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Beyond the Performers of ‘Our Town’

The people behind the scenes of the theatre productions
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Louis Stoyanov
Lights crew heads Anthony Rey and Meghan Lynch make cues for “Our Town” for various scenes.

A theatre production is a lot more than the people performing, sometimes it’s more than the people performing. From what you see to how you knew about it, there are dozens of people working behind the scenes to make the show “Our Town” come alive.

At the top of the list we have the tech director, Rachel Church. The tech director is in charge of making sure all of the tech departments are running smoothly and meeting their deadlines, they also help share information between Mrs. Gehrke and the crew heads. Making sure everything is on task is the hardest part of the job, they said.

Second to them is the stage manager, senior Tessa Wilson, assisted by seniors Jack Lee and Rylee Shipes. The stage manager is in charge of calling light and sound cues for the whole show. The assistants are on the sides and make sure everything runs smoothly on each wing.

The set crew works to paint benches for the upcoming “Our Town” play. (Louis Stoyanov)

Next is costumes run by junior Clara Walker. It is costumes job is to make costumes and design the hair and makeup. The hardest part is researching and keeping within budget and time period, Walker said. 

House and publicity is run by junior Nathan Goodman, publicity is in charge of promoting the show as best as they can through posters and websites. The hardest part is figuring out what happens with the wireframe in the atrium.

Lights is run by senior Anthony Rey. Lights crew is supposed to make the lighting scenes along with setting up cues.

“Every show has its own personality,” Rey said. “And the lights are what can make the show pop.”

Props is run by sophomore Echo Brooke. The props’ job is to make and buy the props needed for the show. The hardest part of the job is figuring out the way to make props or find them online. Brooke said that they wished there were more materials to work with. 

Set is run by juniors Ace Mitchell and Avery Bowen. The set crew’s job is to build the sets and paint the backgrounds. Making the sets and using them creatively is the hardest part, Mitchell said.

Sound is run by sophomore Hayli Cranmer. The sound crew’s job is to handle the sound effects, mic switches, and speakers. The hardest part is having equipment that does not work and needing surplus. 

Between all the crew heads they all said that it is a very fun experience to work in theatre and that there truly is a spot for everyone, whether off or on stage.

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About the Contributors
Louis Stoyanov, Reporter
Louis Stoyanov is a sophomore in their first year of journalism. Louis enjoys always being behind the scenes instead of up front. They have done tech theatre as sound and enjoy technology, music and baking. Louis hopes to pursue a career in technology no matter where they are. They also hope to move to Chicago to prosure those dreams.
Parker Sethaler, Reporter
Parker Sethaler is a junior and this is his third year in publications. Parker excels in filming and editing videos, most of them being on the publications Youtube channel. Aside from making videos, Parker also loves to listen to music, specifically rap and hip-hop. Out of school, he likes to play on his Xbox and hang out with friends. He currently works at Gymquarters Gymnastics Center, as a coach. Parker hopes to work on the sideline of sports games in the future.

Marley Higlen, Reporter
Marley Higlen is a freshman. She's watched her brother Connor Higlen, a senior, grow up in choir and theater and is excited to perform with him for the first and last time this school year. She’s invested in theater, choir, swim team, and working hard to grow in everything she does. Marley is determined to make a splash this year!

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