Volunteer at Revels

Revels’ corps of active volunteers help in diverse areas — from building props for The Christmas Revels, to helping with special events, to office mailing parties and computer data entry. Revels volunteers gave over 16,000 hours of their time to Revels in 2018. THANK YOU. We couldn't do this without you!

Christmas Revels 2019
Volunteer Opportunities

Are you ready for an American celebration of the winter solstice?  Help us make this Christmas Revels a success!

Volunteers get to see the show for free in one of two ways:

  • Volunteers who do raffle ticket or product sales get to watch the show they attend (though we cannot guarantee that they will have seats).
  • Volunteers who do set painting, load in or out, a dessert donation or bread delivery may attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance, with one guest, on Thursday, December 12th, at 7:30pm.

Below are the ways you can volunteer. Click on each job’s link to sign up. If you have questions, contact Jeanne Kelly at jkelly@revels.org.  Also, unless otherwise noted, all Christmas Revels opportunities take place at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA.  Thank you for supporting Revels and helping to create another successful season!

Questions? Please contact Jeanne Kelly at 617-972-8300 x30 or at jkelly@revels.org

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 Raffle Ticket Seller During The Christmas Revels

Job: Raffle ticket sellers help Revels raise over $25,000 each year by selling raffle tickets in the theater and lobby before, 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! This year Revels and Go Ahead Tours have partnered again to offer a spectacular grand prize – a National Parks vacation from Grand Canyon to Yellowstone!

Days: Dec. 12-29

Click here to sign up for Raffle Tickets

 


 Dessert for Cast Meal

Job: Support the Christmas Cast by contributing dessert item(s) on days when there are two performances by making or buying and dropping off dessert items.  PLEASE SEE SIGNUP SHEET FOR QUANTITY DETAILS.

Days/Drop-Off Times:
Sat. 12/14, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Sun. 12/15, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Sat. 12/21, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Sun. 12/22, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Fri. 12/27, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Sat. 12/28, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Cast Meal volunteers will receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 12th, at 7:30pm.

Click here to sign up to Bring Desserts


Bread Pickup & Delivery for Cast Meal

Help create a meal for the Christmas Cast on days when there are two performances by picking up donated bread and delivering it to the theater! Pickup in Cambridge; drop off at Sanders Theatre (click link for details). 

Days/Drop-Off Times:
Sat. 12/14, drop off at theater between 1 - 3:30pm
Sat. 12/21, drop off at theater between 1 - 3:30pm
Fri. 12/27, drop off at theater between 1 - 3:30pm

(If these drop off times cannot work for you, let us know and we'll see if we can work out another acceptable time). 


Bread Donation Delivery volunteers will receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 12th, at 7:30pm.

Click here to sign up to Deliver Bread

 


Set Painting

Job: Help paint the set for this year's set. Volunteers will be supervised by a scenic painter.

Days: During the week of December 2

Time: Shifts between 10:30am-4pm

Location: Revels warehouse, 40 Alston Street, Somerville, MA (please be aware there is limited parking; more info in the signup sheet)

Set Painting volunteers can receive tickets for themselves and one guest to attend The Christmas Revels dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 12th at 7:30pm. 

Click here to sign up to Paint Sets

 


Load In and Load Out

STRONG Volunteers Needed

Load in to the Theater

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

Days
: Sunday, December 8

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 12th, 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 29

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 12th, at 7:30pm. 

Click here to sign up for Load In or Load Out

 


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).

 

Dates include: Dec. 12-29 

(IF PRODUCT SALES ARE FULL, PLEASE CONSIDER SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS! It is a similar job and you would really be helping Revels! - Raffle Sales Signup Sheet)

Click HERE to sign up for PRODUCT Sales

 


 


 

Do you have expertise in social media and marketing?  

Revels could use the help of a volunteer to promote events and activities.  If you have experience with social media and/or marketing and would like to help, please email Jeanne Kelly at jkelly@revels.org and include a little info about your experience and the social media platforms you have used. 

 

 

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, 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.

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