Ushering at ShenandoahBy Laura & Mike Clark • May 5th, 2006 • Category: Backstage
Last night I saw a notice on one of the local theatre mailing lists we monitor that Ford’s Theatre needed ushers for the matinee performance of Shenandoah. So I took a long lunch today, and ushered. I had a great time. First off, Ford’s Theatre is a fascinating building that (hopefully) all school kids read about in history class. Secondly, when I got there I got a little lost so I got to wander around the balcony area, and saw some of the actors warming up. I eventually arrived at the right place, got the quick nickel tour introduction to the specifics of the show, bathroom locations, and what to expect audience wise. At 11:30, the doors were opened, and several student groups and families came up to the balcony. I helped direct them to their seats, and gave out playbills. I was able to stay for the first 15 minutes of the show, I wish I could have stayed to see the rest of it.
But the important message to pass on, is that you should volunteer with your local theatre. It could be a community theatre, it could be a professional theatre. But they all need help to get these great shows performed. Check with the theatres near your home or office, I’d be willing to bet every theatre has a role you could play, off-stage or on-stage.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.