Volunteer at Revels

Revels’ corps of active voluteers help in diverse areas — from building props for The Christmas Revels, to helping with special events such as Midsummer Night Revels, to office mailing parties, and computer data entry.


Christmas Revels Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a small army for The Christmas Revels to come to fruition. Not just the cast on stage or the production team behind the scenes. We need many volunteers to help with a variety of jobs to keep this machine running. Please see the details below. If you are interested in helping, contact volunteer manager Jeanne Kelly and we'll schedule you in.

Cast Meal Set up and Clean up

Job: Help with the meal for Christmas Cast on days when there are two performances. Help set up for the potluck and stay to clean up after the potluck is over.

Days/Times:
Saturday, December 13, 3:45-7:30pm
Sunday, December 14, 1:45-5:30pm
Saturday, December 20, 3:45-7:30pm
Sunday, December 21, 1:45-5:30pm
Friday, December 26, 3:45-7:30pm
Saturday, December 27, 3:45-7:30pm

Potluck volunteers will receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend the Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 11th, at 7:30pm.


Cast Meal Cook

Job: Help provide a meal for the Christmas Cast on days when there are two performances by making/buying and dropping off a salad or a vegetable dish and a dessert.

Days/Drop-Off Times:
Sat. 12/13, 1:45 - 3:45pm
Sun. 12/14, 11:45 - 1:45pm
Sat. 12/20, 1:45 - 3:45pm
Sun. 12/21, 11:45 - 1:45pm
Fri. 12/26, 1:45 - 3:45pm
Sat. 12/27, 1:45 - 3:45pm

Potluck volunteers will receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 11th, at 7:30pm.


Set Painting

Job: Help paint the fabric backdrops for this year's Christmas Revels set. NOTE: This year we need lots of help to paint fabric drops and the work will be done in Watertown Sq. No experience needed; volunteers will be supervised by a scenic painter!

Days: Nov. 18, 20 & 25 and Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Time: Shifts between 9am-4pm

Location: The attic above Revels offices, Grace Vision Church, 80 Mt Auburn St, Watertown

Set Painting volunteers can receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 11th at 7:30pm.


Load in and Load out

STRONG volunteers needed

Load into the Theater

Job: Help load props, set pieces, etc into Sanders Theatre.

Days: Sunday, December 7

Time:
9am - 1pm

Load In volunteers can receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 11th, at 7:30pm.


Load out of the Theater


Job: Help load props, set pieces, etc out of Sanders Theatre and then into the Revels warehouse in Somerville.

Days: Sunday, December 28

Time: 4pm - 9pm

Location: Sanders Theatre and the Revels warehouse, 40 Alston Street, Somerville, MA

Load Out volunteers can receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 11th, at 7:30pm.


Raffle Ticket Seller during The Christmas Revels

Job: Help sell raffle tickets in the theater and lobby during intermission and at the end of The Christmas Revels performances. Volunteers arrive 1 hour before the performance. Volunteers may watch the performance standing at the back of the theater. There is a lot of standing during this job, and an outgoing and friendly personality is helpful!

Day: Dec. 12-28 - click here for a complete performance schedule


Product Sales during The Christmas Revels

Job: Help sell books and recordings in the lobby before and after The Christmas Revels performances. Volunteers arrive 1 hour before the performance. Sales occur before the show, during intermission and at the end of the show. Volunteers may watch the performance standing at the back of the theater. (There is a lot of standing during this job).

Day: Dec. 12-28 - click here for a complete performance schedule


Backstage Costume Support

Job: Costume repairs, sewing and ironing during The Christmas Revels performances

Day/Time: December 9-28

Time: Various shifts. Volunteers arrive 2 hours before the performance and work throughout the performance

Costume volunteers will receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend the Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 11th, at 7:30pm.


Twelfth Night

Also... save the date...Revels Twelfth Night is just around the corner and this year there will be two performances.

Job: Assist with tasks such as set up & decorating, info & food tables, or clean up.

Day/Time: Saturday, January 10, 2015

Time: Various jobs between 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Grace Vision Church (formerly St. John's), 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA


Office Volunteer Opportunities

Organizing in the Revels office

Revels has old paper files and binders, going back many years, which a volunteer could help to sort through and organize.

Converting videos (VHS to DVD)

A volunteer with some comfort with video converting equipment is needed to convert old VHS tapes of Revels shows to DVD.

Cleaning/organizing the Revels props warehouse

Volunteer(s) are needed to help clean up and organize the Revels prop warehouse in Somerville.  Volunteers should be willing to get dirty and do some lifting!  This may be a one-time "Clean up Day" and/or an ongoing project.  A volunteer to help photograph props and costumes and help with organizing the space may also be useful.

If you would like more information about these projects, or would like to volunteer in any other way,  please contact Jeanne Kelly at jkelly@revels.org or 617-972-8300 x30

 

Ongoing

General Office Support

Support Revels with office and computer tasks. Database skills and experience with software programs such as MS Excel or Raiser's Edge are helpful. Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, iMovie, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, or Joomla would also be helpful for design and website work.

Time: Weekdays, daytime hours. A minimum commitment of twice per month is requested.

Location: The Revels Office, Grace Vision Church, 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Jeanne Kelly at jkelly@revels.org or 617-972-8300 x30

Special Projects

Video Editing

A volunteer with solid experience editing video with a program such as iMovie or Adobe Premiere is needed to create videos such as short clips for the web, etc.

Archiving digital photos

A volunteer, ideally with Photoshop-type skills, is needed to work on archiving digital photos.  Experience with Mac platform helpful.

Database, librarian-type organizing

A volunteer with database, librarian-type skills is needed to help organize the Revels multi-city repository of digital media.