What inspired you to get into technical theatre?

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  1. harmony

    harmony New Member

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    I decided to go back to "school" this year not wanting to do what I did before or any of many other jobs that personality tests thought I'd be good at. Don't know I'll be good at this either but starting a "Live production" course in a few weeks and expect I'll find out. What inspired me to choose theatre - I have a brother who writes beautiful music and songs while I have a talent for writing so my aim is to write a book for a musical. As I'm theatrically illiterate I figured I'd better learn a few ABCs before I demand XYZs from a tech crew. This looks like a great place to get the gritty truth while I experience some basic hands-on education during the tech course. Wish me luck!
     
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    I got sucked into this world thanks to being lucky enough to be at a school with an actual theatre.

    I can remember being a grade 8 student and going to the end of year assembly for those who would be attending this highschool come the fall. My naive thought when they lowered the video screen was joking to my friend "I want to be the guy who pushes the down button".

    Of course as I would find out come the fall, that was no button, that was counterbalanced manpower.


    Once I joined and assumed more responsibilities, I found myself drifting further away from my original intent to go somewhere in the computer sciences.

    Now here I am, finishing my last semester at highschool, and despite all the problems with this old theatre, the people who would come in with crazy demands and the outright toxic ones...

    I loved all of it.
     
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    The smell of lumber being cut. . .
     
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    It mostly started cause I was bored. I go to a community college that has multiple campuses around Cleveland. I started at the one downtown and went to one in the suburbs of Cleveland. I joined drama club saw a few plays started hanging around the theater department and volunteering. One of my classmates said they were in Mary Poppins at a local community theater and I went to see the show. They do a program every summer where people can volunteer to help build the set for the summer show and then do crew for that show. I've been a volunteer there for a year now and my third show I was spotlighting beauty and the beast. I just decided then that I love working musicals. I also took a stagecraft at my college and got to play around with the lighting board for a few minutes so I'm here to learn more and maybe one day tour with a traveling show like trans Siberian orchestra doing lighting or working other concerts
     
  7. Ian Sk.

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    The first Broadway show I saw was ‘Hello Dolly’ in 1968 I was in 7th grade with Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. I was amazed at set pieces moving on and off stage as if by magic. The next day I went to the school auditorium and signed up for the back stage crew and the light board grabbed my attention and that was it.
    I stayed involved through high school. I didn’t go to college so my ‘career’ stopped in 1974.
    I want for a number of reasons to get involved again in lighting but I will need some help. I’ll look around and find the correct forum to ask my questions.

     
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    I was the chief engineer / studio manager at a recording studio. The place semi-suddenly changed ownership, turning my full-time gig into a part-time "freelance" position. Figured I should get something at least somewhat stable to make up the difference. Local performing arts facility had an ad out for a part-time TV studio tech. Signed up, got the job. Some day before my start date, I asked if they'd mind if I just sort of wandered about the place to get the lay of the land. There was a rehearsal going on in the main theatre (A Chorus Line - I remember it like it was yesterday). TD / sound guy was having issues with a couple wireless units. I offered to help.

    "You know anything about wireless mics?"
    "Well, enough I guess..."

    Tweaked the mics, plugged everything in while he was working. Something started feeding back.

    "Do you mind...?"
    "Go right ahead."

    And I pulled down a couple frequencies on the graphic.

    A bit later, something (don't remember what) needed attention and he (TD) said "I have to leave the board for a bit" to the director and brought the faders down. I said "Do you want me to fill in for awhile?" and he says "Can you live sound?!?" and I said "Well, sure."

    At that point, I was a theatre tech. I can only imagine how much more of my hair I'd still have if I didn't go in that evening.
     
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