Sarasota Opera Volunteer Events


Volunteer Events
2013-14 Season

Thursday, October 10, 2013 – Opera House/5:00pm-7:00pm
Verdi’s 200th Birthday Party

Come celebrate Verdi’s 200th birthday with Sarasota Opera and learn about volunteer opportunities at the Opera House!  The celebration will include performances by Sarasota Opera artists, birthday cake, and a community sing of Va pensiero from Verdi’s Nabucco.

Monday, October 14, 2013 – Theater and Lobby of the Opera House/5:30pm-7:30pm
Usher Training - AGENDA

New ushers for the Fall Season meet to train for the upcoming season.  There will be a large group meeting to discuss the Usher Handbook, followed by practical training involving seating, life-safety scenarios, and customer service scenarios.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – 2nd Floor of the Opera House/5:30pm-7:30pm
Volunteer Social & Orientation

Come meet and mingle with your volunteer colleagues!  This event is for both existing volunteers and new volunteers.  New volunteers will learn about the program and its policies and will have the opportunity to talk with staff and existing volunteers.  Two tours of the Opera House will also be offered.  Light hors-d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Theater and Lobby of the Opera House/5:30pm-7:30pm
Usher Training

New ushers for the Winter Season meet to train for the upcoming season.  There will be a large group meeting to discuss the Usher Handbook, followed by practical training involving seating, life-safety scenarios, and customer service scenarios.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 – Peterson Great Room/4:30pm-6:30pm
Volunteer Appreciation Event

We honor all of our volunteers with this event.  Awards for Outstanding Volunteers and the Volunteer of the Year will be given out.  Heavy hors d'oeuvres with wine/champagne/beer/water/soft drinks.

DRESS REHEARSALS
Each season, Volunteers are given the opportunity to attend selected final dress rehearsals.  These tickets—1 for the volunteer and 1 for a guest—are available in the lobby of the Opera House an hour before the rehearsal begins and are given out on a first-come-first-served basis; there are around 190 balcony seats available for Volunteers. 

The Barber of Seville   Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:30pm
The Flying Dutchman  Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30pm
J√©rusalem                    Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:30pm


If you require accessible seating, please contact Scott Guinn prior to the rehearsal to arrange it.  These dress rehearsals are also attended by schools, donors, and special guests.  Each group has its own section of the theater and is asked to stay in that assigned section.  Like all performances, accessible seating is limited and should be arranged prior to the rehearsal.

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