Magic of Tech Week

The Magic of Tech Week

Posted 10 August 2016 12:00 AM by Emily White

I have participated in theatrical performance for over ten years, so I am no stranger to the unique beast that is Tech Week. I know that it always comes with its fair share of trials and tribulations, joys and frustrations, and the occasional (okay often) moments of backstage panic and terror. Sometimes, if you’re very lucky, Tech Week can also have moments of magic. Tech Week with the City Spotlights Teen Leaders this summer was the most magic-filled tech I have ever experienced.

It was truly magical to watch the growth of this production throughout the meager four-ish days of tech we had before the performance. I have lived through my fare share of stressful/crazy/last-minute/frantic tech weeks, often for shows with months longer of rehearsal time (seriously – the teens put this together FOUR days after getting the script!), and I have never experienced a production come together as quickly and smoothly as “5:30 Flight to America.” Sure, there were some bumps along the way, but nothing out of the realm of ordinary for tech rehearsals. I am still in awe of not only the professionalism and talent of the teen leaders in putting together this show, but also of the incredible amount of trust they put in each other and in us – the staff team – to make this magical tech week possible.

While I am no stranger to tech week, I am very new to teaching and to City Spotlights, and initially I felt very much like a fish out of water in the program. But I dove headfirst into helping out during Tech Week and the backstage during the performance as much as I possibly could, and I found myself so welcomed by the talented teen artists around me. There’s something indescribable that sometimes bonds performance artists together during the stress of tech – if you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by a great cast and crew. This cast and crew was one of the best I’ve ever worked with, and I only hope my tech weeks to come are a fraction as fun as this one was.

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