I always worked behind the scenes on shows in high school. I think it began when I wasn’t cast in a show, and I was left with alternative methods of involvement. But ever since, even when I was acting in a show, I took advantage of the occasional opportunity to do tech. I found that it gave me whole new perspectives on the action that took place under the spotlight. An actor understands how to work with each technical component, once they’ve been involved in the design and/or implementation. And one better understands the people working backstage, gaining a respect and appreciation for their work, once one understands the work that they do: what it is, how it’s done, and what it feels like.
The work I did on this show provided nice examples in support of this tech-savvy actor. At the simplest level, painting the shelves and arch-room walls made me take special note of these elements’ outcomes, probably leading to my acknowledging much more deeply the skill and detail that went into their creation. Had I not worked on the set, I may have turned a blind eye to this detail, whereas an appreciation for the detailing helps me tune my acting to work in-sync with all the other elements presented to the audience. We also had an opportunity to explore new aspects of the show while walking through portions for the hang and focus/cue-to-cue. This gave me a new perspective on moments, not having to perform them the same way I’d been conditioned, instead being able to look at them in a more detached way.
Most importantly, working on tech makes me feel even more like this production was a collaborative effort. The creation of this show was most notable for me because everyone was so excited to work with the group and brought the best attitude, especially important because of the great need for collaboration this show, in particular, required. Perhaps the best kind of environment to work in is one in which you feel that everyone is working whole-heartedly towards the success of the group’s goal.