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An introduction

Digswell​ ​Players​ ​was​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​1954.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​a​ ​very​ ​friendly,​ ​happy​ ​group​ ​of​ ​people​ ​of​ ​all ages.​ ​We​ ​put​ ​on​ ​one​ ​May​ ​play​ ​and​ ​one​ ​Pantomime​ ​each​ ​year​ ​together​ ​with​ ​our​ ​youth​ ​group “Expressions”​ ​who​ ​put​ ​on​ ​a​ ​show​ ​annually.​ ​​​Our​ ​talented​ ​group​ ​of​ ​youngsters​ ​put​ ​on​ ​the whole​ ​show​ ​themselves.​ ​​​We​ ​have​ ​a​ ​few​ ​social​ ​gatherings​ ​a​ ​year​ ​play​ ​readings​ ​throughout the​ ​year​ ​(which​ ​help​ ​us​ ​decide​ ​on​ ​the​ ​shows​ ​we​ ​do),​ ​a​ ​miscellany​ ​which​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lovely​ ​evening where​ ​members​ ​show​ ​off​ ​their​ ​talents​ ​with​ ​a​ ​fish​ ​&​ ​chip​ ​supper​ ​bringing​ ​your​ ​own​ ​drinks​ ​and nibbles.​ ​​​We​ ​also​ ​have​ ​a​ ​Christmas​ ​meal​ ​and​ ​trips​ ​to​ ​other​ ​local​ ​theatres​ ​-​ ​which​ ​all members​ ​are​ ​welcome​ ​to​ ​join.

Joining​ ​the​ ​Digswell​ ​Players​ ​is​ ​a​ ​wonderful​ ​way​ ​of​ ​meeting​ ​new​ ​and​ ​interesting​ ​people​ ​and an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​new​ ​skills​ ​or​ ​rekindle​ ​old​ ​skills​ ​you​ ​haven’t​ ​used​ ​for​ ​a​ ​while.​ ​​​It​ ​a​ ​nice hobby​ ​to​ ​take​ ​up​ ​and​ ​you​ ​can​ ​get​ ​as​ ​involved​ ​as​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to.


Introduction

“I’m​ ​not​ ​an​ ​actor”​ ​is​ ​a​ ​typical​ ​response​ ​when​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​help​ ​the​ ​Digswell​ ​Players.​ ​​​But​ ​whilst acting​ ​is​ ​an​ ​important​ ​part​ ​of​ ​an​ ​amateur​ ​dramatic​ ​group,​ ​many​ ​roles​ ​are​ ​equally​ ​important. The​ ​additional​ ​roles​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​filled​ ​before​ ​a​ ​production​ ​can​ ​go​ ​ahead.​ ​​​We​ ​need​ ​help​ ​with the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​set​ ​construction​ ​and​ ​painting,​ ​making​ ​and​ ​finding​ ​props,​ ​providing​ ​tea/coffee​ ​for the​ ​cast​ ​and​ ​back-stage​ ​crew.

Can​ ​you​ ​paint​ ​or​ ​adapt​ ​furniture.​ ​We​ ​need​ ​people​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​with​ ​the​ ​box​ ​office​ ​(an​ ​online system​ ​you​ ​can​ ​run​ ​at​ ​home),​ ​run​ ​front​ ​of​ ​house​ ​on​ ​show​ ​nights,​ ​operate​ ​lighting​ ​or​ ​sound.

Set​ ​building​ ​is​ ​usually​ ​done​ ​on​ ​Sunday​ ​afternoons​ ​from​ ​about​ ​2.30​ ​to​ ​5.30,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​when we​ ​also​ ​have​ ​rehearsals​ ​closer​ ​to​ ​the​ ​performances.​ ​At​ ​these,​ ​we​ ​need​ ​tea/coffee​ ​makers and​ ​washer-uppers​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​going.​ ​Rehearsals​ ​are​ ​also​ ​on​ ​Wednesday​ ​evenings from​ ​7.30​ ​to​ ​about​ ​10.00.

If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​relative​ ​or​ ​friend​ ​involved,​ ​why​ ​not​ ​join​ ​them​ ​and​ ​us​ ​in​ ​putting​ ​the​ ​show together.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​sure​ ​we​ ​can​ ​find​ ​a​ ​role​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​you.


The​ ​Roles


Director

There’s​ ​good​ ​news​​ ​​and​ ​bad​ ​news​ ​about​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Director.​ ​​​The​ ​bad​ ​news​ ​is​ ​that​ ​the​ ​buck stops​ ​with​ ​you​ ​on​ ​pretty​ ​much​ ​every​ ​aspect​ ​of​ ​a​ ​show.​ ​​​The​ ​good​ ​news​ ​is​ ​that​ ​you​ ​will​ ​have the​ ​help​ ​and​ ​support​ ​of​ ​a​ ​fantastic​ ​team​ ​to​ ​help​ ​you.

You​ ​will​ ​be​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​play​ ​or​ ​pantomime,​ ​and​ ​ensuring​ ​that​ ​we​ ​can​ ​get permission​ ​from​ ​the​ ​licence​ ​holder​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​it.​ ​​​You​ ​will​ ​order​ ​copies​ ​of​ ​the​ ​script,​ ​and​ ​tell the​ ​treasurer​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​for​ ​these,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​licence​ ​fee.

You​ ​will​ ​send​ ​out​ ​audition​ ​notices​ ​with​ ​details​ ​of​ ​the​ ​characters,​ ​to​ ​help​ ​people​ ​decide​ ​if​ ​they want​ ​to​ ​audition.​ ​​​​​You​ ​will​ ​run​ ​the​ ​audition,​ ​and​ ​make​ ​the​ ​decisions​ ​about​ ​who​ ​gets​ ​each part.​ ​​​Probably​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​job​ ​is​ ​telling​ ​the​ ​unsuccessful​ ​actors​ ​they​ ​haven’t​ ​got​ ​the​ ​part​ ​they wanted,​ ​but​ ​giving​ ​the​ ​news​ ​to​ ​the​ ​successful​ ​ones​ ​is​ ​great!

You​ ​will​ ​sort​ ​out​ ​the​ ​rehearsal​ ​schedule,​ ​so​ ​everyone​ ​knows​ ​when​ ​they​ ​have​ ​to​ ​attend,​ ​and you​ ​will​ ​block​ ​the​ ​play/pantomime​ ​i.e.​ ​work​ ​out​ ​all​ ​the​ ​moves,​ ​before​ ​rehearsals​ ​start.​ ​​​You will​ ​run​ ​the​ ​rehearsals,​ ​and​ ​direct​ ​the​ ​actors​ ​(the​ ​clue​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​job​ ​title!),​ ​so​ ​what​ ​the audiences​ ​will​ ​ultimately​ ​see​ ​will​ ​be​ ​your​ ​creation.​ ​​​The​ ​Players​ ​are​ ​a​ ​democracy,​ ​so everyone​ ​will​ ​throw​ ​in​ ​their​ ​ideas,​ ​but​ ​you​ ​are​ ​the​ ​final​ ​arbiter!

You​ ​will​ ​liaise​ ​with​ ​your​ ​set​ ​designer,​ ​constructions​ ​people,​ ​stage​ ​manager,​ ​costume designer,​ ​lighting​ ​and​ ​sound​ ​operators​ ​to​ ​decide​ ​what​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​will​ ​look​ ​like,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​effects you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​create. You​ ​will​ ​be​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​write​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​for​ ​the​ ​programme,​ ​and​ ​on​ ​performance​ ​nights,​ ​a pre-show​ ​prep-talk​ ​is​ ​a​ ​good​ ​idea,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​actors​ ​will​ ​definitely​ ​not​ ​appreciate​ ​any​ ​last​ ​minute changes​ ​to​ ​what​ ​you​ ​want​ ​them​ ​to​ ​do!

A​ ​happy​ ​team​ ​is​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​team,​ ​so​ ​encouragement​ ​is​ ​a​ ​key​ ​part​ ​of​ ​your​ ​job,​ ​along​ ​with glowing​ ​with​ ​pride​ ​and​ ​satisfaction,​ ​as​ ​you​ ​sit​ ​at​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hall​ ​and​ ​watch​ ​the​ ​show​ ​you created​ ​unfold​ ​on​ ​the​ ​stage,​ ​giving​ ​pleasure​ ​to​ ​the​ ​audience.

Never​ ​directed​ ​before?​ ​​​Try​ ​reading​ ​a​ ​script,​ ​and​ ​if​ ​you​ ​can​ ​clearly​ ​see​ ​in​ ​your​ ​mind’s​ ​eye how​ ​it​ ​should​ ​be​ ​performed,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​excitement​ ​at​ ​the​ ​thought​ ​of​ ​bringing​ ​it to​ ​life,​ ​then​ ​maybe​ ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​job​ ​for​ ​you?


Costumes
The​ ​first​ ​thing​ ​to​ ​say​ ​about​ ​helping​ ​with​ ​costumes​ ​is​ ​​You​ ​do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​to​ ​Sew​! First off this role will involve getting together a list of who is playing what character in what scene, so you have a list of what is required costume wise. This part should be provided by the director or their assistant, but can involve you going through the script yourself if you want to. It depends on the director/assistant and how much you want to throw yourself into it. In previous years I’ve always been asked to provide this. Later on it will help to sit and watch a full rehearsal; to check those details are right. The costume helpers in Expressions always​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​spot​ ​things​ ​we​ ​have​ ​missed​ ​when​ ​they​ ​sit​ ​and​ ​watch​ ​a​ ​run​ ​through.
The exact nature of what is involved obviously varies from play to play, but also on type of production. For the May play it might be different suits of clothes for different settings, a lot of which may come from the actors themselves. For Expressions you will probably have people playing several different characters over the course of the play, and for Panto some very​ ​loud​ ​costumes​ ​combined​ ​with​ ​different​ ​chorus​ ​characters.
The next stage involves getting stuff together: We have a lot in the costume cupboards, including a lot of accessories and chorus line costumes in excellently labelled boxes; you can ask the production team, especially the individual actors if they can provide bits; do a trip to Primark to pick up some basics for the Chorus line (sets of matching green tights); ask parents for some staples like black t-shirt; or wander round charity shops looking for a few character​ ​bits.
Oh, and occasionally we might get something made. If you are doing costume and don’t want to sew, you can again ask for someone who does, to help with an individual item (a dress for that extra large dame). There is usually someone who has offered to do a little sewing​ ​(–​ ​this​ ​could​ ​be​ ​you​ ​if​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​take​ ​on​ ​organising​ ​everyone’s​ ​costumes).
In expressions we often have a team of two or three working on costume, who seem to have loads of fun while pulling things out of the costume cupboards at the back, and working through​ ​what​ ​is​ ​needed.​ ​​​(And​ ​they​ ​are​ ​always​ ​fantastic!)
(Tip: If the director does not like what you have put together, wait until closer to the show dates​ ​when​ ​she​ ​will​ ​be​ ​less​ ​fussy!)
Key skills:Organising a list of what is needed, visiting charity shops and picking some​ ​basics​ ​up​ ​from​ ​Primark.
Offers​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​little​ ​sewing​ ​are​ ​also​ ​very​ ​welcome.


Stage​ ​Management​ ​Assistants
You would need to attend all rehearsals. Your first job is to mark up the script with what items are where on the stage after any scene changes and when cloths on rollers need to rise and fall and when the front curtain opens and closes. You also need to note which actors​ ​start​ ​where.

This should allow you, the Stage Manager (SM) and your fellow SMAs to ensure that every scene is correctly presented, with actors ready to go and the front curtain is opened at the correct time. You use headsets to coordinate timings with the lighting desk. You must also make​ ​sure​ ​any​ ​risk​ ​mitigations​ ​from​ ​our​ ​Risk​ ​Assessment​ ​are​ ​followed.

In an emergency, you plan and carry out any emergency procedures in line with instruction sheets.​ ​e.g.​ ​First​ ​aid​ ​(for​ ​which​ ​one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​trained​ ​first​ ​aiders​ ​will​ ​be​ ​present)

A pantomime involves a lot more SMAs than the May Play which will tend to have a fixed set but​ ​the​ ​items​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​may​ ​move​ ​between​ ​scenes.


Stage​ ​Manager
In addition to carrying out the Stage Management Assistant role, the Stage Manager makes sure that the various tasks are split up amongst them self and the Stage Management Assistants. Once the final dress rehearsal is complete, the Stage Manager is in charge of the show. They also arrange for the sign-in sheet to be used in the kitchen and run a fire drill in association with the Director. The SM is responsible for the safe operation of any pyrotechnics​ ​and​ ​smoke​ ​equipment.


Publicity​ ​Manager
The Publicity Manager loads details of the performances onto Websites that list local shows and activities. They also arrange for paid delivery of printed leaflets to local houses and put these up in prominent places. They also send details to local newspapers along with photos from the dress rehearsals to encourage sales of tickets. This role can be very creative with the opportunity to chat with a local DJ on their show or use other innovative ways to publicise​ ​the​ ​shows.


Props​ ​(Company​ ​or​ ​Theatrical​ ​Property)

If you have always wanted to be a personal shopper then this is the job for you. If you don’t find the props from our props store then you can go rooting round in charity shops and hobbycraft​ ​shops​ ​to​ ​your​ ​heart’s​ ​content​ ​without​ ​spending​ ​your​ ​own​ ​money.

Props are all the small movable bits and pieces you see on the stage for each performance. The role of the Props person is to obtain anything from a King’s throne to a 1980’s mobile phone. Wehaveanextensivepropscataloguewhichyoucanrummagethroughanduse,if you are crafty and like making things this is the ideal job for you because if it’s not in our store then have a go a making it. We also have close links with other local theatres so you can​ ​borrow​ ​their​ ​props​ ​too.

In Pantomime the props extends to planning the provision of larger ‘stage props’ as against the smaller ‘personal’ props for the cast. This will involve co-ordinating the Constructios person who can make bigger units (e.g The Coach in Cinderella) or Trees or any other free-standing piece of stage furniture. In plays the provision of suitable furniture comes within​ ​the​ ​props​ ​remit.

Once you have obtained all the props required and they are to the director’s satisfaction. Then your job is to ensure that the props are on stage in the right place at the right time during​ ​rehearsals​ ​and​ ​performances.

There are no lines to learn and no-one sees you (as you are dressed in black and usually the curtains are always drawn and the lights are down), it a bit like a magician..........and as if​ ​by​ ​magic​ ​all​ ​the​ ​props​ ​suddenly​ ​appear​ ​on​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​dah​ ​dah!!


Prompt

All actors hope to get through the play word-perfect, and most do, but in the event you ‘dry-up’,​ ​the​ ​prompt​ ​is​ ​a​ ​life​ ​-​ ​or​ ​should​ ​I​ ​say​ ​–​ ​play​ ​saver!
Once the rehearsal schedule has been drawn up, the director will decide when ‘books down’ will take place and that is when you should attend. However there are some actors who will get​ ​a​ ​grip​ ​of​ ​their​ ​lines​ ​quicker​ ​than​ ​others,​ ​so​ ​they​ ​will​ ​put​ ​their​ ​books​ ​down​ ​earlier.

In fact, the sooner the prompt starts attending rehearsals the better, in order to note on their script any additions, deletions and amendments the director may make to any words and actions. There may be some occasions when the director cannot make rehearsal and you can​ ​answer​ ​any​ ​queries​ ​that​ ​may​ ​arise.

It is important to know when to give a prompt and as rehearsals progress you will get used to the dialogue and so know when the pause is for effect, or, if the pause goes on for a few seconds, that your help is needed! This may sound like a hard thing to judge, but once you have sat through all the rehearsals you will get to know the script very well and be able to judge when a prompt is needed, or if, on the rare occasion, an actor jumps lines, get them back​ ​on​ ​the​ ​right​ ​track.

When you are prompt, you get to see the progress of the play from start to finish, you practically​ ​know​ ​the​ ​script​ ​off​ ​by​ ​heart​ ​–​ ​but​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​have​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​the​ ​lines!


Cast​ ​Refreshments
‘The​ ​Plays​ ​The​ ​Thing’​ ​–​ ​but​ ​equally​ ​important​ ​are​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​refreshments!

What​ ​does​ ​this​ ​entail?
Digswell Players put on two productions a year – a play in May and a pantomime at the end

of​ ​the​ ​year.

Once a play/panto has been chosen the Director will put together a rehearsal schedule – rehearsals take place in Digswell Village Hall on Monday and Wednesday – May Play and Wednesday​ ​and​ ​Sunday​ ​–​ ​Panto.

You should contact the Director and find out roughly what time they will be breaking for refreshments. It is best to get to the Hall about 30 minutes before this time to put the kettles on; get the mugs out and – most importantly – make sure there is a sufficient supply of biscuits! If you are covering the Tuesday rehearsal, please take sufficient milk. You can gauge how much will be needed by the size of the cast. Any unused milk can be put in the fridge for Wednesday’s rehearsal. If more milk is needed contact the person covering that rehearsal to buy more. If you have to buy milk or biscuits, keep the receipt and Andy Barker,​ ​our​ ​Treasurer​ ​will​ ​reimburse​ ​you.

The mugs are in the cupboard in the kitchen and there is a crate containing, coffee, tea, sugar,​ ​biscuits,​ ​etc​ ​which​ ​is​ ​kept​ ​under​ ​the​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​stage.

You should ask the Director at which point in the script they are going to stop, so you can have everything ready when they do. Digswell Players are very well trained, they will come to​ ​the​ ​hatch​ ​to​ ​get​ ​their​ ​drink,​ ​and​ ​will​ ​return​ ​their​ ​mugs​ ​when​ ​finished.

Once the rehearsal starts again wash the mugs and put them back in the cupboard, put all the​ ​stuff​ ​back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​crate​ ​and​ ​tidy​ ​up​ ​the​ ​kitchen,​ ​so​ ​it​ ​is​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​next​ ​users.

You​ ​are​ ​then​ ​free​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​–​ ​or​ ​sit​ ​and​ ​watch​ ​the​ ​rehearsal. That’s​ ​all​ ​there​ ​is​ ​to​ ​it​ ​–​ ​and​ ​it​ ​is​ ​always​ ​very​ ​much​ ​appreciated.


Constructions/Set​ ​Design/Building
In​ ​one​ ​sentence,​ ​these​ ​jobs​ ​involve​ ​producing​ ​whatever​ ​the​ ​Director​ ​asks​ ​for!

He​ ​or​ ​she​ ​will​ ​work​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Designer​ ​to​ ​work​ ​out​ ​how​ ​the​ ​Director’s​ ​vision​ ​can​ ​be​ ​realised on​ ​the​ ​stage.​ ​​​We​ ​have​ ​light-weight​ ​polycarbonate​ ​flats​ ​which​ ​slot​ ​together​ ​to​ ​create​ ​walls, and​ ​canvasses​ ​which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​painted​ ​to​ ​create​ ​backcloths.​ ​​​B&Q​ ​do​ ​well​ ​out​ ​of​ ​us​ ​in​ ​the weeks​ ​before​ ​a​ ​production,​ ​as​ ​someone​ ​is​ ​always​ ​popping​ ​down​ ​there​ ​for​ ​another​ ​roll​ ​of lining​ ​paper,​ ​or​ ​some​ ​more​ ​paint,​ ​or​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​hinge,​ ​hook​ ​or​ ​whatever!​ ​​​All​ ​members​ ​are invited​ ​to​ ​come​ ​along​ ​and​ ​help​ ​with​ ​set​ ​building​ ​and​ ​painting,​ ​working​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Designer’s​ ​plan

Over​ ​the​ ​years,​ ​requested​ ​constructions​ ​have​ ​varied​ ​from​ ​Cinderella’s​ ​coach​ ​(collapsible)​ ​to a​ ​small​ ​corner​ ​shelf,​ ​and​ ​from​ ​a​ ​chandelier​ ​strong​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​someone​ ​to​ ​hang​ ​from​ ​it​ ​to​ ​a ‘stone’​ ​garden​ ​bench​ ​(made​ ​of​ ​wood,​ ​and​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​‘stone’​ ​wallpaper).​ ​​​And​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​other things​ ​in​ ​between.

You​ ​obviously​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​handy​ ​with​ ​carpentry​ ​and​ ​other​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​–​ ​if​ ​you​ ​make​ ​something in​ ​your​ ​garage​ ​–​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​know​ ​how​ ​wide​ ​the​ ​Village​ ​Hall​ ​doors​ ​are,​ ​so​ ​you​ ​can​ ​get​ ​it​ ​in and​ ​on​ ​to​ ​the​ ​stage!

Sometimes​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​making​ ​a​ ​door​ ​or​ ​window​ ​frame​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​a​ ​particular​ ​set​ ​design.​ ​​​Or fashioning​ ​a​ ​chair​ ​big​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​a​ ​giant,​ ​or​ ​a​ ​stool​ ​small​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​a​ ​fairy.

Tools​ ​and​ ​material​ ​(and​ ​a​ ​workshop)​ ​are​ ​provided,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​a​ ​great​ ​bunch​ ​of​ ​people​ ​to work​ ​with,​ ​the​ ​unleashing​ ​of​ ​any​ ​creative​ ​talent​ ​you​ ​possess,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​satisfaction​ ​of​ ​seeing your​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​spotlight!


Acting

To quote Spencer Tracy - Show up on time, learn your lines and don't bump into the furniture.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​not​ ​clever​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​do​ ​any​ ​of​ ​the​ ​jobs​ ​above​ ​there​ ​is​ ​always​ ​acting.

Technical:​ ​Lighting​ ​&​ ​Sound

We have ‘company’ techs who oversee the equipping of the theatre with the best kit we can afford.

Lighting.
The lighting rig has moved on lately to include LED lamps and this gives us a greater versatility​ ​to​ ​light​ ​the​ ​sets.

​​It​ ​may​ ​be​ ​possible​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​operate​ ​the​ ​lighting​ ​for​ ​a​ ​show​ ​.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​mean​ ​working​ ​with the​ ​play​ ​director​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​lighting​ ​requirements​ ​of​ ​the​ ​piece​ ​and​ ​interpreting​ ​this into​ ​a​ ​suitable​ ​lighting​ ​plan​ ​within​ ​the​ ​capability​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rig.
A​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​stage​ ​lamps​ ​and​ ​how​ ​the​ ​system​ ​works​ ​is​ ​required​ ​to​ ​plan​ ​this.


Sound.

Recently​ ​we​ ​replaced​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​system​ ​with​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​rig.​ ​The​ ​mixer​ ​desk​ ​has​ ​22​ ​input channels​ ​and​ ​runs​ ​out​ ​through​ ​3​ ​amplifiers​ ​to​ ​4​ ​stage​ ​speakers.
The​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Sound​ ​Tech​ ​for​ ​a​ ​show​ ​will​ ​involve​ ​working​ ​with​ ​the​ ​show​ ​director​ ​to​ ​plan​ ​a sound​ ​‘picture’​ ​for​ ​the​ ​show​ ​and​ ​creating​ ​the​ ​appropriate​ ​sound​ ​effects.​ ​We​ ​use​ ​a​ ​Windows PC​ ​running​ ​‘Multiplay’​ ​to​ ​compile​ ​to​ ​sound​ ​program​ ​for​ ​the​ ​show.​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​we​ ​have​ ​CD players​ ​and​ ​can​ ​run​ ​sound​ ​from​ ​a​ ​mobile​ ​phone.

When​ ​we​ ​have​ ​musicians​ ​the​ ​Sound​ ​Tech​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​connecting​ ​them​ ​all​ ​to the​ ​stage​ ​interface​ ​and​ ​running​ ​the​ ​outputs​ ​through​ ​the​ ​mixer​ ​and​ ​balancing​ ​all​ ​the​ ​music and​ ​sounds​ ​together​ ​for​ ​the​ ​show.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​Radio​ ​Microphones​ ​as​ ​well​ ​and​ ​the management​ ​of​ ​these​ ​is​ ​also​ ​the​ ​show​ ​Sound​ ​Techs​ ​job.

A​ ​working​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​sound​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​IT​ ​is​ ​required​ ​for​ ​this​ ​role.