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Say Goodbye to Music, But Not to Light

The closing of a show is always a little bittersweet, though I must say, immediately following the last show there is very little that is “sweet” about it.  After the final show, when you are emotionally, physically, and mentally drained, you don’t go home – you strike the set.  This time-honored tradition is both loathed […]

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Shop Diaries!

The crew work on any show requires at least as much artistic creativity and discipline as performing onstage; the set for Ragtime is without a doubt the most beautiful and comprehensive design I have ever worked with. I loved watching its development, from the bare bones to finished product. My work behind-the-scenes, however, mostly involved […]

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Going to black

  My other role, apart from building the set, in the show is operating the follow spots. The follow spot is a usually narrow beam of light used to specifically follow or highlight a performer on stage. It is mounted so that it is movable and thus is live-operated for each show, unlike the other […]

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Strike!

For my last blog post, I have decided to talk about strike.  This is the biggest set I have ever and probably/hopefully will ever have to take down but the speed and efficiency in which it fell was amazing.  For the first part of strike, I worked with Sam K on the sound equipment, which […]

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The Little Things IV

As I left our last class on Tuesday I reflected on my time working on Ragtime. Not only did it define this semester for me, Ragtime really defined my freshman year. With all the stress that accompanies the end of a semester its hard to think about anything other than finals or summer but I […]

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Saying Goodbye

Those who know me know that I’m an easy crier.  However, in my opinion it is an impressive feat that even after I had seen “Til We Reach That Day” upwards of twenty times, it made me weep right through the closing performance.  It is partially because of the phenomenal musical and vocal prowess that […]

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Journey On

Most of us involved in Ragtime this year, both cast and crew, are not new to musical theatre. We all know that show after show, your current show is often your new favorite musical. For me, that is again the case with Ragtime, but my affection for this show feels so different from my love for […]

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A Lens from the Shadows – Part 3

Hello All, Strike is finished! With a weary heart and body, those of us remaining crept out of Reynolds in a cloud of saw dust, debris in our hair, emotionally drained by the entire process that had finally concluded.  The only facial expressions glimmering through the grime were foolish grins dreaming of the showers that […]

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“Oh, This is Kind of a Big Deal.”

After reading the Chronicle’s article on Ragtime, I was immediately struck by a comment of a freshman attendee: “At the end of the beginning number when you see forty people on stage in this huge surrounding you realize, ‘Oh, this is kind of a big deal.”  A Big Deal indeed. Though I laugh at the […]

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It Hurts to Tear it Down

Yes, yes, though I am sure are all relieved that Ragtime has successfully finished its glorious two-week run at Duke University, I am also sure we are all a little sad to rip it all the shreds today (at least I am)!  The period train car whose design I researched – gone. (Though it was […]