Arts and Entertainment

Setting the Stage With Stagecraft

With Seussical The Musical coming just around the corner during February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Redwood’s theater community has been getting a lot of acknowledgment and attention. Although the actual actors of the musical certainly do deserve the recognition for their talents and roles, the students who work behind the scenes should not go unnoticed.

There are many hard-working students who create the foundation and basis of a visually great production for acts, such as, musicals. Better known as stagecraft, these students are the ones who control and work on what happens behind the curtain. Those who are interested in theater or drama, but want to work backstage rather than perform on stage, stagecraft is where you belong.

On thoughts about why most students join stagecraft, Leslee Gutierrez, ‘19, said, “[Stagecraft] shows students the different side of what makes a performance and it’s more of a behind the scenes experience.” She explained how the jobs of the stagecraft members varies and how it’s always productive and busy in there, especially during preparations for plays and musicals. Gutierrez concluded with why stagecraft is beneficial and said, “It is a very good class for those who have stage fright and whatnot.” Without feeling pressured to perform in front of an audience, students can still be apart of something bigger while working behind the scenes.

Currently, stagecraft is focused on supplying the sets for Seussical. When asked about the what the class has been up to, Megan James, ‘19, said, “Since basically the beginning of the school year, we have been building the sets and props for the musical.” While preparing for the finishing touches for the musical, students learned prior knowledge about how to do work backstage. James said, “[We] learned how to use hand tools, light boards, and how to be an overall problem solver.” Painting sets is not what stagecraft is only about.

Heather Clegg, ‘18, who has participated in every production that Redwood’s theater department has had and with even further knowledge about theater, shared her views about stagecraft and said, “We don’t only build sets for our own shows, but we help build sets and props for all the theater companies in the school district and community.” She has great pride in what the members in class all contribute in to help the theater community. Overall, it is proven that stagecraft isn’t only about painting, instead students are also taught how to build, run the production backstage, and etcetera. Clegg concluded and said that stagecraft is the number one source of the “education of technical theater.”

While watching and enjoying Seussical, students should not forget about  the work that goes behind the curtain. Stagecraft and their efforts in the internal production is equivalent to a great external performance. Acknowledging the members of stagecraft for having their own backstage performance would balance out the recognition in the theater department.

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