and cohesive presentation.
The director oversees all aspects of the production, including communicating their vision to, and drawing their vision out of the cast and key members of the production staff.
How many hats can you wear at once? If you produce a show you will find out. Yes, it is a demanding position, but the rewards are great, as is the sense of accomplishment. As producer you will manage the budget, handle advertising and public relations, acquire and schedule show resources, arrange crew assignments and run all aspects of the behind the scenes show activities.
These positions vary from show to show, and may require one or two people. Either of these positions are terrific stepping stones to the more demanding role of director.
The stage manager is the director’s right hand for the technical side of the production. He/she manages and schedules the crew, oversees the lighting, sound and set construction on behalf of the director and “calls the show” cues during performances.
The assistant director is the director’s right hand for the on stage aspects of the production. He/she handles cast and rehearsal scheduling, oversees props and costumes on behalf of the director, takes acting/blocking notes from the director and disperses them to the cast, and manages backstage logistics in cooperation with the stage manager.
Create special effects, design buildings large and small, make cast members fly. There are many roles to play when it comes to the set. These activities are sometimes handled by one person, sometimes several. The individual or team will work with the director to create the world the audience is taken to during the show. The technical director oversees the set construction crew in cooperation with the stage manager.
Paint the stage with light. This is a vitally important role in stagecraft. The light can set the mood, set the place and set the time. Work with the director and technical director to move the story forward.
Learn how those cool sets are built by being part of the crew. Set construction requires many hands for a wide range of tasks, from basic flat construction to specialty painting. If you are looking for a reason to check out the Pinckney Players, try the fun of building a whole new world for the audience to enjoy!
The sound designer finds and/or creates the soundtrack for the show. Elements include music and sound effects. The engineer mixes the show during performance utilizing our wireless microphone system and cues the music and sound effects.
Would you like to be “on the ropes” pulling curtains and set pieces during the performance? Maybe you would like to be part of the magic of set changes? Who runs the spotlight? It’s the crazy, backstage world of live theatre.
Are you the type of person that can dig up the hard to find? The prop manager is responsible for gathering required items for the actors to use on stage as well as finding items that give the set the finishing touch. Oh, they also make sure the stuff gets back to the rightful owners.
This is an essential part of stagecraft. Costumes become part of the character, defining who they are, where they come from or where they are. Manage or be part of a crew of costumers, creating custom costumes and choosing items from our extensive collection.
The Pinckney Players could not exist without the support of community members and businesses. Our group also seeks opportunities to be more active in our community. Our outreach activities include finding advertising support, developing production underwriting, organizing and executing group/production promotion & public relations, and finding community activities & forums where the group has something to offer.
These activities support both individual productions and the group as a whole. Individuals volunteering their time to these activities will work closely with the Pinckney Players Board of Directors and/or the producer of individual productions.
If you are a go-getter looking for a way to give something to your community, consider volunteering your time promoting and/or fundraising for our non-profit organization.