Drama Students Create the Perfect Setting for Actors
“The Little Mermaid” is the sixth play the Paso High Theatre Company is bringing to life. With a total of 20 students backstage, the crew has been working on this play for three months. According to Technical Theatre teacher, Geoffrey Higgins, they use “billions, untold billions” pounds of wood and supplies.
“They are all like choreographed dancers, so they all do the same thing moving things [the set] in and out. Overall that’s a fun job, but for me it’s the construction once that’s over I’m kinda out of it.” Technical Theatre teacher, Geoffrey Higgins said .
Technical Theatre teacher, Geoffrey Higgins, is new to PRHS this year. He teaches a class in which students learn the ropes of the backstage including: set construction, lights, sound, and projections. The two classes have 30 people each. Before the Advanced Technical Theatre class, volunteers would come and build sets. Higgins obtained his job by volunteering and building sets for previous plays. “I do [love being backstage]. So outside of school, I do, I volunteer [building sets] and that kind of stuff,” Higgins commented.
“I think the hardest part of being a Stage Manager is maybe knowing every single transition with set pieces, sound cues, mics, lights, projections, and actors,” said stage manager, Isabel Gonzalez. A stage manager’s job is to make the show run smoothly. This is Gonzalez’s first play as a stage manager. In her four years of drama she has worked with the spotlight and as a light designer. Gonzalez says her favorite job had to be working as a light designer. According to the AACT, light designers work to create the perfect mood and “look”.
“I feel happy [after a successful show], the feeling is inexpiable! It’s such an honor to be driving the ship.”Gonzalez said .
This years production of “The Little Mermaid” has more of the most complicated sets. Ariel, played by Madecyn Penn, have to somehow convert her tail into legs. The set included a boat, a rock wall, a kitchen, a ballroom, and even a bathtub.
According to Higgins, he receives the script and comes up with “original ideas” for the set. Higgins is given outlines to follow, but his team has lots of freedom. According to David Korins in an interview for “Playbill”, research is the most important part to getting the set looking just right. David Korins is a tony-nominated scenic designer, whose work includes, the “Hamilton” set, “Grease Live” and many more.