If you do not want to get out on stage in front of an audience, there are still MANY ways that you can still be involved with a production. Check out all of these options:


Set creation:
Each play needs a group of students who are willing to spend some afternoons and a couple of Saturdays designing and painting the set. We just might get lucky and need to build something!! Whenever you see signs for students to sign up for auditions in room 26, usually there is a sign up for set design as well. Many times, set creation folks become the set crew.

Set crew/backstage hands:
Many plays involve the movement of set pieces between scenes. These are the people who dress in black and make the magic happen when the lights are low during performances. You would need to attend the last couple of weeks of rehearsals and be present on the night of the show.

Prop Master:
Each show has many items that the actors need to bring on and off the stage during the show. The prop master is in charge of finding the items for the show (with a great deal of help from Ms. Nyhus), and keeping them safe throughout rehearsals and the performance. This means taking them out of the storeroom before each show and putting them on a designated prop table. After the show it would be your responsibility to make sure all the props are accounted for and back in the storeroom. This job takes someone who has GREAT attention to detail. You would need to attend most of the rehearsals and the performance.

Costume Master(s):
This person (or persons) is in charge keeping costumes arranged and safe during rehearsals and the performance. This could mean helping actors in and out of costume for a quick change (usually girls). You would need to attend the last week of rehearsals and the performance.

Stage Manager(s):
This is the biggie. This person is the director's right hand. This student is involved with the entire process from start to finish. It begins with sitting with Ms. Nyhus during auditions and ends with checking in with the Masters after the performance. You are the messenger between Ms. Nyhus and the actors. You are responsible for taking attendance at the beginning of rehearsals and checking actors out at the end. For the first few weeks of performance your job is to write down all stage directions in your script so that the actors may refer to you for reminders. Once actors are off book, you will sit at the edge of the stage with the script and prompt. (This is tough, you have to look at the book the whole time. If you lose your place, we're all in trouble.) When Prop Master, Costume Master, Lights and Sound become involved, you are the coordinator, and again, the messenger between Ms. Nyhus and these Masters. THIS IS A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY AND SHOULD BE WELL THOUGHT OUT BEFORE COMMITTING. You will need to attend ALL rehearsals.

Lighting Tech:
Lighting is an important part of every production. It suggests mood, time of day, importance of character, among other things. The lighting tech sits in the booth, looking down on the stage and changes the lights during the show. S/he has his/her own script with notes about how and when to change the lighting. This is done on a lighting board. Lighting techs need to attend the last week of rehearsal and the performance. This person needs to be very responsible because s/he is often alone in the booth and everyone is counting on the lights to change at just the right moment!

Sound Tech:
There are two possible jobs for sound tech. One is to run the sound board, controlling the volume and static of microphones during the performance. A second person can be given the job of sound effects tech. This person is in charge of recording sound effects and playing them at the precise moment in the play. Sound techs need to attend the last two weeks of rehearsal. They must arrive earlier than the actors and set up the microphones and sound board. They must also stay at the end of rehearsal to take everything down and lock away the microphones. Again, this takes a responsible student who can be trusted with expensive equipment.