If you're interested in finding out what Prairie Players is all about, we invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings. They take place the second Tuesday of each month from September to May, at 7pm at the Glesby Centre. (Enter through green Stage Door on west side.)
Here are the dates of our upcoming meetings:
December 9, 2014.
We're always looking for people to help out behind the scenes during our productions! We have two productions per year - at the end of April and in the middle of November. No experience is necessary, as we will train. If you're interested in learning (or already know) how to build sets, including painting, or if your interest lies with the technical side, like doing lights or sound, we want YOU! If you're interested in helping out, or want to find out more information, please contact our President, Christopher Kitchen, who is listed on the Contact Us page on this website. Or, you can come out to one of our meetings. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7pm, at the William Glesby Centre, 11 2nd St. N.E., Portage. Use green stage door on west side. See meeting dates above.
Here is a copy of our Constitution.
PRAIRIE PLAYERS PRODUCTION COMMITTEE
The following is a list of duties for the various positions during a play:
Director: The director is the person responsible for the overall style and standard of a drama. The production must confirm to his/her interpretation. In community theatre, he/she is a teacher, editor, traffic policeman, friend, critic and captain of the ship. The play that is chosen, the actors who are cast, the design of the sets and costumes, the stage movement – everything will be a result of consultation with or the direct decision of the director. He/she must do only a play he/she cares about doing and he/she must know the play better than anyone else with whom he/she works; but he/she must always be aware that getting the play on is a co-operative effort and he/she should listen objectively to all his/her associates. Access their contributions, use what he/she can use and go on from there.
Assistant Director: Helps in certain areas specified by the director. This is a mentorship position.
Producer: 1. Oversees all the committees. 2. Keeps close watch on finances. All committees require producer’s permission for spending. 3. Phoning liaison among the groups, and any arranging not covered by a committee. 4. Extra duties not already designated to a committee: i.e. if a piano is needed for a production, it would be the producer’s job to take care of this. 5. Buys necessary gifts and also arranges the “Afterglow”.
Technical Director: Oversees the technical aspects of the production: i.e. Sets, sound, light, and any special requirements such as gunshots or flashpots. Responsible to the director and the producer.
Stage Manager: Oversees each performance from behind the curtain. 1. In charge of stage hands. 2. Ensures sets are in proper position. 3. Makes sure the stage property people have all the props in place and ready.
Sets: 1. A person to design, build and paint sets along with a committee of his/her choice. 2. Removes sets after the final performance and return them to their storage place.
Tickets and Posters: 1. Tickets – arranges ticket printing 2. Programs a) Collects information for the program b) Designs the cover c) Gets sponsors d) Arranges for pictures for the program e) Arranges for printing of the program f) Picks up programs and takes them to theatre.
Posters: Arranges for design, printing and delivery to stores/businesses.
Advertising: 1. Advertising schedule to be set up for the 3 months prior to the first performance. An advertising committee will go to various businesses to solicit advertising for the program.
Publicity: 1. Arrange for the distribution of bag stuffers and mailbox stuffers, if necessary. 2. Arranges for inclusion in radio, paper and Portageonline.com, as well as our own website. 3. Any other creative way to publicize the play, at no charge, if possible... eg. community service announcements in the paper and on the radio. Or purchase advertising space in the paper and on the radio.
Make-up: 1. Orders supplies from Malabars – Winnipeg. 2. Applies make-up and trains the cast to apply their own. 3. Ensures Case is kept clean.
Costumes: Obtains and sews costumes where necessary.
Prompter: Cues the cast from off-stage.
Small Props: 1. Obtains hand props. 2. Ensures they are on stage when required. 3. Returns props.
Large Props: 1. Obtains large items such as furniture from private homes and stores. 2. Makes arrangements to return large props.
Lighting: Co-designer with director/operator 1. Read play 2. Get idea what needs to be illuminated and what moods need to be created, and what areas need to be defined 3. What gels are needed 4. Discuss above and cues director and write cue sheet 5. Draw lighting diagram 6. Set up lights, with help. 7. Focus – you will need help 8. Connect cords to appropriate switches 9. Practice cues during rehearsals 10. Revise cue sheet 11. Coordinate with the stage manager 12. Be prepared for things to change.
Sound Effects: Co-designer with the Director 1. Read play 2. Get list of sounds 3. Discuss cues with director, length, volume, etc. 4. Write cue sheet 5. Record sounds 6. Set up equipment in theatre 7. Revise cue sheet 8. Make sure your timing and stage manager's are the same 9. Be prepared for things to change.
Front of House: 1. Organizes ushers 2. Hands out programs 3. Takes tickets 4. Helps patrons to their seats.