Character Interpreter Performance Job Overview:
Working in a team with other Character Interpreters, this role presents historically based vignettes through a variety of theatrical form, focusing on portraying life in Western Canada 1860s-1920s. Character Interpreters also provide between-scene interactions and improvisations with guests, with the goal of creating an immersive guest experience. Each performer will be cast in at least one of five productions including two “street scene” days (stories presented outdoors in 4 scenes, repeated twice daily). Productions for 2024 include street scenes about a Mail Order Bride, a Jewish Immigrant, and a Metis Guide. There is also a musical in the Canmore Opera House featuring a Black Pullman Porter and a Radio Play featuring Nellie McClung.
Who We Are:
Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living history museum and offers visitors a chance to experience life in Western Canada from the 1860s to the early 1950s. The Park features historical buildings, costumed interpreters, working antiques, and various exhibits that provide insight into the region’s past.
Hourly Rate: $16.50
Contract Start Date: April 8, 2024
Contracts End Date: October 7, 2024
Hours: 9:30am to 5:00pm (with occasional exceptions)
- Presents scripted and improvised historically inspired scenes for visitors to Heritage Park while wearing period piece costume
- Improvise in character between scenes to advance storylines while engaging and enlightening guests
- Conduct additional research on the characters, enhancing their portrayal and creating a more captivating experience for the audience
- Provide an exceptional visitor experience through friendly and courteous interactions with guests, staff, and volunteers, using polite greetings, actively acknowledging guests, and handling situations positively
- Create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors with a customer-focused approach, providing courteous and friendly answers to inquiries and valuable information to enhance the overall visitor experience
- Enrolment or completion post-secondary drama training is an asset
- Prior performance/acting experience is required; experience in performance roles for a minimum of 3 productions is preferred;
- Unconventional and interactive theatre experiences (improv, children’s theatre, etc.) are an asset
- Knowledge of western Canadian history, language and deportment of the pre-1920s era is an asset
- Familiarity with historical interpretation is considered an asset.
- Excellent verbal communication and public performance skills
- Well organized, flexible, adaptable with an ability to react and remain in-character
- Demonstrated ability to creatively collaborate with others
- Proven performance skills in acting, excellent verbal communication and public relations skills, and the ability to imaginatively develop and physically project a character
- All successful candidates (over the age of 18) will be required to go through Police Information Check as a condition of employment.
Special Clothing and Equipment:
- Appropriate costuming and safety equipment will be provided by Heritage Park; and
- Footwear, as designated by the Heritage Park Costume Department, will be provided by the employee.
Special Working Conditions:
- The position will be exposed to weather extremes as it predominantly works outdoors; and
- This position is physically demanding, and the incumbent must have the ability to stand for long periods of time and walk throughout the Park for extended periods
Hours of Work:
2024 Rehearsal dates: April 8th to May 17th
Performances run 7 days a week from May 18, 2024 to September 2, 2024 (9:30am to 5:00pm).
The work week is 35 hours with two consecutive days off. Part-time positions are available.
There is an option for performers to continue performing weekends from September 2 to October 7, 2024.
Auditions will be held in early March at Heritage Park. Deadline to apply is March 1st, 2024. Selected candidates will have to perform a prepared monologue, a short song and a cold read. Full details will be sent to candidates selected to audition.
Heritage Park is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. There will be a focus on casting a few roles of Black, Metis and Asian descent. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those considered for an audition will be contacted directly.
Please apply online at:
Or visit https://heritagepark.ca/jobs/ and click on View Current Opportunities and click on Character Interpreter to apply