A day in the life of a theatre director

Tristian Lewis, Staff Writer

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As theatre’s production of “Anything Goes” quickly approaches, Director Carrie Roberts is busy managing a little bit of everything. Here is an inside look into what she goes through in one day leading up to show week.

8:16 a.m. – With theater I students, Roberts begins a lecture on theatrical design. During this lecture, Roberts tells students the importance of the number seven during the medieval time period.

9:00 a.m. – Roberts gives students their assignment for the week. This week’s assignment is to design a costume based on one of the seven deadly sins or seven heavenly virtues. Roberts shows examples of costume design to students from Limestone’s “Les Miserables” and “White Christmas,” as well as the Tony Award-nominated, “The Lion King.”

9:24 a.m. – These examples start a discussion among members of the class about costume and theatrical design. Roberts elaborates on the lectures and gives her opinion on the shows.

9:39 a.m. – Before the bell rings, Roberts quickly ends the lecture and sends students on their way.

11:19 a.m. – During SSR, Roberts meets with members of “Anything Goes” and helps students get prepared for rehearsal that afternoon.

12:30 p.m. – When her third block of theatre one and two students return from lunch, Roberts gives a lecture on theatrical design and assigns the seven deadly sin and seven heavenly virtues project

12:49 p.m. – Roberts shows her third block students Limestone’s “Les Miserables” and “White Christmas”, as well as the Tony Award-nominated “The Lion King” to give them a perspective on theatrical design.

3:32 p.m. – The cast prepares for rehearsal by getting into costume. “Anything Goes” is set in 1934 among the S.S. American en route to England. The costumes represent the time period and setting.

3:41 p.m. – After students are dressed, they then work to set up the stage and put props including the “wagons” into place in order to begin rehearsal. The wagons are different character’s rooms and are rolled off and on stage during scene changes.

3:47 p.m. – To begin rehearsal, they do warm-ups and Roberts gave students a talk on stage safety before beginning rehearsal.

4:00 p.m. – Roberts begins rehearsal running each part of the show with full music and dance.

5:40 p.m. – Roberts meets with the cast and gives critiques on rehearsal. “More energy,” Roberts said. “Even if you think you have enough, give me ten times more.” Roberts emphasizes the characters to strive to give the people in the back row the same experience as the people in the front row.  

6:30 p.m – The cast is dismissed from rehearsal at 6:30 p.m.

Roberts and the cast have worked tirelessly to prepare for “Anything Goes.” The show will be at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2 in the Chapman High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

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