In and most cases, when most people watch a play, they only think about what they see; they focus on the actors and the story. A lot of people don’t consider the hard work of the stage crew, makeup artist(s), the director, the stage manager sound crew, and light crew. Even I didn’t until I was put into the position of being the one man light crew.
My first play was “Game of Tiaras.” I was cast as Guard #2, a minor role. This was pretty easy for me, and I had my lines memorized within the first few rehearsals. I really enjoyed being an actor; there was a lot of pressure, but it was also a really great time.
In the spring, the drama department decided to perform “Seussical: The Musical.” Jey Riggs doesn’t sing. Despite not having interest in being on stage, I still wanted to feel like I was a part of the show. Originally, I was going to be a stage hand, which is basically someone who moves props. Then, I was given the option of doing lights instead. I took this opportunity.
At first, I was filled with fear and anxiety of ruining the entire show. To my surprise, light crew was pretty simple. I just had to push a few buttons at the right time to correspond with the script. Admittedly, I screwed up quite a few times. However, for it being my first time ever touching that light board, I’m kind of proud.Now, I’m the official light guy for all of the plays. I really kind of miss being an actor, but there’s less competition, and I have to go to fewer rehearsals, so I guess it really isn’t that bad.