Story by: Lauren Pfile
The mucial Titanic has been in production for quite some time now.
Mackenzie Birkey, who plays the role of Alice Beane, is really enjoying this particular production.
“ I like all the really raw emotions that are connected to it; it’s a story that people can relate to,” Birkey said.
As the cast runs through the musical tirelessly during rehearsal, which can go from four to eleven at night, the stage crew works endlessly. They make sure that things from lighting to microphones are working, building the actual set, and check that everything is in order and running smoothly for performances.
Jon Becker, stage manager, stated that the time put into musicals can be quite long.
“We put about 300 hours into a musical like this one, compared to about 200 hours for a regular school play,” Becker said.
However, with this particular set there is something very unique happening. With this stage being simple, there is one thing that stands out: the bridge, standing nine feet above stage.
“The most difficult challenge was the bridge. We had a lot of technical difficulties with it, with people not getting supplies to us right away, and having to switch a lot of people around,” Becker stated.
“We had four days to build it, and then five days for everyone to catch up with the play,” Becker added.
The bridge features a hydraulic lift to raise one side of the bridge before the actors stand on it.
Considering the bridge and the amazing lights that go on during this musical, the production of Titanic would not be possible without the stage crew, according to North
High student director Jacob Olmedo. Olmedo also has a small role in the musical.
“Stage crew does a lot. We wouldn’t be heard, or seen if it wasn’t for them,” Olmedo stated.