Hihi!! My name is Meghan and I run the lighting and sound at the highschool I go to in the Bay Area. Yeah basically I'm a really random hyped on sugar, pianist and drummer who is anything but normal!! Y'all can ask me any questions
Oh yeah those questions plus;
Pirates or Ninjas < Hint: Pirates>
Imperial, Metric or Cubits < Hint: Cubits>
Would you; Eat a wombat or make a pet of it? <Hint: It doesn't matter 'cause you're in the states and the mean Aussies won't send you one anyway.>
Welcome Aboard! Hope you have fun remember to ask lots of questions and answer all you can.
There are two light boards at my school. In our Little Theatre theres an ETCExpress 24-48 and in the Auditorium a Express 48-96. The dimmer racks are Sensor thats all I know about those. Then roughly 15 Source 4's, a bunch of I think StrandERS, prolly 15-20 Pars and some other random lights. For sound there is in the Auditorium a Yamaha MG3214FX 32-Channel board, 10 wireless mics can't remember what they are. In the Little Theatre some Mackie I think like 12 channels. We do 5 major shows a school year which are the Musical, Talent Show, 1 acts- four little half hour shows all student directed, then the Spring Play and the big Dance Show then theres the way to many to count random assemblies and music concerts.
We finished Guys and Dolls earlier this month. This weekend is the Talent Show. Last year my school did Once upon a Mattress, for the Spring show it was The Importance of Being Earnest and finished the year off with Knight Moves IX which is the schools dance esambles big show. There was also a Battle of the Bands last year which was fun. Only five major shows a year then the tons of assemblies, choirs and music concerts.
I directed Once Upon a Mattress about 5 years ago and it's by far the most fun I had as a High School teacher. It's such a fun show. I had a crazy choreographer who used to be a disco dance instructor. We both hated the original music for the ball scene. So I flew in a disco ball and we went with "Stayin' Alive" instead of the painful original score. We put big afro wigs and gold neck chains on a couple of the knights. For the Curtain call and post show music we went all Disco.
I had a very out proud and very gay guy in the cast. We put him in a hot pink costume and credited him as "the pink knight" in the program. He pranced around the whole show. He loved the opportunity to let it all go and the audience loved him.
Built an 8' high bed with a trap door in the top so people could actually climb out of the top of the bed.
Thats cool. The bed we had was about 8 feet was hollow with thick wood frame and the top was wood where we put fake mattress on top and made it look like a bed. The center was hollow so we could shove the props the jester took out for the finale. Its such a fun musical!!
Heres some random facts about me fyi:
I'm a senior in highschool who dream is to run sound for either Broadway or Cirque Du Soleil. I play piano, drums any percussion instrument. Stagecrew 7years haven't been asm or sm yet but hopefully this year. I work at Hillbarn Theatre when I have free time. What free time who has time for that. . I love Nightmare Before Christmas and faeries and pirates Who doesn't love Pirates they are totally awsome.
I don't know anything about Hillbarn Theater, but getting out and volunteering in local theater is probably the best thing you can do right now to jumpstart your career. The more people you can meet and impress with your skills the faster you build connections that will help you toward your dreams. Work for free if you have to. Do the dirty jobs they don't want to do, with a smile. Work Hard. Never assume you know everything, always ask questions. It'll take you a long way.