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Joining Crew: A Look Into the Genesians Drama Program

By Olivia Fries-Farr ’19

A few months ago, the Genesians Drama Program dazzled the Immaculate Heart stage with their production of “The Matchmaker.” Soon, the Genesians will begin to work on their spring musical: “Sister Act.” With the new musical stirring excited emotions among the student body, The Bamboo reached out to a few Genesian crew members to seek insight into what being a crew member entails. While the onstage performers put on quite the show, the behind-the-scenes workers deserve high praises, as well. The sets, music, hair, makeup, costumes, lighting, and so much more are all the work of the hardworking students who are rarely in the spotlight.

Organizing a large crew with so many different responsibilities is a huge undertaking. Fulfilling a minimum of 6 crew hours is a requirement for students enrolled in Immaculate Heart’s Intro to Drama classes. It is also a great opportunity to learn about how plays are put on at IHt. The Bamboo was able to catch up with a couple of the crew members for a Q&A about their experiences working on the production.

The Bamboo first interviewed junior Malena Logan, Genesian Board Member and Stage Manager.

The Bamboo: How long have you been an IH Genesian?

Logan: I have been a member of IH Genesians since my freshman year.

 

Bamboo: Tell us what job you had on “The Matchmaker.”

Logan: I am a stage manager for plays. For “The Matchmaker,” I was in charge of set rotation and the team that moves the sets — as well as prop setup. I also track the blocking of the play during rehearsal.

 

Bamboo: What did your position entail for the Matchmaker production?

Logan: One of my jobs is to make sure that actors have their props and know where they are. My second job is to direct the order and style in which the sets go out. The third part of my job is to track the blocking, where and when the actors move in the scene, as well as record all of the dances and send them to the cast.


Bamboo: As a member of the crew, what did you learn and what obstacles does the position have that you were able to overcome?

Logan: Stage managing is a thankless job. As a stage manager, your job is to make everything in the show run smoothly for the audience actors and director. It can be frustrating to not get the same attention that the performers get, but overall I love the work that I do. The outcome of the show is the real reward. Stage managing has taught me how to think quickly when things don’t work the way you thought it would. The process has also taught me how to work with people.


Bamboo: Was this your first show on crew?

Logan: This was not my first show on crew. It was actually my fourth show on the crew.


Bamboo: Will you continue to do crew until you graduate from IH?

Logan: Yes, I fully intend on doing crew until I graduate!

 

Bamboo: Is the position you have on crew something you see yourself doing in college and the future?

Logan: Yes, I really enjoy stage managing and it is something I have definitely considered studying in college.


Bamboo: What can you share with our readers to encourage them to join the Genesians’ crew?

Logan: Although it may not seem like it is that important, stage crew is essential to theatre. There are so many technical and behind-the-scenes things if you aren’t into acting. For me, stage crew has given me a lot of clarity on what I want to do with my life. It’s really a fun way to make friends be creative and learn more about theatre.


Bamboo: What was your favorite part of “The Matchmaker” production?

Logan: My favorite part were the dances, the jokes, and the sets.

 

Bamboo: Finally, is there anything you want to say about crew that was not asked or you feel our readers should know?

Logan: It’s a tiring, and like I mentioned earlier, somewhat thankless job. However you are filled with a sense of pride when you are doing the job and you get feedback on the show. I think that’s why I keep doing it because I love the pride I feel when I see people appreciating my hard work. There is a sense of unity among crew members. We all know how hard the person next to us is working and we all appreciate the effort that is put in from moving the sets to moving the spotlights, creating the sets, making props, doing hair and makeup. All of it really matters, plus you get some cool stickers and temporary tattoos for your hard work if you join crew.

 

The Bamboo’s next interview was with junior Sebastian Cahill who is a stage crew member.

Bamboo: How long have you been an IH Genesian?

Cahill:  I have been a Genesian since freshman year!


Bamboo: Tell us what job you had on “The Matchmaker.”

Cahill: I was a member of the stage crew.

 

Bamboo: Please explain your position on the Matchmaker crew.

Cahill: I moved sets on and off the stage during the production, helped with set up-keep, and helped actors with props, etc.

 

Bamboo: What did you learn and what obstacles does the position have that you were able to overcome?

Cahill: Every time I do crew, I am always reminded of the value of time management!

 

Bamboo: Is this your first show on crew?

Cahill: Nope! It’s my second.

 

Bamboo: Will you continue to do crew until you graduate from IH?

Cahill: Hopefully, yes.

 

Bamboo: Is the position you have on crew something you see yourself doing in college and the future?

Cahill: Maybe, who knows? I love doing shows, so I hope to in the future.


Bamboo: What can you share with our readers to encourage them to join the Genesians’ crew?

Cahill: You make a ton of friends on crew! Also, Ms. Heather Chesley is a total gem and the best teacher ever! Highly recommend her class!

 

Bamboo: What was your favorite part of “The Matchmaker” play?

Cahill: I loved meeting all the new people and have made loads of new friends!

 

For those of you interested in becoming a part of the crew for “Sister Act,” be on the lookout for announcements from the Genesian’s Club.

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