Like all non-profit organizations, we depend upon our members for the baseline funds needed to stage our productions and for critical local networking. The more members we have, the more and better plays we can produce!
We are excited to report that beginning in 2015, the Ocean Pines Players is reinstituting its formal membership program. A basic membership is only $10. Members will receive our monthly e-newsletter, telling of upcoming events for the Players and the Youth Theater, early audition and show announcements, status of the scholarship fund, general news about the local live performing arts scene, and more. Remember that because we are a 501(c)(3) entity under US tax law, your entire membership is tax deductible.
Those individuals and business with a deep commitment to supporting locally based all-volunteer theater can also take advantage of our sponsorship program. The Players benefit by having a more stable operating budget, which enables us to plan and mount more productions, offer more classes, and engage with the community more fully. Sponsors receive greater tax deductions personal recognition in show programs and on our website and Facebook page and, at some levels, special benefits.
BE A PART OF THE CREW!
It takes a village to ... put on a play. Right now we are seeking volunteers to help us bring The Odd Couple to the stage. Whatever it is you enjoy or are good at, chances are we have a job for you! Here is just a partial list of activities we need help with:
- Set Design and Construction
- Set Dressing (locating furniture, etc to use onstage)
- Props (locating props and managing the prop table during the show)
- Costumes (helping actors put together the right wardrobe for their characters & making sure costumes are ready for each performance)
- Hair and Make-up (Helping actors discover and apply appropriate hairstyles/wigs and make-up for the stage)
- Lighting (No technical expertise necessary -- we will train. We have a very simple system.)
- Sound (Experience helpful, but not necessary. We will train.)
- Box office (Check in guests, take money, and manage the cashbox on show nights)
- Promotions (Depending on your skillset, you can either design & produce posters, programs, ad copy, etc, or help with distribution and other promotional activities)
- House Management & Hospitality (Help with setting up the audience space, food & beverage preparation & service, ushering, etc.)
- Fund raising (To help defray production costs and raise money for the scholarship fund, we employ several strategies. For this production, nothing is cast in stone yet, but we often sell ad space in the program to local businesses; conduct sealed bid auctions; hold a 50-50 raffle; host local artisans who donate a percentage of their proceeds ... etc. We would also welcome new ideas!)