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The role of musical director, or MD, can vary hugely between shows depending on the importance and amount of music involved. The MD is responsible for:

  • Teaching actors vocal parts
  • Adapting the musical score of a show where necessary - this is particularly relevant if the show is student written (many licensed shows will not allow changes to the score)
  • Accompanying rehearsals where songs or backing music is integral to the scenes
  • Organising the instrumentalists for the show band (also known as the pit band)
  • Leading the band during shows - this maybe conducting if a larger pit band or leading whilst playing, for example, the keyboard 1 part

For musicals, the MD is likely to be required at (almost) all rehearsals to help with the above and so is often a demanding role, particularly for large musicals like the lent term musical or pantomime. It is however very common for the role to be shared by Co-MDs or for the MD to have one or more Assistant MDs (known as AMDs).

Pit Bands[edit]

The pit band is the show band and is generally only required for a few rehearsals before the show and the shows themselves. The most important of these rehearsals is the sitzprobe but the number of rehearsals of the band alone, before or after the sitzprobe is up to the discretion of the MD who should know the capabilities of their players.

There are several places in which players are commonly found: the pitband mailing list (soc-cumts-pitband@lists.cam.ac.uk), 'Cambridge Theatre' and 'Cambridge Theatre Pitband musicians' facebook groups. Equally, word of mouth is often a good way to get new players involved and fill awkwardly-shaped pitband holes. Whilst it's important to encourage new faces to pitbands, don't be discouraged if you struggle to find new players because the instrument combinations required are often quite niche and make this hard. Pitbands are commonly very small bands in order to fit in limited theatre spaces, players - especially woodwind - may be required to play multiple instruments during the show.

The location of the band during the show is a decision to be made in conjunction by the entire production team; in the ADC it may be on the stage incorporated into the set or wings, or in the Larkum, but rarely in the pit since this is a small and awkward shape.

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Musical Director Vacancies

Technical roles for Annie
Annie – Random Society 33
19:30, Sun 12th – Wed 15th February 2023 at The Old Vic
Lent Week 4

We are looking for: Camera Operator , Lighting Designer , Choreographer , Composer , Producer , Production Electrician , Carpenter, Set Designer , Photographer , Assistant Stage Manager , Writer , Stage Manager , Video Director , Musical Director , Deputy Stage Manager , Director , Publicist 

Contact Random Contact 16 before 21st Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew – Random Society 91
17:00, Fri 11th August 2023 at Adelphi Theatre
Summer Vacation

We are looking for: Director , Publicist , Publicity Designer , Carpenter, Editor , Set Designer , Photographer , Choreographer , Deputy Stage Manager , Lighting Designer , Video Director , Musical Director 

Contact Random Contact 49 before 5th Sep 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for The Rocky Horror Show
The Rocky Horror ShowClare Hall
20:15, Sat 30th April – Fri 6th May 2022 at Random Venue 62
Easter Week 0 to Week 1

We are looking for: Writer , Set Designer , Composer , Production Electrician , Technical Director , Photographer , Carpenter, Lighting Designer , Costume Designer , Deputy Stage Manager , Choreographer , Director , Assistant Stage Manager , Publicist , Chief Electrician , Musical Director 

Contact Random Contact 91 before 22nd Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Random Society 65
14:45, Tue 5th – Sat 9th October 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
21:00, Tue 12th – Sat 16th October 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
20:45, Tue 19th – Sat 23rd October 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Michaelmas Week 0 to Week 2

We are looking for: Chief Electrician , Camera Operator , Assistant Stage Manager , Editor , Technical Director , Stage Manager , Writer , Lighting Designer , Publicist , Production Manager , Production Electrician , Producer , Choreographer , Set Designer , Costume Designer , Photographer , Director , Deputy Stage Manager , Publicity Designer , Musical Director , Carpenter, Composer , Sound Designer 

Contact Random Contact 56 before 22nd Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for Sister Act the Musical
Sister Act the Musical – Random Society 59
19:45, Sun 21st – Wed 24th March 2021 at London Palladium
Lent Week 9

We are looking for: Publicity Designer , Assistant Stage Manager , Production Electrician , Stage Manager , Writer , Editor , Technical Director , Set Designer , Musical Director , Production Manager , Producer , Costume Designer , Carpenter

Contact Random Contact 43 before 1st Sep 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus – Random Society 69
21:00, Mon 30th April – Thu 3rd May 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
16:45, Mon 7th – Thu 10th May 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
11:15, Mon 14th – Thu 17th May 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
Easter Week 1 to Week 3

We are looking for: Carpenter, Publicity Designer , Producer , Costume Designer , Lighting Designer , Camera Operator , Deputy Stage Manager , Technical Director , Composer , Video Director , Musical Director , Production Manager , Choreographer , Assistant Stage Manager , Publicist 

Contact Random Contact 70 before 20th Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for King Lear
King LearS-2
21:00, Tue 13th – Fri 16th October 2020 at Savoy Theatre
20:30, Tue 20th – Fri 23rd October 2020 at Savoy Theatre
12:00, Tue 27th – Fri 30th October 2020 at Savoy Theatre
Michaelmas Week 1 to Week 3

We are looking for: Writer , Photographer , Choreographer , Video Director , Deputy Stage Manager , Director , Assistant Stage Manager , Production Electrician , Lighting Designer , Editor , Composer , Stage Manager , Technical Director , Carpenter, Costume Designer , Publicist , Musical Director , Publicity Designer 

Contact Random Contact 11 before 14th Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for Medea
MedeaS-6
19:45, Fri 20th December 2019 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
Christmas Vacation

We are looking for: Technical Director , Musical Director , Production Electrician , Publicist , Deputy Stage Manager , Video Director , Sound Designer , Photographer 

Contact Random Contact 41 before 4th Sep 2022 19:47 for more details.