Old Town Playhouse

Our mission The mission of the Old Town Playhouse is to be a volunteer-based organization promoting quality community theatre experiences for the people of Northwest Michigan by providing educational opportunities and entertainment in the theatrical arts.

Old Town Playhouse

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Ways to help

Volunteering at Performances

What we call “Front of House” encompasses many areas and is one of the most common ways that volunteers become involved in the theatre. You might choose to be an usher or if you have computer skills, you can learn our Box Office system and help sell tickets.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Other Areas

Running an organization with over 100 performances each year is challenging and we are constantly working to improve our organization and share information in our community about the activities of the Old Town Playhouse and the OTP Young Company. We have a Volunteer committee which meets monthly; a variety of committees that organize special events; and we frequently need assistance preparing for an event, or organizing our office, library and OTP facilities.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Being on Stage

Come audition for a production! Don’t be worried that you don’t have years of experience or formal training, that’s where most OTP actors started too! Check out a perusal script from the Business Office and become familiar with a show and then come to auditions. If you audition for a musical, you will be asked to sing, but you can choose something familiar and many people have auditioned with “Happy Birthday!”
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Working Backstage

It takes many people to run each production, from lights to stage crew, to set and costume construction. If you have a specific skill, such as sewing or painting, you will be led by experienced volunteer chairs. If you are brand new to theatre, you can choose to work on a specific project for a production, with other volunteers training and guiding you.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help Old Town Playhouse brings together hundreds of community residents to create quality entertainment and moving arts experiences for all ages. There are many ways to get involved at the Old Town Playhouse – help keep the community in Community Theatre by becoming a volunteer today!
About us Old Town Playhouse was created in April 1960 to bring amateur theatre to northern Michigan. Located just three blocks from downtown Traverse City, the Old Town Playhouse season runs annually from September through May with a variety of productions. The youth education arm of Old Town Playhouse, the OTP Young Company (formerly known as the Traverse City Children's Theatre) provides performance and educational activities for youth age preschool through college. The Playhouse is primarily a volunteer-based organization, promoting quality community theatre experiences for the people of Northwest Michigan, through entertainment and educational opportunities in the theatrical arts.
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