Behind the Curtains: A closer look into the Theatre Department

From rehearsals and memorizing line after line, to simply developing characters and focusing on their parts, the theatre cast and crew spend over 150 hours on average getting ready for a production.

“I spend about an hour for every minute of the show, and this doesn’t included getting the stage ready and setting the props,” says the Theatre President, senior Madeline Garcia.

Hour after hour each day for rehearsal, with a minimum of two days alone just remembering lines, the cast devote their time into what they do. While the cast is busy preparing, the crew is busy setting up lighting and special effects to give the audience the full experience of the moment. Without the crew and cast working hand in hand the production would be a failure; both groups spend their time to bring their best performance to the stage.

We may see the theatre students as just actors on stage reciting lines, but to them theatre is something more than just something to pass time. It’s where they make friendships and bonds that last a life time; where they can be someone they’re not and see life through a character with a new perspective. Whether it’s the butterflies in their stomach before a show or the relief and energy-filled state of mind after it; these students love doing what they do.

“Theatre is definitely more than just a hobby to me, it’s a part of my life,” Senior Matt Mead said. “Theatre is to me like dressing up like Superman is to five years olds.”

It takes courage to stand in front of hundreds of people and perform. Imagine delivery the first line and not messing up; the continuous feeling like you’ll forget your part or what you’re supposed to say. In theatre everyone is part of a team; you’re dependent on everyone else to do their part right; one small mistake can throw everyone else off. The theatre cast and crew take their time in giving the audience the best show possible, from plays like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to their production of “Our Town” which premieres in February. “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder is more narrative than “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. There is nearly no set therefore, there’s more emphasis on the cast, their actions, and the props. All in all the theatre students put forward their greatest effort in a performance.

“It’s delivering the first line that’s always the hardest but then you ease up and lose yourself in the character ,and before you know it the show is over and you overcome with excitement and energy,” says sophomore Marcus Miller, “after the show it’s as if a huge weight is lifted off of you and you just feel great.”

Photo Credit to WHS Theatre Department