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Job Steward, in essence, is the representative of the Union with the responsibilities for enforcing the agreement, settling grievances, making sure that work properly belonging to allocated departments is done by the said allocated departments, and last but not least, carrying the Union’s position by being informed.
Basic duties of a STAGEHAND are: Assist traveling crew in setting up of lighting, sound, sets, and band gear. A STAGEHAND should be able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted and will never be expected to lift more than that without assistance from another STAGEHAND. The most basic function of a STAGEHAND is placing the gear. This involves taking boxes, crates, trussing, etc. that has been off-loaded from trucks by LOADERS, and pushing said items to a place within the venue as directed by the traveling crew.
Chief Carpenter: The Head Carpenter is the foreman of a gang of Carpenters and Laborers. His/Her role is to direct the construction of necessary production under the direction and guidance of the show production. Sets Carpenters: As directed by traveling crew this job involves the assembling of prefabricated scenery. Bolting items together, affixing fascia to cover set pieces.
Chief Props: The Property Master is in charge of finding and managing all the props that appear in a production, under the direction and guidance of the show production lead Props Master. The Chief Props Master usually has several assistants, working under His/Her direction. Props: As directed by traveling crew this job involves the handling of any props used in a production.
Fly-man: Specific term normally used with counterweight rigging system for an operator of the line sets for those systems.
A WARDROBE person is required to work with both the traveling crew and members of the cast of a traveling show. WARDROBE usually consists of but is not limited to; sewing costumes, laundering costumes, assisting cast in and out of costumes for the duration of a performance.
DECORATOR’s work with companies who provide "pipe and drape" for trade shows. Vertical aluminum poles are attached to small steel bases. This work involves attaching 6’ to 10’ aluminum tubes which are draped with some type of lightweight fabric, onto the verticals using a fastener on the horizontal into a slot in the vertical. DECORATOR’s roll out carpet and use double sided tape to affix the carpet to the floor.
Over the years Local 55 stagehands have worked on many rock and country shows along with theatrical productions and yellow card shows in the Roanoke Valley and throughout the region. Our skilled membership has also worked on many other productions including trade shows, and outdoor events as well.