So your child is a theatre geek…

Welcome to the wonderful world of Garfield Theatre! We’re here to give you some info about the program, your role, and what exactly your children have gotten themselves into. On the tabs below, you’ll find more detailed info, including downloadable forms and links to sign-ups. We recommend you “like” our Facebook page for up-to-date info and for sneak peeks and photos.

We encourage you to get involved with us as a volunteer — it’s a positive way to stay in touch with what your child is doing in school and it’s very rewarding. We get thanked over and over again by students for the work we do! There are many ways to share your skills and time — we guarantee we can find a way for you to help.

Our Main Stage shows, especially the Spring Musical, can’t succeed without you. Parents are integral to publicizing the show, selling ads in the program, and front-of-house work. We expect parents of students in the Spring Musical to find at least two ways to contribute time and effort to the show. The tabs below have more info on various volunteer tasks.

Two other annual events are the regional and state Thespian Festivals. The regional festival is on a Saturday in late January in Mountlake Terrace. The cost is covered by STaGe and students provide their own transportation. The three-day Washington State Thespian Festival in March is a highlight for both students and parent chaperones. No, really! This is such a fun trip that we have parents who go every year. Check out more about chaperoning below. The cost for the state festival is about $200, with scholarships available so that all students can attend.

The final event of the year is the Theatre Awards night banquet in early June. Students dress to the nines to walk the red carpet into the Q. With their families, they gather in the lobby for a delicious dinner, followed by the awards ceremony, new Thespian inductions, and a senior send-off. It’s a great way to end the year and a fun way for parents to celebrate all our hard work.

STaGe Be a Chaperone Rehearsal Snacks Performance Support Work Parties Other Ways to Help Forms
Get involved in STaGe — the parent booster group. Our meetings are open to anyone who wants to help support the program or to those who just want a peek behind the scenes. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm and join us! Meeting dates are on the calendar. We alternate between meeting in the Black Box and meeting at someone’s home.

Would you like to join our board? These are not only good ways to support the students’ efforts, they’re great ways to meet up with other parents and hear more about life at Garfield.

If interested contact us at

Chaperone the trip to the State Thespian Festival in March. The Thespian Fest is held in Ellensburg or Bellingham in alternating years. 2016 is in Ellensburg.

At the three-day/two-night festival, students attend workshops and performances with other theatre students from across the state. Our students usually perform several one-act plays, and the highlight — a “work-in-progress” performance of several numbers from the musical. There’s no better audience than an entire room of theatre people! The cost to attend is about $200, with scholarships available for any student who needs one.

To be a chaperone, you must complete the district’s volunteer process. Please email for more info!

We are currently looking for someone to help coordinate this! Best for someone who lives close enough to the school to pop in once in a while to check on supplies, clean out the fridge, etc. Mostly involves promoting sign-ups to other parents to ensure that time slots are filled.

Students have much more successful and productive rehearsals when they are nourished beforehand. We help by providing healthy after school snacks. This is a pretty low-key effort for the Fall Show and Children’s Show, but it’s quite a production for the large Spring Musical cast, crew, and musicians! Thank goodness we have a process ready to roll out each spring. (Musical rehearsals start right after spring break.) You’ll see sign-ups for snacks here as we get closer to a show. Download the snack suggestions PDF for lots of ideas that have worked well in the past as well as info about what NOT to bring.

Snack suggestions for musical rehearsals

We are currently looking for someone to help coordinate both concessions supply and staffing. Best for someone who can come to the theatre most nights of the show. Mostly involves promoting the sign-ups to other parents to ensure coverage.

Work the Box Office. Sell tickets and answer questions. We’ll train you. Be sure to sign up on a night when you are not planning to see the show in its entirety, because the box office stays open for a time after the show starts. You’ll see sign-ups here as we get closer to a show.

Bake! You can bake or purchase items for sale at our concessions stand, and help staff the stand as well. All those sweet things that you couldn’t bring for after school snacks are welcome for the concessions stand! Brownies, cookies, Rice Krispie treats, yum. We also find that savory snacks are a big hit: cheese and crackers, or maybe Vietnamese sandwiches. We also need someone to solicit coffee donations from area coffee shops.

Staff Concessions. In addition to bringing food, we need folks to show up before the show to get the concessions table ready, and to staff it. Be sure to sign up on a night when you are not planning to see the show in its entirety, because the concession stand stays open for a time after the show starts and re-opens during intermission. You’ll see sign-ups here as we get closer to a show.

We have occasional weekend work parties to help with set construction, painting, costume inventory, and anything else that needs attention. These will be posted on the calendar and called out on both the front page and on Facebook.
We’ve always got more ideas than we have time for. Some projects and tasks we could use help with:

Finding props for shows

Costume inventory (long-term project, needs to be tackled a little bit at a time]

Social media — help maintain our Facebook and Twitter accounts

Swag — want to help get t-shirts and other merchandise made?

Publicity — contacting media, creating publicity materials

Ad sales — we need someone to head up the ad sales effort, and we need folks to sell playbill ads to local businesses.

Photography — are you a professional or avid amateur photographer? Contact us about coming in to shoot during a dress rehearsal.