Light Cues & Costumes & Props, OH MY! by Carmel Cowart
Our Creative Dramatics 1 (2nd-5th grade) class production of Tiny Thumbelina opens tomorrow! The cast and crew have been knee-deep in Tech Week; putting all the finishing touches on costumes, set changes, lighting, props, hair and makeup. I am so very proud of each of these young performers! Their resilience and adaptability to change is quite impressive.
For those that may not know, the CD1 class, directed by myself and Lauren Baxter, rehearses in SCT’s upstairs Green Room for eleven weeks of class. It is not until Monday of Tech Week (four days before their show opens!) that they step foot onto the stage where they actually perform the show. As their director, I aim to introduce only one new element of their show at each tech rehearsal, so as not to overwhelm them. On Monday, we run the show for the first time on the stage using props. Tuesday, we add in light cues. Wednesday, we start using mics. And Thursday, we do a final dress rehearsal with all those elements in full costume. Let me tell you, these kids take all those curve balls and knock ’em out of the park, er… the theatre! What I really love is that this cast has adapted to all of that change with the biggest smiles on their faces.
Throughout each rehearsal, I have had the amazing privilege of witnessing their love of performing grow as they learn, and then watching them put what they learn into ACTION. I am filled with sheer excitement for them as opening night of Tiny Thumbelina approaches! There is so much more that I wish I could share with you, our readers, about these wonderful students and this show. However, since they are the brawn, beauty, and brains of this production, I thought it only appropriate to let them share a little with you. Here are a few of their thoughts about Tech Week, opening night, and being a theatre kid.
Q:What’s your favorite part of tech week?
A: “Putting the whole show together on the stage.” – Megan Cullen
“Costumes!” – Abbey Kate Daugherty
“Props, because I get a sword in this play.” – Aidan Hayes
“Opening night, of course!” – Isabella Webster
Q: What do you like about theatre?
A: “Being on the stage in the spotlight.” – Maggie Rabitsch
“The adrenaline from performing and getting to play challenging roles.” – Noah Eastman
“It’s fun!” – Amelie Steffen
“Horrible things never happen here, only good things always. And it helps prepare you for college.” – Terrence Bush
Q: What’s your favorite line from Tiny Thumbelina?
A: “I like the mud.” – Maggie Rabitsch
“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” – Abbey Kate Daugherty
“I hate the word FROG!” – Terrence Bush
“You can’t be ugly when you’re rich.” – Jolie-Anne Brosseau
Q: What’s your favorite play you’ve seen?
A: “My Fair Lady” – Ansley McKee
“Huckleberry Finn” – Aidan Hayes
“Charlotte’s Web” – Megan Cullen
“All of the SCT plays, because they’re SO GOOD!” – Noah Eastman
Q: What’s your dream role?
A: “Donkey in Shrek” – Abbey Kate Daugherty
“Blue Fairy in Pinnochio” – Megan Cullen
“Sheriff in Robin Hood” – Terrence Bush
“Pinnochio” – Noah Eastman
Q: Would you like for everyone you know to come see your show this weekend?
A: An emphatic “YES!” from the entire Tiny Thumbelina cast!
So come join us at SCT for Tiny Thumbelina, a tale of love, adventure, and finding home.
Friday, November 15th at 7:00pm.
Saturday, November 16th at 3:00pm
Sunday, November 17th at 3:00pm
Click HERE for tickets!