Let the Show Begin

When people think about a musical, many focus on the actors. But there is more to a play or musical than just the characters on stage. Getting up on a stage to perform in front of people can be challenging for some individuals. It takes talent and skill to multitask at a performance level, which can scare some people away from the stage.

Freshman Hayden Hunter is not musically driven and feels he lacks the talent required for the stage.

“It would definitely take a certain musical to bring me to actually performing one,” Hunter said.

Learning lines and knowing where to be at the right time makes freshman Sydney Holland nervous. She thinks a strong mentor would help her perform.

“It would take a lot of encouragement and motivation,” Holland said.

Students who are not comfortable on stage can work behind the curtain. Jobs including lights, sound, band, runners, makeup and costume design are all filled by students.

“I would want to be in the pit band,” freshman Aidan Miller said. “I am a part of the band and really enjoy playing music.”

Anxiety and fear of being on stage brings out freshman Leila Shrof’s shy attributes. She wants to push herself to be an extra on stage but feels more comfortable and productive somewhere else.

“Being a crew member would keep me involved and I feel I would be useful so I might try that first,” Shrof said.

As parts behind the curtain become more well known and are in demand, people are unclear on how they become apart of the off-stage crew and feel the leads take up most of the attention.

“I’ve never seen advertisement for backstage work. It’s always about the lead role and the second lead role,” Schrof said. “No one has ever explained how to get involved in backstage work, which can be frustrating because it’s an interest of mine.”

The arts programs promote the auditions and musical when the time comes and many of the students enrolled in these classes are aware of all of the opportunities available.

“I was told by one of the arts department teachers that if you want to be involved behind the scenes to talk to the chorus teacher Joshua Johnson,” Gattis said.