The sound operator follows the script and cue sheet and plays music or sound effects. Like lighting cues, the actors sometimes expect to hear certain sounds on time, so it’s important to pay close attention to the script and execute sounds on time. On the booth’s computer, the tech director creates a set of “cartridges” in a “rack” for each show, each one containing one song or sound, set at the proper volume. The operator clicks on the appropriate cartridge to play it, sometimes fading the level up and down.
Production Volunteer Time Commitment and Benefits
Total commitment of time is 20 days per play, 3 hours per day. (1 week of tech rehearsal followed by 3 weeks of live performance.) The lighting and sound operators work together closely, reminding each other when their cues are coming up to make sure the show runs smoothly.
Performances are Wednesday to Sunday for three weeks. The tech booth operators are in the theater one hour before show time, which is at 8 PM, and 3 PM on Sunday. Ideally, we’d like to have 2 teams of 2 so that we can alternate plays, with 5 weeks off between them.
Working with talented actors, director and theater staff offers rewarding teamwork, fun, and great theater! Theater volunteers receive on-the-job training, complimentary theater tickets for preview night and develop technical and timing skills!