They operate almost entirely behind the scenes, yet the fruits of their efforts were plainly visible for all to see during last weekend’s three performances of the Huntington High School drama club’s musical Once Upon a Mattress.
Huntington’s stage crew features an unsurpassed group of talented teenagers who display a “can do” attitude. Present them with a challenge and watch their eyes light up with excitement.
Technical director Rob Krakehl oversaw the stage crew, coordinating his team, instructing them on the intricacies of their respective roles and keeping everyone on task and motivated.
From the sound, lighting and backstage tasks to set building and painting this exceptional group of young men and women sparkled during the recent show. Obscure technical details were attended to with ease and a touch of professionalism.
The stage crew is assigned substantial responsibility during any production, from developing a visually appealing and functional set and individually controlling hundreds of auditorium lights to moving equipment back and forth between scenes and making sure the wireless sound system works effectively. There are hundreds of details to worry about on any given day, yet no one seems to get their “feathers ruffled.”
Mr. Krakehl and his stage crew work closely with Huntington drama club advisor Michael Schwendemann. Planning starts months before the curtain rises for the audience.
“The stage crew helps to transport us to the different places we need to be during the course of a production, be it inside or outside or anyplace the cast needs to be,” Mr. Schwendemann said. “My actors have it easy; they get to work under lights while the stage crew needs to hone their skills in the dark and with less rehearsal. It’s no easy task and they come through for us every year.”
The stage crew working on Once Upon a Mattress was an essential part of the overall team of actors, musicians and advisors that made last weekend’s show the smash hit it was.
The crew featured the following individuals:
Sound: Quinn Blackburn, Olivia Perez, Tatiana Feliciano, Isabel Canales
Lighting: Connor Dougal, Joey Dammers
Backstage: Andy Ulloa, Jasmine Taylor, Devin Green, Emma Franznick, Sarah Montreuil, Kimberly Campos, Sylvia Belanger, Joselin Canales, Kianna Lopez, Sophie Wylie, Kerwhin Valette, Olivia Genova, Megan Desmond, Jocelyn Carbajal, Tahiyat Akber, Grace Tyrrell, Lily Stein
Set Building: Andy Ulloa, Devin Green, Megan Desmond, Emma Franznick, Sarah Montreuil, Kimberly Campos, Quinn Blackburn, Joselin Canales, Kianna Lopez, Jasmine Taylor, Sophie Wylie, Olivia Perez, Sylvia Belanger, Alishia Glace, Tahiyat Akber, Grace Tyrrell, Lily Stein, Arielle Harvey, Connor Dougal
Set Painting: Andy Ulloa, Devin Green, Megan Desmond, Emma Franznick, Sarah Montreuil, Sylvia Belanger, Kimberly Campos, Joselin Canales, Kianna Lopez, Jasmine Taylor, Sophie Wylie, Quinn Blackburn, Olivia Perez, Olivia Genova