Job Dates

05/06/24 – 09/02/24

GENERAL INFORMATION: Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania’s premier professional summer theatre, located in the spectacular 1,200-acre Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, is seeking a seasonal Scenic Shop Staff for this legendary summer theatre’s 74th award-winning 5-show season. The Totem Pole Playhouse 2024 season schedule runs May 31st through August 31st. Additionally, there is a potential holiday entertainment offering in December presented at an off-site venue. Engagement calendar may have flexibility in regards to start and end dates, but applicants should ideally be available for the entire season. Totem Pole Playhouse produces productions through an agreement with Actor’s Equity Association, as well as a summer concert series. Totem Pole has an excellent reputation within the industry; the New York Times once named it, “the Cadillac of summer theaters.”

If required, most staff positions are provided housing in private bedrooms within shared staff houses as well as a weekly salary. 2024 Summer Series Shows include: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Clue (Onstage), Tuesday with Morrie, Jersey Boys and a weeklong Summer Concert Series. Most shows receive a week of load-in and a week of proper tech, making the schedule unique and less hectic than traditional summer theatre. When open, Totem Pole runs a fully operational and staffed private scenic and costume shop.

SPAN OF AGREEMENT DATES: May 6th 2024 through September 2nd 2024

Scenic Charge: Will work as part of a team under the Production Manager/Technical Director. This position requires interest and ability to finish, paint or modify scenery for a fast-paced 5-show season. The Scenic Charge provides aspects of the finish to the scenery.
Duties include:
– Overseeing the proper and designed finish of all scenic elements
– Applying Floor Treatments as assigned.
– Finishing steps include putty, sand and prep as well as paint and other finishes
– This also include scenery fabric finishes (stretching fabric, applying grommets, tufting, etc)
– Maintaining an orderly and sanitary paint and chemical storage
– Required to move scenery between the shop space, storage areas, the rehearsal hall, and the stage for load-ins, strikes, and build periods.
– Other duties traditionally assigned to this job title in live Theatrical Production
– Applicants should have moderate knowledge and experience in traditional scenery construction, rigging, and safe shop practices.
– Other duties traditionally assigned to this job title in live Theatrical Production

The candidate will work with power tools daily. Will also come in contact with paints, cleaners, finishes and other chemical productions typically associated with Traditional Theatre Scenic Artistry. The candidate will also need to be capable of working on tall ladders, lifting at least 50 lbs., working long hard hours, working well with other tech crew members on various projects as directed by Producer.

Weekly Salary Range $450-550 DOE

To apply for this job email your details to employment@totempoleplayhouse.org