Get Involved

There are so many ways to get involved with TTC, please read below for some ideas. We are always pleased to welcome new members and offer two types of membership; Full and Audience.

Full Membership

This type of membership offers the opportunity to be actively involved with putting on shows either on stage or backstage.

Benefits of Full Membership:

  • Discount on tickets to all TTC productions
  • Opportunity to join the cast for TTC productions (see below for more details of our open casting policy)
  • Opportunity to work in a technical, backstage or front of house capacity
  • Receive our monthly magazine, Theatre
  • Receive monthly mailing of forthcoming events at Hampton Hill Theatre
  • Attend regular play readings and other social activities
  • Voting rights in the company

Audience Membership

Being an audience member at TTC ensures you can see a high standard of performance at a local venue at an exceptionally reasonable price.

Benefits of Audience Membership:

  • Discounts on tickets to all TTC productions
  • Receive monthly mailing of forthcoming events at Hampton Hill Theatre
  • Receive our twice yearly newsletter
  • Opportunity to help out front of house or behind the bar
  • Attend regular play readings and other social activities

 


Acting

A week before the auditions, a play reading is held. This is a good time to learn about the play and the parts involved and also to give you a better feel for the play. You would also meet the director and some of the team involved in the production. It is a social occasion and we try to hold these in the foyer so that the bar can be open.

Play readings are open to everyone whether they wish to try for a part or just wish to hear the play read aloud.

We have an open casting policy: anyone can audition for our productions and, if cast, will then be required to join as a full member.

As each show has a different director they all have their own ways of conducting their auditions and rehearsals. You should expect, however, to rehearse 2 – 3 times a week in the evening and as performance dates get closer on Saturday or Sunday. The week prior to the show there will be a technical run through as well as 1 or 2 dress rehearsals and our productions are usually for 7 performances, opening on a Sunday and closing on a Saturday.

Notices of play readings and audition dates are published regularly and you do not need to be a member to attend these, but if cast must join as a full member before starting rehearsals.

The cast should be aware that our productions are a team job and those who have performed on stage during the week’s run would be expected to help at the ‘get-out’. This could be for a while after the last performance or early on the Sunday morning.

 

Bar

Often considered to be the shop window of the theatre, the bar plays a vital role in the success of TTC. It is open for all TTC productions and for visiting companies and other external hires when requested. The Bar is staffed by a team of two or more people which includes at least one senior. The senior is in charge of the bar and responsible for cashing up the tills and locking up. Training is provided so no previous knowledge is necessary. When you have become more experienced, you can progress to become a senior if you wish.

You can join the bar team if you are either an audience or full member.

 

Front of House (FOH)

The Front of House team is responsible for ensuring our audiences are welcomed to the theatre and have an enjoyable and safe evening.

Stewards sell programmes, check tickets and help audience to find their seats. They remain in the Auditorium to ensure there are no problems which need to be reported to the FOH Manager. They also sell ice cream during the interval and do some clearing up at the end of the show.  

Front of House Managers have responsibility for both the safety of the building and audience. They are also responsible for the smooth running of the show in conjunction with the Stage Manager and Bar Senior. Based in the foyer throughout the evening they supervise the Stewards and the clear up after the show. Often they finish at the same time as the Bar Senior and share the responsibility of locking and securing the building on their way out.

Stewards can be audience members, but Front of House Managers must be full members.

 

Lighting

The lighting team consists of a Designer and Crew.

The Lighting Designer will be in at the concept of the production. They will need to read the play and in conjunction with Director and Set Designer agree an overall plan and ensure the design can be lit as required. They will need to attend some rehearsals and then draw up a rigging plan. After get in, the lamps will be rigged, focused and coloured with the help of the lighting team. At the technical rehearsal the lamp levels and cue running of the show will be set in conjunction with the Director.

Commitment in the early stages will be to fit in with the production schedules. From “get in” it gets quite busy as lights need to be rigged and set up. From the “technical” it will probably be every night up to opening night. During the run, work can be shared with the lighting team.

The Crew will assist in rigging and also be involved in the running of the board or other technical work during the show. They will need to be available as needed from get in to first night and then during the run. The Designer will decide how many of the team are needed for each performance and arrange a rota.

Helping to rig for a day or two only can also be useful. Training will be given if required.

You need to be an full member of the Club to work back stage.

 

Production Assistant

The Production Assistant co-ordinates the production from initial production plans to get out. This role is needed primarily to ensure the smooth running of the production process by tracking and solving any problems, preferably before they occur, and freeing the director of the administration.

The job will depend on the needs of the Director, but may include arranging the running of the Audition; preparation of a rehearsal schedule; obtaining cast and crew names and contact numbers; attending rehearsals as required; liaison between members of the crew and cast, artistic and technical links, publicity, box office and other departments including wardrobe and props; attending production meetings as required; keeping a note of decisions made at rehearsals or production meetings; ensuring that all connected with the production know what is going on.

This would be an ideal post for someone who is interested in directing a play themselves at a later date but also for anyone who likes organising.

 

Prompt

The Prompt is a support for the actors particularly during rehearsal but also occasionally during the show. They will attend rehearsals from “books down” so they know the play and production so they can prompt only when needed. The prompts work during rehearsal and the run, and is to be a safety net for the cast and ensure the script is being followed faithfully and correct when appropriate.

Rehearsals are normally 2 or 3 times a week prior to 1st night. From the dress rehearsal and during the run they will need to be in attendance every night, if requested by the director.

No prior experience is necessary but the prompt needs to be alert, keep a permanent eye on the script and have a clear voice.

A good time for a potential prompt to get involved is to attend the play reading of a play as advertised.

You must be a full member of the Club to work back stage.

 

Props

“Properties” is a member of the production team working with director, set designer and wardrobe. Props used on a production need to be appropriate for the period in which the production is set. Many items will come from our extensive props cupboards but some items may have to be hired, obtained from elsewhere or made. Some props will be needed from “books down” to assist cast in rehearsal.

A member of the props team will need to be on hand during the run to ensure items are placed correctly and available for the cast. but until then work can normally done at a convenient time to the person concerned

You must be a full member of the Club to work back stage.

 

Set Design/Build

All TTC productions need some set design whether it is a small scale Studio production or a full box set or any variation in between. The designer is responsible for agreeing the set and budget with the director and then designing and executing the plan with the assistance of a team of people. The team will help with construction and painting according to their abilities. For main house productions the period of set construction normally covers two weeks prior to the production with the majority of the work being the week of the ‘get in’.

TTC possesses a comprehensive set of equipment for staging, including a large collection of canvas flats and a supply of rostra enabling multi-level configurations of the stage. There is also a workshop and wood store for the construction of any required scenery items.

You must be a full member of the Club to work back stage. 

 

Sound

The sound designer creates the atmosphere of the production using music and effects or special recordings. They will need to be involved at an early stage to establish what is going to be needed but do not have a large input during rehearsals.

The theatre is well equipped to allow complete control of music and sound effects throughout the auditorium. People interested in this side of the production can either be involved only rehearsal and performance as a sound assistant or can receive training to take on the full design function.

You must be a full member of the Club to work back stage.

 

Stage Management

The Stage Manager is involved with the production from the outset and will need to attend some rehearsals so as to be conversant with the production. They will need to attend Production Meetings with the production team and will be responsible for managing any stage crew required for the production. During the run they will be responsible for the smooth running of the show in conjunction with the Front of House Manager and will be required, during the week leading up to the show, for the technical rehearsals as well as during the run.

The Assistant Stage Manager/s will be on hand during the run but the numbers vary according to the production and does sometimes include going on stage in costume for scene changes. An ASM could be required to move scenery, ensure props are available, cue the cast if required and to generally be on hand to support the Stage Manager. During the week before the production and during the run the Stage Manager will arrange with the team a duty rota.

You must be a full member of the Club to work back stage. 

 

Wardrobe

The wardrobe is responsible for supplying all the costumes for TTC’s productions. This can involve sourcing costumes from our existing stock, costume hirers, charity shops, or making new garments and then fitting the actors. During the dress rehearsals and the show, wardrobe representatives are on hand to help dress the cast and do any running repairs. After the show ends, the team is required to launder and store or return costumes used during the play.

Dressmaking skills are desirable but not obligatory. There are opportunities to work on productions set in more recent times where plays can be dressed from stock with minimal alterations.

You must be a full member of the Club as you will be working back stage.

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