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The Real Stars of Theater: Crew – An Insight with Josh Grush

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Have you ever seen a play here at San Mateo? Time and time again, the drama program has created amazing productions for our entertainment. The actors and actresses work very hard, but none of the amazing production would be possible if not for the crucial backstage work of Crew. “Crew is everything that happens backstage from scene changes to costume changes and everything in between,” says Josh Grush, junior at San Mateo and Stage Manager in Crew. Everything that happens backstage is Crew’s responsibility. They are responsible for building, setting up and tearing down sets and props, designing costumes, lighting, sound, raising and lowering the certain- you get the idea. They do just about everything.

The audience may not see the Crew in action because they wear all black to hide themselves when moving sets, but they are still of vital importance to every production. They may even be the real stars of each play. “Crew is the backbone for the actors who are the heart and sole of the production. Without Crew, there would be no way for the show to go on the way it does, and without actors the Crew would have nobody to light or mic up. Crew handles all of the casts’ problems and actors do their best to assist us without getting in the way,” says Grush. Some people seem to think that the actors and actresses in plays are most important because they’re seen the most. But the reality is, actors would only be able to recite lines on stage without the Crew’s work. There would be no costumes, props or even lights to see said actors. And without microphones and a PA system, those perfectly delivered lines would be inaudible. So just because members of Crew are not visible to the audience does not mean that they shouldn’t be appreciated by the audience.

Crew teaches many life skills that will stick with the members throughout life. Members learn to use power tools and construction skills. They develop responsibility, organization and management skills. Crew can also lead to career paths in professional stage productions. Working at the SMHS theater in particular is very similar to a Broadway theater. In fact Josh Grush, is an employee at the theater.

Josh Grush has been involved in Crew since he was in middle school. Since then, he has moved up the ranks to the prestigious position of Stage Manager. He has worked the lights, knows how to work the rail, which is what allows the curtain to rise, and as SM makes sure the show runs smoothly. He will call cues on a headset to communicate with other members of Crew during the show. It’s really quite remarkable.

In order to join Crew, one must visit the lunch meetings in order to get details about the program. Then the Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager get to know each of the members. Then the SM and ASM will decide who will work on the Build Crew, which solely builds the set, and who will be on Crew, which builds the set and works during the production.

Next time you see a production here at SMHS, remember that there is a team of students working incredibly hard to make the show happen.

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