Fall and Spring Semester Dance Practicum and Informal Concert 2014-2015 (Professor Webb)
Being in practicum allowed me to gain an understanding of how things operate backstage in a showing, concert, or play. I worked backstage on the headset stage left for all of the showcases and concerts except the Informal Concert. Working on the headset does not necessarily mean I had to communicate with the stage crew. No matter what position the backstage crew worked, it remained our job to make sure the dancers were dressed and on stage at the appropriate time. I found myself helping dancers that had pieces back to back get dressed behind the curtains quickly. Being a part of the stage crew is a huge responsibility. All of the dancers and choreographers depend on us to get everything right ...
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Coming out of Dance Production, I gained the knowledge of how to change the lighting on stage as well as how to roll out the marley floor. I knew there were different types of stages however, I never knew there were actual names for them such as arena, thrust, and proscenium. Rolling out the marley involves a certain amount of teamwork. The floor must be rolled out after shaking it completely to prevent any air bubbles. A very important skill I learned from this class was how to change gels and the effect it provided to the stage. Learning this was not a fast process, but after a few times of doing so, quick is the only option during a concert or showcase. I also attained the knowledge of how to change the bulb inside of a lighting equipment which is extremely important. Holding the wrong end of the bulb could cause damage with it being so small and fragile.
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