Drama & Stage Crew
Because the number of participants is usually small, students become totally involved in the production of the show. They help with sets, costumes and choreography. Students can also gain an appreciation for what must be done to produce a show of any size.
In recent years it has been the philosophy of the drama department to include as many students as possible in the spring musical. Students who do not appear on stage are used in the necessary tech areas, managing everything from sets, to lights, to props. Another whole group of students is usually involved in the pit. In addition to using students as working members of the productions, students are also called upon to assume leadership positions. There are now student directors, producers, stage managers and dance captains. These students play a vital role in the communication necessary to produce any show.
Since then, North Catholic has continued the tradition of student directed fall productions. Some of the plays have been classics (The Diary of Adam and Eve, Mark Twain, 2001); some have been original student works (The Murder of a Billionaire, Megan Minnaugh, 2002). All have been performed on a Sunday afternoon in late October, and all have been well received.
Stage Crew is responsible for the construction and decoration of the scenes that will be used. We meet 2-3 times each week leading up to the big musical production. Students that wish to be a part of set construction are welcome to help as much or as little as their schedule permits and are not required to be at every build. Participating members will learn the basics of working with tools, construction skills, and how to create theatrical scenery and props.
Stage and Tech Crews assist the cast during musical rehearsals and performances. Stage crew may set and strike scenery and props from the stage, run spotlights, open and close curtains, or run lights and sound for the show. Stage and Tech Crews are expected to be at all rehearsals during the week before performances as well as the performance dates themselves.