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Gig&Tell: College Light Opera Company

  • Do Not Recommend    
    10/02/2018  10:36am

    Spent multiple summers here and built a great resume. But looking back, the way the producers treated us was awful. Indentured servitude is right--you're expected to do more chores than anyone else even though you (the actors) are the only people not getting paid. The tech crew, the orchestra, the staff, everyone else gets paid but not the actors even though they're the ones doing the majority of the house chores.
    The housing is beautiful but extremely old and there is mold everywhere. We spent the majority of our summers coughing and sneezing and downing mucinex to get through the shows. There are no understudies so you just push through. They maintain a culture of "the show must go on" and people are afraid to go to the doctor for fear of missing rehearsal. They definitely don't make it easy for young college students who may still be figuring out how to push for their rights as actors.
    Sure, you might come out of it with great roles. You'll also come out of it understanding why unions exist and wishing you had one to protect you against being overworked and underpaid.
    The producers also have a habit of making themselves scarce so even if you have a problem, you can't track them down to tell them. They make lots of verbal promises and never follow through. This year's cast is still waiting (over a month later) to receive their housing deposits back.

  • Great resume builder    
    03/06/2018  7:22pm

    I had a great summer here. I would suggest this program for a college student looking to build his or her resume. They do nine shows in eleven weeks. When I was there, there were about five directors for all nine shows. Some were better than others, but no one was horrible. Rehearsals were scheduled reasonably. Sunday is your free day, but most of us spent it in the laundromat downtown. The area in West Falmouth is quaint. Not a lot to do, but you won't have a ton of time to explore. There's a little main street downtown. There are a few good restaurants. There's a beach walking distance from the cabins. They owners claim that prime casting goes to the best actor, but they spread the wealth nicely among 32 of us.

    You are required to do chores around the rehearsal space. The chores range from setting the tables before mealtime to cleaning bathrooms. You can switch chores with other company members. It's a bit like indentured servitude, but I think all the performance opportunities outweigh the chores.

    The theatre is a refurbished farm. No mics. Eighteen piece orchestra. The sets are pretty crappy, but I'm pretty sure all the money went towards costumes. They were beautiful.

    All and all, it was a great experience. I really liked the staff and company members. There is NO PAY. But again, it's a great resume builder.