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Student Intern (Show Director) - Main Street Arts Council (Summer 2019)

This internship is offered through the FHSU/Dane G. Hansen Internship Program.

The Main Street Arts Council in Hoxie is seeking a student intern for Summer 2019. The student will work approximately 240 total hours for the internship. The Main Street Arts Council and the student together will arrange a full-time or part-time work schedule. The start and end dates listed in this post are flexible.

The student intern will work at the employer’s place of business but will be paid through Fort Hays State University.

Main Street Summer Theater Festival Student Director (Intern) Job Description:
The student director will shadow and assist Main Street Arts Council staff with the production of a full scale children's musical as part of the annual Summer Theater Festival, which provides free performance and learning opportunities for area youth ages 5-18 from the northwest Kansas region. The 2019 season will include performances in Atwood, Colby, Goodland, Hoxie, and Quinter.
The intern will serve as student director of the Quinter production of "Willy Wonka - Kids."

The student intern position is open to students of all backgrounds with preference given to current music education, theater and/or general education majors who may be responsible for producing music and theatrical productions upon future employment at a school or in partnership with local community theater/cultural organizations in future home communities.

The student intern will gain valuable hands-on experience in the production of a full scale musical performance, from conception to execution, and all aspects in between, including holding auditions, casting, organization and scheduling of rehearsals, costuming, set and prop construction, make-up/hair design, choreography, fundraising and sponsorship solicitation, marketing and ticket promotion, stage management, final performance, clean up and storage of materials. The student intern will be an integral part of creating a safe, open and inviting environment for festival participants to freely express themselves, learn and grow as young performers, make new friends and experience the pure joy of making live theater.

The student intern will be one of five interns assisting with the summer theater festival. While this student intern will be specifically dedicated to the management of the Quinter production, all interns will assist where needed in the overall facilitation of the festival. They will assist two staff directors, who will both be directing two and three shows, respectively. Student interns will assist the arts
council in the continued execution and growth of this important cultural
opportunity for the citizens – of all ages – throughout the region.

Short-term and/or long-term assignments to include:
1. Scheduling - Analyze participant schedules weekly to create the most effective rehearsal plan for the week.
2. Fundraising - Create fun fundraising events for community donations. (Bake Sale, Car Wash, etc.)
3. Preparation and Organization of Rehearsals - Each rehearsal with cast members is allowed to last only one (1) hour in length, as a general guideline (though intern will be required to work additional hours outside of regularly scheduled rehearsals). How can you create the most efficient and effective rehearsal in that time, while maintaining an overview of the progression of the show?
4. Social Media Campaign(s) - Create fun interview questions. Collect interview questions for each participant and format it for easy transfer to other mediums. Organize possible photo ops with sponsors and cast members for advertising.
5. Costumes/Sets/Props - Coordinate with director of the summer theater festival on your needs for costumes, sets and props. Find resources in the community for assistance (local artists, seamstresses, builders, etc.).

Prior to rehearsals commencing, all festival interns will collectively spend a mandatory week with staff directors to brainstorm, conceptualize and develop plan-of-actions for each show. Interns will shadow/assist the staff directors during regular rehearsals and will take lead direction/facilitation of specifically assigned scenes, songs, dances or other rehearsal elements providing them with first-person experience applying skills learned.

By the end of the festival, the student intern should feel comfortable and better equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to pursue direction of productions on their own, as either part of future music/theater teacher employment or collaboration with a community theater, church or other arts