My involvement in theater this year has encompassed a variety of shows. My major interest is lighting, so all of the jobs I’ve taken have been in that area. I started out by operating the follow spot lamp in the school musical, South Pacific. My first time on the lighting board was running dress rehearsals for the first semester dance performance, The Little Mermaid. It was exciting to finally be on the board, but I knew I would need more practice before running a big show. I got my chance – a middle school drama show, Triptych, gave me an opportunity to run dress rehearsals and an actual show, as well as a bit of programming. A week later I ran the second semester dance show, Showcase 2005. The experience I gained from those put me in a position to run the high school drama put on by the Advanced Acting class. The Three Musketeers had a total of 41 scenes, many with fast lighting cues and a variety of lighting looks. I created a cuesheet for the show and ran it. It was an interesting experience, to say the least. None of the other shows had required near as much work or had been so stressful, but none were as complicated or alive, either. The lighting in The Three Musketeers turned out great. I’ve learned so much this year, and I have every intention of continuing next year.

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