Frequently Asked Questions


Who is Pied Piper Players?
Pied Piper Players is a family theater company dedicated to education and the promotion of confidence, community & excellence through the performing arts.

Where is Pied Piper Players located?
Our Home is 1000 S. Amphlett Blvd in San Mateo.
Performances are typically at the Bayside Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Avenue in San Mateo, California.

What are the volunteer requirements for MainStage Productions?
Historically, during a MainStage Production, every family has been expected to commit to:

What are the MainStage Production volunteer opportunities?
Work under the guidance of our Volunteer Coordinator and professional staff.

Ad Sales - Solicit advertising for the playbill. Follow-up on ad payments and send thank you letters to business advertisers.
Box Office - Sell tickets. Run show Box Office. Encourage cast to sell tickets.
Chaperone - During Tech Week and performances, supervise cast as they wait to go onstage. Monitor noise level, behavior and making entrances and cues. Supervise clean up of dressing rooms.
Concessions
- Gather and display refreshments and sell in the lobby before, after and during the intermission of performances.
Costumes
- Assist costume designers with taking performer's measurements, assigning, approving, and constructing costumes and accessories. Sewing skills recommended.
Flowers - Purchase flowers and prepare them for sale in the lobby before, after and during the intermission of performances.
Kudos
- Collect cast kudos and format for the playbill.
Lobby Decorations
- Create a welcoming display in lobby using headshots, rehearsal photos, etc.
Playbill
- Design, layout and produce show playbill. Design cast ads. Modify or design business ads as needed. Mastery of Adobe CS required.
Props - Gather and/or create required props from Director's list.
Publicity - Write and distribute press releases. Publicize show via social media, print, radio, television, billboard, school or community newsletters, whatever means possible. Coordinate printed collateral pieces, posters, flyers, etc.
Raffle
- Solicit raffle prizes. Send letters, make phone calls, collect prizes and coordinate raffle ticket sales. Sell raffle tickets during the rehearsal period. Also, sell tickets before, after and during the intermission of performances.
Set Construction & Painting
- Build and paint the set pieces and backdrops for the show.
School Show - Manage the School Show morning performance. Connect with local schools and sell/offer tickets.
Stage Crew – Work backstage moving sets and scenery; run the fly-rail, light board, special effects equipment and the curtain.
T-Shirts - Manage cast t-shirt ordering and distribution.
Telegrams - Manage the creation and sales of telegrams during the run of the show.
Ushering - Welcome and direct audience members to their assigned seats, be available to assist audience members during the show and monitor the lobby during the performance.

Besides volunteer hours, what else is our family expected to do for MainStage Productions?

How much does it cost to participate?
Tuition varies with each production.

What is included in the registration fee?
A professional learning experience: acting, singing, and dance choreography via workshops, rehearsals and MainStage productions. Registrants receive a personal audition evaluation, a black & white head shot, a show t-shirt, a cast photo, and costume materials for use during the production run. Costumes remain property of PPP.

How do I audition?
Upon receipt of your registration and tuition, you will receive information about initial cast and parent meetings, audition workshops, audition schedules and rehearsals.

What other costs can I possibly expect?
To give you an idea of what to expect (not an all-inclusive list):

When are rehearsals?
Most rehearsals take place on the weekends. Weeknight rehearsals (Wednesday & Thursdays)may be required depending on the actor’s role.
During Tech Week, the week prior to opening night, every participant is required to attend ALL evening rehearsals. No rehearsal conflicts are allowed during Tech Week.

How many performances will I participate in?
Six to ten performances over two to three weekends: Friday evenings, Saturday matinées, and Sunday matinées.

Where can I find help with auditioning?

  • Audition tips
  • Auditioning
  • Where to find sheet music (most of these can transpose music to your key):

    Where to find monologue books:

    I am told to warm up vocally on the way to rehearsal. How do I do that?
    To avoid harm, we strongly recommend warming up your voice prior to vocal rehearsals. Light singing on the way to rehearsal is very helpful.
    Warm up exercises you can do in the car (light singing, remembering to breathe): Where can I find dance shoes and clothes?

    I still have questions. How can I contact PPP?
    Please let us know if we can answer any questions or concerns you may have.