Meet the Volunteers

Every play is supported by a myriad of behind the scenes hands – writers, lighting designers, sound designers, set designers, stage managers…well, you get the idea. But at Provision, we are proud to have an another set of hands supporting us throughout our production: our volunteers.
Recently, they gathered on the stage at Provision with Artistic Director Tim Gregory. Snacking on homemade baked goods brought by volunteers, Tim open the meeting by sharing Provision’s vision for the Hiding Place and then members of the team shared why they felt drawn to share their talents with Provision and how they could be a part of supporting The Hiding Place.  It was, in a word, inspiring and by the end of the night the room was buzzing with excitement.

Like all of our behind the scenes crew, you might not always see our volunteers at work, but we couldn’t do it without them. We’d like to share some of the amazing stories of our volunteers over the next few months, so keep checking back!
In the meantime, check out pictures from our volunteer meeting on our Flickr page.

Interested in learning more about volunteering with Provision? E-mail phenz@provisiontheater.org

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Provision Music Series: Rokko and Friends

Alaric ‘Rokko’ Jans sits on the edge of the piano bench and leans forward.
“I’m going to share something I’ve never shared before” he says.
You find yourself leaning closer, nodding encouragingly, as if you are partaking in an intimate conversation with your best friend. And for a few minutes (well, 75 minutes, according to Rokko), this 6 time Joseph Jefferson award winner is just that.

With the stage and house warmly lit, Rokko spent his Monday evening sharing his music; snippets from his boyhood song about Martians to his breathtaking scoring for the Chicago Shakespeare theater and even the debut of some breakup songs he’d never performed for an audience before.  His fingers would fly frantically across the piano and then, just like that (as if he had only been absently dusting the keys and not transporting the audience to another time and place altogther) he would turn back to the edge of the piano bench, lean forward and just…chat.

The evening was topped off by special performances by Dora Washington and Dana Tretta who took the audience from a smoky jazz club, to outer space and then right back home again with a final performance of ‘O Chicago.’

You can see a clip of the evening’s  performance by clicking the video below or click here to see a list of the upcoming Provision Music series events.