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Published on March 01, 2024
Bloomington Center for the Arts Seeks Volunteers, Offers Free Admission as Perk for UshersSource: Tyler Vigen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bloomington Center for the Arts is rolling out the proverbial red carpet for community members who cherish the buzz of live theater. This local cultural hub is on the lookout for ushers to help theatergoers enjoy a swath of performances ranging from high-brow drama to toe-tapping musicals. According to an announcement on the Center's official website, the ushering gig isn't just about taking tickets and showing people to their seats. It's a golden ticket in its own right, offering up free admission to events and a chance to beef up one's volunteer credentials.

Don't expect to be making a quick buck though, this position is strictly volunteer-based, but what it lacks in financial incentive, it makes up for with some pretty swanky perks. For starving artists, retired thespians, or those just looking to get a taste of the art scene without dishing out the cash for a ticket, this is your backstage pass. In the words obtained by Bloomington's website, "ushers play a vital role ensuring guests have a safe and enjoyable experience." Not to mention, they'll get to soak up the atmosphere of live performances minus the hit to the wallet.

Anyone with a pulse and a passion for the arts is encouraged to apply, no previous experience is necessary. The Center is aiming to build a roster of reliable, friendly faces who can commit to a flexible schedule. Volunteers are expected to be the first point of contact for patrons – guiding them to their seats, answering questions, and ensuring that everyone’s experience is more standing ovation than a show-stopping mishap.

Those looking to answer the call of the stage lights can find more details – and submit their volunteer application – by visiting blm.mn/ushers. So if the theater is calling your name, and you’ve got a penchant for volunteering, why not step into the limelight? Who knows, it might just be your time to shine.