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Volunteer T olunteer Training raining 2019-20 Season 2019-20 Season Opening Nights at Florida State University Thank you for volunteering your time with us! We have an exciting season ahead, and we are glad to have you be a part of it. This

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  1. Volunteer T olunteer Training raining 2019-20 Season 2019-20 Season Opening Nights at Florida State University

  2. Thank you for volunteering your time with us! We have an exciting season ahead, and we are glad to have you be a part of it. This material is designed to provide information about our organization, policies, procedures, and venues that will be helpful to you as a volunteer.

  3. What is Opening Nights at FSU?

  4. What is Opening Nights at FSU? Opening Nights at Florida State University is the performing arts presenter of the University. During the months of September through April, we present top-tier and emerging artists in the fields music, dance, comedy, theatre, and visual arts. Our primary audience is made up of community members in and around Tallahassee.

  5. Opening Nights Volunteer Policies We ask that volunteers read and comply with the following Opening Nights volunteer policies: All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. ü All volunteers must successfully complete one training session before volunteering. ü All guests are to be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. We expect the same ü respect and courtesy be shown to other volunteers, staff and crewmembers. In the event of a complaint or an event-related question, always refer the patron to a ü Volunteer Captain, the House Manager, or an Opening Nights staff member.

  6. What do volunteers do? Opening Nights volunteers function primarily as ushers for performances. Responsibilities may include: Set-up/Clean-up • Ticket Scanning • Will Call • Programs • Seating • Accessibility •

  7. Dress Code White dress shirt/blouse, black pants/skirt, or black dress. • Sweaters and blazers are welcome, as the venues can be chilly. Please bring appropriate outerwear, as you • may be posted outside. Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be on your feet for several hours. • Clothing style should be professional and appropriate. • No jeans, sandals, or flip-flops are allowed. • Tasteful purple accessories, such as earrings, necklaces and ties are acceptable. • You will be given a volunteer badge to be worn at all times while on duty. • If your attire is considered inappropriate, you will politely be asked to leave. • If it is raining, please bring an umbrella in case you are posted outside. •

  8. Volunteer Captains n Experienced Volunteer Captains have been selected to assist the House Manager in handling patron issues, providing faster support to volunteers. n There will be 1-3 Volunteer Captains per event. n Captains can assist with seating, scanner trouble-shooting, and small patron issues. Larger issues will be directed to the House Manager

  9. How are Volunteers assigned to events? Availability for the 19-20 season is broken up into 3 segments: • September-December • January-February • March-April • You will receive a link to submit your availability online for the first segment • The House Manager will email you with your event assignments • Popular events are assigned with a lottery system. Please do not email the House • Manager to request specific events. Volunteering for a show does NOT guarantee that you will be able to watch • the performance. If you really want to see a particular performance, we recommend that you purchase a ticket so you can enjoy it as an audience member.

  10. Attendance Policy You must inform the house manager via email within 48 hours of receiving an assignment if you • are unable to work a show. There will be no penalty for canceling within 48 hours of receiving your assignment. After this 48-hour period, you are allowed one cancelation per season. If you cancel or don’t show up twice during a season, you will be withdrawn from all other performances that you were assigned to during that season. Timely arrival is very important. Being late means that your position may be given to someone • else, and you may be sent home if no positions are left. If you are more than 15 minutes late twice during a season, you will be withdrawn from all other performances during that season. If you lose your season assignments due to lateness or cancellations, you might not be eligible to • volunteer in future seasons.

  11. Media Do not attempt to answer specific questions from the media. • Direct the media contact to the House Manager or Opening Nights staff. • Professional media photographers must be escorted by an Opening Nights • staff member in order to enter the hall.

  12. Substance Policy Substance Policy Volunteers are not permitted to use controlled substances during or before • their volunteer shifts. Alcohol is prohibited at events. • If you use these substances at these times, you will be asked to resign from • your volunteer duties immediately and forfeit your opportunity to volunteer at future events.

  13. Event Procedures

  14. Day of Show Procedures • When you arrive: – Check in with the House Manager – Obtain your badge • Pre-Show Meeting – The House Manager will address show-specific information, such as intermission and camera policy • Volunteers are required to stay until the end of the performance to assist with post-show clean up, holding doors, and thanking patrons for attending

  15. Venues • Ruby Diamond Concert Hall • Opperman Music Hall • Richard G. Fallon Theatre • Fred Turner Auditorium at TCC • Goodwood Museum & Gardens Goodwood is a unique venue: Food and drinks are allowed inside • Seating is general admission • You may spend a lot of time outside • The driveways are gravel – wear appropriate • footwear

  16. Facilities and Accessibility Know your venue layout: • Restrooms – Water fountains – Ticket office – Merchandise table – Bar – Emergency exits – Accessibility • Know the location of wheelchair seats and how to get to those seats in a wheelchair – If you are unsure, ask a Volunteer Captain or the House Manager for clarification –

  17. Cameras and Recording Devices Professional quality audio/video recorders and cameras, are not allowed during performances. • Recording of any kind violates contracts between the University and the performing artists, as the performance materials are considered intellectual property. Professional cameras may only be used by authorized members of the press. Smart phone photos and short videos are generally allowed, provided they are not disruptive to • other patrons. Signage will be placed in the lobby to inform patrons of shows where this is prohibited. Please be advised that NO flash photography will be allowed in any of the concerts, and Opening • Nights holds the right to confiscate any electronic devices used by patrons. If you feel uncomfortable taking an electronic device, please contact your Volunteer Captain or the House Manager and he/she will handle the situation. Confiscated cameras and recording devices will be returned at the end of the show . In Summary: If the patron is not being obnoxious or disruptive with their flash, we do not worry about it. If we get a complaint from another patron sitting near them, we may have to ask them to put it away.

  18. General Safety We take the safety of our patrons, artists, and volunteers very seriously. There is always at least one FSU police officer in the lobby. • Absolutely no one is to go backstage without proper identification or a staff • escort. If someone seems to be acting oddly or seems to be in an area where they • don’t belong, immediately point that person out to the House Manager, an ON staff member, or a police officer (whoever is closest). As always: “If you see something, say something.” •

  19. Evacuation Procedures In the event that we must evacuate the building, stay calm and go immediately to • your pre-show post. Calmly lead the audience out through the nearest exit. Give detailed instructions • on where you are taking the audience, keeping them calm and focused. Wait for further instructions from the House Manager. Remember, the House • Manager is the last person to leave the building. If there is a power outage, stand up and turn on your flashlights. Stay calm and • keep the audience seated, calm, and focused. Wait for further instructions from the House Manager.

  20. Emergencies Emergencies may occur during an event. To efficiently manage an emergency situation, such as a serious medical emergency, please do the following: Make the injured party your top priority. Another volunteer can cover your duties while you • attend to the emergency. Stay calm. • An FSU police officer is always in the lobby during an Opening Nights event. At the first • available moment, contact the police officer or House Manager. They will contact emergency services. Please be advised that you are not to distribute any type of medication. • Remember general safety rules and regulations. • Finally, stay with the injured party until a staff member or the first responder dismisses you. You • will be asked to write a detailed description on the accident report.

  21. Active Shooter Follow the link below to watch the video on active shooter situations. This video was created by the FSU Police Department. Please be advised that it does contain intense situations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyuSws1c2Jw Remember: Run. Hide. Fight.

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