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Each week we’ll spotlight a member of the REP and give our reader’s a chance to meet some of the people who make working at the REP so much fun!
Today’s Face: Catherine (Cat) Wallis
Where did you grow up? Durham, NC
Job at the REP: Stage Management MFA student
How long have you been working at the REP: 2 years and 6 months
First paying theatre job was what? Stage Manager for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre – Jakes Women year 2000
What’s on your iPod today? The Killers; Mr. Brightside
Favorite fictional characters? Lucy (from the Narnia books);
What films have your seen recently, or are your favorites? True Grit, the fighter, Kings Speech; favorites all 3 Lord of the Rings’, the original star wars’
Which talent would you most like to have? play the piano
Who are your favorite authors? Haven Kimmel, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Chabon
What trait do you most admire in others? ability to see the best in people
A favorite place you like to visit? Thailand
What is your favorite food? Artichokes
What is your most marked characteristic? sarcasm
Your favorite fictional super hero/heroine? Beast – X-men
What word or expression do you most overuse? I wish I could be better
What is your favorite bird? penguin
What is idea of perfect happiness? Being at home with Adam and all the pets, just being at peace
Which living person do you most admire? Adam, he is totally dedicated to the people around him
What is your most treasured possession? Right now probably my computer – it gives me the ability to see the family whenever I want.
What book would we always find on your bookshelf? Lord of the Rings
What is your favorite flower? peonys
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working at the REP? I love to go to the movies – I like watching a performance I have no responsibility for!
What is your motto? as long as it gets done it doesn’t matter whos job it is.
What do you know about lights? A little field trip down to the Thompson Theatre this morning found me amidst a sea of lighting instruments, cables, and booms as the REP technicians prepped for a light hang. Master Electrician (or M.E.) Ryan Kingery refers to his light plot and calls out for various instruments that are then brought down to the edge of the stage to get ready to be hung. And they could be hung from virtually anywhere! Look up, and there are rows of battens loaded with lighting instruments. Look out, and you can see pockets of areas bove the house (audeince) where more instruments will be stationed. And eventually, in the wings, a scaffolding of booms will be bolted and secured to the deck for even more lights! As if keeping track of all the various instruments weren’t enought, there are then the miles of cable that will be woven though the air and connected to each instrument and to the power source. When I ask the M.E. for what he would tell me if I were on his crew, a kind of “light hang 101,” he replies “Always make sure the instrument is locked down, the shutters are open, and the saftey cable is on.” Very good advice, indeed. Especially the part about safety cables. Getting the lights hung, is just onestep in the process. Gels are used to color the light, each instrumnet is focused (mostly by hand) and the lights are adjusted for intensity and mix. Eventually, as the scenic elements are added and technical rehearsals begin, the lights will be adjusted, refocused, and maybe recolored to match the designer’s concept and support the play.
For your own lighting edification, here are some theatre and theatrical lighting basics!
*A lightbulb is actually a “lamp.” You don’t want to touch it with you bare fingers. The oils from your hands gets on the lamp, and could ignite. Lamp: Any light source in a self contained package, comprising an envelope, filament or electrodes, base, contacts, gas, and any support structures. The source can be of the incandescent, fluorescent, or arc type.
* In the theater industry, another term for “Luminaire.” Luminaire: A complete unit for the purpose of generating usable and somewhat controllable light that comprises one or more lamps, parts designed to distribute the light, parts used to position and protect the light source, and a means to connect the light source(s) to an electrical supply.
*Batten: A horizontal pipe on which luminaires, scenery, curtains, and some distribution equipment are hung.
* Front-of-House (FOH): The complete area of the theater in front of the stage, i.e., the audience area.
* Gel: 1) An abridged but commonly used version of Gelatin. 2) To place gelatine in front of a luminaire to alter the color of the beam. Gelatine (Gelatin): A type of color media originally made from gelatine, an organic substance made from animal tissues, but now refers to color media made from very thin high-temperature plastic as well.
from the theatrical lighting glossary, http://www.alss1.com/rentalsproductions/glosslight.html
Each week, we’ll spotlight a member of the REP and give our readers a chance to meet some of the folks who make working at the REP so much fun!
Today’s Face: Donte Fitzgerald
Where did you grow up? Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Job at the REP: MFA actor
How long have you been at the REP? 2008
First paying theatre job was what? It was with Milwaukee Irish Arts…the play was THE LAST EPITATH OF A WISE MAN, I’m forgetting what my role(title) was, but I was the editor of a newspaper that is about to be burned down during the riots that took place in NYC during the civil war.
What’s on your iPod today? I don’t own an iPod
Favorite fictional characters? Holden Caulfield, Troy(from the play FENCES), Iceberg Slim, Othello. Aaron the Moor
What films have your seen recently, or are your favorites? tough question: recently I’ve seen…The Fighter, 500 Days of Summer, The Other Guys, and Kick-Ass. Favorites: some would be…The Empire Stikes Back, Dazed and Confused, The Godfather, Friday, and Half-Baked.
Who are your favorite composers/songwriters? The members of De La Soul.
What historical figure do you most identify with? Robert F. Williams (google him)
Which talent would you most like to have? to play an intrument really well
Who are your favorite authors? Richard Wright, James Baldwin and August Wilson.
What traits do you most admire in others? honesty and humor.
A favorite place you like to visit? Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or NYC
What is your favorite food? sandwiches
What is your most marked characteristic? pressence
Your favorite fictional super hero/heroine? Spiderman
What word or expression do you most overuse? I’m a grown man.
What is your favorite bird? crow
What is your idea of perfect happiness? A good part in a good play, and a good woman to come home to.
Which living person do you most admire? Barack Obama
What is your most treasured possession? picture of a friend who passed away.
What book would we always find on your bookshelf? FENCES
What is your favorite flower? sunflower
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working at the REP? Read, watch movies, work-out, and write.
What is your motto? I am I be.