TYPICAL SHOW POSITIONS
Follow spot Operators
Fork truck operators will be formally instructed and possess a valid certificate as per OSHA standards. Fork truck operators will be knowledgeable in proper use of any machine they are using and will utilize all safety equipment provided on said machine. Fork truck operator's are responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle and will not attempt to pick loads that are unsafe in any way. Fork truck operators shall never use the blades to carry anything other than cargo.
The basic duties of a stagehand are: Assist traveling crew in setting up of lighting, sound, sets, and band gear. A stagehand should be able to lift 50 lbs unassisted and will never be expected to lift more than that without assistance from another stagehand.
The most basic function of a stagehand is placing the gear. This involves taking boxes, crates, truss, etc. that has been off-loaded from trucks by loaders, and pushing said items where directed by the traveling crew.
Riggers are directed by the traveling crew’s Head Rigger. The head rigger knows what equipment he has and what it will take to fly each system. Riggers are to always be connected to safety lines and systems to prevent any accidental falls. Riggers work under this person’s supervision to bring steel up to the buildings beams to allow points to drop where the show needs them. The rigger hoists the steel up to make the points with assistance from the ground/down rigger.
Down riggers work in conjunction with the traveling head rigger to lie out and build with shackles and steel rope needed to put points in the air. Once all equipment is ready to go up the down riggers uses the rigger’s rope, using a bowline to tie the shackle and steel on the rope. The down rigger will assist the rigger in hoisting the point if needed by pulling the free end of a rope.
Wardrobe personnel are required to work with both the traveling cast and crew of a show. Wardrobe usually consists of but is not limited to; sewing and repairing costumes, laundering , assisting cast in and out of costumes for the duration of a performance.
LIGHTING AND SOUND
Lighting: This job involves, but is not limited to, assembling truss, running cables to power lights, assisting in pre-focusing fixtures while still on the deck, and setting up Front of House lighting control
Sound: This job involves, but is not limited to; assisting in the setting up of Front of House (FOH) and Monitor console, running speaker cable from amplifiers to speakers, running FOH snakes, connecting speaker cabinets to one another as directed by traveling crew.
CARPENTERS AND VIDEO
Sets (Carpenters): This job involves the assembling of pre-fabricated scenery as directed by traveling crew. It includes bolting items together, affixing fascia to cover set pieces.
Video: This job involves the assembling of video wall or projection screens and projectors as directed by traveling crew
Loaders are utilized in trucks to unstack and offload freight. Trucks are usually loaded with equipment varying from sound gear to lighting truss and set Carts. Over 90% of all gear on these trucks is on wheels and rolls from the truck to the ramp for stagehands to deliver to different departments. The number of loaders in trucks is based on 2 factors, truck length and truck pack. Loaders will be assigned to any truck 26’ or under. Additional loaders will be added to any truck if the truck cannot be safely unloaded by the 2 loaders. Regardless of pack there will be a minimum of 4 loaders for any truck 26’1" or longer.
PIPE AND DRAPE
Decorators work with companies who provide "pipe and drape" for trade shows. Vertical aluminum poles are attached to small steel bases. This work involves attaching 6’ to 10’ aluminum tubes which are draped with some type of lightweight fabric, onto the verticals using a fastener on the horizontal into a slot in the vertical. Decorators roll out carpet and use double sided tape to affix the carpet to the floor.