2016 marks the 8th annual Shakespeare in
Paradise festival. It so happens that this year is Shakespeare's 400th
birthday, and Winston Saunders' 75th, and we've expanded our festival
from the regular 10 days of public performances to a full 2 weeks.
We need more hands to work on it!! The festival's grown too big for us
to handle it in the way we've been going, so we have to change the way
we recruit, train and deploy volunteers.
In the past, we haven't had any shortage of people willing to assist
with the seating of patrons. But this year, that's not going to be
enough. We are going to need people to take charge of different
performances, both behind the scenes and in the front of house, and for
that we need to train and test the volunteers. This year, we can't get
by with people who just turn up on the night. We need volunteers who we
have trained and certified to deliver specific tasks.
So this year, we're asking people to volunteer early. We'll start
working with volunteers from July 2016, and we will need you to commit
to a certain amount of training time before October. We'll meet you at
the theatre and show you the ropes, and by the time October comes
around, we want to be able to organize teams of individuals we can trust
to make things happen. If you make the cut, you'll get your schedule
and your perks by the beginning of September. Our goal is to double our
work team, and to give those people who volunteer with us training and
experience in the mounting of plays and a festival.
If you signed up with Ringplay/the Dundas earlier this year, you'll get
an email from us to tell you when to report for registration and
re-training, but if you don't come out in the summer don't expect to be
put to work in this year's festival. If you haven't worked with us in
the past but you would like to, we'll tell you where and how to show up.