Volunteering at Stage Challenge® events gives a first-hand taste of working in the events industry.

Anyone with an interest in events is able to apply to be part of the Stage Challenge Volunteer Program. Maybe you’re not a performer but would still love to be involved? It is an ideal way for you to take part, even if you school is not participating in Stage Challenge that year.

Stage Challenge requires a group of enthusiastic, positive, energetic volunteers to assist the touring production crew at every show. This year there are 18 shows from Invercargill to Whangarei.

Last year, The Stage Challenge Foundation launched a new initiative in its Volunteer Program. Each volunteer will be rewarded with a badge when they complete certain tasks over a number of days.

Volunteer tasks range throughout the day, and include marshalling, bump-in and bump-out, event day poll, photography, ushering VIPs, judges, results runner, conducting the spirit of Stage Challenge, schedules and assisting the Production Crew, including Event Coordinator, Lighting Designer, Video Director and Stage Manager.

Volunteering with Stage Challenge gives people an insight into what is involved in running a professional live event.

One of Stage Challenge’s dedicated volunteers, 24-year-old Kathryn Feldon, spent a month busing around the North Island to be involved in events from Wellington to Hamilton! She was a recently qualified teacher and wanted to be involved in the event she loved so much during high school. Kathryn said of her experience, “I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, excitement, bonding and opportunities that were presented to me through my involvement in Stage Challenge.”

Kathryn said that Volunteering at Stage Challenge is always a mixed bag.

“My roles and responsibilities ranged from setting up the venue and packing down after the event, running errands, putting up posters and signage, selling merchandise, taking photos, assistant Stage Managing, liaising with students and staff from schools, marshalling students to and from the stage, plus dancing during the Production Meetings!

“Throughout my journey I have gained so much experience and knowledge and also stepped out of my comfort zone, learning new things about myself. I have been reminded of the power of one team and the fact that everyone has an important role to play in the successful running of the events – plus, the amount of effort and hard work it takes to pull off events such as Stage Challenge,” said Kathryn.

The invaluable experience will help you create and develop skills in communication, events, administration and teamwork. It is also a great addition to your CV.

You can apply to be a Volunteer by filling out the form at the Stage Challenge website – be in quick, registrations fill up fast!

Don’t miss the 2016 Stage Challenge touring this May and June! To find out more information and for this year’s show dates, head along to www.stagechallenge.co.nz.