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Lantern Theater Company
Uncle Vanya (2010)
Lantern Volunteer Ushers

Thank you for your interest in serving as a Lantern Volunteer Usher! Please carefully review these responsibilities and requirements before submitting your usher interest form below.

Usher Responsibilities

Lantern Volunteer Ushers are a critical part of our audience services team! Ushers are responsible for assisting the House Manager to create a safe and pleasant theatergoing experience for all Lantern patrons.

  • Ushers must arrive ONE HOUR before showtime and remain throughout the entire performance.
  • Ushering is typically a 3-4 hour time commitment per performance.
  • BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE, ushers will attend mandatory orientation with the House Manager on duty, prepare show programs, welcome patrons to the theater, scan tickets, distribute play programs, and help patrons locate their seats.
  • DURING INTERMISSION, ushers direct audience members to the lobby and/or restrooms and keep patrons off the stage.
  • AFTER THE PERFORMANCE, ushers tidy the house, including collection of show programs and trash left behind by patrons.
Health and Safety Requirements

To ensure a safe and comfortable return to live performances, all Lantern Volunteer Ushers will be required to present valid ID and proof of Covid-19 vaccination before being scheduled for performances during the 2021/22 season. All ushers will also be required to remain masked in all parts of our venues, including the lobby, performance spaces, restrooms, etc. More information about our current vaccination and mask policies is available here.

Physical Requirements

Lantern Volunteer Ushers must be able to assist patrons with mobility issues and stand for approximately 60 minutes. For performances taking place at St. Stephen's Theater, ushers must also be able to comfortably climb two flights of stairs. The ability to meet all of these physical requirements is necessary to ensure the safety of all ushers and patrons.

Technology Requirements

Lantern Volunteer Ushers must be comfortable with modern technology. We require ushers to register online, and we will confirm your assignment to a specific performance day and time by email. Ushers must be able to scan patron tickets accurately and in a timely manner.

We also require ushers to provide us with their telephone numbers, preferably a mobile telephone number, so that we can contact you in the event of a late-breaking change in the performance to which you have been assigned.

Personality Requirements

Lantern Volunteer Ushers must professionally, knowledgably, and cheerfully represent the Lantern to the public. Ushers must be at least 16 years of age.

When To Arrive

Lantern Volunteer Ushers must arrive 60 minutes prior to the start of the performance. You are providing a critical service to our patrons and staff, so please arrive on time. Ushering is a typically a 3-4 hour time commitment per performance.

Dress Code

Lantern Volunteer Ushers are required to dress professionally. We prefer that you do not wear jeans. Footwear should be appropriate for climbing the Lantern stairs easily; flip-flops are not permitted and sandals are discouraged.

Volunteer Service

This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. You will receive a complimentary ticket for one reserved seat at each performance you usher. Exact seating location cannot be guaranteed.

Usher dates are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis and performances fill up quickly! Questions? Please contact us at ushers@lanterntheater.org.

Pictured: Charlie DelMarcelle in Uncle Vanya (2010). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.

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