In an effort to update our list of volunteers with up to date information, the Whidbey Playhouse would like you, as a Playhouse volunteer, to read and fill in the attached document.
The Volunteer / Member Form document has three pages:
Page 1 - Volunteer contact information.
Cell Phone Number
Email ID, etc.
Page 2 - Opportunities for Playhouse Volunteering.
What Theater Experiences do you have or what Theater Experiences do you want to have?
Would you like to be part of a Production as an Actor or part of the Crew?
Would you be interested in taking a class at the Playhouse? Or joining the Would Be Players (young people) or Poseidon Players (adults) acting classes?
Would you be interested in teaching a Class at the Playhouse?
Would you like to be on the Board of Directors or be active in one of the Working Committees at the Playhouse?
Are you interested in helping with our Whidbey Has Talent Program or the Haunted Fort Casey Program? Would you like to be a participant?
Are you interested in Ushering, Hospitality or just helping around the Office.
Page 3 - Emergency Contact and Playhouse Insurance information. (This page is a requirement from our insurance carrier.)
Would you like to give us emergency contact information that we can keep on file?
Are there any special health issues that you feel we might need to know, such as severe allergies?
The above data on this page is optional but your signature is required. Thank you for your understanding.
We ask that you print the form, take a few moments to fill in the information and drop it off at the Playhouse during business hours. This is the best way to ensure your privacy.
Thank you so much for your kind consideration.
The staff and volunteer at Whidbey Playhouse.
Ever wonder what it is like to be a volunteer at the Playhouse?
The Role of the Costumer - Many of you have said I'd love to get involved at The Whidbey Playhouse but I could never be onstage. Cassandra Woodcock has been the costumer for many productions. Let's hear about theater from the Costumer's point of view. Want to find out more about the role of the costumer?
Q: How does a show's time period influence your design?
A: We try to be as true to the time period that the show is set in as possible. Of course, we do have some wiggle room on some of the shows. This season, for “Little Women: The Musical”, we had to stay as close to the fashions during the Civil War as possible. For other shows this season, such as “A Few Good Men” we will work to stay as close to military authenticity as possible. For “37 Postcards,” there is a lot more leeway when it comes to the costumes and the costumer and director can play around with design more.
Q: Where have you looked for inspiration?
A: There is a certain expectation from some people to have costumes look similar to those in professional productions. However, we like to put our own spin on it and make it unique and special for our theater.
Thankfully, the internet is a vast a bountiful resource. I'll generally look at other productions, both amateur and professional for inspiration. Certain things won't work for our stage or cast, and sometimes the director has a different vision than another. For a show like “A Few Good Men,” the costumes are easily dictated by the military regulations. For a production such as “Into The Woods,” the retelling of fairy tales through movies, theater and books provides a bountiful resource for inspiration.
Q: How much time is spent designing, making and costuming for a show?
A: There's so much that goes into costuming a show besides just sewing. The first step is to get familiar with the script. After that, I determine what each character is going to need for each scene and how many costume changes they have. There's then the research aspect of finding what each person is going to where. What time period is it, what is historically accurate, or accurate for the story. Then, once the show is cast, measurements are taken of each cast member. We then pull what we have at our costume annex that might work for the cast. We do a fitting of what we have and then decide what needs to be constructed for the production. Once that is done, there is the gathering of materials – fabrics, patterns, notions, etc. And of course, the actually sewing/constructing of the pieces. When that is done, alterations are made and the finishing touches are added. During the show, there is cleaning that needs to be done, mending that needs to be taken care of and often ironing or steaming of costumes. After the show has closed, the costumes need to be cleaned, mended, taken to the dry cleaners and then returned or added to our collection. There are countless number of hours put in by everyone!
Q: What do you most look forward to as a costumer?
A: The best part of being a costumer is finally getting to see the pieces on stage and integrated into the story. Before they're put onto the actors, its just fabric on a hanger. But once they are on and are moving around the stage, they are really brought to life. It's great to see how the actors change as well once they are in costume. I think it really helps them to get them into their character even more. To me, that is the most rewarding part of being a costumer – watching them move on stage and help tell the story.