Behind the Scenes of Pygmalion

This fall I had the amazing opportunity to work on Newport Harbor’s technician crew for their newest play, “Pygmalion”. During this experience I got to work with an amazing team of hard working individuals. The entire cast and crew invited me and put me to work! Pygmalion is a British comedy about a young peasant who is taken in by two speech specialists and she is trained to speak and act like a lady. On stage the show was a riveting comedy, but the real action took place backstage. From the audience all you see are the actors and the sets, but there is a lot more than that going on behind the curtain. Just a few feet to the left or right of the stage and there is a whole new world. In order to run a perfect show, or any show at all really, you need stage managers, assistant stage managers, lighting people, fly masters, sound people, and many more. We all have to work like a well oiled machine. It certainly is hard work but the best part of any work is seeing it turn into something beautiful. After we run what’s called “transitions” where we move sets on and off stage, we get to watch our work come together from behind the curtains. All together it was an amazing experience and if you ever get the chance to be part of the NHHS Drama Department, definitely take it!

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The Mousetrap

To kick off this years theatrics the drama department collaborated with Culinary to put on an innovative rendition of Agatha Christies "Mousetrap". Directed by Chris Surridge and produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French Inc., the play airs on October 2nd and 3rd. This fun-filled murder mystery really helped to get us all into the Halloween spirit! "The Mousetrap" follows Mollie and Giles Ralston in their new adventure open up their guest house, where them and their guests get snowed in; little did they know, someone in the house was a killer! Although it was hard work, all of it paid off in the end. According to Surridge, "It was an odyssey-directing and acting in the longest running show in theatrical history. It grew strained at times but for the most part it was a pleasure--working with fellow actors and tech to create a beautiful work of art to be presented entirely by the student population. I learned all aspects of tech and dealing with actors as well as external affairs such as promotion and the added dinner aspect (to which Culinary was a wonderful addition)." I, for one, hope to see more dinner theater from Newport Harbor this year. Overall "The Mousetrap" was a huge success. Make sure to come to the drama departments next show so you won't miss any of the action.