Monday, September 16, 2013
I make models for the directors and blue prints for the crew of volunteers that come to help build the sets. I also designed banners for the Midsummer Plays, 3 small plays that first year students perform and banners for the finale that is held at the historic Elsinore Theater in Salem. All of these designs are built in 4-5 weeks, then struck and put away for the following year.
This year I wised up and covered the walls with paint plastic and the floors in tarps. I wanted to save time on clean up. I also was able to use many stock items so that I could use some of my budget to make the permanent banners and a better storage system for supplies. The first work day volunteers base coated flats and counters for future set pieces.
I borrowed a city skyline from the high school I usually work at to make the back drop and only used a small platform unit at the back of the stage. The rest of the set for Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr was on rolling a wagons that went into place and locked.
The hardest part of the job is coordinating all the kids that tech the shows. This year I had 30 kids to find jobs for. Sadly, only 3 of those kids were in the leadership class. I also had a little boy cut himself with a box cutter, and a boy need help learning appropriate behavior. The hardest problem I dealt with was dealing with a student that needed to be reassigned shows. He and the directors just didn't get along. Oh... and the hours... I had long days for 5 weeks... At CET by 7:45... in class until 12:40... sometimes shopping for supplies... work nights twice a week from 6:00 until 9:00... and rehearsals for The Secret Garden every night. It is also hard to find time to prep for classes. I rarely leave tech hall. As a result, I don't really get to know the other staff very well... Makes for a long, somewhat lonely summer. but I will do it again. I like the guy I work for... Lillian loves the program... and I love to create the work. It's hard to get it all into 5 weeks but it is satisfying to stand back and look at it when I'm done... even if it's not my best design work. :)