Wow! What a season, we started with a little laughter at the clubhouse and on the fairway, then the schooner from Michigan delivered trees to Chicago, followed by those little women in New England and those big (rather adult) women in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, next came those art dealers in New York and the wonderful sisters of Hoboken to finish a marvelous season. Much thanks to all the performers and the back stage crews and technical people in the light booth, costumers and set builders and all the folks who ushered and worked in the box office. It never ceases to amaze me how many people it truly takes to produce a season.
And now we can get ready to begin the 82nd season of Twin City Players.
Before we start working on next season we do have a few things still coming up like the Tiffany Awards Celebration which will be August 8 and our last costume sale ever will be held September 25 through October 3, 2015. We will be looking for volunteers for both of these functions so stay tuned. We will also hold our next work/fun day on Saturday October 10 at 10:00 a.m. We will focus on the workshop and sorting out the lumber and flats and door and window flats to better organize that building.
As I noted in last months Letter, the Board of Directors, with the help of our own Jenny Miner (who we have unofficially adopted and will never let go) has adopted a Vision and Value Statement to go with our Mission Statement. Our Vision Statement is: “TCP will be recognized for organizational excellence with an abundance of resources, producing irresistible, quality performances.” Going hand in hand with the Mission and Vision Statement is the Value Statement which is: “Fiscal Responsibility, Respect, Pursuit of Excellence, Collaboration, Quality, and Innovation.” It is the hope of your Board of Directors that these statements will help us maintain our focus and continue our desire to provide you with quality entertainment and provide an opportunity for all people to become involved in their community theater.
Twin City Players
Relationship to Twin City Players: The Management Consultant, also known as the Business Manager, shall be an Independent Contractor engaged by Twin City Players, Inc. (Players). This person reports to and attends meetings of the Board of Directors. Direction may be provided by the President of the Board, the Executive Committee, or the Board of Directors as a whole. This person attends other meetings as requested.
Reviews: Responsibilities and Tasks for which this person is accountable will be reviewed annually. In the first year, they will be completed every three months.
Volunteer Recruitment, Development/Training, and Management Oversight: To assure quality, timeliness, and coordination between tasks and person, the Business Manager provides oversight of a number of tasks traditionally completed by volunteers or ‘stipended’ persons, including those for: script ordering and securing of royalties, front of house (concessions, ushering, etc.), marketing, supply ordering, facility services (snow, lawn, trash, cleaning, etc.) and repairs (plumbing, heating, electrical, etc.), website and social media management, as well as, working with individual production directors on all their volunteer needs for lights, sound, costumes, music and musicians, choreography, set construction and dressing. Properties, backstage crew and other needs.
Financial / Business Operations Management and Oversight:
A. The Business Manager shall be responsible for the operation of the Box Office, including
- Understanding the ticketing software and all its capabilities
- Preparing starting cash and Box Office activity reports; balancing ticket sales by type and revenue.
- Recruitment, development/training, supervision and oversight of Box Office volunteers.
- Setting the seating charts, making arrangement for all online ticket sales, and at window ticket sales.
- Development of a schedule for Box Office hours and volunteers.
- Personal contact with patrons is a high expectation with the Business Manager or a competently trained volunteer shall take live calls for the two week period prior to each production.
- Oversee all customer relations policies and procedures.
B. The Business Manager works with the Board to develop and annual budget and with individual production directors to maintain budget oversight, assistance and adherence.
C. The Business Manager maintains accounting and other operational records from which a variety of reports for the Board of Directors’ use as well as for grant applications.
Theatre Development and Marketing: The Business Manager shall, from time to time, represent Twin City Players at a variety of functions and events. The Business Manager shall assist the Board of Directors in developing and maintaining positive relationships with other area arts organizations, foundations and other arts advocates and supporters.
Development/Fund Raising: The Board of Directors leads a variety of fundraising efforts. The Business Manager will assist in the successful implementation of these efforts including: grant research, writing and submission; the annual Tiffany Gala; sponsorships and advertising; corporate gifting; annual costume sale; life bequests; and, other special activities.
Qualifications: it is preferred the Business Manager will have a variety of qualifications, including: the ability to demonstrate the highest standards of competence, professionalism, and confidentiality; a preferred Bachelor’s degree in theater, drama, arts management or similar discipline; experience in management and/or leadership in the arts organization is required, 1 year required, 3 years preferred; a broad management experience in personnel, budgeting, systems operations, marketing and public relations, and fund development; excellent written and oral communication skills; and, established track record of community, private foundation or public grant awards is preferred.
Compensation: The Business Manager shall be compensated, depending upon qualifications, up to $22,000 per year.
The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for its opening mainstage production of the 2015-2016 season next month. Auditions for the October production of And Then There Were None by Agathe Christie, directed by Christy Sloan and Lloyd Bolick, will begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 9 and at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 10.
And Then There Were None offers a variety of roles for 8 men and 3 women.
Actors need only attend one audition session, but are welcome to attend both. Actors will be asked to perform readings from the script. If needed, a callback session may be held on Tuesday, August 11 by invitation only.
Auditions will be held at on Twin City Players Campus at 600 West Glenlord Road,
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
About And Then There Were None
Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger.
Performance dates are October 2-25, 2015. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. This production is sponsored by Meijer.
The Twin City Players would like to hear from you! Not only are we asking you to share your thoughts on comment cards during every production this season, but we also have an online survey where you can make your voice heard. Simply complete the survey found here to weigh in! We want to know what you think of our shows and what we can do better while delivering our services.