Every theater patron knows the stage is alive during a production. Actors move about revealing the story; they dance and sing; they enter and exit the stage on cue. But rarely do patrons get to see the activity back stage. Back stage is a very busy place. Let’s take a peak at some back stage action with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. which goes up from Feb. 15-17 and 22-24.
Putting the Spotlight on Andria Theatre’s Talented Teen Volunteers…
Meet Andy Tollin . . .
. . . assistant director, props master, and stage manager. He’s one busy high school senior! He has created all the props for the show, he’s in charge of writing down where actors need to be during any given moment, and when the show goes into tech week, Andy will be running the show from back stage and from the sound/light booth.
Andy fell in love with theater when he was cast as Peter Pan in his 5th grade play. The rest, as he says, was history. Each new show, and there have been 15 so far, brings new experiences which develop a feeling of family. He values working with others who show respect for one another on stage and patience for others off stage.
Andy is interning at Andria Theatre spring semester and will continue learning theater arts next year when he attends the theater program at Augsburg College under scholarship.
Introducing Zoe Johnson
This is Zoe’s first time as head costumer for an Andria Theatre production. She has long dreamed of being a costumer. In her former community of Sioux City, Iowa, there were not outlets for community theater. However, she applied her costume design to her dolls when she was growing up, and later created costumes for Renaissance fairs. Her favorite part of watching any movie on DVD is going into the Extras and learning about each movies’ costumers’ processes for designing the “look” of a movie.
For Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. she takes each character into consideration and analyzes how they would decide what to wear, how they would express their personality through what they’re wearing. She also incorporates contrast into her design work. When you see the show, you’ll know who she wants the audience to relate to the most through design choices.
In future blogs, we will look deeper into the positions of makeup and hair designers, props master, assistant director, set designer, set carpenter, lighting and sound designers, and finally, being a director, over seeing all elements of a production.