QUOTE(xXAngelofMusicXx @ Aug 30 2007, 02:12 AM)
I want to get a job in a theatre, i dont mind that it would probably be volunteer work, behind the scenes, as an usher, whatever. I think the experiance as id like to work in musical theatre when im older would be good for me. But im only 14 - is there any likeliness a theatre would take me? And if there is, how should i apply/convince them?
Thanks for the help
hi there, I came across your posting and wondered whether you may still be looking for work now that you're a bit older. I wanted to respond to you and post my comment for others in your situation after reading some of the responses which you received, where were to be fair, slightly discouraging for someone of your age.
While it is true that front of house staff do need to be 18 because they are often required to sell alcohol or act as an usher for people who are consuming alcohol in the auditorium. You have to realise that this is not the only way to get work in a Theatre or get involved in the production side of things.
Firstly www.getintotheatre.org is a great website which has excellent information about various schemes particularly aimed at those from 14 years and upwards which allow you to gain practical experience in various aspects of performance, be it directing/writing/acting/technical/lighting. This experience is hugely beneficial to those looking to get into Theatre and are of the correct age to apply.
Also, you should also learn about the Theatres - especially those in London's West End as many of them are owned by chains such as the Ambassador Theatre Group or Delfont Mackintosh. These groups work from head offices where you only have to be 16 to gain full time/part time employment and they can also be approached for work experience by those who under 16 as part of your schools work experience program.
You can also start browsing sites such as www.tmauk.org where you will find lists of vacancies for internships that you may be able to apply for.
I currently work in one of London's finest West End Theatres and want to let you know that you just have to push yourself forward. Don't wait for job ads to appear in the papers, I got mine by writing to every single one of the Theatres and asking for a job. I got offered two in three days.
Above all, do research, find out about all the different groups who have schemes designed to help you get into theatre. Get in touch with them all and put yourself out there. Don't think you have to take a job in another industry until you're old enough, follow your passion while you're young and full of enthusiam, there will always be opportunities you just have to go looking for them. Don't listen to all that humdrum on here...
Best of Luck and enjoy working in Theatre Land. Despite some of the comments on this page, West End Theatre is a sacred part of London history and is known for some of the finest works spoken in the English language. While the pay will never be great and the hours anti-social, the rewards are spectacular and I'm sure you will absolutely love it.
Go for it buddy.