FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do I have to be a theater major / have previous theater experience to participate?
A: No! We welcome students and community members of all majors and backgrounds to take part in the UMTG.
Guild members each have their own level of familiarity with the theater and although some may plan on pursuing the art, many join us as merely theater-lovers, pursuing a variety of different fields. And of course, you are not required to have any theater experience whatsoever to join us!
MORE ON OUR POSITION OFFERINGS HERE
Q: Can i be a part of more than one show per semester?
A: Not typically. Most positions offered through the Guild only allow for work on one of our two shows per semester.
The exceptions to this rule include E-Board, Scenic/Build Team, and Marketing Team members - who work for both shows simultaneously. In fact, members of Marketing team are typically the only Guild members who can hold two positions at the same time - Marketing PLUS an Artistic team position on (or performer in) one of the season's shows.
MORE ON AUDITIONS/APPLICATIONS HERE
Q: are umtg positions paid?
A: No. We are a volunteer-based, student-run organization. As we are funded as an RSO (Registered Student Organization) through the University and use the money we earn in ticket/merchandise sales to directly fund future productions, we do not provide a salary for those who are hired to Guild positions.
Q: i'm a musician. how can i get involved in a show's pit band?
A: Our musical's (or sometimes play's) pit band is generally selected by the production's Music Director (MD). Each show will require a different arrangement of instruments and so the MD is responsible for gathering together the pit band for their show. Although there is no "application process", those interested in pit band positions are encouraged to CONTACT US for more information!
We are also always looking for rehearsal pianists to aid the MD in teaching vocal music to our casts. A more hands on job, the rehearsal pianist works closely with the production's MD over the course of the rehearsal process and is a staple at all musical rehearsals. CONTACT US if this opportunity interests you!
THE SHOW PROCESS
Q: When / where do rehearsals take place?
A: Rehearsals are coordinated by each production's rehearsal team, but they typically take place Sunday afternoons and Monday - Thursday evenings (ie. 6:30-9:30pm) in Bartlett Hall (on the UMass Campus).
The Sunday before opening night starts Tech Week, where rehearsals grow longer to accommodate for adding technical elements and getting used to the new space. Tech rehearsals take place on evenings (ie. 5-11pm) in the performance space (announced per show).
Q: What kinds of shows are offered per semester?
A: Each semester, the UMTG puts up two shows, one play and one musical. One of these is deemed "mainstage" (put up [usually] in Bowker Auditorium) and one is deemed "alternate-space" (put up in an TBD alternative performance space).
UMTG Seasons are as follows...
FALL: Mainstage Play & Alternate-Space Musical
SPRING: Mainstage Musical & Alternate-Space Play
MORE on this season's show offerings HERE
Q: WHEN / WHERE ARE THE SHOWS PERFORMED?
A: Typically the season's MAINSTAGE show is performed in Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Campus (although the UMass Concert Hall has sometimes also been used for these large-scale productions).
The ALTERNATE-SPACE show's performance space is selected by the production's director and E-Board per semester. Previous locations have included various auditoriums, gyms, classrooms, and even outdoor spaces across the UMass Campus and beyond. This space is TBD and will be announced HERE
Dates for each show are announced at the beginning of each season, but typically occur in November (Fall semester) and March/April (Spring semester).
MORE on this season's show details HERE
Q: HOW ARE A SEASON'S SHOWS SELECTED?
A: At the end of each Spring semester, the UMTG accepts show proposals for the next year's Fall & Spring seasons. These proposals are read by the E-Board, the shows are narrowed down, and the remaining options are presented before the UMTG public (at a community meeting, by the proposer).
Guild members who have earned voting rights are welcomed to vote for their favorite show per category. The show with the most votes [in each category] is selected for the new season! The runner-up for winner becomes the back-up in case of emergency (ie. trouble securing the rights, finding a director, etc).
To propose a show for next season, click HERE
BEING A GUILDIE
Q: What am i expected to do as a member of the umTG?
A: Each Guild position has a different set of expectations (found HERE), but there are also universal Guild responsibilities. The full list can be found HERE, but members generally are expected to:
Q: Do Members have to pay dues?
A: No - the Guild does not ask for "dues" from its members.
However, the Guild does ask its members for "ad money" come performance-time. This just means that the UMTG asks its members to either sell advertisement space worth $15 to a local business (which will promoted in our show playbill) OR to individually provide that $15 to off-set some performance costs.
Q: What is "publicity day"?
A: Each semester, our Marketing team schedules a day for poster-ing (and more) around Campus, in downtown Amherst, along Route 9, and in downtown Northampton to advertise our shows.
Helping with Publicity Day is hugely important for us to reach an audience and is required to attain voting rights.
Q: how do load-ins / load-outs work?
A: Load-in is the weekend before our show opens. We rent a truck, bring it to the show space, and load our set and tech equipment into the space for our tech week rehearsals.
Shows which occur in an alternate space (typically a lecture hall on campus) usually require us to load-in and out the set after each tech day. Shows which occur in Bowker Auditorium do not require repeated loads-in and out as we can leave our sets safely in the theater for the week.
Load-out occurs the night after the final performance. We strike the set, store what items we can in the Guild office in the Student Union, and deposit what we can’t save in the truck to be taken to the dump.
UMTG members are contractually required to attend BOTH the load-in & load-out for their particular show and EITHER the load-in OR load-out for the other show.
Q: are shop hours required?
A: Yes. Every person involved in our productions is required to help in the shop for at least a few hours over the course of the semester. The actual number of hours is set by the Producers at the beginning of the semester. Don’t worry if you’ve never painted or built anything in your life—our Carpenters and Scenic Artists will guide you. It’s fun!
Shop hours take place in the Fine Arts Center (FAC) Scene Shop. MORE on what is expected / how to find the Scene Shop HERE.
Q: what are voting rights & how do i get them?
A: Voting rights allow you to vote for next semester’s shows, elect new E-board members at the end of the year, and vote on Guild constitution amendments when a constitution meeting is called for.
Voting rights are acquired by:
NOTE: You do not need voting rights to attend general body meetings or voting meetings, participate in shows, or nominate shows for the upcoming semester. At voting meetings, you are allowed to share your opinions and ask questions even if you are not allowed to cast a vote.
Q: What is "tabling"?
A: What we call "tabling hours" consists of spending time sitting behind the UMass Theatre Guild table in the Campus Center to promote our shows and our organization.
This happens between 8am and 4pm twice a week, TBA by our Marking Executive. Often, there is a doodle poll set up in one of our Facebook groups to allow members to sign up and to assure that the table is always manned.
Tabling is an important part of being a Guild member. Promoting our organization in this way is just one step to earning your voting rights for the semester!
Q: How do I buy show Tickets?
Q: HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE UMTG?
A: Apart from GETTING INVOLVED, you can support the UMass Theatre Guild by attending our shows and events (CURRENT SEASON).
ALUMNI: we are trying to compile a list of alumni to celebrate the celebrate the accomplishments of Guild members in years past. CONTACT US if you would like to be included in a forthcoming "Notable Alumni" page!
If you'd like to help out in any other way, please email us HERE for more information!
Q: CAN I RECEIVE ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS?
A: Yes! Via the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the university is required to provide accommodations for students who require them, and because we are a university-sanctioned organization on campus, it is up to the university to provide them.
If you are a student and wish to receive accommodations but don’t know how, here is what you can do in order to make that happen: Register with Disability Services (located in Whitmore Administration Building, room 161) if you have not already done so. Once you have registered, Disability Services will work with your Consumer Manager in order to come up with a solution that best works for you!
The general number to contact the Consumer Manager office is 413-545-0892 for any further questions. The number to contact Disability Services is 413-545-0892