As a community theater, Valley Light Opera relies entirely on volunteers to do the many jobs necessary to mount a full-scale musical production each year. The behind-the-scenes action is just as exciting and important as the music, and you get to work with a great group of people! For most jobs, experience is not required and you decide how much time you can give. Everyone gets credit in the program and an invitation to the company party after we strike the set.
Create overall artistic concept of the show. Work with set and costume designers, choreographer, music director, and technical staff to carry out the concept. Rehearse principals and chorus in dialogue, acting, blocking, and dancing.
Oversee all musical aspects of production in cooperation with stage director and choreographer. Rehearse chorus, ensembles, principals, and orchestra. Conduct all performances.
Working with stage director, develop movement and dances appropriate to the play; teach them to chorus and principals.
Assume major responsibility for an essential area of the production, e.g. costumes, front-of-house, or technical aspects. Attend production meetings occasionally in spring and summer and weekly throughout the fall. Take an active role in all decision-making. Occasionally open and close the building for rehearsals, or attend a board meeting. Oversee crew heads and write thank-you's.
Assume ultimate responsibility for all aspects of production. Recruit directors, designers, staff, and crew heads. Schedule and oversee auditions, read-through, rehearsals, production meetings, performances. Maintain liaison with VLO board of directors, performance venue and ticket agent personnel, and community. Tackle problems, resolve conflicts, stay on top of everything. Some work year-round, with a heavy schedule in the fall.
Plays piano for all music rehearsals. Assists the music director by running sectionals for parts of the chorus or groups of leads. Leads the ensemble in vocal warm-ups.