Unseen workers behind the scenes
Watch closely, and you still might miss them. Despite their lack of onstage presence, these figures clad in black are just as vital to performances as the performers themselves.
The members of Stagecraft are behind nearly every technical job needed in school productions. Working alongside Dance, Choir or Drama, they must execute their work with the lights, sound and background sets just as flawlessly.
“Stagecraft is like the basis for all production. Sometimes, we do slack off here and there, but In the end, we always pull through,” junior Disha Patel said. “We put a lot of effort into making everything and putting it all together.”
Not only do the members of Stagecraft on performance and rehearsal days, but they also spend a large portion of their time cleaning, planning, preparing and building the sets for plays and musicals.
“Because we have less people than last semester, we have to do more and use our time wiser,” senior Brandon Ko said. “It really shows how much work you can get done when you’re being rushed.”
Much of the work involved in Stagecraft requires teamwork. Some members of the team include the director, stage manager, costume manager, sound technician and stage crew. In order to create seamless transitions between scenes, members must execute precise changes to the stage during performances, regardless of how minute these changes may be.
“You learn how to work as a team, how to work with tools and a lot of technical things like lighting and sound,” Ko said. “Over time, you’re just taught throughout the years until you’re able to teach another person who’s under you. Teamwork can make things go a lot smoother. Without a team, you really can’t get anything done.”
Often, because of the amount of work required to make school productions possible, Stagecraft members dedicate extra time during tutorial and after school to ensure they meet their deadlines.
“For any arts program, we work long hours to prepare for everything, even if it’s not recognized as much,” senior Annie Liew said. “You can be really unappreciated sometimes, but when the play is done, you’re just really proud of the work that you’ve done. The end results are really rewarding.”
By Erica Chang, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Kyle Lin