Backstage work gets you right in the thick of the action. Some technical work requires specialized knowledge and experience, but there are also opportunities for helping with costumes, properties, set moving etc. which require no previous experience. Each performance makes different demands on the technical crew and late night work is often a feature of this aspect of the Festival.
The personal touch of this role forms the signature of The Bermuda Festival and all the artists carry away a positive view of the Island, based on the happy relationships they develop with their hosts. It requires commitment to a group of artists for the duration of their stay, usually a period of 3-5 days and involves being assigned to a group of people who drive the artists to and from the airport, hotel, rehearsals, performances etc. and arrange a simple potluck type supper party, after one of the performances, The timetable is worked out to accommodate would-be volunteers who have full time jobs. This is a great way to get to know the artists on a personal basis and lifelong friendships have been formed!
3. HOUSE MANAGEMENT
The House Manager and Ushers are responsible for checking tickets and ensuring that audience members are seated in good time for the start of the performance, so that the curtain can go up promptly. The schedule is drawn up from a database held by the Festival and volunteers can opt to work on just a few performances or can commit to the whole season. House managers arrive at the venue one hour prior to the start of the performance and remain through to the conclusion of the performance. A small number of ushers also stay but the majority leave as the performance begins. As far as possible the allocation of ushers is arranged so that all ushers have the opportunity to stay and see some events.
Proof-readers are required for all publications relating to the Festival. They are needed spasmodically from June to February. No previous experience required, but a good command of English and spelling would be helpful!
The office would benefit greatly from volunteer help, throughout the year, with archival work, envelope stuffing, deliveries to hotels etc. No experience necessary and a good chance to catch up with the festival news.
This is an opportunity for you to tell us how you can help – we need to know your skills so that we can call on you when we are looking for specific assistance – flower arrangers, linguists, computer techies, back-up drivers, musicians, cooks, boat owners, journalists and more make up our database – why not add your skills?
7. SOCIAL MEDIA
Volunteers are required to monitor and post on our social networking sites.