High-school memories are different for everyone. Often when we are there we are anxious and young, and once we are out into the real world of jobs and careers we look back on those years with a fond memory. For me my legacy in high-school was being part of the thespian club! I loved committing over 500 hours to creating performances! The experience was always so stressful, beautiful and full of magic!
Ms. Cerridwen was my director and teacher back in high school theatre class. As a freshman I was made head-techie of hair, make-up, and costumes! As much fun as this was, I wanted to keep pushing and expanding my limits! So for 2 years in high-school I was also very dedicated to being a light techie. This meant I was in charge of setting up the lights, color gel screens included, at the right angles to give the set the light effects we desired! I was very passionate about this and even made my own pink cut our paw print gels to put over the spot like for our production of “The Pink Panther!” The last semester of my senior year of high school the theatre program was temporarily closed due to the whole school going under massive construction and in that time, Ms. Cerridwen left to teach at a middle school where her son was attending.
I have been out of high school for four years now, but I am still in touch with Ms. Cerridwen. She has always been a hard working and inspiring woman! Last time I was in town, she invited me to one of her middle school productions. I called up Seth, an dear friend that I had known since middle school. He was the one who had taught me everything I knew about lighting!
We went, honestly wondering how the production quality and the acting
would be, sense we had never been to a a show put on by a middle school before. Wow, were we blown away! The costumes were masterfully done, the acting very passionate! What blew us away the most though was lighting! It well surpassed anything we ever had at our high-school! There were LED curtains that had been wrapped and hung in swift changing ways between sets that made the entire set really feel like a new place! We had never experienced anything like this during a non-professional non-expensive theatrical show! They also had an LED panel that they could easily move around and use not only for a TV, and computer monitor, but even a small memory box floating over a characters head that played images and the character reminisced in a memory! It was truly phenomenal!
As we ran up to Ms. Cerridwen after the show to congratulate her, you could tell she was pleased with how impressed we were, rightly so. “Ms.Cerridwen! That was amazing! The acting, the costumes, the effects!” I excitedly chided. ”How ever did the middle school afford such nice lighting equipment” Seth, straightforward and blunt as always asked.
She laughed at our astonishment and explained how affordable, light weight portable and practical the LED displays had become. ” I’m glad you enjoyed the show”, she winked before turning to a line of parents and family members wanting to complement the quality of the production. Seth and I had certainly enjoyed our first experience with LED displays in a small theatrical setting!