They usher patrons to their seats, help stuff programs, open doors and act as unofficial goodwill ambassadors for the Raue Center for the Arts.
They’re the Raue’s nearly 200 volunteers who give their time to help support the arts in Crystal Lake’s historic theatre.
“Being a part of the Raue we appreciate everything our volunteers do for us, and we couldn’t do it without them,” said Raue House Manager Luanne Flavin.
Flavin, who volunteered for two years before the Raue hired her as its permanent house manager about six months ago, acts as a liaison between the Raue staff and volunteers.
“We depend on them to help make each show go smoothly,” said Flavin. “They take tickets; they help patrons to their seats, and act as volunteer security, opening the door, and helping anyone who’s handicapped. We rely heavily on them.”
Joe James began volunteering at the Raue five years ago when his daughter’s school was involved in performances there. He ushers and helps out in the bar area.
“The Raue is continually growing in the community,” he added. “More people are becoming aware of what they're doing. It’s good they’re continually expanding with the theatre workshops for young kids aspiring to be actors to them make decisions what to do with their lives. It’s just a fun place to be.”
Stacey McInerney and her husband Jeff have volunteered for 8 years.
“We like to do a lot of community events,” said Stacey, a lifelong resident of Crystal Lake, said.
The McInerneys are both team leaders, organizing their groups to prepare them for upcoming events. “We really enjoy it and wish more people would come out and experience the Raue because there is something for every genre there.”
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