Volunteering at Starlight Theatre

Here at Starlight we are already busy preparing for our upcoming season. And we can't do it alone. We need YOUR help!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Starlight Theatre. Every year hundreds of volunteers help make the magic of Starlight a reality. We would not be able to do what we do every year without the help of our volunteers. Volunteering at Starlight is a great way to get involved and give back to the community, while also getting an inside look at how the theatre runs and what really creates all the Starlight magic! If you have a group of people who want to get involved, the more the better! Starlight is a great opportunity for groups to volunteer together!

There are several different areas and opportunities to volunteer at Starlight. Below are the different areas where we are seeking help this summer.

To sign up for any of these positions, or if you have any questions, call the Starlight Box Office at (815) 921-2160.

Last season we had over 80 costume shop volunteers and counting! The costume shop is always seeking the help of volunteers. Costume shop volunteers assist our costume designer in sewing and altering costumes. Anyone with sewing experience is welcome but experience is not required. There are plenty positions in the costume shop that require no sewing experience.

Costume shop duties include, but aren't limited to:

  • Sewing (machine and hand sewing)
  • Fabric cutting
  • Ironing
  • Laundry
  • Folding, Sorting, and organizing fabric and clothing Measuring
  • Seam ripping
  • Arts and crafts type projects (such as hot gluing, jewelry making, etc.)
  • And much much more!

(As needed) Are you a person who loves working with your hands? Then working in the scene shop may be a great fit for you! Scene shop volunteers will work under the direction of our technical director in constructing and painting sets and props. Some experience with tools and construction is recommended, but a willingness to learn new things is the most important.

There's a wide range of tasks in the scene shop including:

  • Set and prop construction
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Painting sets
  • Cleaning the theatre and scene shop
  • And much much more!

(As needed) Running crew are the people you usually don't ever see who make magic happen behind the scenes. The running crew works under the direction of the stage manager and help with a wide range of areas backstage. Running crew members begin helping with rehearsals approximately 2-3 weeks before the show opens and will be required to be at all performances. Running crew is a fast-paced job which will require some heavy lifting, so we ask that running crew volunteers be at least sixteen-years-old.

Running crew tasks include:

  • Moving set pieces during performances
  • Spotlights
  • Soundboard and microphones
  • Fly rail
  • Helping actors and stage management backstage with various tasks
  • Changing sets from one show to another between performance runs

House managers and ushers help scan tickets and hand out programs before each show.

Concessions is fast-paced, on-your-toes fun during a regular performance and is even more frenetic during an added performance. And that's why we love it!

Around 40,000 people will line up at our counters this summer. Our goal in concessions is to ensure that each and every one of those lovely folks receive prompt, courteous and accurate service - preferably with a smile.