How to be Involved?
The Highlands Theatre Group is always seeking new members. As an amateur volunteer group, HTG only exists with the support and assistance of the many members that make up our extended family.
As each show requires many different roles to produce the quality entertainment our audiences enjoy, HTG relies on the the experience and expertise of our varied member base. Whilst some of our members are either currently working in specialised fields, many have simply grown their experience by participating in many shows.
There are many ways to get support HTG both on and off stage. HTG values the community, no matter the level of involvement!
1. Be The First To Know!
There are two ways to hear about upcoming productions, auditions and other projects:
- Our Mailing List – free to join and available for everyone – audience and those wishing to be involved. We don’t share your details with third parties and emails are limited to those absolutely necessary. We won’t fill your inbox with unwanted emails!!
- Follow our Facebook social media account.
Membership is a great way to become involved and is available to both performers and audience members. We do require performers to become Members, which assists in funding things like insurance, but Membership also offers access to exclusive ticket pre-sales at discounted rates.
All Members have access to pre-sales irrespective of whether you have in interest in being actively involved or simply enjoy attending our shows.
For further information, please click below to discover what being a member of Highlands Theatre Group is all about!
3. Take the Next Step...
If you’re ready to take the plunge, we offer a range of ways to become involved both on and off stage. We understand not everyone wants to be a performer, but all HTG shows require a range of skills and roles to mount a production. Even if you’ve never been involved before, we can assist in developing new or adapting existing skills to the stage environment.
“Many hands lightens the load” is as true in the stage environment as anywhere else. Here are just a few areas you can become involved both on and off stage:
Performer roles are open to principals (lead roles), ensembles (supporting roles) and musicians (musicals). Each form an integral part of our productions and the commitment and skills vary from show to show. For acting roles, no previous experience is necessary and if you are successful at auditioning for a role our talented Directors will work with you to achieve a character and performance to the high level that HTG productions are known for.
Production support roles include backstage crew (assisting with moving scenery during scene changes, front-of house (assisting our audience members with tickets, programmes and seating), hairdressing and make-up (ensuring our performers look their best!), lighting and sound operation (e.g. sound effects) and props (ensuring actors have newspapers, drinking glasses, etc.). Many roles do not require previous experience and our team leaders are happy to teach!
Pre-Production, Design & Construction
Pre-production, design and construction entails a very wide area of theatre. Currently our list includes areas such as Choreography, Costume Design, Costume Sewing, Director/Assistant Director, Lighting and/or Sound Design, Musical Direction, Production Management, Production Design & Artwork (e.g. programmes and flyers), Set Design, Set Construction and Set Painting. Whilst some areas may require previous experience to lead teams, others are very open to learning new skills under the guidance of our existing team leaders.
HTG requires a strong team of people to continue producing quality entertainment and co-ordinate the other areas of our group. Currently our administrative roles include areas such as General Administration, Marketing, Publicity, Social Events Co-ordination, Social Media, Sponsor Relations and Website Maintenance.
Areas such as Front of House, whilst extremely important to the operation of our productions, requires minimal commitment and is often a great area to ease into other areas whilst still being part of the team! You’ll also meet some interesting and like-minded people. Many of our members have developed life-long friendships through their HTG involvement.
Have a specific question, want to know more or simply want to have a chat with us on where you might fit in? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can register your interest at anytime, not just during shows. Let us know your interests and we can work to find the best fit!
Other Ways to be Involved
Highlands Theatre Group generally undertakes between 3-4 productions per year which includes both musicals and plays. The annual season is determined and finalised by the Committee in the year prior (sometimes earlier).
Directors are supported by an enthusiastic committee which has at it’s disposal a strong group of committed volunteers with significant experience in everything from wardrobe and set design to publicity. Our Directors are also fortunate to have access to a quality group of actors and to enjoy working with an organisation which has a good reputation and a loyal audience base.
HTG has a policy of providing a Production Manager who oversees the production on behalf of HTG. HTG is the producer of all productions and maintains regular input with all Directors to ensure the reputation of the group and it’s values are adhered to. Generally, Directors new to the Group are expected to undertake an Assistant Director role prior to being afforded an opportunity take the Director’s seat. This requirement may be waived at the sole discretion of the committee and considered on a case by case basis.
If you are new to the group and interested in Directing, we encourage you to reach out and get involved so we can get to know you and your interests. We also believe this is an important step in establishing solid relationships between our Directors and the group.
HTG is always looking for sponsorship partners, who are a highly valued part of our team.
To discuss how your business or donation may be able to assist us, please email email@example.com. A friendly member of our Committee can discuss this with you and all donations and sponsorships are gratefully appreciated.