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Seussical 2020

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Volunteer Positions

We are looking forward to seeing all of your talented children at auditions this year. We love having a big cast, creating a strong theater community, and our new, enlarged student body gives us that exciting opportunity. 

To support our community this year, as in years past, we are asking one parent or guardian of each student who participates in Seussical to volunteer 4+ hours of their time to assist with our production. 

Please review the many volunteer opportunities below and sign up for a position PRIOR to auditions on January 13 and 14.  Taking an active role in our production is mandatory for all families and we think there is enough variety that you can find some job that suits your schedule and talents.

If your family has extenuating circumstances that would make volunteering a hardship, we understand and can make accommodations for you. Please contact Karen McCormick directly at [email protected] to address any such issues.

Jobs are listed under either Group A or Group B.   If you sign up to help with a Group A job, your volunteer commitment is fulfilled.    If you prefer less of a leadership role, you need to sign up for 2 jobs from Group B.  (We will contact you with specifics about dates and times.)   Karen McCormick and Ryan Smith will be available throughout the process to support your work by sharing their experience over the past several years. 

FYI – Students will not be cast in the show without your commitment, so take a look at the following jobs and sign up today.

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Group A - 6th Grade Parent Producers (2)

Work with Karen McCormick & Ryan Smith to make sure all Parent Volunteers are completing their tasks on time

1 of 2 slots filled
Joanna Mitchell

Group A - Finance Coordinator

Responsible for keeping track of incoming production money (costume fees, sponsorships, advertisements, etc) and delivering to school for deposit.

Jean Tornatore
Student - Celia Maddaloni

Group A - Ticket Sales Coordinator - At the door

Organizes volunteers who sell ticket during the 4 performances.

Anne Von Herrmann
(Adam Turner)

Group A - Online Ticket Sales Coordinator

Learn the Brown Paper Ticket system and set up/trouble shoot our online ticket sales

Laurie Brannigan

Group A - Concessions Coordinators (2)

Concession Coordinators purchase supplies/food for the weekend performances and organize volunteers who work concessions at the shows.

All slots filled
Denise Nahmias
Jenna Baker

Group A - Coordinator - Lawns/Signs/Posters

Organizes a one-day event in which a group of parents and kids distribute lawn signs and posters throughout Westport. The group is also responsible for removal of lawn signs


Group A - Social Media Coordinator

Add content to our Facebook and Instagram Accounts

Sheri Gordon

Group A Coordinate Publicity - Westport Schools & PTA

Responsible for getting the word out to all Westport students about the upcoming show using PTA newsletters

Chrissy Toeplitz

Group A - Personal Ads Coordinator - For Cast & Crew for Playbill

Solicits congratulatory ads for the actors & tech crew from parents, friends, and relatives. Collect fees and coordinate "ads" with the program designer.


Group A - Fundraising - Ad Sales (Local Business/Bedford Community) (5)

Solicits advertising $ from local businesses. We have Jim McCourt heading this committee and he has had lots of success over the past two years.

1 of 5 slots filled
Marcus Forman

Group A - Graphic Designer

Create logo for online outlets, advertising, playbill, apparel, etc.

Jason Stiber

Group A - Playbill Designer

Design and produce the show’s playbill. Familiarity with any computer publishing program useful but solid skills with Microsoft Word will work as well


Group A -CAST PARTY & Friday Eve Pre-Show Event (4)

Plan, set up, supervise and clean up the cast party for the actors and tech crew. This is a pizza party held in the BMS cafeteria right after the final performance. Same volunteers will decorate and supervise a 50’s Sweet Shop event before the Matinee

3 of 4 slots filled
Danielle Dobin
Jennifer Sydor
Anne Palmer

Group A -MAKE-UP/HAIR Designers/Organizers (8)

The make-up and hair committee discusses their ideas with the director, purchases items needed, and trains other volunteers to assist during dress rehearsals and before the performances

2 of 8 slots filled
Lorraine Watkins
Dianna Betit


Help actors with make up and hair during performances and/or dress rehearsals. All volunteers will be trained and guided by the planning committee

6 of 7 slots filled
Jenny Townsend
Dianna Betit
Amber McLean
Sam Pattinson
Lorraine Watkins
Amy Chatterjee

Group B - Props Committee (5)

This job involves finding the many small items that will be used as props in the show. Most of the things we will need can be bought or borrowed, or found in our prop room. Good job for friends to do together.

2 of 5 slots filled
Chris Carver
Agnes Siembida

Group B - In-School Ticket Sales (3)

Small group of volunteers who will sell tickets in the cafeteria (daily) during the week before opening night.


Group B - Ticket Sales at the Show (3)

Work selling tickets at the door for one or more performances.

All slots filled
Anne Kennedy
Kerryn Griffin
Katie Carter

Group B - Publicity - Lawn Signs & Posters (10)

Large group of parents and kids who will distribute lawn signs and posters throughout Westport. Also is responsible for removal of lawn signs.

3 of 10 slots filled
orit Arava
Heather Sinclair
Amy Chatterjee

Group B - Concessions (6)

Sell concession items during one or more of the performances (Before, After & during Intermission

5 of 6 slots filled
Anne Kennedy
Katie Carter
Heather Sinclair
Mark Carver
Amy Chatterjee

Group B - Costume Assistants

Does not necessarily entail sewing. However, if you can sew, please let us know, as there are always small sewing jobs. We have three professional costume people working on the show . . . helpers can support their work in a variety of ways: organizin

Jenny Townsend

Group B - Set Painter (2)

This position can be filled by parents with or without artistic talent. Lots of the painting is fairly basic. Work can be done after school, during school and some weekends.

1 of 2 slots filled
Laurie Brannigan

Group B - Set Construction (3)

If you are handy with power tools or just want to learn about how sets are contructed, this is the job for you. The work will be done after school and/or on the weekends.

2 of 3 slots filled
orit Arava
Amit Arava
Frank Enos
For Maddie Enos
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