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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tam High School's Conservatory Theatre Ensemble Does it Again!


Tam High School's award-winning Conservatory Theatre Ensemble (CTE) is back in action with an amazing production of The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing.
These two Shakespeare classics have been trimmed to just over an hour each and will be performed together.  The cast of 21 and the technical team of nearly 20 have been working hard to create an exciting production, as directed by Juliana Rees and choreographed by Heather Basarab.
As with any CTE production, the amount of planning, preparation, and back-stage goings-on are mind-boggling.  Well-crafted sets, complex sound systems, and excellent lighting design are big contributors to CTE's professional-quality productions. 
A recent technical workshop helped students prepare for the upcoming performances.  4th year student Eliza Mantz taught 3rd year student Tizjohn Armstead how to edit sound cues on CTE's Q-Lab software.  Eliza is the sound engineer for the production, and Tizjohn is the sound operator.  Eliza was just admitted to Carnegie Mellon's School of Theatre as one of five incoming Dramaturgy majors!  Here they are editing sound cues:
4th year student Emma Boyle is the lighting designer and worked for many weeks with the director to develop the lighting looks and concept.  She has 90 cues to program!  Emma also spent weeks drafting, and she led the hang and focus this past week.  She is pictured, below, programming cues into the lighting system.
The photo at the top of this post shows the set being raised by the ensemble.  4th year student Lucy Peterson conceived and designed the set, and led a team of peers in the construction.
Now that you know just a bit of what goes into making a spectacular CTE production, don't you want to see a performance?
The show plays October 8 through October 12 in the Caldwell Theatre at Tamalpais High School.  Click here for tickets and more information.
Thank you to CTE teachers, Ben Cleaveland and Susan Brashear, for providing information and photographs for this post.


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