Casting the Spotlight

By Staff Writer Jake Smith

Graphics by Sarah Horlacher

Before a play starts, the sound of a crowd can be heard. In a booth in the back of the theatre, a tech crew member turns down the lights as the crowd quiets down. The actors walk out to a light being cast down upon them, behind the light is another tech crew member. All the small things the viewers are not thinking about: sounds, lights, mics, is run or guided by the Permanent Tech Crew (PTC).

Senior Daniel Chau is a house manager for the Permanent Tech Crew, he joined PTC through the year long class, stagecraft. “While I took [stagecraft], I was introduced to the PTC scene after volunteering for a couple of plays. I enjoyed the work and the people that worked there,” said Chau.

As a house manager, Chau holds a lot of responsibility. “For me, a typical show would just be ushering at the beginning, making sure the house is ready for people to enter. And [letting] the [stage manager] know when the house is ready for the play to start,” said Chau.

Fellow PTC crew member Maya Mckinney goes more in depth to what PTC is. “PTC is a job that you get hired for and can get paid doing certain events. Not just shows or plays, but events like orchestra or band concerts.”

PTC may be a job for some, but it could be an outlet to a possible future career.

Sophomore Emily Candelaria is new to the PTC program this year. “I really like theatre but acting isn’t my forte. The tech parts of it are definitely where I’m supposed to be,” said Candelaria.

Candelaria thinks that the experience from PTC can carry over to the future. “After high school, I hope to go to an arts school and continue in the closest department, so I can do what I do now,” said Candelaria.  

Chau also sees how it could be useful in the future. “If I wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts field, I would,” said Chau.

It’s clear that in order to run one of Timberline’s theatre productions, band, orchestra, and choir concerts. There has to be a person behind the lights and the sounds, to guide it, to make sure that everything fits together. “PTC is important in the sense that without PTC [members] you wouldn’t have people running the choir concerts or band or plays,” said Chau. “It also helps introduce kids who want to pursue a career in the performing arts field.”

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