Rehearsal Assistant Team
What is it?
The rehearsal assistance team, or RATs, report to the Stage Manager and help with rehearsals to learn backstage theatre skills. Duties may include setting up the rehearsal area, retrieving working props, taking attendance, running sound, escorting students, supervising rehearsal, returning rehearsal space to "class ready" condition, and much, much, more.
Who can be a RAT?
Students in fourth grade or above who are not in the cast may participate.
Why be a RAT?
Lots of reasons! You get to help with the play without having to perform. You get a super cool, limited edition RAT hat. By serving as a RAT, you are eligible to serve on the backstage crew during the performances (but not guaranteed to do so).
When do RATs report for duty?
Each RAT is committing to help out with at least one week of weekday rehearsals and one Super Saturday (hours and dates TBD). Depending on RAT registration and individual performance, RATs may be asked to help with more rehearsals.
The Stage Manager is responsible for scheduling RATs.
How will I be chosen as a member of the backstage crew?
The Stage Manager will select the Stage Crew from among the RATs. The number of Stage Crew positions is limited, based on the demands of the script. Not all RATs will be able to serve on the Stage Crew*. Those who are invited to do so will receive detailed instructions as to their responsibilities at the theatre. To be selected, RATs should be Responsible, Attentive, and Timely (the RAT qualities).
*Note: There are some Stage Crew responsibilities that contractually must be performed by BHS students.
Where do I sign up?
RAT registration is available through our online Registration. Dues covers the cost of a RAT hat, crew t-shirt, pants and socks, and cd of the score to keep. RAT registration closes one week after cast posting and RATs will receive their schedules within two weeks after cast posting.
Questions, concerns, comments, feedback?
Please feel free to contact us for any reason.