As a leader in Northwood’s Theatre Arts department, senior Calvin Lin has dedicated much of his time and effort to the behind-the-scenes crew, ensuring that each and every production, including recent success “Almost, Maine,” runs smoothly. He sat down with The Howler to discuss his experiences with the crew and the impact of the theatre department on his life.
Derek Kim: How did you become a part of the theatre crew?
Calvin Lin: My sophomore year, after taking the technical theatre class, I was really interested by the art of technical theatre, and I interviewed for carpentry for “The Drowsy Chaperone.” I became a part of it for the art, but I stayed for the people.
DK: What specifically do you do on set?
CL: I’m the carpentry head and running crew head, so for two or three months before any production, I meet with my carpentry crew and we study our blueprints and build the set from scratch. Then, during tech rehearsals for the two weeks before the show, I take the running crew and we rehearse cues and timing for scenery changes.
DK: What are your thoughts on this year’s show?
CL: Absolutely amazing. It was one of those shows that struck a great balance between its comedic value and deep, real moments. The first two nights were rocky. We missed cues, and the scenes were kind of off. But on Friday night, which had the biggest audience, everything ran perfectly, and I remember the curtain going down and the audience going crazy. It was a cool feeling knowing that I had played a part in making that happen.
DK: What do you think is the theatre department’s key to success?
CL: There is an unparalleled desire to be as professional as possible across the board. The show’s company is always ready to work, and they’re extremely dedicated to putting on a great show.
DK: In what ways has being a part of the crew shaped you as a person?
CL: Having had to deal with so many problems and bumps in the road, I’ve definitely become more patient. The most important thing, however, is that I’ve learned that it’s good to take chances and accept new challenges.
DK: Do you have any advice for anyone who might want to join the theatre crew in the future?
CL: Make the time, be involved and enjoy yourself. It’s a great group to be a part of, but there’s so much time and effort that goes into it. But if you know that you can put in the work, go for it and don’t look back.