The Red Coats

Our team of ‘Red Coat” Volunteer Ushers is an integral part of the Solvang Festival Theater (SFT). We appreciate the generous gifts of time and talent that our Red Coats give us.

We depend upon the courtesy and professionalism of our ushers from the moment the patrons enter the lobby until the last guest has left the theater. With their dedicated service we continue to sustain an environment in which our players and our audience can best give and receive the magic that is Solvang Festival Theater.

SFT Volunteer Card

In appreciation for their volunteer service as an usher at Solvang Festival Theater, volunteers receive the benefit of earning credits toward tickets to PCPA performances at the Marian, Severson, or Solvang Festival Theater. Tickets are subject to availability and are not valid for Saturday evening performances in Solvang and Sunday matinees in Santa Maria. Benefit performances, special events and Allan Hancock dances are not included.

All volunteers must fill out and return application annually.  An updated application will be available online soon.


All applicants please read Information to Applicants below.

For more information on becoming a Red Coat please take a look at the Red Coat Volunteer Manual (please note that we will be updating emergency instructions this year). You may also email us to be added to our mailing list. To sign-up to volunteer you must fill out and return the application at the link above.

Note to All Applicants
Please sign up for a minumum of 4 shows and/or events you would like to volunteer for. We ask that you make a copy as the House Managers do not call to confirm. We understand that emergencies arise and you may find that you’re not able to volunteer as you scheduled. Please call Jenny or Brittany (#s will be given to volunteers) as soon as you know you can’t meet your commitment, or you can call the office at 805-686-1789 and leave a message. This will give the House Managers time to find a replacement for you so that the evening runs smoothly and they are not short-handed. It’s not acceptable to just not show up.

All PCPA Shows start at 8:00pm but we ask that you arrive no later than 6:30pm so that the House Managers can discuss the show, intermission details and any other specifics with you that will make each evening a pleasant experience for everyone involved. Also at this time they will assign ushers to the various positions. Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you have a preference or limitation. They will do their best to accommodate your requests.

Junior Ushers should be at least 13 years of age or starting the 7th grade in the fall of 2019 and be mature enough to handle the job. Junior ushers 15–18 years old may come on their own with written parental permission.

Dress Code:
For all ushers and of all ages is black pants (or skirt) and a white shirt with a red vest, jacket or sweater and closed toe shoes. Red jackets are available if you do not have one you prefer to wear. We understand we are an outdoor venue and it can get cold in the evenings. Please choose outerwear that is appropriate.

If this is your first time volunteering as a Red Coat please let us know so that we may forward to you a Red Coats manual. You can always read it on-line or download a copy of the manual from our website.

Thank you again for your willingness to serve the community and the Solvang Festival Theater as a volunteer usher. We couldn’t do it without you.

Note to concert/special event volunteers: We always have an over-abundance of regular and new volunteers requesting to usher for our concerts. All Red Coats will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Some volunteers may be asked to work during the concert and after parties. “Ticket takers” may need to train prior to the event due to new ticketing equipment and system set-up. All Red Coat volunteers for concerts must be 18 years of age or older.