The Community Arts Service in Theaters (CAST) program is a brand-new volunteer program at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. This program provides an opportunity for New Jersey high school students to serve as ushers and attend a variety of musical and educational events at Princeton University’s premiere performance venue. Students will gain experience working in a concert hall environment, as well as be exposed to a diverse and exciting array of performing arts events over the course of Richardson’s concert season.
The intent of this program is to provide a service opportunity for high school students interested in music and the arts that aligns with their passions. Students will be granted access to internationally renowned performances, events, and lectures, including Princeton University programming.
At Richardson, our mission is to create a welcoming experience for all patrons, staff, community members, and students by providing intentional and exceptional customer service. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion for all people, and with the University, we have an unwavering commitment to service. As part of this mission, the CAST program seeks to welcome students of all backgrounds.
Student volunteer ushers should be able to do the following:
Ascend and descend 40 or more steps quickly
Stand independently for two hours continuously
Have accurate vision in dim lighting (in order to read tickets) and walk in dark lighting (to assist patrons with seating)
Hear and speak clearly in areas with significant background noise (in order to answer patron questions)
Move quickly and calmly in an emergency
Students may register for this program here.
About Our Program
The CAST program operates in compliance with Princeton University’s Policy for Programs Involving Minors. This policy provides the framework that programs are required to follow in order to facilitate successful and safe programming. It establishes standards, procedures for reporting suspected abuse and neglect of Minors, and obligations for the operation of Covered Programs, which include registration, background checks and training. More information can be found at the Minors On Campus website.
All of our House Managers have undergone background checks and training provided by the Minors Policy Committee. Staff and participants in the CAST program abide by the Minors Policy Committee Standards of Behavior and Roles and Responsibilities for Chaperones.
If student participants, school teachers and counselors, or parents/guardians have any questions, they can reach out to Ayame Whitfield, Usher Program Coordinator and CAST Team Leader, at [email protected].