I discovered technical theatre relatively late in life – well after high school ended. Since that discovery, I’ve sponsored middle and high school drama programs and volunteered for community theatre. What I’ve discovered is that it may not cure cancer or end famine, but something about that feeling that everyone gets when the curtain closes is magical. The cast feels it, the crew feels it, but most importantly, the audience feels it: they’ve been transported somewhere new and exciting where everyone knows the lyrics and the choreography. It allows us to let our imaginations fly. In Dead Poet’s Society, the character John Keating notes that, “The human race is filled with passion…poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for… That you are here – that life exits, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.” My verse, my contribution would be helping the play come alive.
It’s no secret that the life of a theatre major – acting or technical – is hard. But to make this dream a reality? Learn everything I can about the technical skills necessary, and how to apply them to the stage. Continue volunteering with community theatres. Continue sponsoring the high school program. And most of all, continue loving what I do. The passion is what makes theatre worth it.