Each year The Christmas Story welcomes new participants into all aspects of the production including performers, wardrobe and make-up volunteers, technical crew and ushers.
Volunteers seeking backstage roles involving work with children will be screened for suitability. The Christmas Story is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy atmosphere for all participants, especially for vulnerable children and adults. We perform reference checks and Vulnerable Sector Screening as part of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto "Responsible Ministry" policy found at this link:
There is no fee involved to participate in The Christmas Story, other than the cost of the record check, but we ask all families to contribute a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer time to help with supervision during rehearsals and performances.
Wardrobe & Makeup
Volunteers are always welcome to help with wardrobe and make-up. This commitment can be for one or several shows.
This backstage role requires a reference check.
Ushers arrive at the Christmas Story one hour before the performance. This role involves handing out programs to the audience, helping to take up the collection, remaining in the church during the performance to open the doors in the event of an emergency and collecting unused programs and donations envelopes at the end of the show.
Ushers can volunteer for one or several performances.
The Christmas Story is performed by two complete casts. Each cast presents 6 of the 12 performances during the run of the show.
The Christmas Story is narrated, so there are no lines to learn or speak for the performers.
Children usually take on the roles of shepherds, angels or Kings’ attendants. These parts involve a maximum number of 6 rehearsals, 4 on Sunday afternoons and two weekday evenings. Adult roles require slightly more rehearsals.
Technical crew volunteers run the spotlights and set the props during the performance. Backstage volunteers over age 16 require screening. It is not required to run one of the spotlights.