If you enjoy the trill of being onstage, you probably are involved with your local theater group. What makes you want to be a part of this kind of group can differ a lot from person to person. What can you do if you are in an area that has no theater group to speak of? Start your own, of course!
There are many things that you need to think about when you are looking at starting your own theater group. Some are a little more important than others. The first thing that you should think about is what you want out of the group. Do you want to be a not for profit kind of group or are you going to put on shows to make some money at it? Whatever way you decide to go is going to impact what you might need. If you are planning on running your theater for profit, you will need business permits just like the businesses that you might see around town. You also will need insurance and a fire marshal to ok the place that you are planning on having your shows at.
If you are going to be a group that is considered nonprofit, you will want to fill out all of the nonprofit forms so that you are not liable for taxes at the end of the year. This will also allow your group to go and talk to businesses about sponsoring the events that you put on. This can really boost your support in the community and help your group to put the shows on that they need.
The next thing that you will need is a place to practice and a place to hold your performances. If you are friendly with a church or have a civic center in your area, you will probably be able to find a place to hold your performances for little or no money. If you are not so lucky, parts can make great places to have a performance in the summer and the best part is that they are usually free or low priced.
Auditions and the play or musical that you are going to do are another important part of the theater group. You have to have something to put on and people to do it or you will have nothing to offer.
There are many places that are in the public domain that are free to use or you can write your own for your show. Another choice is to pay the royalties for a production that people will recognize and potentially get you more customers.
Stagehands are important to the success of a production because they are the ones that are going to handle all of the things that could go wrong. Remember you are dealing with live theater and missing props as well as lighting problems are bound to be a part of your experience.
These are just a few of the things that you should think about when you are looking into starting your own theater group. Remember to take the time to plan your play out as well as what your theater group is going to mean to you. This is a long and hard process and it will probably take a lot of your time, but the outcome can be a great experience.