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Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

17 William Street, Suite 304
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-1305
[email protected]

Summer Staff & Internships

Send cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected] or

Production Manager
Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
17 William Street, 2nd Floor, Auburn, NY 13021.

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Current Job Listings:

Technical Director

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival/Merry Go Round Playhouse seeks a Technical Director for its Main stage 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever, Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Under the guidance of the Production Manager and Artistic Director, will be responsible for managing the Scenic department’s operations. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and the ability to work on large-scale shows in a fast-paced environment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Consult with the Production Manager on the technical and budgetary feasibility of designs.
  • Collaborate with artistic director, production manager and designer to realize the production design within budget and on time.
  • Manage all aspects in the planning, build, load-in, tech, and maintenance of scenery.
  • Supervise the installation and strike of each set including all rigging and mechanical devices. Insure proper function, installation and safety of all scenic elements.
  • Create time and material estimates, schedules and other documentation as required
  • Produce all necessary technical and constructions drawings using AutoCAD
  • Coordinate build schedule and load-in with related production departments
  • Supervise and regulate shop activities and 8 scene shop employees.
  • Maintain the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF
  • Ensure a safe and workable environment for staff and performers.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years professional theatre experience in technical direction. MFA preferred but not required.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in scenic construction, time and material estimation, mechanical design and stage rigging.
  • Computer skills including strong abilities with AutoCAD
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Pre-season prep begins mid-March and on-site work would begin mid-April. Contract runs through early-September.


Assistant Technical Director

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks an Assistant Technical Director for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever, Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. The ATD will report to the Technical Director and assist in all activities necessary for the construction, installation and strike of scenic pieces for the season.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist the Technical Director(TD) in realizing productions design within budget and on time including the planning, build, load-in, tech and maintenance of scenery.
  • Preparations of all necessary technical and construction drawings using AutoCAD 
  • Assist the TD in planning assignments for the tech staff during build, load-in and strike.  
  • Insure proper function, installation and safety of all scenic elements. 
  • Supervision and Regulation of shop employees & activities 
  • Maintain the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF
  • Ensure a safe and workable environment for staff and performers.

Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in scenic construction, time and material estimation, mechanical design and stage rigging.
  • Computer skills including strong abilities with AutoCAD
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts and scaffolding)  
  • Driver’s License and experience with large vans and box trucks preferred. 

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from mid-April through early September. 

 

Carpenter/Electrics Swing

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Carpentry/Electrics Swing for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

During scenic build periods, the Carpenter/Electrics swing works on construction of all scenic items for the Summer Season and maintenance of the scene shop, as designated by TD. During changeovers, the swing works on the electrics crew to strike, hang, and focus the lighting plot, as designated by the ME. The swing will assist during notes calls before and after tech rehearsals.

Applicants must have experience working in both carpentry and lighting. Applicants should have a working knowledge of scenic construction and basic rigging as well as strong skills in hanging, circuiting and focusing stage lighting equipment. Special consideration will be given to applicants with significant welding experience. Must be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts, and scaffolding), be able to lift 50lbs, and be able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from May through late-August.

 

Show Carpenter

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Show Carpenter for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

The Show Carpenter’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: construction of scenery, run crew for shows including fly rail operation, and maintenance/repair of scenery during the performance period. Strong knowledge of fly rail operation is a must. Ideal candidates are team players, safety-conscious and self-motivated. We are looking for candidates who will uphold the high qualities and standards of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from May through early September with possible extension of late November through late December.

 

Props Master

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Props Master for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working with Directors, Scenic Designer and technical staff to acquire and execute all properties and set dressings for the main stage season.
  • Script analysis & prop research
  • Procuring and/or manufacturing furniture, scenic dressing and hand properties as designated by the Scenic Designer and/or Director.
  • Ensuring rehearsal props are available as requested by Director and/or Stage Management in a timely manner
  • Maintaining an accurate props list for the show.
  • Supervising a Props Artisan and a Props Production Assistant. The Props Master will take an active, positive role in educating the Production Assistant.
  • Overseeing purchase of all departmental supplies remains within budget.
  • Maintaining the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF
  • Ensuring a safe and workable environment for staff and performers.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational, budgeting, multitasking and time management skills.
  • Experience in crafts, carpentry, sewing, draping and painting required.
  • Driver’s License and experience with large vans and box trucks preferred. 
  • Excellent researching skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from May through early September with possible extension of late November through mid-December.

 

Props Artisan

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Props Artisan for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manufacturing and procuring furniture, scenic dressing, and hand props as designated by the Props Master, Scenic Designer and/or Director.
  • Assisting the Props Master in ensuring rehearsal props are available in a timely manner, as requested by Director and/or Stage Management.
  • Maintaining the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF.
  • Ensuring a safe and workable environment for staff and performers.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent craft skills
  • Strong carpentry and woodworking skills
  • Painting skills are a plus
  • Sewing skills are a plus
  • Electrical knowledge is a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Driver’s License and experience with large vans and box trucks preferred. 

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from May through late August.

 

Master Electrician

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Master Electrician for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Under the guidance of the Production Manager and Artistic Director, will be responsible for managing the Lighting department’s operations. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and the ability to work in high-pressure situations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing lighting designs and working with the LD, TD, and Production Manager to ensure all designs are executed within the available time, budget, and resources
  • Planning and execution of all practicals and special effects
  • Supervising hanging, circuiting, and focusing of all lighting fixtures for each production
  • Supervising a full time Assistant Master Electrician, overhire electricians, and two Electrics Production Assistants. The ME will take an active, positive role in educating the Production Assistants.
  • Troubleshooting all lighting equipment including color scrollers and moving lights
  • Maintaining the theatre’s lighting inventory and performing equipment repairs as necessary
  • Maintaining the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF
  • Ensuring a safe and workable environment for staff and performers.

Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of wiring and electricity
  • Extensive knowledge of theatrical lighting equipment
  • Strong knowledge of Vectorworks & Lightwright
  • Strong knowledge of ETC Ion lighting console.
  • Must be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts and scaffolding)  
  • Driver’s License and experience with large vans and box trucks preferred. 

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from late April through early October with possible extension of mid-November through mid-December.


Assistant Master Electrician

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks an Assistant Master Electrician for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

The AME will assist in coordinating and planning all activities necessary for changeovers and the maintenance of lighting designs.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Programming and running lighting console for all productions.
  • Maintaining the lighting design throughout the run of the show. Perform daily dimmer checks.  Correct equipment or focus issues as needed.
  • Assisting with wiring all practicals and special effects.
  • Assisting with hanging, circuiting, and focusing of all lighting fixtures for each production.
  • Assisting with supervising overhire electricians, and two Electrics Production Assistants. The AME will take an active, positive role in educating the Production Assistants.
  • Troubleshooting all lighting equipment including color scrollers and moving lights.
  • Maintaining the theatre’s lighting inventory and performing equipment repairs as necessary.
  • Maintaining the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF
  • Ensuring a safe and workable environment for staff and performers.

Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of ETC Ion lighting console.
  • Strong knowledge of common theatrical lighting equipment
  • Strong knowledge of wiring and electricity
  • Knowledge of Vectorworks & Lightwright is a plus
  • Must be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts and scaffolding) 
  • Driver’s License and experience with large vans and box trucks preferred. 

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from late April through early September with possible extension of mid-November through late December.

 

Sound Engineer

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Sound Engineer for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. The Sound Engineer is responsible for the full range of activities necessary for the load in, strike and upkeep of sound and orchestral equipment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Programming and operation of Yamaha M7 Sound Board for tech & performances including running all sound cues from QLab.
  • Analyzing the sound design for each show. Coordinating with the Sound Designer, Musical Director, Production Stage Manager and Production Manager for the location and set up all sound and orchestra equipment.
  • Planning and implementing monitors unique to each production. These include conductor video monitors and audio monitors.
  • Maintaining sound inventory and performing repairs as necessary.
  • Supervising a Sound Production Assistant. The Sound Engineer will take an active, positive role in educating the Production Assistant.
  • Overseeing all departmental purchases and remaining within budget.
  • Preparing and maintaining wireless microphones on a daily basis.
  • Maintaining the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF.
  • Ensuring a safe and workable environment for staff and performers.

Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate has experience mixing large-scale musicals.
  • Strong knowledge of Yamaha M7 console, Aviom monitoring, & QLab required.
  • Musical background and familiarity with orchestra equipment preferred.
  • Must be comfortable working at heights (ladders, genie lifts and scaffolding)  
  • Driver’s License and experience with large vans and box trucks preferred. 

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from May through early October with possible extension of late November through late December.

 

Cutter/Draper

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Cutter/Draper for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

Candidates must be able to flat pattern, adapt and alter commercial patterns as well as cut all of the items to be built during the summer season.  The Cutter/Draper will be expected to help with all construction elements and should have extensive knowledge of construction, quick change needs and how they may pertain to construction. Will be expected to help the Costume Shop Manager & Assistant Costume Shop Manager with the supervision, education of construction/alteration techniques and procedures to work crew. Salaries are competitive, and the work environment is positive, challenging, and holds a high artistic integrity. Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from late April through late August.

 

Stitchers

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks Stitchers for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

The Stitchers will assist in the construction and alterations of garments for all shows. Candidates must have experience with basic sewing and altering techniques, including zippers, buttonholes, pleating, and flat lining.  Candidates must be patient, self-disciplined, and adaptable. Craft skills, dyeing, millinery, jewelry making, and industrial sewing machine experience a plus. Salaries are competitive, and the work environment is positive, challenging, and holds a high artistic integrity. Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from May through late August.


Dresser

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Dresser for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

The dresser will aid in maintaining costume quality throughout the run of performances. Duties include but are not limited to: costume preparations, laundry, quick changes and maintenance.  Ideal candidate possesses excellent communication skills and the ability to remain calm in high-pressure quick change situations. Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from mid-May through September.

 

Hair and Make-up Supervisor
The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks a Hair and Make-up Supervisor for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

The Hair and Make-up Supervisor will be responsible for the care of all hair and make-up for the summer season. Responsibilities include: daily wig prep and application, wig maintenance, as well as aiding in quick changes throughout the run of the show. Candidate needs excellent knowledge of wig styling and maintenance in reference to AEA regulations and should uphold the integrity of the wig designs/styling as well as the high quality and standards of the Finger Lakes MTF. Dressing experience & Licensed Cosmetologist preferred. Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contract runs from mid-May through early September.

 

Production Internships

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks Production Interns for its 2015 Season including: West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever,  Sweeney Todd and Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.

Paid production internships are available in: carpentry, electrics, scenic painting, properties, wardrobe and sound. Administrative internships are also available in: production management, company management, house management and marketing. Contracts being mid-May and end between late August & early September. Most production interns will work in their specified shops during the day and be on run crew for the shows.

Housing is provided and all employees receive their own bedroom. Contracts typically run from mid-May through late August/early September. For more information, visit www.fingerlakesmtf.com.  Send cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected] or Production Manager, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 17 William Street, 2nd Floor, Auburn, NY 13021.

 


 

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