What you can do to help

VOLUNTEERING

Friends of OSJ volunteers assembling bags of jelly beans as holiday favors for Hansel and Gretel audiences.

Friends of OSJ volunteers assembling bags of jelly beans as holiday favors for Hansel and Gretel audiences.

At Opera San José, we love our volunteers! With the recent re-launch of our auxiliary, Friends of Opera San José, increased opportunities have opened up for you to make a difference. We welcome you as a member of Friends or as an individual volunteer. Either way, you will work with us behind the scenes.

There are many possibilities. You can work in the office maintaining files or the music library. You can work in the box office or provide general clerical assistance. You can work on production tasks such as hand sewing, draping, cutting and stitching in the costume shop. Or you can do lightwalking (described below) and other work on stage. Occasionally, we need help in the scene shop. Most importantly, you can help grow our audience and donor corps by working on special events, phoning patrons, or working on educational activities.

When you join Friends of Opera San José, you will feel group camaraderie and fun through the work you do beside other opera-loving volunteers. You will also receive special member benefits such as attending social events,  some with speakers and singers. We also offer cultural outings with fellow members, and with company staff and trustees. Modest dues are requested to cover costs. For more information, send an email to FriendsofOSJ@gmail.com.

Whether you choose to be an auxiliary member or a solo volunteer, we are very grateful to have you. Please complete the volunteer signup form and you’ll be ready to go!

Lightwalking

Have you ever wanted to be on stage? When you come to the opera do you wish you had the talent to join in? Well, here is your opportunity to live out that fantasy! It is called Lightwalking. It is mostly just standing, but it’s a chance to be a part of the behind the scenes creation of that art we love so much. You will be the first to see the productions up close and personal. You will meet the talented director, stage manager, lighting director, and those hard working stage hands. When you volunteer, you will be given a time frame in which you will be at the California Theatre. You will be given directions to stand, sit, and/or walk around pretending to be the singers so the technical staff can work their magic and create the beautiful scenes you see when you come to a performance. You will learn stage directions just like a real artist and give an indispensable gift to Opera San José. Come join us on stage! OSJ needs “lightwalkers” on the follow dates/times during the 2014-15 season:

The Italian Girl in Algiers:

November 3 (Monday):  hours tbd
November 5 (Wednesday): 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
November 6 (Thursday): 1-5 p.m.

Where Angels Fear To Tread

January 27 (Tuesday): hours tbd
January 29 (Thursday): 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
January 31 (Saturday): 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Magic Flute

April 7 (Tuesday): hours tbd
April 9 (Thursday): 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
April 11 (Saturday): 1 – 5 p.m.

Please contact Production Manager Theo Cruikshank  at 408.200.6803 if you are interested in lightwalking on any of the above dates.