We Always Welcome New Volunteers

There are many ways to be in the “Spotlight” and not all of them are on Stage!


Want to “play a part”  but not on stage?  Want to Volunteer?  Need Volunteer hours?   You can earn volunteer hours in a lot of areas: National Honor Society,church or any organization & we look forward to working with returning volunteers as well as enticing newcomers.

We are very Volunteer at the Northern Star Theatre Company in Rice Lake, WIproud to be an all volunteer, community theatre and everything we do depends on volunteers with different talents, interests, skills, passions, personalities, and backgrounds. Everyone is a volunteer, from the Board of Directors to the part-time ushers. Volunteer coordinators seek out, recruit and train new people, and our quest for more community involvement never ceases. Whatever your intended participation level is, we will teach you what you need to know to meet the production needs. While appearing on our stage may not be for everyone, there is a place for everyone at our theatre.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in volunteering in something other than performing, please visit our volunteer links where we manage our volunteers thru emails and our easy online sign-up sheet.   Of course you can always leave us a message on our Box Office Hotline (715) 736-4444 – however a quicker response is sometimes thru our forms.

Needed – Actors/Actresses of all ages
Food Service – help in the Bistro
Usher – escort ticket holders to their seats, hand out programs
Volunteer Hours – for high school students who can help us set up seating & strike sets
Set Builders – work with our master carpenters
Creative Painters – work with our set designer
Backstage Magic – lights, sound, props & more!

Backstage and Technical Crew

Northern Star TheatreWorking as a backstage crew member is a wonderful way to get a feel for the other requirements necessary for a successfulLight & Sound Crew show. Crew members, under the direction of the Stage Manager, are responsible for set changes, assisting actors with costume changes, organizing props, facilitating special effects, and more. Considered part of the backstage crew, the technical volunteers consist of lighting and sound designers, grid (walkway above the stage) climbers and tech board operators. Our tech booth is the perfect place for anyone that loves technical equipment and computers.

Set Design and Construction

set designEnjoy working on various stage sets? Set Design & Construction Set design takes place in the early planning stages of the production. Work on the different sets takes place on weekend afternoons in the theater area. Stop by and you will find people sawing , painting, cutting foam into shapes, recovering furniture pieces, installing hardware on doors, constructing small props, hanging curtains, hanging lights and more. Power tools are provided, or you can bring your own!

Our Music Pit / Musicians 

13439214_10209987727154770_3648674355217486159_nThe style and nature of each production determines the size and mix of instrumentation.Are you interested in serving as a Musician for NSTC productions?  Please email the Production Director tNorthern Star Theatreo express your general interest or interest in a specific show.



Backstage with costume design

Northern Star Theatre Costume Design Department

Costume design and construction can be either very simple or very elaborate costumingdepending on the play and the era of the play. Some costumes start from patterns while others are modified from existing costumes at the theatre. Costuming is a very important piece of our productions and we welcome people to help create them. The lost art of sewing is still alive at our theatre!

 Publicity & Marketing

publicity & marketing

You can become a voice for Northern Star Theatre by helping us get the word out to others. Volunteers serve on our marketing and publicity committees and work on increasing the public’s awareness of who we are and what we offer to residents in the area. Recruit new community business partners, new advertisers and new audience members with us.

Building Maintenance

volunteers at Northern Star Theatre in Rice Lake, WI

Maintaining our building is ongoing. We have volunteers who plow, sweep, plant, flower, change air conditioning filters, organize the prop room, and provide other needed services to the buildings interiors and exteriors – too numerous to mention. But the generosity of dedicated helpers is not overlooked.

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Click here to go to our Contact Us page for the many ways to get in touch with us.

  • Attend an audition and speak to the director about assisting with our upcoming production.

  • Stop by our theatre in person, introduce yourself, and tell us what you’d be interested in volunteering for. You will find people there most evenings and weekends.

  • Give your name and contact information to any NSTC volunteer before or after a performance at the theatre.