LSM Newswire

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Volunteers needed for the 2009-10 Cleveland Orchestra concert and event season at Severance Hall

Severance Hall seeks volunteers to serve as ushers, greeters, ticket takers, tour guides, and store volunteers

CLEVELAND, July 15, 2009 Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra, is seeking volunteer ushers, greeters, ticket takers, tour guides, and store volunteers for the 2009-10 season. The season includes evening subscription, matinee, education, family, and holiday concerts by The Cleveland Orchestra; performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, and the Cleveland Womens Orchestra; and many other musical and non-musical events.

Tour guides conduct public and private tours and offer historical and architectural detail about Severance Hall. Store volunteers offer sales assistance in the Cleveland Orchestra Store during weekdays and weekends at concert times.

Severance Hall also seeks middle- and high-school students to join the Junior Volunteer Corps. Students assist at Family Concerts, Musical Rainbow performances, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra concerts, Holiday concerts, and other special events (mostly daytime performances during the weekend). An orientation and training program prepares students for service as ushers, ticket takers, and Cleveland Orchestra Store volunteers. Adult ushers also serve as mentors.

Severance Hall volunteers are asked to commit for the entire season from September through June, and are required to attend a two-hour training and orientation session in September, at the beginning of the season. Training session dates are September 22 and 24 at 6:00 p.m. and September 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Open interviews for new volunteers will be held at Severance Hall on Friday, August 28, from 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Stop in any time during these hours to fill out an application, and learn about the program and speak with Front of House Staff members.

While providing excellent customer service, Severance Hall volunteers have the opportunity to hear great music in a beautiful venue, enjoy the company of other music-loving volunteers, and contribute their talents and time to a premier arts organization.

Those interested in more information about volunteering at Severance Hall may call the House Managers Office at Severance Hall at (216) 231-7425.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

VO Launches 10,000-hour Community Connections volunteer service program

Vancouver Opera Launches Community Connections

Volunteer Service Program

Sponsored by Goldcorp Inc., VO commits 10,000 volunteer service hours to B.C. communities in celebration of VOs Golden Anniversary

Vancouver, BC ~ Starting this month, Vancouver Opera embarks on Community Connections, a ground-breaking program to give back to the communities that have supported it for the past fifty years.

From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, VO artists, staff, volunteers, supporters and board members will provide a prodigious 10,000 hours of volunteer service to a variety of charities, in celebration of VOs Golden Anniversary. Also participating in the Community Connections program are the staff of Vancouver-based resource leader Goldcorp Inc. Goldcorp has made a major gift to Vancouver Opera through a three-year sponsorship, beginning with the 2009-2010 Golden Anniversary season. This first-ever multi-season sponsorship makes VOs Community Connections program possible.

The Community Connections program allows us to celebrate our Golden Anniversary in a unique way, says James W. Wright, General Director of Vancouver Opera. We're thrilled to be working with Goldcorp, whose generous gift, secured through the hard work of VOs Board of Directors, will help VO to continue to maintain the highest artistic standards in all that we present. Its an extraordinary sponsorship, and fitting for our milestone Golden Anniversary.

Goldcorp is proud to sponsor Vancouver Operas Golden Anniversary and the innovative Community Connections program. For fifty years Vancouver Opera has presented world-class creative productions to diverse audiences, providing inspiration and enriching the lives of so many people, said Chuck Jeannes, President & Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp. We are excited to be a part of the Community Connections program as we recognize the importance of giving back to our local communities. Together, through volunteer service, Goldcorp employees will endeavour to positively affect the lives of others within our community. Jointly with Vancouver Opera, we look forward to reaching the goal of 10,000 hours of community service over the coming year.

Organizations that will benefit from this landmark commitment include the Powell Street Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Run 4 the Cure, Vancouver Food Bank and Power To Be Adventure Therapy. A full list of participating organizations is available at In addition, any other volunteer service performed by VO supporters for organizations beyond this list will be recognized under the Community Connections program.

During the company's fifty years, audiences of all ages have embraced the work that we have presented, says Doug Tuck, VO's Director of Marketing and Community Programs. Our mainstage productions, education programs, touring performances and community engagement events reach widely and deeply into communities throughout B.C. It is only fitting that we honour the support of those communities by connecting with them in new ways through our volunteer work.

Community Connections will touch communities in B.C. where VO and Goldcorp are active, recognizing and reinforcing the strong connections VO and Goldcorp enjoy with the communities they serve.

VO began as a small group of determined people seeking to build an opera company for their community. Fifty years later, VO has become an internationally respected producer of opera and a vital artistic and educational force in B.C. VOs extraordinary record of community engagement includes touring education programs and outreach to diverse communities through concerts and forums.

VOs Golden Anniversary season includes a long-awaited production of Bellinis Norma (November 28 December 5, 2009), John Adamss stunning 1987 opera Nixon in China (March 13 20, 2010); Mozarts beloved The Marriage of Figaro (April 24 May 4, 2010); and Puccinis Madama Butterfly (May 29 June 10, 2010). A Golden Anniversary Gala Concert will be held on November 6, 2009.

Throughout the Golden Anniversary season, Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) will continue to present Jack Pine, VOs new commissioned opera for young audiences by Vancouver composer Veda Hille, in schools and community venues across the province. The Golden Anniversary celebrations will culminate in the November 2010 world premire of Lillian Alling, by acclaimed composer John Estacio with libretto by award-winning playwright John Murrell.

Goldcorp, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. In 2008, the company achieved very strong operating results, growing revenues by 10% and gold reserves by 7%. Goldcorp was able to share its success by investing over $90 million in community development initiatives throughout the Americas. For Goldcorp, the true measure of a company is not only in achieving success but also in sustaining it and the company cannot achieve long-term sustainable growth without the support of the communities in which it works.

VO and Goldcorp invite all supporters of Vancouver Opera to participate in Community Connections. For more information, and to sign up, visit

About Vancouver Opera and Goldcorp

Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada. It is regarded worldwide for its fine mainstage productions; for its country-leading education programs, which have reached more than 1.6 million children and their families in 35 years; for its innovative and award-winning community programs; and for forging groundbreaking cross-cultural creative partnerships that have brought opera to new generations of Canadians. Visit for more information.

Goldcorp is North Americas lowest-cost and fastest growing senior gold producer with operations in safe jurisdictions throughout the Americas. Goldcorps aim is to deliver value to shareholders by providing them the best possible return on their investment. This is accomplished through our many valued partnerships with employees, shareholders, vendors and local communities. Visit for more information.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

4th Line looking for volunteers for summer season!

Old Millbrook School, 1 Dufferin St., Millbrook, ON, L0A 1G0

Administration phone: (705) 932-4448 Box Office phone: (705) 932-4445 Fax: (705) 932-3347

4th Line looking for volunteers for summer season!

Millbrook, ON...Are you an adult with a dream to act on the stage? If so, make your dream come true and become involved in 4th Line Theatres 2009 summer season; learn and work alongside professional actors, directors and designers.

Text Box: This was the first time that I really got up in front of an audience. It was something that I have secretly wanted to do for a long time, but never had the nerve.  The best things in this experience were meeting so many great people and realizing that I could act! - Phil Stott, Volunteer Performer2008

Adult auditions will be held at the Old Millbrook School, 1 Dufferin St. (2nd floor) in Millbrook on Saturday, February 14th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Even if you have limited acting experience but are interested in bringing our regions history to life on stage in this summers world premiere productions, dont hesitate to give us a call at 705-932-4448 to book an interview.

Right Road to Pontypool

4th Line Theatre opens its 18th season on July 2nd with The Right Road to Pontypool written by Alex Poch-Goldin and directed by Kim Blackwell. A loving chronicle of one mans sun kissed dream for Torontos working class Jews. With a way of life now vanished, Pontypool, Ontario boasted five resorts in its heyday as a summer haven for thousands of Eastern European immigrants in the heart of Protestant southern Ontario.

Casting requirements

2 Females 18-25 years

2 Females 25+ years

4 Males 18-30 years

4 Males 30+ years

Welcome Death

The seasons 2nd world premiere play, Welcome Death is written and directed by Robert Winslow.

Whodunit fans will love this Victorian murder-mystery set right here in Millbrook! In 1873, the discovery of a young womans body in a field spurs a Coroners inquest that pushes past the restraints of science and enters the realm of the spirit to find unknowable answers. Based on the archives of the coroners inquest of Elizabeth Deyells murder trial, the show will be performed on the intimate Meadow Stage (last used in 2005 for That Summer). Welcome Death will give adult volunteers the opportunity to explore life in Victorian Millbrook while acting out a real murder mystery on stage.

Casting requirements

2 Males 15-25 years

1 Male 30-50 years

1 Male 40-60 years

1 Male 50-60 years

1 Female 18-25 years

BEHIND THE SCENES: If the limelight isnt for you but youre interested in volunteering behind the scenes or hosting audience patrons, please call 705-932-4448 or drop into the 4th Line office between 10 and 2 p.m. on Saturday February 14th . These volunteers would be 16 years and older, and can enjoy a variety of experiences from makeup to set painting to ushering and more!

4th Line Theatre, Canadas premiere outdoor theatre company brings history to life on the barnyard stages of the picturesque 5th generation Winslow farm in Millbrook, Ontario.

4th Line Theatre is committed to preserving and promoting our Canadian cultural heritage through the development and presentation of regionally based, environmentally staged historical drama.

For 2009 season tickets please call the box office at 705-932-4445, visit or drop by the 4th Line office in the Old Millbrook School, 1 Dufferin St. in Millbrook.

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