Become a Schenectady Light Opera Volunteer

At SLOC, we depend on our volunteers for every aspect of production, to assist audience members, to care for the facilities and to run the business end of things.

If you love what you see at SLOC, and want to become part of our team, please complete the volunteer form. The information you provide will give us an understanding of your interests, availability and expertise. Just want to learn? We would love to have you as a volunteer, even if you have no previous experience working in community theater.

Once we have your information, we will contact you when volunteer opportunities open up.

Michael Camelo

A Message from the President

As an all-volunteer organization, SLOC relies on the talents of its members to produce quality musical theater. Whether its organizing auditions, performing on stage, building a set, working in the lighting booth, or cleaning bathrooms, volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization. One of my goals as President is to have more people doing fewer things, so the greater the number of quality volunteers the stronger our organization will be. Volunteers who share their talents with SLOC in any capacity lead to better productions. I hope to see more new faces at every production in the upcoming season.

Reasons to Volunteer at SLOC

  • You love what you see on the stage and want to help bring it to life!
  • Connect with people who share your passion for community theater!
  • Make lifelong friends!
  • Use your skills productively!
  • Share your skills with others!
  • Learn new skills!
  • Personal satisfaction!
  • Fun!

Volunteer Opportunities

Production Volunteers – It takes many hands to produce a musical. At SLOC everything you see on stage has been created by dedicated volunteers. If you would like to be involved in show production, there are many ways you can help, whether you are an experienced designer or have always wanted to learn more about backstage theater.

Creating a setting for the show – from elaborate castles to simpler interiors, every musical has a setting which starts with the vision of the director and set designer and takes many hands to bring it to life.

Without lights the setting, the actors and the audience would be left in the dark. The lighting designer works with the director to create the mood of each scene. Volunteers then hang, gel and focus the lights. During the run of the show, volunteers run the lighting board, spotlight and special effects.

The beautiful costumes you see on stage are the result of hours of work by the Costume Designer and his/her crew of dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers are also needed for sound design and execution, hair, makeup, stage management and backstage crew.

Ushers, House Managers and Box Office Staff – As an audience member, you know how important it is to be able to get information about the theater, buy your ticket, and find your seat. Our audience services volunteers make this possible by answering your questions, processing your order and showing you to your seat.

Facilities Volunteers – SLOC owns and operates the three buildings on the Performing Arts Center Campus, as well as an offsite set facility. As you can imagine there is a good deal of maintenance involved with keeping up these properties. While some jobs need to be contracted out, routine maintenance, such as painting, cleaning and grounds maintenance can be done by volunteers. We often put out a call for this type of help.