Although the all-school play just ended, the drama program’s tech and production club, known as the Guild, is just getting started.
Typically, The Guild supports the performing arts department. It helps build sets for productions, such as the huge backdrop of mansion for “Pride and Prejudice,” and it also is in charge of handling the production technology for sound and lighting.
This year it is extending its know-how to aid any club that needs production help with an all-school assembly.
“This year really marks a change for the club,” said member Amanda Malcolm, “There were about 10 or less members when Guild began, and now the club has 35-40 members from across the grades. This year we have done much more than ever before.”
To jump start its new initiative, the Guild had a screw sorting party on Oct. 26, where club members spent one lunch looking through all of the screws in the shed and classifying them by size, and Phillips head. If the bolt or threading on the screws were no longer useful, they were thrown away.
“It’s always really great when we can all come together to do a job, or at a screw sorting party,” club president Rose Cobey ’10 said. “It of course makes it a lot easier when we are building sets and we know exactly where the screws are and which ones work.
About eight of The Guild members have already participated in lighting and working on each assembly this year, and every member is preparing to tech at least one event.
“It really is a program to get girls familiar with the ‘teching’ and teach them the skills and terms they need to know to put on a good show,” said Guild adviser Doug Lowry.
At the next drama performance, be sure to take note of not only the content, but also who’s behind the lighting booth.