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Geyer Performing Arts Center sends out casting call for volunteers

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | Trib Total Media
Working on painting a set at the Geyer Performing Arts Center are Drake and Cristina Stokes of Scottdale.
Marilyn Forbes | Trib Total Media
Working the lighting board is volunteer Laurie Watson.

When it comes to volunteering at the Geyer Performing Arts Center, an hour can make a big difference and can also work toward opening the door to vast opportunities.

“It's a lot of fun,” long-time volunteer Laurie Watson said of volunteering at the theater. “It's something that I really enjoy doing. You meet people and everyone gets to be just like a big family.”

From ushering a show to running a spotlight, there are a number of different avenues that a volunteer can take, and each and every one is a valuable asset to the venue.

“Community theater is like no other organization that you can volunteer with because no matter what you are good at doing, we have a place for you,” said Brad Geyer, Geyer Performing Arts Theater board of directors president. “If you can act, be on stage — if you can construct, work on the set — if you have computer and phone skills, help in the office — if you enjoy greeting and being friendly, help usher. So much happens at the theater, there is something for everyone.”

The theater is planning a big season for the 2013-2014 year, with five musicals on the schedule and several other main stage productions, and each show will be a major undertaking, with several volunteer options open for anyone who wants to get involved.

Help is needed in any and every area, and for those who may wish to learn to run lights or work sound, there is someone there who is more then willing to help.

“Those of us who have been around would be more then happy to teach someone how to run the lights or do sound effects or anything else we can help with,” Watson said. “We may have been doing this for awhile, but we are also always learning.”

Every production is different, and each offers its own unique opportunities.

“Community theater at the Geyer is all about learning,” Geyer said. “Being a part of our shows means you will learn something new. Some people don't like to be in the spotlight, but like to control the lighting. We have a great light board and volunteers with years of experience and knowledge to share.”

And the volunteering is not only open to adults, but teens and children younger also can become a viable part of the organization.

“We like coming here,” said Drake Stokes, 12, of Scottdale of his and his sister's involvement with the theater.

Stokes and his sister Cristina, 13, have been involved in shows at the theater and also volunteer with set construction and painting.

“This is fun and it's something different to do,” Stokes said.

Volunteers also are needed for areas such as costuming, and show preparation, and anyone with some time to spare who would like to become a part of the world of theater will be welcomed.

“Makeup and hair designs are an often overlooked skill,” Geyer said. “Much like your costume, they complete the appearance a character needs. Sometimes volunteering for hair or makeup with a show is a great networking opportunity for stylist and makeup sales.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the theater at 724-887-0887 or visit the website at

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.