Are you good with your hands? Creative? Are you able to see "one man's treasure in a pile of junk?" Do you enjoy visiting antique stores and flea markets? Then you may have the skills necessary to be a props master/mistress. A property ("prop") is anything that is not attached to an actor or part of the set. The prop master/mistress, then, is responsible for finding, borrowing, buying, or building all the "dressing" on the walls and the hand props used by the actors. This may also include real food or drink. The props master/mistress may work alone, or may have a crew to help them, depending on the show. Time Requirements: The amount of time spent building, buying, or acquiring pieces depends on the complexity of the show, and may be done at your own pace. Because the prop master/mistress is part of the design team, you will be expected to attend the weekly production meetings which generally start one-to-two weeks prior to auditions and run through tech week. Additionally, you are expected to attend rehearsals from time to time, working with the directors to make sure the props you've provided work. You are also expected to attend all technical rehearsals and all performances* (15-25 performances), as scheduled.
*The props crew works directly with the props master/mistress to obtain the props needed for a production as well as help during the show. In some instances, the props crews may be called upon to help the shift crew during scene changes.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 16
- Light Board Operator
- Followspot Operator
- Light Hanging Crew
- Show Running Crew (Shift/Fly Crew)
- Audition Crew
- Building and painting sets and...
- Ticket Takers
- House Managers
- Costume Crew including Hair,...
- Sound Board Operator
- Properties Master/Properties Crew
- Concessions Crew
- Stage Manager & Assistant Stage...