Ogres and onions have layers, and so do shows
When audience members settle into their seats next month as the curtains rise and the lights dim for Northwood’s production of “Shrek: The Musical,” they’ll only be catching a glimpse of the world of work and creativity behind the performance. For months leading up to opening night, both Pit Orchestra and Tech Theatre prepared behind the scenes. Their hard work will be on full display on stage, but here The Howler provides a closer look at the human faces behind the work that will remain largely invisible to the viewers.
Instrumental music teacher and conductor Ben Case directs the Pit Orchestra, which will accompany the show from under the stage.
“I did Pit last year for ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ so I know how it works,” said senior Janice Lee. “It’s a lot of work and a lot hours after school and on weekends, but playing music is really fun. Also, a lot of the pieces we are playing are familiar tunes, so that’s fun.”
Tech Theatre contains the following groups: stage management, carpentry, sound, makeup and hair, costumes, running crew, props, publicity, paint, lighting, box office, house management and ushers.
“Before production begins, the crew heads interview students who are interested in specific crews,” senior Romina Zarbaf said. “So when production begins, each crew does their own thing and work to finish whatever needs to get done.”
“Tech Week” takes place the week before the final production and the week of the production itself. The Tech Theatre members often work from 4 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. each night. Tech Week leaves Tech Theatre members exhausted, but the final product of a dazzling show makes it worth it.
“You get that sense of pride and it’s really exciting,” sophomore Nino Chen said. “You’re proud of yourself, you’re proud of your friends, you’re proud of everyone involved in putting on an awesome show.”
Drama will perform the musical from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18.