NEWBERRY — The Newberry Opera House is gearing up for its new season by holding special training this Saturday for those interested in being tour guides, concession workers, and hospitality volunteers.
With almost 100,000 visitors a year and around 200 events and performances, the Newberry Opera House could not function without its volunteers, who are known as Ambassadors.
Heather Hawkins, manager of the box office, said those who fill those roles make the artists’ visits easier and more comfortable, while also helping put visitors at ease as well.
The classes include the history of the Opera House, review of emergency procedures and policies, and information on seating.
Those interested specifically in concessions will go over sanitation procedures, pricing and item location during a 10 a.m. class then stay for the general session at 11:30 a.m. All volunteers must be certified before signing up to work shows.
Those wanting to be tour guides must attend the Saturday training and then attend a class for tour guides at 10 a.m. Aug. 28. A class for hospitality volunteers will be held at noon Aug. 28.
All classes are held at the Opera House, 1201 McKibben St. in Newberry. Call 803-276-6264 to register for the class.
Following class, the new ambassadors can sign up to volunteer for specific shows during the year so trainees are asked to bring their calendars. The general session takes around two hours from beginning paperwork to show assignments.
Those who complete the class will have their photo taken. A background check is required of all volunteers.