Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Who are the RC Players?
  2. How do I join?
  3. How do I become a board member?
  4. Are there officer positions on the board?
  5. I like to act, when are auditions?
  6. I like teching, how can I help?
  7. I've found something I want to direct, what do I do?
  8. I have prior directing experience elsewhere, does that count?
  9. I wrote something, how do I get it performed?
  10. What's Evening of Scenes?
  11. What is Kamikaze Theater?
  12. How can I get involved?

Who are the RC Players?

The RC Players is a student-run theater group housed in East Quad, courtesy of the Residential College at The University of Michigan. The group presents several productions each semester including An Evening of Scenes at the beginning of the Fall and Winter Terms.


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How do I join?

There are a number of ways in which you can join. Most common is acting, but we take all types of theater enthusiasts: techies, directors, writers, board members, officers, etc. The important thing to realize is that you don't have to be a member of the Residential College to participate!


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How do I become a board member?

It's quite simple really. Every week, or every other week, depending on the amount of business that's needed to get done, we have a board meeting. This term (Winter 2009) it's Tuesdays at 9 PM (sharp, not Michigan time) in A03. All you have to do is show up and contribute and you can be part of the decision- making process. After your third board meeting, you will be officially designated as a board member, and you can be added to the board email list if you wish. The time commitment is truly up to you.


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Are there officer positions on the board?

Yes! We have a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian. However, there are several other positions available throughout the semester, such as Liaison to keep the board apprised of the progress of every production and vice-versa and EOS Producers, who organize and stage manage our Evening of Scenes.


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I like to act, when are auditions?

Ahh, one of those actor types. Okay, we usually have quite a few auditions each term and announce them after we've selected plays and their directors have set times. As soon as directors have picked out times to audition, this information becomes available on the RCP Bulletin Board (by the Keene Theater) and are usually posted online at this website as well. Just keep checking back regularly, but the most common way to find out about auditions is through email to the RCP email list.


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I like teching, how can I help?

There are lots of ways. We can always use help backstage, in set construction and design, prop-gathering, costuming, stage-managing, etc. Just email the board you'll get added to our (email) tech list and you'll be the first to hear about any opportunities to help any of our productions. No prior experience is necessary.


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I've found something to direct, what do I do?

Fabulous. Each term we select a number of full length (or one-acts) shows to produce depending on how many weekends we have available in the Keene Theater. At the beginning and end of each term these dates will be announced along with a deadline to turn in Proposals. If you have a short scene, you can propose it at the start of each term for Evening of Scenes. However, if you want to direct a full-length show, we usually demand that you apprentice with a current full-length to get the proper experience necessary and become acclimated with RCP resources.


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I have prior directing experience elsewhere, does that count?

Usually. The more experience you have with bigger and more demanding productions, the better off you are. When we select proposals, those with more experience handling bigger productions have a better shot of being chosen. As long as you demonstrate this knowledge (in your proposal) then you'll have a fair shot at being selected. If you're unsure, just ask, but we do try to arrange alternatives to apprenticing like director workshops and you should also check out the Director Resources to see what it encompasses to be an RCP Director.


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I wrote something, how do I get it performed?

Fantastic question; there's several possibilities. First, if it's a short scene (no longer than 10 minutes) then submit it to Evening of Scenes and you can direct it (also a great opportunity to gain directing experience)!! Secondly, if it's longer, like a one-act or full-length production, than you can propose it for the open slots we have each term. If you don't have prior directing experience of large productions, it may be best to solicit a director by emailing the RCP Board and we can help you find one; or, you can apprentice with other productions to gain the experience you need to direct your show - either way is acceptable, in fact, we encourage both!!


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What is Evening of Scenes?

Evening of Scenes is the first production we put on each semester. It's a collection of short scenes written and directed by a variety of people. This is a great way to get your feet wet, either as an actor, director or writer. We especially love student-written scenes, but pre-published scenes are fine as well. Anybody can be a director for this, there's no experience necessary, but if you need help, just consult one of your Producers and they'll help you out. There's generally a lower level of commitment, since each group is preparing a 5-10 minute scene so rehearsal time is light, but with a regular tech week the week of the performances. Oh yea, even if you don't get cast ('cuz we usually get more people auditioning than we have parts for), we highly encourage you to see it, because admission is FREE!!!!!!


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What is Kamikaze Theater?

We thought you'd never ask! Kamikaze Theater is our 24 hour theater program. Over the span of 24 hours, we write, stage, memorize, and perform an original play production. Auditions are held about two weeks before the performance date, and 24 people are cast into the following groups: actors, writers, directors, and techies. The entire cast and crew assemble for the first time 24 hours before the curtain goes up; at the end, out pops a brand-new, original production. This is a great way to get involved with the RC Players because of the low time commitment requirements and the lasting friendships that form.


Getting Involved

5 Ways to Get Involved

  1. Acting
  2. Teching
  3. Directing
  4. Submitting Original Work
  5. Join the RCP Board
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Acting

Separate auditions are held for each show produced by RC Players. No previous acting experience is ever required and auditions are usually quite laid back and fun to attend. The director of each show is responsible for deciding how his or her auditions will be run. Some require that the actors come prepared with a monologue. Most (including all EOS auditions) will have readings from the script available for actors look over and then perform. Information on auditions is posted on the RC Players bulletin board located outside the Keene Theatre in East Quad at the top of the stairs. An email announcement is also sent out to the members of the RC Players email list.


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Teching

If you don't get cast but would still like to be involved in the production you can always help with a technical theater position (lights, set, costume, design, construction, running crew, etc.). Leave a note on your audition form or contact the RCP Board if you would like to be a techie for a production. Tell them what aspect you are interested in pursuing and what experience you have in that field (none is required!). They will put you in contact with the director who can use your assistance. Remember, techies are always welcome because a show can't go up without 'em.


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Directing

The RC Players Board accepts and reviews proposals for shows at several designated times throughout the year (usually at the beginning and end of a semester). Anyone may submit a play proposal. However, before a director proposes a full-length show he or she must participate in the Assistant Director Apprenticeship Program. Guidelines for show proposals are outlined during the proposal process. No experience necessary, and if you need help, just contact the RCP Board.


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Submitting Original Work

RC Players often produces new student work. If you are interested in having a short piece of yours performed for a real, live audience, consider submitting it for the Evening of Scenes. This event takes place near the beginning of each semester. If you have written a play and would like to have it directed, you can email thercpboard@umich.edu to get in touch with directors who might be looking for a piece to put up. If you want to direct it yourself, that is also fine, but see the requirements in the Directing section, above. For proposal forms and information, go to the Proposal Section.


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Join the RCP Board

RC Players is a student-run organization overseen by RC Drama Professor Kate Mendeloff. All the decisions about the RC Players are decided in weekly meetings by the RCP Board. There are several established positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian), as well as an unlimited amount of voluntary positions. Board meetings are announced ahead of time and all are welcome to attend. You need not already be a member of the "Board" but once you attend three meetings you are "unofficially" accepted.

As of January, 2009, meetings occur every Tuesday at 9 PM in East Quad's A03. You may email the Board at thercpboard@umich.edu to check current times and locations, or look at the latest meeting minutes.