1.    Be a good Team Player and play your position on the team. Realize that while making theatre is a collaborative effort, there is still a chain of command that starts with the DCP Executive Director and Artistic Director (who work on behalf of the entire company) and extends to the Director and then the Stage Manager of each individual production. While your opinion is valued, please avoid giving notes and suggestions to your fellow actors and company members. By running suggestions (or notes) thru the director, conflict and hurt feelings can often be avoided.

2.    There are no small roles, only small actors. Manners matter. Never underestimate the power of a kind word. Enough said.

3.    BE ON TIME (BE EARLY) for all rehearsals and all performances. Your conflicts should have been clearly stated at the time of your audition, but should anything unexpected arise, let the Director know as soon as possible.

4.    Be prepared. Always bring your script and/or music, pencils, notebook, dance shoes, rehearsal skirt and anything else that you have been asked to bring to each rehearsal. Know your lines as thoroughly and as early as possible.

5.    Pitch in. Cast members are vigorously encouraged to donate a minimum of four hours of time in service to the production in an area other than rehearsal/performance. Opportunities to be involved in set construction/painting, gathering of props, sewing, hanging posters, hospitality, loading the set into the theatre etc. will be communicated so that you can participate when possible.  

6.    Please ask the Director if you would like to bring a guest to a rehearsal. Note that a professional photographer will take photos during the final dress rehearsal. Cast members will have an opportunity to order copies of the photos at their own expense.

7.    For all multi-week runs, one or more a brush up rehearsals will likely be scheduled. These are usually held on the Tuesday or Wednesday between the weeks of the run.  Please remember that as a community theatre, DCP actors come in all shapes, sizes and ability levels. Thus, these brush up rehearsals have proven beneficial, and all cast members are asked to participate.

8.    It takes a village not only to get the show up, but also to take it down. We view the ending of each production as the beginning of the next, and hope you will agree that leaving the theatre better than you found it is a good way to end one show well, and set the next one up for success. For this reason, cast members are asked to attend “STRIKE” at the end of each production. STRIKE may consist of dismantling the set, returning props or set pieces to storage, taking down lights or special effects, cleaning the dressing rooms, green room or theatre.

9.    No alcohol consumption will be allowed during rehearsal or performance. If an actor appears to be under the influence during a rehearsal or performance, the director will take the steps necessary to ensure a quality experience for our volunteers and patrons. Infraction could result in actor dismissal from the production.     

10.    Actors are required to attend all technical rehearsals unless the conflict was preapproved by the director.