Crew Heads Q and A

The Tech Crew Heads stand on the theatre still proud of their work to make "Rumors" such a success.

The Tech Crew Heads stand on the theatre still proud of their work to make “Rumors” such a success.

The crews for “Rumors” worked hard to make sure everything went smoothly and looked nice, adding stress to their already hectic days. Each crew has a Crew Head; their job is to figure out how to make their job work, and it look nice on the set. Once they figure out what and how to do their job they delegate it to the people participating in their crews. In the end, the crews come together to make a production.

Katherine Whitmore ’17

Whitmore has been co-head of Props crew with Anna Rosenthal ’17 for 11 shows.

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of props?

A: “I like the creativity of it because you never know what’s going to be on the prop list for a show so you have to find some really weird stuff. Sometimes it’s a challenge to figure out how to make something work.”

Q: What were you most nervous about for the show?

A: “I was nervous because, there was real food and so I had to get real food during the show and make sure that it looks nice because some of it needed to be halfway eaten when it went on stage and there were a lot of very little things[props] that had to be scattered around the room and if they’re not in the right place then it would have been hard for the actors.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “I was particularly impressed with our construction crew, who managed to build an entire house in under a month. I also think it’s important to acknowledge Mrs. Willers, who jumped in at a new school in a new state and directed an incredible show right off the bat.”

Q: What do you think went wrong during (Rumors)?

A: “I think one of the bigger things went wrong is the Jamie skeleton. That’s a hard

question for this show because it has gone more smoothly once we opened than any of the other ones I’ve worked on. The whole cast and crew worked really well together and got along, meaning that we were efficient but had a blast at the same time. Of course every show has its flaws. We weren’t selected to take the show to Thescon, which is a bummer, and parts of the set could’ve used another coat of paint, but overall Rumors was wonderful.”

Garrett Arbuckle ’19

Arbuckle is new to being a crew head this year and is co-head of Paint crew with Brenna Cole-Hassell ’17.

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of paint?

A: “I get to tell people what to do.”

Q: What was the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “Working and getting everything together all at once.”

Q: What is the best part about preparing for “Rumors”?

A: “Getting to work with people you don’t work with on a daily basis and then you get to create something that you want.”

Q: What do you think went well during “Rumors”?

A: “The actors along with the set were able to work well together.”

Maria Bissonette ’17

Bissonette is co-head of Construction with Amelia Buchmeier ’17, this is Bissonnette’s first show as construction head.

Q: What was the most challenging part about being head of construction crew?

A: “It was very chaotic because lots of times we didn’t know what we were building especially at the beginning, but once we got going, it’s okay. The biggest problem was that there was so much to do and so much that goes into those projects.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of construction crew?

A: “Everything. It’s so nice to spend so much time working on something and seeing it on show night.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “I think everything went well during the show, nothing fell apart, and even if some of the actors missed some of their lines their improv was really good.”

Emily Sitter ’17

Sitter has been co-head of makeup and hair crew with Maria Tinsley ’17 for 5 shows.

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of makeup and hair?

A: “I love doing hair and makeup, I have since I was little. It was the first thing I did in Heritage theatre[makeup and hair] so it’s been really run being in charge of it.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “Glenn’s nose.”

Asher Farr ’17

Farr has been co-head of lights crew with Liam Tilton, this is Farr’s first show as co-head of lights.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of lights crew?

A: “The most challenging thing is our outdated lights system and working with the constraints of having something that’s forty years old.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of lights?

A: “I really like the board because you get control of everything, you feel very powerful but also very creative and artistic.”

Q: What was the most challenging part about preparing lights for (Rumors)?

A: “The most challenging part was the headlights and that they needed to be shown through a window that was on the side of the house.”

Q: What went wrong during (Rumors)?

A: “If we had more lights we would have been able to see a lot more, that was our biggest downfall. We did what we could with what we had.”

Briana Martinez ’17

Martinez has been head of costume crew for one year.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of costume crew?

A: “Making sure that everybody keeps their stuff where it’s supposed to go and not losing their things.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of costume crew?

A: “It’s super fun because when you get to see the show it’s thrilling because you are the first thing people see about the show.”

Q: What do you think went well during “Rumors”?

A: “Not many things went wrong so I would say that was good, all the costumes held up.”

Sophia Johnson-Grimes ’17

Johnson-Grimes has been head of fundraising crew for four shows. Fundraising was previously part of house and publicity crew but is now its own crew.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of fundraising?

A: “The constant need for funds and money so you have to think of new ways to raise money.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of fundraising?

A: “Seeing all the wonderful opportunities that are presented as a result of getting money through fundraisers, like kids being able to go to ThesCon and being able to build wonderful sets and have the best costumes.”

Q: What do you think went well during “Rumors”?

A: Fundraising wise, we had a gift basket out in the lobby during the Friday night performance. We got a significant amount of money from auctioning off that. We also had a bake sale a couple of nights and those brought in a lot of revenue for the theatre department.”

Q: What do you think went wrong during “Rumors”?

A: “I feel like it would have been a little bit more organized if I had been able to be there to help out.”

Adam Earnest ’17

Earnest has been head of run crew for 3 shows.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of run crew?

A: “Managing all the actors and making sure that they stay quiet and in their place.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of run crew?

A: “My run crew family, we all get very close.”

Q: What is the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “The lack of run crew that is needed because there is not a bunch of it in there but I still need to train people so that we are prepared for (Addams Family).”

Rylan Dunning ’18

Dunning has been co-head of sound for 2 shows with Sage Fahnestock ’18.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of sound?

A: “Constantly making sure that everything is working.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of sound?

A: “I like the technology aspect of the theatre.”

Q: What is the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “Keeping all the queues and mics for the actors organized and making sure that everything works.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “The actors remembered all of their lines, there were no problems with the set or tech in general.”

Sophia Brooks ’17

Brooks has been co-head of house and publicity with Macala Byrne ’17 for two shows.

Q: What is the most challenging part of being head of this house and publicity?

A: “You have to remember a lot of people and it can build up on you so you really have to stay on top of things and be organized and super creative.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of house and publicity?

A: “I love all the people!”

Q: What was the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “Helping everyone, tearing tickets, finding seats and exchanging money can be really fast paced and that can be super nerve wracking.”

Q: What went well during (Rumors)?

A: “Everyone got in their seats and were escorted properly.”

Q: What went wrong during “Rumors”?

A: “A few of our brand new chairs were broken during the shows.”

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