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About Us


Founded in 2004, The Melodramatics Theatre Company is a theatre arts organization based in Ithaca, NY, which strives to present entertaining musical theatre productions of artistic excellence. Since its founding, the company has entertained thousands of audience members.

Today, the company continues to grow and evolve, boasting an eclectic mix of members from Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the Ithaca community. To look at the history of The Melodramatics Theatre Company, check out our previous, now archived, website:

The Melodramatics Theatre Company is entirely student-run! We thrive off of our dedicated peers who have a passion for theatre and we are always looking for more people to join our organization! 

How we work:

  1. The core production team picks a show, purchases the rights and reaches out to individuals or sends out a call to form a creative team (i.e. director, music director, costume designer, set designer, etc.)
    A group of students form a small creative team and propose a show to the production team, who will then approve it and help find remaining creative team members.

  2. Once the show rights have been purchased and approved, information for actor and pit musician auditions are posted, with roughly 2.5 weeks to submit auditions.

  3. Mid-semester, the production team will send out a crew call for any necessary crew members. Crew members are also welcome to email the creative team if they are interested in joining the production.



Please check our current production page for audition information and make sure to join our Slack. Thank you!

Join our Slack Channel for updates about auditions, open positions, and general body meetings!

We also regularly post information to the list-serv managed by the Cornell Ambassadors to Media and Performance

Roles Breakdown

To learn about open positions for our current production, please check out our Current Production page.

Production Team

The Production Team is in charge of:

  • The budget and purchases for each production (i.e. props, set, costumes, instruments)

  • Logistics for purchasing items and hosting events

  • Scheduling of cast and pit band rehearsals

  • Room reservations for events and rehearsals

  • Share any and all responsibilities with the creative team to ensure the show goes as smoothly as possible

Current Production Roles Include:

  • Producer

  • Assistant Producer

  • Stage Manager

  • Assistant Stage Manager

  • Band Director

Creative Team

The Creative Team is in charge of:

  • Directing and music directing the show

  • Providing budgets for respective departments (i.e. set, props, costumes, etc)

  • Designing and creating/building the necessary items for the show

Current Creative Roles:

  • Director

  • Assistant Director

  • Music Director

  • Propsmaster 

  • Lighting Designer 

  • Assistant Lighting Designer

  • Set Designer

  • Assistant Set Designer

  • Costume Designer

Additional Roles


  • Photographer


  • Rehearsal Pianist

  • Conductor

  • Pit Band (audition only)


  • Carpenter

  • Electrician

  • Dresser

  • Run Crew


  • Actors (audition only)

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