Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am extremely interested in being involved in the behind-the-scenes tech work that goes into putting on a stage productions. How can I learn the skills and get a position working in, say, the scene shop, or working the sound board for something like that?
Dear PT but not a cruiser,
My home teacher (who is also the roommate of Ozymandias, but that's a different story) is involved with this sort of stuff at BYU, so I sent your question to him.
I'm super excited for you wanting to get involved with theater! I've working in one form or another with technical theater since I was 14 and it has been some of the best experiences that I've had. I'm assuming that you are at BYU and if so then there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. One way is to sign up for TMA 160 which is the first production class in the theater major. They will give you a basic overview of everything from stage management to lighting to sound to set construction. It would be a good way to get introduced. The other way is to try to get a job with BYU Arts Production. They have general stage hand jobs as well as more specialized jobs within lighting and sound which would usually require a bit more experience. If you want more information contact yayfulness and I can maybe get you in contact with some of the right people for a job.
If you're not at BYU, try to get involved with a local community theater or a high school production. I know that they can always use help even if you don't have much experience. But really, working with theater (specifically lighting) has been one of the best experiences I've had at BYU. I've been able to go on tour internationally with one of the groups and I've had experiences that I'll never forget. So I hope you can get involved but just be warned, once you get in, you sell part of your soul to the theater!
- MDUB c/o yayfulness