Workshops offered for backstage theatre volunteers

The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is looking for technical theatre volunteers and is offering free behind-the-scenes workshops

The Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society’s technical director

The Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society’s technical director

Have you ever wanted to work behind the scenes in a theatre?

The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is looking for technical theatre volunteers and is offering three different free workshops to show people what life is like backstage.

You will get to learn about sound (live and recorded), lighting, set construction, rigging, video, special effects, and so much more.

These volunteers will work with the centre’s technical staff on presented shows and special events. There is no prior experience necessary, as they will provide training on the job.

Learn how stage lighting works and adds magic to any performance with the Stage Lighting Workshop on Aug. 25. Volunteers will learn how to hang and cable lights and will be given a brief overview of how the lighting console works.

On Aug. 31, receive instruction about sound and how it affects the ambience of a show with our Stage Sound Workshop. You will learn how to set up for a live band and how to run a ‘canned’ show on our sound system.

Want to see how props and set pieces move around on stage? Join the centre’s technical director on Sept. 1 for a workshop demonstrating how a fly system works. Volunteers will learn rigging concepts and the operation of our theatrical fly system.

All three workshops run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

To show appreciation towards its volunteers, the Cultural Centre will be offering free tickets to selected shows, free technical workshops, discounts to arts classes, a yearly appreciation event, and the potential to be hired for paid gigs.

This is an exciting opportunity to work behind the scenes of live entertainment shows. Space is limited and filling up quickly.

To sign up for the workshops or for more information on becoming a technical volunteer, contact the Centre Box Office at 604-391-SHOW(7469).