Since 1960, the Old Town Playhouse has been bringing the best in community Theatre to the Grand Traverse region. A leader in the area’s rich cultural environment, the Old Town Playhouse brings entertainment and education to over 20,000 participants each year, through over 90 performances, 25 Young Company performances and numerous special events and community appearances. Driven by the passion and energy of its volunteers, the Old Town Playhouse brings together hundreds of community residents to create quality entertainment and moving arts experiences for all ages. There are many ways to get involved at the Old Town Playhouse – help keep the community in Community Theatre by becoming a volunteer today!
There are many ways that volunteers can become involved with the Old Town Playhouse. From acting and singing on-stage to working in the Box Office, there is a place for everyone! Here are some ways that you can become involved:
Being on Stage
Come audition for a production! Don’t be worried that you don’t have years of experience or formal training, that’s where most OTP actors started too! Check out a perusal script from the Business Office and become familiar with a show and then come to auditions. If you audition for a musical, you will be asked to sing, but you can choose something familiar and many people have auditioned with “Happy Birthday!”
It takes many people to run each production, from lights to stage crew, to set and costume construction. If you have a specific skill, such as sewing or painting, you will be led by experienced volunteer chairs. If you are brand new to theatre, you can choose to work on a specific project for a production, with other volunteers training and guiding you.
Volunteering at Performances
What we call “Front of House” encompasses many areas and is one of the most common ways that volunteers become involved in the theatre. You might choose to be an usher or if you have computer skills, you can learn our Box Office system and help sell tickets.
Running an organization with over 100 performances each year is challenging and we are constantly working to improve our organization and share information in our community about the activities of the Old Town Playhouse and the OTP Young Company. We have a Marketing committee which meets monthly; a variety of committees that organize special events; and we frequently need assistance preparing for an event, or organizing our office, library and OTP facilities.
We have something for everyone at the Old Town Playhouse and the OTP Young Company!
Want to get involved? Start here and complete our Volunteer Information Sheet online!
Have Questions? Contact Us!
Old Town Playhouse
Main Stage Theatre
148 E. Eighth Street
at the corner of
Cass & East 8th St.
OTP Studio Theatre
620 Railroad Place
at the corner of
East 8th and Woodmere