How To Start a Theatre Group

A theatre group is more than just a company.You are creating a family of people who love each other.It is an honor to work with and perform to amazing people that wouldn’t normally be involved in such an experience.Follow the instructions to establish your theatre group.

Step 1: Think about the type of audience you want to entertain.

The path to starting your theatre group will be paved by your target audience.You need to think about who you want to perform for before you make a decision.

Step 2: The theatre group has a goal.

Do you want to perform for something?Are you doing anything to make the day of elderly people better?Is it possible to cheer up children in a cancer ward?Or maybe both?The rest of the process is easier if you choose the goal of your group.

Step 3: Pick a name for the group.

It should be easier to pick a name now that you know who you want to perform for.There are many different types of names.”ABC” is an acronym for “Actors Believing in Change”.If you want to narrow it down, make a list of possibilities.

Step 4: There are places to perform.

You can get a laptop, computer, or phone that has internet access and research places based on your audience.If your target audience was nursing homes and children’s hospitals, then you should find places that allow performances to be held.Take note of the phone numbers so you can contact the performance spaces later.

Step 5: Understand the facilities.

The facility’s mission and goals can be found on the website.It’s important to make sure your goals are compatible with your space.

Step 6: If there are any qualifications you need to meet, ask the facilities.

If you want to ask about qualifications to perform, you should write down phone numbers so you can call them later.They may need you to fill out paperwork, talk about scheduling days, and if there are any restrictions on what you can do.

Step 7: You can find members for your group.

Go find your cast now that you have basic details.If you know anyone that can sing, act, or dance, make a list of them and contact them.You can use social media to see if anyone would be interested in joining.From the beginning, be clear about how you want the group to work.Encourage your members to make choices together if decisions are going to be collaborative.This applies to all of the steps.If you plan to run the show yourself, make sure you know that and are okay with it.

Step 8: Find a practice space with your members.

Someone in your group will have access to an area large enough to be used as a practice space.There is an empty pole barn, a family dance studio, or a large basement.

Step 9: Matching outfits and T-shirts are needed for your group to perform.

If a group has appropriate and matching attire, they look more professional.Take a look at your theatre group’s name and figure out how you can change it into a shirt design.If your name is “ABC”, you could stack blocks on top of each other and finish the words on the page.

Step 10: If you want your performers to go to the performances, write down transportation options.

Depending on the size of your cast, you may be able to get volunteers to drive.If you want to know how many people can fit into a car, make a list of the people that can drive.You may need to consider taking a bus if you don’t have enough cast to drive.

Step 11: List possible performance pieces.

Write down a list of songs, Broadway shows, and popular skits that could be performed for your audience.The bigger the list, the better!Pick pieces that are appropriate for all audiences.How to write a play and how to make a skit can help you write your own plays.If you’re taking a more collaborative approach, you may need to adapt the steps for your group.

Step 12: Think about how the performance piece is choreographed.

Make a note of which form of dance you want to use next to your performance pieces.You can use Stationary, Staged, Moderate, and Full-blown types of choreography.

Step 13: You can make a list of props.

The impact of a performance piece can be greatly increased by having props.It’s important to have access to the props for your cast to practice.You might not know all of the props you need because you haven’t made the actual dance.Keep a running list as you go.

Step 14: Set lists can be tailored to each performance.

Divide your list of songs into separate lists for each audience.If you wanted to perform the song “Ain’t No Mountain” at a nursing home, you would not want to do it to a bunch of five year olds.This is subject to change due to the time constraints of the performances and how long each piece is.

Step 15: Make a plan.

Make your choreography by looking at your list of possible performance pieces.You will need an experienced person to help you.To help you in the process, you can read How to Choreograph a Dance.

Step 16: You can schedule practices with your cast.

You have to hold a lot of practices in order to get ready.Pick days and times during the week in which the majority of your cast can attend.Make sure the practices are long enough to allow for the entire piece to be learned in one day.This will help you get your performance ready as quickly as possible.

Step 17: You should schedule your performances at the facilities you want to perform at.

Write down any available dates for the facilities you are going to perform at.Make sure to check the dates with your cast and then get back to the facility.You are ready to perform now that you have a scheduled performance.