Theater requires many roles in student production

The lights in the theater are dimmed while the audience sees faint figures setting up stage props. Behind the curtain, students are practicing their lines with the other cast members as the audience waits in anticipation for the show to begin. The cast members rush to their positions, and in the blink of an eye, the show begins.

“When I’m on stage I feel very powerful and in the moment, just being on stage makes me feel very happy,” Tristan Dominguez, sixth grade theater major said.

Although Dominguez is a theater major and performs on a daily basis he doesn’t get stage fright.

“My first show was Aladdin,” Dominguez said.

And, at the age of 8, he still wasn’t scared to perform.

“Usually I’m nervous before a show, but once I’m on stage I get more relaxed and pretend like no one is there,” Erin Larsen, seventh grade theater major said.

When preparing for a show, Larsen is usually the one to set a time, date, and place where all the cast members can meet up and practice their lines with each other.

“I think the hardest part of being a theater major is the pressure to get everything done in time,” Larsen said. “I remember once I was at a musical theater performance, and the main singer didn’t sing, so it looked like a dance performance. So, I think it shows that the people performing couldn’t get everything done in time.”

Backstage everything is “organized chaos” Larsen said. Everyone knows what they’re doing and where they need to go but they’re just rushing to get there.

“My least favorite part of technical theater is that a lot of people think it’s boring and they don’t give us credit for what we do,” Lucy Ruyack, sixth grade theater major said.“At first I wasn’t interested in technical theater but then I started learning about it and it became interesting.”

Technical theater has more happening then what just meets the eye.

“In set design, you learn how the set works and how to convey the mood with the set,” Ruyack said.

According to bbc.co.uk, set design has to do with the visual aesthetic of a show. And, it lines up with all the other aspects of a show like costume design to create an overall style for the show.

“When you’re designing a costume most of the time you read the script and choose what colors fit the character,” Larsen said.

In the costume design class, “You learn the tools and materials you need to sew, what they do and how to use them,” Ruyack said. According to aact.org, the shapes, texture, and colors have a big impact on how the character is being portrayed.

“Another part of costume design is learning the basics of sewing, like the quickest stitch for if someone’s costume breaks,” Ruyack said.

While some are fond of technical theater, others are not. Dominguez is one of the others he said he’s “not very fond of”’ of set design but he is fond of other things like performance theater

“The first thing you learn in drama is how to prepare for a show. Some people like to meditate, others like to preset their props and others like to practice their lines,” Dominguez said.

According to masterclass.com, a good warm up for an actor will help them get rid of any anxieties. Warm up routines such as physical warm ups and warm up games get an actor ready to perform.

“I don’t like vocal or physical warm ups,” Dominguez said.

For him, auditions are “very nerve racking,” Dominguez said. If it’s a musical theater audition usually there will be a pianist to play along to whatever song you’re singing. According to gcu.edu you should always be confident, comfortable, and charismatic when walking into an audition.

“Just acting in general is really fun, but musical theater is my favorite because you get to express yourself,” Dominguez said.

Just as quickly as the show began, it ended. The cast gets a standing ovation while they bow their heads officially ending the show. The claps and cheers slowly fade out as the audience members leave the theater. As the curtains fall the backstage crew resets the stage just to start the process all over again.