Behind the Scenes: Theatre Techies
By: Michelle Humphrey
Theatre tech geeks. The ninjas sneaking around in black where no one can see. Some kids may claim they have seen people “walking in the ceiling.” wondering what they were doing up there. Believe it or not, those who work on tech aren’t just in charge of pushing buttons to get the lights to turn on. They have a much more extravagant part in the plays and other extracurricular things than you would expect.
The theatre classes are taught by the all time famous Whitman. She likes all of her students to be involved in the musicals and plays whether it be backstage or at the sound booth. While there are the wonderful actors and actresses on stage doing their thing, props are being moved, light and sound is being adjusted, and everyone is waiting for the next scene change. Maybe even a little dance break in between. It’s a curious thing, the possibility of all the extravagant dance parties that could happen in such a small space.
The most commonly known responsibility the theatre techs do is to be in charge of the light and sound booth. They get to learn how to work all the lighting and how to align them with different shows and performances. Generic. Although that is a big thing, there is a lot of preparation weeks before the plays and musicals where most of the prop work is at hand. Lucas Jensen said, “The biggest thing I’m in charge of is actually making the set before the plays begin and getting the right things on the counterweight so that everything will be set up correctly when the play starts.” Since the Musical this year is Mary Poppins, some special props they need are things like a portable doors and stairs, back drops, and of course, smaller props with magical twists for Mary Poppins to use. Creative people finding ways to put creative spins to make the show go oh so smoothly. What would we do without them? I hope we never find that out!