I saw a counselor showing a youngster how to tape some electrical cords on the floor. I know it probably would have been faster for him to do it himself, but he took the time to patiently explain what to do.
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There are often as many campers backstage as there are on stage in Ballibay productions. Campers operate the lighting and sound boards, followspots, fog machines, and video projections; often there are stage crew moving props and sets, setting microphones, and assisting the cast; and frequently campers will stage manage or assistant stage manage shows, calling lighting and sound cues, and making sure everything is in place for the production. Combined with the video crew, this means teams of up to 15 campers per show, taught and supervised by qualified staff!
But even more happens before the day of a show: props must be gathered; lights hung and focused; costumes selected and modified; sets constructed, painted, and dressed. And just before the show the makeup is applied. One production can easily involve another 25 campers in these projects working with the counselors, and learning from them!
As with all Ballibay programs, some campers will just want to try tech once, other campers make it their major focus at camp, and everything in between. Our unique program accommodates all interest and skill levels.
Safety is an important part of technical theater, and all campers (not only those who decide to participate in the program) receive a basic introduction to theater safety during the camper orientation.
Campers interested in lighting will work with state-of-the-art Strand and Leprecon boards, lights by ETC and L&E, and a huge selection of effects, gobos, and colors. Campers working with sound will be learning on Mackie mixing boards and Macintosh computers; We have a huge digital library of music and sound effects. Our shows are run like professional productions, with numbered lighting and sound cues called by a stage manager; campers have fun while learning real, practical production skills.