Getting buff backstage: Tech Theatre
A family of students paints characters with makeup, flashes lights across the stage and cobbles planks of wood into enchanting sets. In addition to the actors and actresses, another group contributed to the greatness of the winter musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”: Tech Theatre.
Danyelle Dunavold serves as the head drama teacher, and Kyle Arnold assists as tech mentor. The students work in different teams, including stage management, carpentry, paint, lighting, sound, props, makeup, hair, costumes, box office, running crew and house management. Junior Romina Zarbaf enjoyed serving as part of the lighting crew.
“I specifically became interested in lighting because of pure luck. I was placed into lighting by chance, and I fell in love with it right away,” Zarbaf said. During “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Zarbaf fulfilled the role of spot operator.
“Tech Week,” which takes place right before the final production and the week of the production itself, places high demands on members of Tech Theatre. With hours beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting anywhere from 9 to 11 p.m. along with the burden of homework, Tech Theatre members get little to no sleep. However, it’s worth it in the end when members see the results of all their hard work and long hours during show week.
“You get that sense of pride and it’s really exciting,” sophomore Jamie Park said. “You’re proud of yourself, you’re proud of your friends, you’re proud of everyone involved in putting on an awesome show.”