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Summer dinner theatre interns

Each spring, Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre accepts applications for internships for our summer season. Applicants must have at least one year of college and have some experience in the area for which they apply. All interns have a mentor who is a professional in their field.  Three (3) academic credits can be earned for the internship.  See detailed information about each internship below.

The internship program begins in mid-May and ends the first Friday in August.

Intern Opportunities and Information

3 Academic credits + Stipend
An intern in this position will assist the master carpenter in building scenery and some large props for both shows. The intern may be given certain pieces to execute from start to finish. The intern will also have the following responsibilities:

  • Assist in maintaining the scene shop and tools.
  • Supervise students on construction projects and help train students on the use of tools.
  • Assist in creating and maintaining the build schedule for the summer.
  • Supervise certain projects in the moving of stock scenery from storage, in order to prepare the theatre for performances and on the two strikes.
  • Take responsibility for set maintenance during the run of each show.

The intern will have the opportunity to learn and/or develop carpentry and engineering skills and learn how to use different materials efficiently. The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write an evaluation at the end of the summer. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole.

Candidates for this internship should have experience and a willingness to learn about carpentry and engineering for the theatre. All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: One week before the first day of Summer Dinner Theatre classes
End date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm.;  is expected to be present at strikes and to attend meetings as scheduled.
Primary Supervisor: Master Carpenter
Secondary Supervisor: Technical Director/Production Manager

3 Academic credits + Stipend

An intern in this position will assist the costume shop manager and the costume designer in all the technical aspects related to costumes in both Summer Dinner Theatre shows. The intern will have the following responsibilities:

  • Assist in managing a working costume shop and stockroom.
  • Maintain show records.
  • Track the borrowing and lending of stock.
  • Supervising the use of and maintaining shop equipment and supplies.
  • Learning and applying sewing techniques specific to theatre and all aspects of sewing related to building costumes for theatre, including; taking measurements, draping, pattern drafting, cutting, fitting, altering, millinery, wig styling, and make up.
  • Supervising wardrobe by managing running crews and trouble shooting during the shows, organizing dry cleaning and laundry and learning about fabric and costume care.
  • Coordinating with other technical and artistic staff as required for each production
  • Attend meetings as scheduled.

The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write an evaluation at the end of the summer. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole.

A candidate for this internship is expected know how to sew by hand and using a machine. In addition the candidate must be reliable, organized and have a strong desire to learn about costuming for the stage. All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Prior to or on the first day of Summer Dinner Theatre class
End date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm; plus one hour prior to the start of every performance until ½ hour after the end of every performance
Supervisor: Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer
Secondary Supervisor: Technical Director/Production Manager

3 Academic credits + Stipend

An intern in lighting will assist the Lighting Designer and the Theatre Technician in the design and execution of both productions. Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to train students in programming and running the light board and in the operation of follow spots.
  • May serve as the board operator for one or both productions.
  • Will serve as Master Electrician for both productions and supervise students in the Light Hang/Focus and strikes.
  • Maintaining the lighting inventory and any rental packages for the summer.
  • Working with the other production departments on wiring and operation of practicals.
  • Cleaning and bench focusing lighting instruments prior to hang.
  • Changing lamps and gels during the runs.
  • Hanging and maintaining the lighting in the buffet area.
  • Trouble-shoot lighting problems during the runs of the shows.
  • Restoring the house plot at the end of the summer.

The intern will have the opportunity to learn the design processes for lighting and to refine technical skills in this area.   The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write an evaluation of the experience. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole.  A candidate for this internship should have some experience in lighting (programming experience is preferred) and a strong desire to learn about design and execution of lighting for musical theatre. . All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Prior to or on the first day of Summer Dinner Theatre class
End Date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm., plus weekends for technical rehearsals and performances and other times as needed. Schedule for the early weeks will be very flexible.
Primary Supervisors: Lighting Designer and Theatre Technician
Secondary Supervisor: Technical Director/Production Manager

3 Academic credits + Stipend

An intern in this position will assist the Props Designer with the acquisition and building of all hand and set props for both productions, in consultation with the Scenic Designer and the two Directors.  Responsibilities include:

  • Attend production meetings and other meetings as scheduled.
  • Assist the Stage Managers in providing rehearsal props for both productions.
  • Assist the Props and Scenic Designers in planning and acquiring set dressings and furniture.
  • Manage the props crews for each production.
  • Work closely with the Technical Director in managing the properties budget and petty cash.
  • Maintaining the props storage room and the props box and keeping these areas organized.
  • Setting up the prop tables and for tracking all props during the technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Locking up the props after each rehearsal and performance.
  • Assist in the return of all borrowed and/or rented props after each show has closed.

The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write an evaluation at the end of the summer. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole.

A candidate for this internship should have a creative approach to problem solving and an interest in learning all the aspects of theatrical props, including how they relate to other departments. A valid driver’s license and a vehicle are strongly preferred. All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Early May, prior to auditions, if possible
End Date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm and other times, as needed, to shop. Must attend all production meetings, designer runs, technical rehearsals, performances and strikes.
Supervisor: Props Designer
Secondary Supervisors: Technical Director/Production Manager and Scenic Designer

3 Academic credits + Stipend

The intern will assist the Set Designer on both productions. The intern’s duties will include:

  • Attending and contributing to all design and production meetings.
  • Working with the Designer and Directors to develop design concepts.
  • Researching the period, style and production.
  • Working with the Designer to create renderings, ground plans, elevation drawings and other drawings as needed.
  • Building white models of the designs.
  • Working with the Technical Director and Master Carpenter on logistics and engineering.
  • Working with the props department on issues of set dressing and furniture.
  • Supervising and training students in theatrical painting techniques.
  • The intern will be the Scenic Artist for both shows.
  • Creating a touch-up kit and maintaining paint during the run of each show.
  • Taking notes at technical and dress rehearsals for one or both shows.
  • Attending other meetings as scheduled.

The intern may also be asked to take a section or sections of one or both shows and complete a design for that part, incorporating that design into the overall design of the show. The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write an evaluation at the end of the summer. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole.

A candidate for this internship should have experience with drafting and painting techniques and be interested in gaining experience in the design process from start to finish. All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Prior to or first week in May, at latest
End Date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm.
Primary Supervisor: Set Designer
Secondary Supervisor: Technical Director/ Production Manager

3 Academic credits + Stipend

An intern in sound will assist the Sound Designer and Theatre Technician in the design and execution of sound for both productions. Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise students in the sound instillation and strikes.
  • Helping to train students in running the sound systems.
  • Running the sound board for one or both productions.
  • Maintaining the sound equipment inventory and any rental equipment for the summer.
  • Setting up and taking down microphones before and after each performance.
  • Working with the costume department and the actors to ensure efficient use of body microphones.
  • Running a sound check before each dress rehearsal and performance.
  • Working with the Musical Directors on the orchestra setup and strike.
  • Ensuring good communication between the Sound Designer and all other departments.
  • Coordinating with the Lighting and Set departments on the placement of any hanging mics or onstage monitors.
  • Making sure that all needed communication systems (headsets, walkie-talkies and video communications) are in place and operating for technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Trouble-shooting sound problems during the shows.
  • Attending meetings as scheduled.
  • The intern will be responsible for the sound during the student cabaret on the final weekend of performances of Summer Dinner Theatre.

The intern will have the opportunity to learn the process for theatrical sound design and to refine technical skills in this area. This is a partial internship, with the possibility of expanding to a full internship by doing additional work in another area.

The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write and evaluation of the experience. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole. A candidate for this internship should have some experience in sound and a strong desire to learn about design and execution of sound for musical theatre. The ability to read music is preferred. All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: First day of Summer Dinner Theatre class
End Date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm plus weekends for technical rehearsals and performances and other times as needed.  Schedule for the early weeks will be very flexible.
Primary Supervisor: Sound Designer
Secondary Supervisors: Technical Director/Production Manager

3 Academic credits + Stipend (Two internships are available in this area)

An intern in this position will gain hands-on experience in all (or most of) the functions of a professional Stage Manager. There will be one Stage Management Intern for each production. The intern will be responsible for running all rehearsals. These responsibilities include:

  • Taping out the set in rehearsal spaces and preparing the spaces prior to each rehearsal.
  • Keeping rehearsals on schedule and calling breaks when needed.
  • Keeping all blocking in the prompt book and noting lines that actors consistently miss.
  • Providing and tracking all rehearsal props; tracking all actor schedule conflicts.
  • Restoring the rehearsal space after each rehearsal.
  • Working with the campus security office to have rehearsal spaces opened prior to rehearsals and locked afterward.
  • Creating and distributing a rehearsal report after each rehearsal.

The intern will be responsible for running all performances. These responsibilities include:

  • Making sure all actors and technicians are where they need to be and prepared to run the show.
  • Calling all lighting, sound and other technical cues in the show as designed.
  • Giving time cues (half-hour, fifteen minutes, places, etc.) to all cast, crew and staff prior to the show and at intermission.
  • Working with the house management and the Company Manager(s) to start each act of the show in a timely manner.
  • Keeping track of any problems that may occur during the run and making sure they are solved.
  • Creating and distributing a performance report after each show.
  • Creating pre-show and post-show checklists to make sure all props, costumes, etc. are in working order and properly placed or stored.

The intern will have managerial duties. These include:

  • Setting up audition space and assisting in running the auditions and call backs.
  • Working with the Technical Director to create crew lists and to manage those crews.
  • Supervising and training Assistant Stage Managers.
  • Making sure actors meet all deadlines and calls for fittings, program bios, photo calls, etc.
  • Working with the Director to plan and run photo calls.
  • Working with the Director and Production Manager to plan and run all production meetings and taking and distributing notes from those meetings.
  • Creating and maintaining a prompt book of the production.
  • Serving as a conduit of information between the director and other members of staff.
  • Helping to run at least one area of strike.
  • Assisting in the clean up following the close of the season.
  • Collecting and arranging for the return of rented scripts and scores.

The Stage Manager for each show will be expected to assist the other Stage Manager throughout the summer. The intern will create a Stage Manager’s Kit and will leave a copy of the prompt book with Summer Dinner Theatre.

The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write an evaluation at the end of the summer. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole. The Stage Manager for the first show is expecting to participate in some capacity on the second show.

It is the intention of Summer Dinner Theatre to provide an experience as close as possible to a professional stage management experience for the intern, within the limitations of the program and the intern’s experience level. A candidate for this internship should have some experience in stage management – the ability to read music is preferred. All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Prior to or on the first day of Summer Dinner Theatre Auditions
End Date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm, plus weekends and other (earlier and later) times. Must attend all production meetings, staff meetings, rehearsals, performances and strikes
Final Week Schedule: Monday through Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.
Supervisors: director of the show to which the intern is assigned; Technical Director/Production Manager and Artistic Director

3 Academic credits + Stipend

An intern in this position will assist the Technical Director/ Production Manager in all technical aspects of both productions. Responsibilities include:

  • Attend all meetings as scheduled.
  • Supervise students in the construction, painting and instillation of scenery and props.
  • Help train students on the use of tools.
  • Assist in lighting, sound, costumes and other areas of production, when needed.
  • When appropriate, research construction materials for cost, availability and use.
  • Assist the Stage Managers and the TD in taping rehearsal spaces and scheduling crew calls for the productions.
  • Assist the TD and SMs in choosing technical crews for the production and creating build schedules for the productions.
  • Assist in supervision of rigging projects.
  • Setting up and managing all the backstage areas for technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Assist the SM in managing the crews for each show and will possibly manage all scene changes.
  • Schedule work calls for actors who are not in rehearsal.
  • The intern will have the opportunity to serve as Stage Manager or Technical Director for the Student Cabaret and will have hands-on learning in all areas of production. The intern will be expected to keep a journal and write an evaluation at the end of the summer. All interns are expected to participate in other responsibilities to the Summer Dinner Theatre program as a whole.

A candidate for this internship should have strong organizational skills, have worked in two or more areas of technical theatre. In addition the candidate should have good people skills and desire to learn about production management and technical direction on large scale musicals. All interns are required to have a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Prior to or on the first day of Summer Dinner Theatre Auditions
End Date: Thursday following final strike of Summer Dinner Theatre
Hours: Work hours will be determined based on the needs of the production. Generally, work hours are late afternoon through 10:30pm, plus weekends for technical rehearsals and performances. Must attend all technical interviews, production meetings, technical rehearsals, performances and strikes
Supervisor: Technical Director/Production Manager