Fresno Grand Opera Needs You to Join Our Volunteer Usher Corps!
Download an application here
Do you love music and theater? Are you curious about opera? Never attended an opera? Well, hereís your chance! Opera is the grandest form of music and theater, and ushering is a great way to learn about opera . . . for free!
Whatís it all about? Fresno has a first-class opera company that presents performances at Saroyan Theater, located at the Fresno Convention Center, and other venues. And we want YOU to join our volunteer usher corps! Itís fun. Itís easy. And thereís never been a more thrilling way to give back to your community!
What do ushers do? Volunteer ushers take tickets at the door, greet our patrons, hand out programs, direct the audience to their seats, and make sure everyone is seated by curtain time and the audience gets back into the theater after intermissions. You will be given an informational booklet about your assignment at an orientation with specific instructions on how to perform your job.
What do ushers wear? Volunteer ushers are asked to wear a black shirt, black slacks or a skirt, and black shoes. Thereís no need to buy any special clothing. You will be given a Fresno Grand Opera identification tag to wear over your clothes.
What kind of people volunteer to be an usher? Fresno Grand Opera is dedicated to reaching out to people from all parts of our diverse community. Anyone can volunteer, regardless of whether you have ever attended an opera or any type of theatrical performance before.
What are the benefits of being an usher? Volunteer ushers may have an opportunity to watch the show during their assigned performance after they have completed their duties. You may also receive community service credit for schools or other organizations. And you get to meet come great people who also love music and theater?
When does this all happen?
Il Volo—Friday, August 30, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., William Saroyan Theater
Christmas on Van Ness—Saturday, December 7, 2013 (matinee & evening), First Congregational Church
Les Miserables—Friday night, January 17, 2014; Saturday, January 18, 2014 (matinee & evening); Sunday matinee, January 19, 2014, William Saroyan Theater
Broadway on Van Ness—Sunday, March 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m., First Congregational Church
Note - We typically ask that ushers arrive two hours prior to performance for orientation and set-up.
How do I sign up for the Volunteer Usher Corps? Download the PDF flyer below, or call the Fresno Grand Opera office at 559-442-5699 to get more information and sign up for the program. We will contact you and confirm your attendance and assign performance. Please note: Volunteers who are minors must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
Download an application here
(you will receive information materials approximately two weeks before your assigned performance)
For More Information:
By Mail: Fill out the PDF application and send it to:
Friends of Fresno Grand Opera
Volunteer Usher Program
c/o Fresno Grand Opera
2405 Capitol St, Suite 103
Fresno, CA 93721
By Phone: 559-442-5699
This program is sponsored by Friends of Fresno Grand Opera.